coloring with pencils

Hi! Today I am back to basics and I decided to do some coloring with pencils. I used the Spellbinders Stamp of the month, called Orange Blossoms. If you are not familiar with this kit, check out Spellbinders. They have lots of monthly kits that they call “clubs”. You can find a die kit, card kit, stamp kit and more. All great quality with lovely products.

So the “stamp of the month” kit comes with a red rubber stamp set, the matching dies and a leaflet of inspiration. This month is all about oranges and I love the freshness of the design.

So here is what I came up with

coloring with pencils

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photo

To color my oranges I used my Prismacolor pencils. I also did some blending with gamsol and stumps. You don’t have to do that since Prismacolors are high end pencils and they give great results. It really depends on the look you are going for. One of the things I love about using pencils when coloring is that you don’t have to rush to do your blending. I find it more relaxing than alcohol marker blending… but that’s completely a personal thing! Plus it’s nice to rotate between your coloring mediums… so non of your markers, pencils, acrylics, inks, watercolors etc, feel neglected for a long period of time!!!

coloring with pencils


Below you can find a list with all the products used today. Links to multiple online shops are available, just click the logo below each item. Affiliate links used where possible at no extra cost to you.

Stamp of the Month Club – Spellbinders
[ SPL ]
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Prismacolor PENCIL SHARPENER Pencils…
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Inky Antics GAMSOL KIT Coloring…
[ SSS ]
Crafter’s Companion GAMSOL BLENDING…
[ SSS ]
[ SSS | SBC ]
Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink…
[ SSS ]
Therm O Web PURPLE TAPE Easy Release…
[ SSS | SBC ]
[ SSS | SBC ]
Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT 1914e
[ SSS | SBC ]


  1. I love this!!! Do you know which specific colors you used?

    I’d also like to see a more thorough tour of your craft!!!! I’ve watched many but there very few that I like. I’d love to see more about your room and more details. Please?

  2. What a beautiful sta,p set and how you used it wpuld brighten anyone’s day that received it. Your voloring mace oranges look like you could just pick them off the tree. Vicky, along with being am amazing Artist, you are such a versatile Artist that makes me love your tutorials. Thank you for sharing your talents.

  3. Love the card! Thanks for using pencils, I have used pencils some, but mine doesn’t come out as nice as yours. Thanks Vicky!

  4. Loved this project. I never have gamsol a try, it does improve the color hue! What about the smell? Is it too strong?

  5. Just watched the video again and you said gamsol is odorless…lol, it takes a couple of times to catch all! Thanks for the educational video!

  6. This stamp & die set is lovely and the card you created is so beautiful and inspiring, Vicky! I feel like I could pluck one of the oranges right off that card and eat it! Thank you for bringing out your Prismacolors; that is my favorite medium!

  7. What a gorgeous card Vicky. Your oranges are so realistic and I love how you put this on your card. You are always such an ispiration! Thank you so much for showing.
    Can you tell me what kind of paper you used to stamp and colour on?

  8. Thanks for the tutorial on coloring with pencils. Pencils are my favorite medium to color with and the best tip I ever got on using them was to go lightly at first and build up the color. I go back and forth between Prisma and Polychromo pencils. The polys are easier to blend (without gamsol), but I like the Prisma for other things … I just don’t like that they break so much (even with the Prisma sharpener). It also depends upon what colors I have and want to use. Do you have any tips on keeping the Prisma pencils from breaking? I have a couple of colors that are almost gone, but I’ve hardly used them. The pencils have gotten smaller mostly from having to sharpen them so much (from breakage). Thanks for the tips, Vicky!

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