Art Kuno

On Blending Colored Pencils

It’s been a little over a month when I started using colored pencils and I made a little research before buying my 36-piece set of Faber Castell Classic Colour Pencils. For starters, this very helpful article about blending is a great help. It compared gamsol, colorless blender and white blender with additional tips on how to blend.

GUHIT Pinas artists also mentioned that they use either baby oil and alcohol, both are readily available in our house so I tried using them as well.

Here’s a video from YouTube that compared those as well:

Right now I’m using my white colored pencil and baby oil for blending. Colorless blenders  are around Php69.00 and I’m not sure if I’ll still buy one. After suggestions from GUHIT Pinas,  I tried using alcohol as well. Here’s a comparison of the 3 things I’m using:

Second column was blended using baby oil, the third one with alcohol and the fourth one with white colored pencil

Based on experience, I like using alcohol since it gives me the result that I want.  I think it’s also easier to manage compared with using baby oil (see those circles around the sample on the second column?)

Here’s another video from YouTube that’s really helpful when it comes to blending.  It’s actually the first one that I watched even before I bought my own set.

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