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January 21, 2020

Today, we’re worrying about the little things so stick around Hi, everyone. I’m Rachel from Pencil Stash This is a weekly show about adult coloring colored pencils tips and tricks if you’re new to the channel hit the subscribe button or better yet the bell button to be [notified] when new content is uploaded and Also, don’t forget to [hit] that like button if you’re enjoying my videos. It helps new folks to find my channel Today, we’re going to be worrying about the little things We’re going to be going into a page with a lot of little tiny details and tackling them one by one in real time So head over to my desk with me and we’ll get started Today we are tackling some details and this page is perfect it’s from Romantic Country second tale And it’s chock full of tiny little details all of which can be pretty overwhelming And tedious if you look at them in the context of the whole page But [I’ll] take you through my process and I’ll do it in real [time] so the first thing I’ll say is that if you do not have patience then pages with lots of little details like this will [probably] drive you crazy So aside for maybe a cohesive color story I find it best not to look at the picture as a whole but instead Looking at the page in terms of groupings of objects and treating them with their own little picture inside the page The other thing I’ll tell you is [that] even though an item may be small That doesn’t mean you can’t pack in lots of color and texture [to] bring these objects to life So even on the tiniest detail you’ll see me using four or more colors, so let’s jump into this one as an example Let’s do this basket of apples. [I] find it always good to start with my shiny highlight So I’ll take my white pencil and I’ll put in a circular highlight where the light would bounce off of that shiny apple And I not try to tell [them] the video, but you should be able to see where it is on your own page This white will act as a resist as you lay down more color next to it Then I’ll go in with a light red or an orange red and I’ll Encircle the white with this color to act as a transition to my deeper reds And I’ll build outward from the white spot to some of those deeper reds, and that’s really what you’re doing You’re [just] building and layer in color and shadow until it looks just right you [oh] you Now I’ll take my dark brown And I’ll use this to shadow in areas where it might be shadowed from the shelf on top some of the apples underneath and That’s really what I’m doing. I’m just building and layering color and shadow until it looks just right you Going back in with a few of [my] reds to add some additional layers Now I’m going to blend not with my blending pencil, but with my white pencil Using this white will keep the white highlight white as well as add some shiny texture to this apple to make it look more authentic If I use my blender pencil on this I would have had to steer clear From that white highlight spot as the red would have been pushed into it a bit more than I want Now for these pumpkins which can be a lot of fun as many of them. Have a lot of colors in them such as orange yellows Greens and Browns I’ll start with the lightest areas which will act as our highlight, and [this] is this sand color Then build up layers of oranges and browns around it you oh And finally add some fun spots of green you you On these bottles laying on their sides So what we’re looking at is actually that curved bottom That I honestly don’t know enough from memory to really do justice. So here’s another great tip I have for you if you’re struggling for reference use Google images or pinterest or anything else you’d be able to search and get lots of reference pictures to Assist you this will help a ton especially when seeing how to highlight and shade an object that [has] an unusual shape Such as the bottom of a wine [bottle] you Moving on to these loaves of french bread we’ll start with our lightest color our ginger root to highlight Placing it right along the top face of the loaf Then we’ll build and build on that trying to achieve that crisp oven baked bread look you you I didn’t quite know what this basket was of so I’ve decided it’s wheat and I’m coloring it accordingly using lots of warm yellows and beiges to build up my base layer I Also thought, this was a great place to add some texture, so I’m taking my bronze and adding some lines Just to give it a little bit of a more interesting look you In [my] [sand] color too and soften some of those lines Now I’m going to start this grouping of cheeses in this cabinet and with a large grouping like this I want to make them all different But at the same time want to pull together some colors that [I] want to use just to make sure that my cheese story is consistent yet multi-layered, and they all kind of have a life of their own and It’s kind of the same story with this one. Just lots of layered Sandy colors and warm yellows and even some Browns you you Under these hanging hams and have to be honest again this was another one that I’m not [very] familiar with so I use google images to help me choose and place my colors and What you found? Is that hams have kind of a warm pinkish tone to them so I’m going to start with this henna color With just real light pressure in certain areas you you Now hands also have a real fatty layer down at the bottom of this cut So I’m going to line the bottom of each of these with my ginger root color It will have some layers of bronze and some browns and even go back in with [that] Henna color Then blend it all together for good measure Now this lettuce and I really wanted to capture that white Light green stalk that usually runs up the middle [and] then gets to [a] richer deeper green outward from there so the colors have chosen really lend itself to that and Again if you’re not familiar with what these look like use a reference just pull it up You know you might think that lettuce is just one green and it’s so not it’s so multi-dimensional Multicolored don’t be afraid to to look for a reference photo to help you out This page also has a ton of little cloths in it, and I’ve chosen [one] to show you how I would color this Now I’ve got my denim blue here, and I’m just using it to match the outline lines of my checked cloth And I could just leave it like [this] to simulate a striped or checked kind of cloth look [and] I’d be just fine doing that but I’m going to take it Just a step further and use my blender to push around this blue a bit I Really like the look that I get by doing this it just gives it a little bit more of an interesting look of that same Denim blue without adding a secondary blue as that sort of fill in lighter area Now this page is a ton of basket so I’ll show you one of those [two] same sort of principle as everything else starting with my lightest color and building from there you I Hope you like this tutorial this page is enormous, so I just kind of wanted to isolate some of the little details here I’m probably going to finish it up in a future video. So if you wanted a more sort of color along Kind of approach hand tight there there might be more to come on this one Here’s some amazing featured work from our talented coloring book artists from this week you too Can share your work with me in our creative community by joining our pencil stash adult coloring group on? Facebook or you can act pencil stash or Hashtag pencil stash me on instagram if you [like] this video and want to see more Hit the like and subscribe button and share with your coloring buddies on Social Media Check out the rest of my tutorials on my Youtube channel and visit pencil stash column to visit my blog Thanks so much for watching this week, and I will see you next time

