Hello and Colored Pencils

Two Peas is Closing
Click here to visit our final product sale. Click here to visit our FAQ page regarding the closing of Two Peas.

Posted 11/20/2011 by djc in General Stamping
1 2 >
 

djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 11/20/2011 3:55:47 PM
I haven't been around much lately. Tired. Visiting relatives. Cruising the gallery. Pinterest.

I got totally lost at Splitcoaststampers. They have a thread over there about colored pencils that has been going on for years. I'm only on page 11 out of about 67. Did you know that Prismacolor is bringing back some of their retired colors? (OK. I peeked at page 67.)

Remember I'm only up to May, 2009, but mostly, people are talking about what we called the Magic Colored Pencil Technique (MCPT) which is blending the coloring with Odorless Mineral Spirits (Gamsol, Mona Lisa, Sansodor, etc.) However, I was happy that someone also posted about the dangers of these products. Many people are using baby oil. There was also talk about Zest It!. The people who used it really liked it; it blends beautifully, and there's no oil residue. (See, I'm not the only one who prefers this safer blender!)

Here and there, people also talk about coloring without any blender at all the way professional artists do--just blending different colors of pencils. On our board, One of Two Shoes and Thimbles 3 posted fabulous work using colored pencils without solvents or other blenders. They haven't posted here in a while, but their galleries are still here.

I've only recently been trying to use my pencils, and I need a lot of practice. I'm not very good at leaving white space and lighter spaces. I remember nchantin (Cathy) recommended the Colored Pencil Solution Book by Janie Gildow & Barbara Benedetti Newton to me, but it was so far beyond what I was willing to attempt. It's an amazing book, and I still like to look at it. I couldn't believe that people could create such wonderful art with colored pencils.

Is there anyone out there who is using their colored pencils?

Daria






tchk
PeaNut

PeaNut 344,036
October 2007
Posts: 441
Layouts: 32

Posted: 11/20/2011 5:49:12 PM
When I have time to stamp, I often use my pencils to color. I have a large set of regular Prismacolors and also Derwent watercolor pencils. I am also not a big fan of the OMS- cannot get past the smell and the warnings- so I use baby oil when I want a certain look. I tend to watercolor more than pencils, but I do like them!



Meechelle
BucketHead

PeaNut 520,363
September 2011
Posts: 547
Layouts: 53
Loc: Flori-duh

Posted: 11/20/2011 9:14:34 PM
Very glad you started this thread! I have been playing with my Prismacolors more and more lately. Just like you said, I don't want to get into the OMS. Seems like too much hassle/risk.

When I first started with my pencils, I bought the Prismacolor blending pencil. It's pretty good, but once you use it, you can't really add more color. It lays a layer down that you can't add to/blend.

Now I am working more with just using the pencils with no blending at all. I am NOT a master colorer - is that a word? - so it is all very trial and error for me. So far, I am really liking the results.

No doubts, someone much more talented than me could look at my stuff and pick it apart with 100 reasons why it isn't "right" when it comes to shading and light, etc. BUT...it still looks good, and that is good enough for me.



lickeyan
PeaFixture

PeaNut 183,669
January 2005
Posts: 3,566
Layouts: 270
Loc: Utah

Posted: 11/21/2011 8:04:49 AM
I also got lost in that thread and still get e mails from them when new responses are added. I went there a lot while I was first using them and need to go back there again.

I use lavender scented baby oil - I love lavender and I am happy with the results of the baby oil.

I love using my prismacolors but I am not good at blending or shading - I also looked at that book, it was wonderful, but I needed a more simple how to book.

Trial and error and fortunately most of my errors could be covered up.

I like the softness of the coloring with the pencils and then the boldness of the copics.

Thanks so much for sharing this thread. Somewhere I have one of my first pieces, if I can find it I will post it here.




stampwilly
PeaFixture

PeaNut 249,470
February 2006
Posts: 3,000
Layouts: 176
Loc: South Carolina

Posted: 11/21/2011 8:48:59 AM
I color mostly with pencils and OMS. The OMS is odorless, so it doesn't bother me. I have never had a problem with it. I love the automatic shading it gives -- I don't have to think about it!

Stampwilly

djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 11/21/2011 10:35:30 AM
I was determined to use my pencils more and knew I needed to practice. I was one of those kids who always colored within the lines--very little imagination. When I was at Nora's one day, I just colored, and I was so happy with they way the pictures turned out once I'd added the blending solution (I used Zest-It.) It made all the difference.

