• Colored Pencils 15.04.2017 Comments Off on Colorfix Paper

    I have wanted to try Sanded or textured papers for a while so here’s my painting, it will be an Epacket later on. For now, I want to share my experience with you.

    Because I work on the smoothest paper I can possibly find (Stonehenge) this was a huge change for me. Before I started, I took a kitchen sponge with a scrubby side (brand new, clean and used dry) and sanded the surface. (Sctoch Brite, non-scratch scrub sponge. It’s blue.)

    I used my regular Prismacolors and found it layered nicely on the paper and blended well. The biggest problem I had was good clean edges – solved by using a Verithin in the same color. Because it’s sandpaper-ish, particles were kind of everywhere as I painted.  Brushing off just smeared so after the first swipe I was very careful. I might be tempted to use a Swiffer in future. I think it might be gentler than my brush. At the end, the background was quite smeared but using the Factis Black eraser, it all came off. The surface is hardy, I did like that and I really like the color range. This is Sky Blue.

    I could have used more layers to cover the texture but I rather like it. It seems more natural than perfectly smooth to me. I haven’t tried OMS or blender pencils on it yet – I wanted it to be a pure painting to begin with, then maybe later on I will experiment.

  • Colored Pencils 26.08.2015 Comments Off on Columbine – New Colored Pencil Tutorial

    columbinecopywebNow available on my website: marianjackson.com

    8 pages includes: 8 step-by photos, 1 full color step-by-step, 1 full page color photo, line drawing.

    Uses Canson Mi Tientes, #131 Twilight, 8 x 10 and Prismacolor Wax pencils.

    Very suitable for Beginners.

  • Colored Pencils 23.12.2014 Comments Off on Colored Pencils Club

    YelloMJrosesmall2w Rose is my second project for 2015 on the Colored Pencils Club. I’m thinking also of the possibility of several background color choices. I didn’t want to get this too complicated as we have so many beginners subscribing, but I believe you will learn something regardless and it’s interesting enough for advanced painters. Always fun to put your own spin on an painting like this.

    The subscription is $110 for 12 projects by numerous National and International artist, many with videos to go along with the written instructions. My classes will have videos. This online course is like a mini convention that you attend in your own time frame. Classes are available until December 31, 2015.

    Please subscribe if you haven’t already using this link as it’s the only way we get paid. Looking forward to this joint venture with you. Gift Certificates are available also.
    Click here to visit Colored Pencils Club.

    The Colander & Plums goes live
    January 1, 2015


  • Colored Pencils 23.12.2014 Comments Off on Online Video Class

    Just in time for last minute Christmas Gifts. An online video class, just like looking over my shoulder. Just $25  Gift Certificates available at marianjackson.com

  • Colored Pencils 31.10.2014 Comments Off on Wax Bloom

    Many new colored pencil painters don’t know what wax bloom is or how to recognize or remove it.  This is a 48 second video that shows you what it is.  I don’t use anything other than a soft make up pad, or cotton ball to lightly wipe the wax away. Seeing is believing.

  • Colored Pencils 12.09.2014 Comments Off on Candy Canes – New Colored Pencils Tutorial


    Candy Canes – a Colored Pencils Tutorial available now on my website. Just in time to make hand made Holiday cards. Instant delivery upon your return from PayPal.

    Candy Canes – a Colored Pencil Tutorial suitable for beginners or intermediate painters.  $10

    Contains: 3 pages of instructions, 1 page size color photo, 1 page size step-by-step photo for a total of 5 pages.

    This design was originally presented in The Decorative Painter.



  • Colored Pencils 05.09.2014 Comments Off on Protect your painting while you paint

    Watch a short video on Protecting your Painting while you Paint with Colored Pencils.  If you would like to see more Helpful Hint videos like this, from other artists, consider subscribing to the Colored Pencils Club.

    12 months of Online Classes – written tutorials with step-by-step photos, video clips on the different techniques used by the artist and a wide variety of subjects.

    One new class per month, notification by email with the classroom password.  To view other projects please visit my website.  marianjackson.com
    It is important to use the affiliated link from my website as this is how I get paid.


  • Seminars 07.04.2014 Comments Off on Time for Tea – Oil Workshop

    I will be teaching a 5 day oil workshop at Cheri Rol’s  Home Studio in Greenville, IN –   Jan. 17 – 21, 2015

    The class is already half full, so don’t wait to make your reservation. Cheri has a wonderful classroom with video apparatus so everyone has a great view.

    Contact phone # 812-366-4180
    Contact E-mail: rolpub@cherirol.com

    View details here.  http://cherirol.com/seminars2.htm