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About an hour
Intermediate
Intermediate
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colour pencil wooden drink coasters

Decorate these wooden drink coasters with birch, oak and maple leaves for the fall season. Creating this rustic look is done easily with Winsor & Newton™ Studio Collection™ Colour Pencils.
Step 1

Cover your work surface with a disposable covering.

Step 2

Apply a single, even layer of the Nut Brown Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink on the front side, back side, and sides of each coaster using a ½" [1.2 cm] flat watercolor brush.
Allow the ink to fully dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 3

Using the birch, oak, and maple leaves on the stencil and working on one leaf at a time, fill in each leaf stencil by applying one even layer with white color pencil. Secure the stencil in place with artist or painter’s tape.

Step 4

Birch leaves: apply one even layer of yellow to the left side of the leaf. To the right side, apply both grass and yellow colors. Apply yellow to the far-right side of this section and grass color to the remaining portion, overlapping these colors slightly where they meet. Vary the width of these colors to help create variance in your leaves. Finally, apply grass color to the stem. For the oak leaves: apply orange to the top portion of each leaf and to the majority of the tips other than the section directly above the stem. Then, apply grass to the stem and remaining portion of the oak leaves where orange was not applied. For the maple leaves, apply yellow to the portion of each leaf that is located directly above the stem, creating a shape that is similar to a circle when applying this color to each leaf. Apply orange to the stem and to the remainder of each maple leaf.

Step 5

Apply second layer of by starting with the birch leaves. Apply lush green directly to the section that is located to the right of the middle vein, going over part of where grass was applied in the previous step. Do not entirely cover grass with this new color. Apply lush green to the stem as well. Then, directly to the left of the middle vein, apply grass, going over some but not all of the yellow applied in the previous step. For the oak leaves, apply lush green to the stem and directly to the left and right side of the middle vein. Do not completely cover the grass color that was applied in the previous step. Apply a small swatch of yellow to the areas where grass meets orange. Overlap yellow over both of these colors to create an area of transition that is yellow-green and then an area of transition that is red-orange. Then, apply red to the tips of the oak leaves where orange was applied in the previous step. Do not completely cover the orange color applied in the previous step. For the maple leaves, apply red to the upper tips of the maple leaves, going over some but not all of the orange applied in the previous step.

Step 6

Apply a third layer of color. For birch leaves, apply true blue only to edging directly to the right of the middle vein, going over some but not all of the lush green applied in the previous step. For oak leaves, apply true blue only to the edging directly to the left and right of the middle vein, going over some but not all of the lush green applied in the previous step. For maple leaves, apply burnt sienna to the tips of the maple leaves where red was applied in the previous step, but do not completely cover red with this new color.

Step 7

Make sure surface of coasters are free of any pencil dust. Then, apply the 1st layer of Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish to the surface of the coasters using a foam brush. Let dry, then add a minimum of 4 more layers of the medium and varnish. This will help protect the surface when placing hot or cold beverages on top of it.

Step 8

(Optional) Apply round felt or cork bumpers to the bottom of your coasters. This will protect the surface the coasters are placed on top of.
TIP: To perform the back and forth stroke, place your pencil on the paper and move it in a back and forth manner, either up and down or side to side, without picking up your pencil. To perform the scumbling stroke, make a series of overlapping circles and coils without picking up your pencil.

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