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  • Reply anng2113 May 6, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Great video. I've been trying to figure out how to get the shine on apples, and now I know. I think this is my favorite video of yours. I'm going to watch it again!

  • Reply Margaret S. May 6, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Aww, your little dog is adorable!! Looks sorta like my little dog. 😀 What breed is he/she? Love your videos, btw!

  • Reply Sing Gal May 6, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Lovely video and very helpful.Could you tell us what sharpner you use to sharpen your Prismas?

  • Reply Michael Smith May 6, 2017 at 7:22 am

    This was great; very instructive. You are very good at explaining technique and color choices as well as coloring. You have good energy not too much not too little. Please keep going on this. The small stuff helps a lot when you are learning. thanks

  • Reply Janelle • ArganPrincess May 6, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Beautiful work here Rachel! Love the color along in real time & would Love even more if u do the entire page spread here as u mentioned as a possibility 4 a future video or 2 videos if necessary. Not only is it relaxing 2 color, it's even more relaxing watching u color, especially since ur voice is soft & tranquil. Pls continue ur wonderful work that I didn't discover until just a couple weeks ago. So glad I found ur channel & blog!

  • Reply Andrea Longobardi May 7, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    I really enjoy your videos. Your coloring techniques are amazing.

  • Reply lisa Anne May 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Really enjoy your channel and FB group. I appreciate that you explain to us what you're thinking along the way in your tutorials. For me, I learn so much more that way than from watching a strictly visual tutorial.

  • Reply jsscraphappy May 13, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Excellent video! Thanks so much for these details. They are wonderful for the Romantic Country books (my favorites as well). Love your videos 🙂

  • Reply themachuse May 17, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks for reminding me about the bronze pencil.  I don't often think to use it but will have to try it as you did.  I was also glad to see you coloring the wine bottle bottoms–I think it would have taken me a long time to figure out what they were.  Now to figure out what all the little things are in all the jars.  The one next to the basket on the shelf with the pumpkins–looks to me like giant wood ticks!

  • Reply Sean Mooney May 20, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I really like your choices of color. The techniques are great especially in real time. I find it much easier to learn. I think I color with heavier pressure. Thanks for sharing. Sean

  • Reply Robin Jones July 7, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    The item you didnt know what it was is called Pain'd Epi Bread or Wheat stock bread. It is at 20:44 on the video. Just but I would share that

  • Reply auntrenae Hale July 9, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    I just found your channel and wanted to let you know that I really appreciate your detailed tutorials. I"ve been looking for ways to raise my coloring to the next level and you have shown me how.
    I do have one question…lol. Have you tried oil based colored pencils? I saw that you had tried many different wax based ones, but I'd like to hear your thoughts on the Marco Raffine oil based pencils. I love their translucent quality and ability to layer color with the underlayers showing better than the wax based pencils I've used. Thanks again!

  • Reply Marcia Lawhorn July 13, 2017 at 6:26 am

    love all the goodies you are coloring! do you ever use gamsol with a stubbies to blend? also… you frame your work when done? it's so beautiful. j am a card maker and I a. learning to better myself with my pencil. I mostly use water color pencils. love the white blending pencil. need to get one. thanks so much Rachael for sharing. your work is amazing. lj live just about one and a half hours west of you in Rochelle Illinois.

