Using Zest-it® Pencil Blend, with techniques to blend Coloured Pencils. The Pencil Blend works with many makes of colour pencil, from our testing we would suggest Luminance, Prismacolor, Karisma, Polychromos, Derwent; Drawing, Artist and Coloursoft.
Due to the tutorial being removed please try this Youtube video
A coloured pencil tutorial on blending, burnishing and layering of pencils, including using Zest-it® Pencil Blend. * A 4 part article by Belinda on using Coloured Pencils, with a video clip of Zest-it Pencil Blend in use showing techniques to blend coloured pencils on the Austrailian Colored Pencils Network site. This is now no longer available to the public.
This was Traceys' second drawing now showing the shading, it was drawn
first using coloured pencil. The whole mushroom was under-painted using
Zest-it® Pencil Blend and a brush, with Derwent Drawing range "Wheat" colour pencil for the main body and "Warm Grey" for the shadows under the cap. This was drawn from life, unfortunately the mushroom deceased before the painting was finished, but I know she found it a good learning exercise.
You may be wondering 'why mushrooms'? It's often best to start with something fairly simple but that you find interesting - mushrooms filled that criteria for her.
Second Mushroom on Whatman watercolour paper (no longer available).
On this mushroom, the second layer of pencil was added whilest the 'cap' was still damp from the Pencil Blend. The richness of the colour becomes more apparent, the light and dark areas are building. When you apply layers of pencil while the drawing is still damp, it will tend to have a slight 'drag' across the surface. Also you will probably need less pencil then when working dry because the colour is 'spreadable' with your brush, tortillion, cotton bud or paper stump. The colour will look darker when first applied although it will return to normal as it dries, because Zest-it dries without leaving any residue on or in the paper.
Another Mushroom on Whatman paper
Laying down pencil colour and under-painting with Pencil Blend allows you to have colour without using up the tooth of the paper. This is important if you wish to work in layers, the more tooth you retain, the more layers you can apply and the richer the result.
The Mallard on the right, is a work in progress, showing the under-painting and the building of colour and layers as the painting progresses.
Buy Prismacolor, Single Colour Pencils and Zest-it® Pencil Blend.
An excellent Colour Pencil site for buying single coloured pencils and products for blending coloured pencils. Stocking Prismacolor, Karisma, Art Stix, other pencils and pencil accessories in the 1buy1pencil online shop.
Caran dAche at Art Discount
Buy Caran dAche including Luminance, Derwent, Daler Rowney, Polychromos, Staedtler, Cretacolor, Stabilo and Zest-it® Pencil Blend.
A very good selection of coloured pencils, available in boxed sets and as single pencils from the Art Discount online shop.
Buy Caran dAche, Derwent, Faber Castell pencils and Zest-it® Pencil Blend.
A good selection of oil pastels and colour pencils, available in boxed sets of pencils and single pencils from BroadCanvas online shop.
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