Video Tutorial: Using Inktense Pencils in The Magical City.

Part one of my three part series covering colouring ‘Paris in Lizzie Mary Cullen’s book ‘The Magical City’ is now live at YouTube.  In this part I will show you how to colour the sky and background using Derwent Inktense pencils.  A complete list of all the pencil colours you require will also appear in the description below the video.  (You may need to expand it to get the full description.)

The pencils I use in this episode are:

Payne’s grey and violet for the swirls.
Sun yellow, sicilian yellow and either iris blue or light phthalo blue in Faber castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils.
Iron blue for the clouds.
Golden yellow for the stars.
Bright blue for the bubbles.
Sherbert lemon, spring green and bright blue for the leaves.
Iron green and shiraz for the background foliage.
Saddle brown and baked earth for the branches.

Enjoy and let me know what you think.let me know what you think.

 

25 Comments

  1. Paula

    Love this! I’ve been waiting for it, all ready with my Magical City book and Inktense pencils. I’ve learned so much from you. I love the bubble effect. So simple, but I would not have thought to do it. Looking so forward to following along later tonight! Thank you, as always, for your wonderful tutorials. 🙂

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  2. Tracy

    Thank you for listing all the colors Peta! I just pulled out my Inktense pencils that I’ve been trying to complete and I was missing a few colors, so ordered those (and others I’m missing) so I’ll be all set next week … which is when my book is scheduled to arrive too 🙂 While I was at it, I got a Strathmore Visual Journal for creating a nice record of my rapidly multiplying collection of supplies lol

    Am I just paying attention today or has the little rat always been in your “Colour With Peta / La Artistino” logo? (Probably my brain has just been slow!) So cute 🙂

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Not at all. You’re quite on the ball. My hubby decided to add the little rattie to my logo a short time ago seeing as my fuzzy kids keep putting in appearances here.

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    2. Carol

      I have learned so much from your tutorials. Hopefully this is a gateway to using my creative skills in a more free style way. I’ve always admired art, but never had tips and tricks in an ongoing way to keep me inspired. Thanks so much for sharing so much with us!

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  3. daniele

    peta do you ever use clear gesso to prepare the page before you use watercolor pencils or inktense pencils?

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    1. Rebecca

      So looking forward to this, I purchased this bpok & inktense pencils after seeing one of your videos. I can’t wait to color along with you, Cheers!

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    2. Chaypeta (Post author)

      No, I haven’t as yet but i have seen an interesting tutorial on doing so. (Sorry i can’t find the link for it at the moment.) I have clear gesso that i use for my other work but the surface it leaves is like fine sand paper and would eat my pen nibs. I love it with watercolours as it gives an interesting texture. I need to find a clear gesso that isn’t grainy.

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  4. Debbie

    Thank you so much. Can’t wait to try this.

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  5. Chris S.

    Great tutorial. I always look forward to your tutorials and look forward to the next parts. Thank you for taking the time to walk us through the steps you take to color the pictures.

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  6. Lesley

    Peta, thank you so much for this! I already had the book and 36 Inktense pencils and started my version of the picture following along with you today. I learnt so much from your part 1 about colour selection and technique and am delighted with progress so far. Your video has finally given me the confidence to give these pencils a try. Thanks you for this and all your other videos, love them all ☺️

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  7. Dina

    Ready for the second part! ??

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  8. Mari

    Dear Peta: I just finished Parts 2&3 of the Duck Pond tutorial (I’m a little behind) and didn’t know I could get so excited about a fish. Watching it come to life using the different colors made my day. Then I watched your video using Inktense pencils and as usual was amazed at your incredible talent. Thank you for listing the colors used. That was a huge help for someone like me. I tried doing the little purple bird but got lost on some of the colors used on its wings and body. You make us all better at coloring and make learning so much fun. Thank you!!

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  9. MARLENE CARDONA IRIZARRY

    Micadors for meee!

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Oops.. wrong thread, Marlene. You need to post on the Micador competition thread to enter. Hope you see this in time. Fingers crossed.

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  10. Tarryn

    Love, love, LOVE my inktense pencils! Been playing around with them for a while and so excited about this tutorial!
    Could the background behind the leaves be a mountain of some sort?

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      It certainly can. Making it foliage was just my interpretation. I’ve also seen people leave it just as sky. Whatever you think might work is good.

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  11. Bobbi

    Thank you so much for this. I can’t wait to try it! My inktense pencils should be here in a few days. The Magical City will take longer to arrive since it’s shipping overseas, so I’m thinking I’ll try them out in Lost Ocean over the weekend. I’m really excited to color this picture along with you. I’ve watched the video twice already, and I know I will learn so much by working on the picture as the video plays.

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  12. Carina Håkansson

    Hi Peta!

    I have just bought the 72-set of Derwent Inktense and I’m waiting for “The Magical book” to arrive in the letterbox. I think it is amazing that I can be infront of the computer and learn to colour all the way from Australia.

    Thank You for sharing Your skill!

    /Carina, Gothenburg, Sweden.

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  13. Jo

    When will part 2 be out? I’m itching to carry on with it! Oh well I can go back to getting on with the duck pond series till then but I do prefer my inktense and the magical city book can’t wait to get her new onto the magical journey when it’s out!

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Jo. the Video is loaded into Youtube but will not be available to you until tomorrow… so say in another 20 hours or so. This is part 2 with part 3 soon to follow. We have had to break the 2nd part into parts as it turned out to be so long.

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  14. Keely Lambert

    Hi Peta. I love your tutorials, I learn so much! I use the Derwent water brushes but the one you use seems to be so much smoother (bristles keep poking out of mine!) I’ve been looking at getting the same as yours but was wondering if it’s the detail tip or medium tip? I will probably end up buying both but was interested to know as I can’t quite tell with those colours being so similar.
    P.s. I watched your pastel background video this morning and just wanted to say that here in the UK we also call erasers rubbers but a million people have probably told you that ?. Xxx

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Keely, I use the fine point in the Kuretake zig brushed. the barrel for this size is yellow. the barrel for the medium id purple. There are two other brush sizes in the range: the large and the wedge shaped but i don’t have these. As for rubbers… lol. We share a lot of words not used anywhere else it seems :).

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  15. Diana Hayn-Williams

    Thank you so much for these full length tutorials. I know they are time consuming to make and I really appreciate them. I have stayed away from Inktense pencils for coloring because I wasn’t comfortable with them but I am learning a lot by following along with the tutorial. Love your other tutorials also.

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  16. Jane Moody

    I want to get exact brush you use but do not know what it is. Yellow body that holds water. Fine tip. Please tell me exactly what it is called. Thanks. Love your teaching videos.

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      The brush is a Kuretaki Zig water brush or aquabrush. 🙂

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