How to Paint With Colored Pencils on Parchment Paper

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How to Paint With Colored Pencils on Parchment Paper
Coloured pencils (crayons image by Marek Kosmal from

Made from the split skin of sheep, parchment paper is a unique type of paper. Although parchment paper is not used for standard painting, it is possible to draw on parchment paper using coloured pencils. Use wax-based, oil-based or water-soluble painting pencils to paint on parchment paper.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Parchment paper
  • Coloured painting pencils
  • Heavy objects

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  1. 1

    Unfold the parchment paper so it lays flat on a hard, smooth surface.

  2. 2

    Place heavy objects or use your arm to hold the parchment paper in place.

  3. 3

    Paint on the parchment paper with a coloured pencil. Make sure there are no creases or folds in the paper, as this increases the chances of tearing. Use light pressure when painting with the coloured pencils. Since the drawing surface of the parchment paper is extremely smooth, adding pressure can tear the paper easily.

  4. 4

    Use either circular or linear strokes when painting. While the circular strokes are most often used for smooth surfaces, linear strokes show strong contours and textures.

  5. 5

    Apply several layers of colour to avoid tearing the paper. For a solid colour, add several layers of colours. Adding pressure to get a solid colour from one layer may cause the parchment paper to tear.

Tips and warnings

  • Coloured pencil cannot be erased from parchment paper.

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