Cactus Card
Flowers in Vase
Santa

Even though I use a blender, I'd still like to gradually learn how to blend with just the pencils. Meechelle, I don't like the blending pencil. It's pure wax. It didn't seem to do much. Prismacolor also has a blending pen for use with pencils, but I only tried it briefly. I think I'm spoiled by how easily the Zest-It works; I hardly noticed the change with the pen. I will, however, try it again to give it a proper chance.


Here are some links that might be helpful:

These tutorials are by 1of2shoes (Debbie) on Two Peas in a Bucket. She colors without mineral spirits. Check out her gallery on Two Peas. She hasn't posted in a while, but what's there is fabulous.

Debbie's tutorial
Another tutorial by Debbie


Also, on Two Peas is Thimbles3 (Jennifer). Like Debbie, she colors without using mineral spirits. She still posts on Two Peas and has equally fabulous examples in her gallery. You might have to go back in time because I think she's switched to Copic; I'm not sure.

Jennifer's Angel Card

Color Pencil Resource Thread at Two Peas
Original MCPT Thread by Michele


Lickeyan, look for those cards. It'd be fun to see them. I also plan to learn by trial and error. Hopefully, the video tutorials and the advice I keep compiling from others will help me to have less of the errors!

Daria


Anna-Karin
Peas is the way

PeaNut 269,941
July 2006
Posts: 9,743
Layouts: 1,066
Loc: Johannesburg, South Africa

Posted: 11/21/2011 11:10:49 AM
Great thread Daria!

I sometimes use Odourless spirits with my pencils, but more often just the pencils (quicker and I don't like to drag out the bottle of spirits). I also like the added texture. There was a great tutorial by Shari on Hero Arts about coloured pencils some time ago, using different pressures to get different shades of colours, blending with a white pencil afterwards and with an eraser. Here's the link:

Colored pencils technique

I did these ATC's with the technique:

Flower ATC set


Anna-Karin

http://www.layersofink.blogspot.com/


djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 11/21/2011 11:29:34 AM
When I first went to an art store looking for odorless mineral spirits, the man at the store asked me why I wanted it. He warned me that just because it was odorless didn't mean that it was safe. I bought some anyway. I've used it sparingly and with an open window. Since then, I've become more aware of the safety of what we use. Cathy (nchantin) was the first person who made me think about that issue. She informed me of the Material Safety Data Sheets. You can ask to see them at the store before you buy purchase an item. You can find them online.

Here are some links about Gamsol and Zest-it.

I like that second link from the Zest-it website since it explains what all the categories are.


Material Safety Sheet for Gamsol

Material Safety Sheet for Zest-It

Explanation for Product Safety for Zest-It

Color Pencil Tips and Techniques--Solvents

I hope this helps. Sometimes Peas who are pregnant or who stamp with their children mention using odorless mineral spirits. That worries me.

HTH.
Daria


djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 11/21/2011 11:47:18 AM
Anna-Karin, thank you for the link. I've seen that video before, but I forgot all about it. The information on the highlights is just what I need. I have used the eraser in that way with chalks, but not with pencils. I like the way Shari Carroll shows the light, medium, and hard pressure marks. It's a terrific tutorial.

Your ATCs are beautiful. You did a wonderful job with them.

Thank you.
Daria

Inkin one
PeaNut

PeaNut 485,818
October 2010
Posts: 113
Layouts: 3
Loc: beachy, breezy small town SC

Posted: 11/21/2011 7:25:03 PM
I use mine a lot in stamping and for the art classes I teach ( when I can get students

I hate the colorless blender. hate. it. I only use OMS...I have Gamsol, Zest-it, Natuaral orange terpent solvent ( from Eco house) and some good old fashioned mineral spirits..( from the paint isle at the hardware store) ..I LOVE my OMS. I can achieve such fantastic color depth and brightness that with out it my work ..just looks dull to me. I have just started playing around with the water brush with OMS in it..that works "ok" but seems to bleed out around the paper for me..need to practice that more.

I would like to caution those of you that use baby oil in your blending..I am sure it looks good and works fine, but the lasting effects it has on your work may not make you happy.. I haven't tried it but I know what has happened to me in the past form haivng baby oil on my hands ( from the children) and stupidly touching MY ART WORK . OY>.what a nightmare.

Just be careful..and have fun. I can answer a lot of your questions about shading..and what not if you have any...just pm me...