  • Reply jsscraphappy August 30, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Gorgeous coloring! Thanks so much for doing both these detail videos, they are so very helpful.
    Love all your videos. Your style of commenting and music makes them such a relaxing pleasure to watch, and I always learn so much. Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Kimberly Hornikel September 3, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I see teat you show the number of the color used. How many pencils do you have and which are they?

  • Reply Pat E September 26, 2017 at 1:00 am

    This tutorial is very helpful. I often feel overwhelmed by the pages of little items. It makes sense to concentrate on one section at a time. Thanks very much for your suggestions.

  • Reply T J October 30, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you for this video. I really enjoy colouring all the little details the best. I also enjoy drawing pictures and the little details of things are my favourite. I also really want to buy this book, but am trying to have self control also, as I just got the first one =)

  • Reply Angeline Turner November 8, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I thought this was a good and helpful video but I skipped parts of it as a bit too long

  • Reply Liv T January 7, 2018 at 5:27 am

    I finally bought prismacolor pencils and started coloring today. I’m so happy I found your channel right away because your tips and techniques are exactly what I was looking for. 🙏🏼

  • Reply Patricia create /craft Bust January 17, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Excellent tips, for which thank you very much!

  • Reply Barbara Bolton March 31, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Thank you for posting the colored pencil #

  • Reply clarisa Martinez May 4, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    You are very good!!!
    Could you do Ivy and the inky ….? Pleaseeeee

  • Reply poop poop May 9, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    too long of an intro

  • Reply Isabel Williams July 26, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    I love this video and I only have a 24 set of prismatic pencils so these colors are awesome to me what set do I have to buy to get them?

  • Reply Virginia Semple September 5, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Great tutorial Rachel! I learned a lot. Thank you!

  • Reply Carolyn's Prismacolor Combinations October 8, 2018 at 2:55 am

    Love it!

  • Reply Minutsi October 10, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Nice dog ❤️
    Is ur dog a Danish/Swedish farm dog….?

  • Reply Itza Gomez Concha January 18, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Where can I buy this coloring book

  • Reply Danette Trostle January 18, 2019 at 4:21 pm


  • Reply Mary Druck February 28, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Very educational. Thanks

  • Reply Patrice Seheult March 10, 2019 at 4:40 am

    I am new to your videos and I love how you present yourself. I intend to follow you. Wow, you are good!😎

  • Reply Wendy Krzak March 27, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you thank you for this video !! It helped me out tremendously with the little details can accomplish anything now thank you again

  • Reply Margarita Velazquez May 29, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Amazing!! Love it!! I'm learning so much from you💌

  • Reply Leonora Parker June 8, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Your tutorials are brilliant. Learning so much. THANKS! And I adore your dog x

  • Reply Sheri McDANIEL June 14, 2019 at 12:01 am

    I’m really into this video-I’m relatively new to adult coloring. It’s a way to de-stress while creating art. I’ve barely started watching you work but I have one criticism at just 4 minutes in. The piano music you chose to accompany the video is grating on my ears like nails on a chalk board or biting into tin foil! It’s VERY distracting and I’ll miss a lot of your comments because I’ll be turning the volume to zero.
    I subscribed and liked-mostly liked anyway. 🥴

  • Reply Michaela Dodge June 15, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Are you coloring these things with a very light hand?

  • Reply Zoe Rendon July 8, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Jaja when you put the music at minute 9:20 I immediately remembered some memes😂

  • Reply Sharron Adams August 14, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Lovely! Your light dainty touch is so “right “ for these miniatures subjects.

  • Reply Elfie English August 24, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Just found your videos, love them, thank you.

  • Reply nancy j Milner September 18, 2019 at 1:34 am

    I really enjoyed this video. I learned many things and also like to use Prismacolor pencils so I am familiar with the colors. Great ideas! I look forward to viewing more of Rachal's videos!

  • Reply Deirdre Lewis October 29, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Rachel, hope you’re OK. You are missed!

  • Reply sbryantumh November 3, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Wow I’ve just started with the idea of adult coloring. You are fantastic. More advanced than I am at this time but you insight and tips are superb. I have enjoyed this video and look forward to seeing more of you work. Inspiring 🙏🏽

  • Reply Brandon Smith November 23, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    thank you for sharing great tips that I wouldn't know how to a to use prismacolor what color pencil

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