Hello! Today I want to share a card that I’ve made for this month’s Altenew Inspiration Challenge. The colours Altenew chose this month were extremely hard for me to combine so I decided to take inspiration from the photo instead. When I was young it was almost a criminal offense to combine scarlet red and pink and I’m afraid that remnant of my past still has a strong hold on my psyche. I just couldn’t do it!

I also took inspiration from the first joint challenge held by AAA Cards Challenge #94 and Less Is More Challenge 336-337, making my card a single layer card on coloured cardstock.

I stamped Altenew’s Sketchy Rose stamp, using Versamark Ink onto generic kraft card. Normally, when doing any no line colouring, I would use a very light dye ink but I’ve found the usual light colours dry too light on this kraft card and it can’t be seen at all, once fully dry. The Versamark ink gives a clear crisp image on kraft card that stays that way, meaning I can take my time working on the image.

I recently bought a new set of Lyra Rembrandt oil based coloured pencils and have been wanting to test them out. I haven’t felt comfortable using my Prismacolor Pencils, struggling to blend them when working in my normal way. I’ve found the wax bloom surfaces well before I’m happy with my blend.

The Lyra Rembrandt pencils are a completely different type of pencil and now I have worked with them, I’ve found they are much more like a traditional artist’s pencil. I chose Lyra above other brands of oil based pencils because they have been produced for 200 years and that longevity just speaks volumes to me. Their price is not extravagant either, I only paid about $US80 for a full set! 

The pencils blend easily with each other and can be laid down in many layers, suiting my colouring style much more. They also have a harder lead, need less sharpening and have next to no breakage problems. They also have a great light fastness, meaning their colour will stay true for many years. I didn’t even bother putting a layer of white onto the card before colouring and the pencils kept true to their colour on the darker surface. I just loved working with them! I could rave so much more about these pencils…

Once I finished colouring, I added Nuvo Crystal Clear Glaze in droplets on the rose and created raindrops across the rest of the card. This gave the card some dimensional interest while remaining clean and simple. I had never attempted raindrops before but once I got the hang of dragging the glaze out from the initial drop, I found it a fairly easy technique.

The finished rose looked very traditional so I decided to continue the theme by adding a sentiment, corners and borders using some old peel off stickers. They’re something card makers don’t use that much now but I think they still have their place, particularly when added to something that looks so traditional.

I have also decided to add this card to a number of other challenges. Crafty Friends Challenge #62 and Daisy Chain Challenges #10 both have a floral theme, while Incy Wincy Designs have a current theme of a single layer card. The rest of the challenges have an anything goes theme and they are:

I hope you like my rose and if you have any questions about the Lyra Rembrandt pencils, please leave it in the comments. If there’s enough interest, I’ll write a full post dedicated to these magnificent artist tools. I can’t wait to use them again, and again, and again!


35 thoughts on “A Sketchy Rose with Lyra Rembrandt Pencils

  1. Stunning colouring Anne, loved reading your comments on the process, I have just bought the full set of Prismacolor pencils and am really enjoying them but having to sharpen often. For me the main thing I had to look for was ease of use as I have Osteo in my hands and found the harder leads took too much out of my hands, sadly. I am new to colouring with pencils as I have always used copics and love the detail you have on the rose it is just amazing.

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    1. Thanks for your support, Aileen. I too have Osteo in the thumbs. I’ve found the oil based pencil great because, even though they have a harder lead, they lay down with a rich, creaminess that means I don’t work as hard, or as long. While some colours feel harder than others, because of the pigment needed to make that colour, they generally feel more like a “firm oil pastel”.


  2. Anne, your talent for colouring is terrific! That rose is just stunning. Great effect with the raindrops and I see the sticker issue has been solved 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x


  3. This is beautiful Anne, what amazing colouring! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Lost Coast Designs, and have a fun weekend. Sue xx


  4. Amazing card, Anne. Love the depth and vibrancy of your colouring. The raindrops is a great finishing touch. Unfortunately, the peel off stickers is considered a layer, so this would not qualify as a OLC. Striking card. Thank you for sharing with us at Less is More in collaboration with AAA Cards.


      1. Please don’t shoot the messenger. 😇 I feel your disbelief, Anne! 🤣 I used to think paper piecing was fine. Unfortunately, we have to keep it fair for everyone as we’ve had a few similar entries. Your card is seriously gorgeous!


        1. I can’t believe I made such a rookie mistake, so I’m not shooting anyone but myself, in the foot!
          Is it OK to take them off, make a new post and resubmit?
          I had your challenge in mind, over all the others, while working and I was more worried about the raindrops being a layer to be honest.


          1. Sorry, Anne, for the late response, but it looks like you’ve already peeled off and re-submitted. The raindrops is considered an embellishment and our guideline is minimal embellishments. Once again, I love your card and I am in awe of your mad colouring skills. Your rave review of those pencils have me considering them even though I already have Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. 😂 tThank you Anne for sharing your talents.


  5. That is absolutely gorgeous. Your coloring is fantastic and the Kraft Paper background is perfect. So simple, yet so stunning with just the perfect amount of embellishment. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

    Crafting Circle.com/Bloggit


  6. Wow! A beautiful card and your colouring is stunning! The added water drops are the perfect detail! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous card in our challenge at One Crazy Stamper


  7. Love the coloring! Your investment on those Lyra Rembrandt pencils is worth it! I haven’t tried no line coloring using color pencils. This is something I would like to explore someday. Thanks for sharing your creation with us @ Incy Wincy Designs 1 Paper Layer Only Challenge. Good luck!-Maria Giselle


  8. Beautiful card, Anne. I love your colouring and the clever “rain drops”. A super effect! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Less is More 🙂


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