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About Zest-it® Pencil Blend and Blending Coloured Pencils

Both the Pencil Blend and Pencil Blend (Citrus Free) work with many makes of coloured pencil, from our testing we
would suggest Luminance, Prismacolor, Karisma, Polychromos, Derwent; Drawing, Artist and Coloursoft.
Below you will find links to Artists who have been kind enough to share their techniques.

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Johanna Basford on How to Blend Coloured Pencils.
An altogether excellent video tutorial from Johanna on using Zest-it Pencil Blend to blend coloured pencils, using one of her own book for the demonstration. She also explained how she uses the Blending Sponge with Paper Stumps, which seems to be her preferred blending tool.

*International buyers can find suppliers who will ship Zest-it Pencil Blend on Amazon and EBay, also our Eshop

Claudia Sketches
Excellent youtube video of using Coloured Pencils and Zest-it on PastelMat. In depth explanation of how she blends the pencil and how the Zest-it Pencil Blend is used, with lots of helpful hints and tips. Beautiful Blue-Tit drawing. 
Very truthful comment from Claudia in her replies to the suggestion of using another product - "...
I've heard about it, but I've also heard it's incredibly expensive. Gamsol and Mona Lisa paint thinners are also alternatives I would've investigated if Zest-It didn't work for me, but for me Zest-It is very inexpensive and I can purchase it relatively easily.
Thank you for your kind words Claudia.
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An excellent product review by Amie Howard of Amie Howard Pet Portraits.
Amie talks about how she was converted to using solvent with her coloured pencils after trying our Zest-it Pencil Blend.
She describes how she found working with a solvent, she also gives lots of tips on the skills and techniques she has learnt about using solvent and pencil.
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Have a look at this article by Elizabeth Johnson on using Zest-it with her colour pencils for under-painting and blending.
She describes her way of using with paper stump, tortillion and a brush. Check out her blog on the above link, well worth a visit.



Katie Bowman's video is her voyage of discovery as she tries Zest-it Pencil Blend for the first time.

An insight into what its like testing Pencil Blend and using the advantages of the product for your work.

Kirsty Partridge reviews the Zest-it Pencil Blend using Polychromos and Prismacolor Pencils. After blending the pencil more layers could be applied, well explained.

Good advice about the amount of PB to use as you apply each layer, a very helpful video for anyone wishing to know more about blending these two pencil types.



Amie reviews Zest-it Blending Sponge for use in her animal portraits, a lot of information with hint and tips on using the Blending Sponge and blending coloured pencils, also about using the Pencil Blend (Citrus Free)

Zest-it tip:- If the sponge gets too dirty, turn it over in the pot, spare sponges available at J and T's Art and Calligraphy shop

In this video Terri gives plenty of helpful information about using Pencil Blend and blending with a brush, well worth watching. She gives comparisons and a simple exercise to try clearly enjoys using for greeting cards, atc and small works.

The link for finding Zest-it she gives at the end of the video has been changed, please use our online shop, we do ship Internationally.

colored pencil applied to paper and blended

Apply Coloured Pencil using Zest-it® Pencil Blend.

A very nice video clip by Belinda Lindhardt showing blending coloured pencil using Zest-it® Pencil Blend and cotton wool buds.
This is where the Zest-it Blending Sponge comes in so handy, just dip the tip of the cotton bud in and keep working.

Sheldene gives a quick clip on her use of Zest-it Pencil Blend, blending of the coloured pencil and the ease of adding more  layers of pencil.

Zest-it tip:- decant a small amount into a pot for brush dipping, saves dipping into the bottle causing possible spillage and discolouring the whole bottle of Pencil Blend.


karen hull with zest-it An excellent tutorial.

A Step by Step Tutorial number 10 by Karen Hull of a "Portrait in Coloured Pencils and Zest-it"
A detailed PDF with lots of help and information on portrait painting, using coloured pencils and blending with Zest-it Pencil  Blend.

Our thanks to Karen for using our product and guided instruction.
Blending Coloured Pencils is a page on my own website with an in-depth insight into using Pencil Blend to blend coloured pencils on watercolour paper.
About under-painting and working on damp paper.

second mushroom blended with coloured pencils

color pencil and zentangle by jane monk

Tangle with colour added using Zest-it® Pencil Blend.

Jane Monk is a Certified Zentangle Teacher and gives excellent demonstrations of blending Colour, Inktense and Graphite pencils.
Colour Pencils blended with Zest-it Pencil Blend.

Peter Weatherill has an expansive site on coloured pencils using Zest-it and colour pencils for the under-painting, plus many other technique.
Well worth a visit.

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The image on the left was drawn with Graphite pencil and the actual Blending Sponge was used to blend the pencil.
It's by Kevin Rogers who published an article about Zest-it and pencil (Edition99), his work also appears regularly in the Australian Artists Palette Magazine.

Kevin's pencil work with Zest-it on his web page.

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