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  • Self-Study
  • Instructor – Tara Roskell
  • 4+ Hours of Instruction
  • Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
  • Private Facebook Group – teacher available for first four weeks only
  • #kickinthecreatives
  • Course Price – $99

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Are You Ready to Create Bold Colourful Pieces of Art with Neocolor 2? Do You Enjoy the Immediacy of Working with a Tactile Medium That You Apply Directly with Your Hands Rather Than With a Brush?


In this course, you will learn how to apply and blend Neocolor 2 to create beautiful paintings. We will work on 4 main projects: to create some bold cute characters, to create a colourful semi abstract face, to create a realistic parrot with texture in it’s feathers and we’ll create a loose, impressionistic canal scene.  We’ll also use Neocolor 2 to create some interesting backgrounds for your sketchbooks.  I’ll share some hints and tips I’ve learned on the way that will help you get started quickly. Plus we’ll have a bonus project to create a collage from some of the backgrounds that you create.


Tara Roskell Lesson 6 Canal Progress C



By the end of this course students will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • What materials work best with Neocolor 2
  • How to blend Neocolor 2
  • How to create bright and punchy paintings with Neocolor 2
  • How to create texture in Neocolor 2
  • How to use Neocolor 2 with mixed media
  • How to create sketchbook backgrounds with Neocolor 2
  • How to use Neocolor 2, wet in wet


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Our first lesson will familiarize you with Neocolor 1 and 2 pastels and how they can also be used together. You will learn about some of the alternatives to Neocolor 2 with a demonstration of how they perform and I will also offer suggestions for paper options that you could choose.

Lesson 2 will cover: cleaning the pastels, avoiding smudging, taping your paper down, getting fine lines, using a pencil holder, using your pastel shavings, creating paint swatches and blending your pastels.  These tips and techniques will help you to be more successful the lessons!

Tara Roskell Lesson 3 Character Progress C
Tara Roskell Lesson4 Final abstract face

We will have four main lessons and a bonus lesson for this course.  In the first main lesson, you will learn to create bold, colourful characters which will be painted over an acrylic background.  Next, we will move on to painting a semi-abstract face using yellow paper as a base. Near the end of the painting, we will experiment digitally with ideas (optional), before executing them on the actual painting.

Tara RoskellLesson 5 Parrot Final
Tara Roskell Lesson 5 Parrot Progress A

In Lesson 5, we will create a realistic parrot painted over an acrylic ink background. We will experiment with creating textures for the feathers.  Lesson 6 will allow us to experiment with a wet in wet technique to create a loose almost impressionistic style canal scene.  Next, I will show you how to make backgrounds in your sketchbook with Neocolor 2 . These could be used to draw over or for art journaling.  In our final lesson, we will use some of the backgrounds created previously to make a collaged character.


Tara Roskell Lesson 6 Canal Final Image
Tara Roskell Lesson 7 Collage shapes


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From a very young age, I loved to draw and I dreamt of being an artist when I grew up. I used to paint and draw in a traditional style, but that changed when I went to art college and we were encouraged to experiment.

I went on to study graphic design and I’ve now been a graphic designer for over 25 years. But because everything in that field is digital, I stopped creating by hand and as a result, I lost my passion for drawing and painting.

A few years ago I connected online with another artist called Sandra Busby. The two of us started setting each other creative challenges. It was through doing these challenges that I rediscovered my love of drawing by hand again. At first, it felt strange to draw by hand; I was so out of practice and I was used to having that easy ‘undo’ button. But it wasn’t long before that spark was reignited and now I don’t want to create digitally anymore. I feel it's the quirks and imperfections that bring a piece of work to life.

Sandra and I, now encourage other people to be creative through our website and podcast Kick in the Creatives.

Near the beginning of last year, I set myself a 60-day challenge to ‘Find My Art Style’ and completely fell in love with Neocolor 2 pastels; they are so immediate, punchy and vibrant. They are also very versatile. My favourite subjects to draw are semi-abstract faces and characters. I am a big dog lover so dogs often appear with my characters too.





This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  This course is a self-study, so the teacher may or may not be active in the group.  However, students still sign up and you can see past and present work and comments.


Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the lessons in this course.  However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand. 




  • Acrylic paints
  • Acrylic inks
    • Speed Dry Magic Colour Inks - Process Yellow
    • Speed Dry Magic Colour Inks - Process Cyan
    • If you don’t have acrylic inks, you could water down some acrylic paint.


Mark-Making Tools

  • I used a brayer, kid’s sponge brush, kid’s sponge roller and a palette knife, but you could use bits of card, an old credit card and anything you have that will make marks and texture.
  • Anything to make textures - I used leaves, corrugated card, palette knife, kid’s foam brush, bubble wrap

Other Supplies

  • Pallette - I used a paper one
  • Masking tape
  • A board to tape your paper to
  • Water spray bottle
  • Waterproof fineliner pen
  • Scrap paper to lean on
  • Tissue or rag to absorb excess water and clean pastels
  • Two holed pencil sharpener or craft knife to sharpen your pastels
  • Sketchbook
  • Cocktail sticks/toothpicks or anything you can scratch a mark with
  • Brushes suitable for watercolour
  • Craft knife, scalpel or scissors
  • Cutting mat or old board
  • For adding collage - Scraps of yellow and kraft paper, text from an old book, please improvise with what you have.
  • Piece of thick card - I used the back of an old sketchbook
  • Plastic folder insert sleeve
  • Old brush to apply Matt medium or glue


  • Daler Rowney Mixed Media Art Board
  • Digital tablet or phone with drawing software to test out ideas
  • Pencil holder
  • Gesso
  • Matte Medium


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**Due to the nature of the immediate availability of the course, all purchases are nonrefundable.

**Please talk to the artist of the course about his/her policy on selling artwork created in this course prior to selling any works created during course.  Some artists will allow it, while others do not.  Thank you for your support.


  1. LOIS PEARSON (verified owner)

    i enjoyed this class very much. i love the caran d’ache crayons but never know just quite how to handle them. tara covers a number of different methods

  2. Femke Wösten (verified owner)

    I am only halfway this online course from Tara Roskell, but already enjoying the various techniques being addressed. The water soluble wax crayons are much more diverse in use, then I had discovered on my own and this course gives you a few different projekts to get to know the material in all its facets. A totally fun experience so far!

  3. Penny (verified owner)

    Oh my gosh, I have had so much fun with this class. I won’t lie, I kinda got off topic with, well, EVERY class project because as I saw and tried more, I wanted to do more with them.

    I’m sad to say that previous to this class I’d had my Neo Color 2’s for at least 3 yrs and barely used them- mostly as a water color stick…. Oh the shame! I’d seen Tara doing these wonderful pictures on Insta and soooo wanted to try it. This is not just a great course for Neo Color 2’s it is also a a few sessions of sit downs with Tara with a variety of projects, most in her particular creative style. Between these sit downs and the inspiration they gave… I’ve been on a Neo Color 2 art exploration kick of epic proportions for over a month. I’ve found that the Neo Color 2’s free you up to enjoy creating and exploring with color in a way I only remember doing as a kid. You can’t go wrong or do wrong with this class and Tara walks you through everything step-by-step, but don’t be afraid to lash out in a creative blast of crazy colored art either- she would definitely approve!

  4. Jen Merrill (verified owner)

    This is a great class for learning new techniques for using Neocolor II water soluble wax crayons. There are a variety of styles presented, so you can discover your favorite way of working with this unique medium. Tara’s instruction is clear, and watching her complete the exercises taught me a lot. Highly recommended for those who’d like to learn more about Neocolor II!

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