Step-by-Step Tutorial

A couple of years ago, I was honoured to be asked to develop a step-by-step tutorial for two floral drawings on drafting film. It was a daunting prospect as I haven’t done anything like that before, and I wondered if I would be able to adequately describe all the processes that go into creating an artwork. I decided to give it a try and I chose close up views of a red poppy (see previous post) and a pink dahlia, using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.


“Pink Perfection”  Faber-Castell Polychromos on drafting film, 8″ x 7.5″

Having two jobs, it took me a long time to do, but it was finally released last week on Ann Kullberg’s website. The project kit includes information on drafting film, tips and techniques, lists of supplies and colours used, the reference photos, thirty scanned steps in total, and line art to trace for both drawings. It is available for sale as a PDF download or in print form for $12.99 (US) here.

Project Kit Cover Design

Project Kit Cover Design © Ann Kullberg

Be sure to check out Ann’s website for some great resources for coloured pencil lovers!


5 thoughts on “Step-by-Step Tutorial

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    I am ordering from Ann’s site the kit for Poppys and Dahlia. How do you get a smooth and clean BLACK background on your other work?

  3. janetmayes Post author

    Thank you so much Rose! I’m sorry for the delay in reply – it has been a busy few weeks! With the dark background on the dahlia, I placed a few layers of greens, then a layer of indigo and then black over the top. I alternated each layer using different pencil stroke direction, i.e. horizontal and then vertical and then horizontal etc to try to get a uniform coverage on the film. If you would like a warm tinge to your background, you could use a dark red under the black layer. Another Australian artist Karen Hull has just released a tutorial on creating rich black backgrounds – if you are interested her website is and go to her tutorials page.


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