--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Meechelle
BucketHead

PeaNut 520,363
September 2011
Posts: 547
Layouts: 53
Loc: Flori-duh

Posted: 11/21/2011 9:27:59 PM
Daria, that link you posted for "Debbie's Tutorial", was actually one of the videos I watched that got me started blending with just the pencils. Great video!



prospurring
Prospurring Pea

PeaNut 379,335
June 2008
Posts: 5,685
Layouts: 332
Loc: North Carolina

Posted: 11/21/2011 9:50:22 PM
Hi, Daria! Fun thread!

I use colored pencils all the time, and rarely use a blender or do any blending. Here are some recent examples:
Dream Discovery Destiny Card
Cheerful Autumn Flower Card
Joyful Holiday Tag

I recently tried a blender pen, but I don't really like it.

I've tried the blending pencil, and it doesn't really work for me.

I have tried OMS and a blending stump, and that DOES seem to work for me. But, it is kind of a pain, because you have to sand off the color from the stump before trying a new color. So I don't use it that often.

When I do use OMS, I have a little metal tin that seals shut pretty well. I think it originally had lemon drops in it. And I have a little sponge in there. I poured a bit of the OMS on the sponge, and then put the rest of the OMS away. I only open the tin when I want to add more OMS to the blending stump, and then put the lid back on. It is a handy way to keep the fumes low, and seems to work for me.

If I do want to blend, I prefer to use watercolor pencils, like I did for this Enjoy Watercolor Flower Card.

Mostly, I just use my set of 72 Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. It lets me choose from a variety of colors ... without breaking my budget.

Just a little bit of cream or white colored pencil can make a big difference in some cards like this Vintage Hello ATC. Sometimes I will blend more than one color together. And, if I am coloring brights on kraft, I use white colored pencil first, and then a colored layer on top of that like I did in my Three Birds with Flourishes Card.

But that's about the extent of my blending, most days!



Meechelle
BucketHead

PeaNut 520,363
September 2011
Posts: 547
Layouts: 53
Loc: Flori-duh

Posted: 11/22/2011 2:41:50 PM
That is a great idea, Anne, about putting down the layer of white first when you are working on kraft!



djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 11/23/2011 12:18:31 PM
Anne, thank you so much for posting those links. I had missed most of those cards! Now I have them safely tucked away on my hard drive with your instructions. The trio of birds on kraft cs made me smile, and I'm still smiling. I appreciate all the tips you give when you post in the gallery. It's like having a tutorial every time I check in.

Daria

djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 11/23/2011 12:35:37 PM
Inkn one, that's a good point about the baby oil. I used it to blend the oil pastels on the last card here. I left it sitting on some absorbent paper because I was sure it was going to make a mess, but it didn't. I couldn't even feel a residue. It's an ATC so I have it stored in a sleeve in a binder so it doesn't mean much when I say that's it's still clean and bright.

On another board, a poster had heard that while baby oil is non-toxic, it's not good for babies to be breathing it in, that it could block their airways. I have no idea if that is true. If you have babies, you could ask your pediatrician and let us know.

Daria

djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 11/23/2011 9:15:19 PM
Anne, I tried to answer you Pea-mail, but the response I sent didn't have my message on it. Then I tried to send you a new e-mail, and I couldn't even get the cursor to show up on the blank page. I sure wish they could figure out how to fix the Pea-mail.

I've been reading more of the book I mentioned earlier, the Color Pencil Solution Book. It doesn't seem as daunting as the first time I looked at it. I was intimidated by the gorgeous drawings in this book, but now I realize the authors explain how to color rather than how to draw.

It has a nice two page chart with illustrations of the different color pencils and explains their differences.

It has an easy-to-follow section on color theory and the color wheel. It includes some things we can do to become familiar with the colors we have and what we can do with them. I plan to do those exercises this time around. I'm going to look online to see if I can find a blank Complementary Color Wheel I can use. If not, I'll head to an art store to see if I can buy one. Another idea was making a color fan. By the time I finish those, I think I'll have a much better idea of how to blend the colors, and I'll better understand what my pencils can do.

There's another section on design that would be helpful no matter how we color. It's the sort of thing I've seen before (Elements of Design and Principles of Design), but each time I read something like that, it sinks in a bit more. I'm paying more attention this time.

The other sections address specific how-to problems with lots of illustrations. They even have images in the back that we could trace or copy and then follow their how-to instructions. (No blank Complementary Color Wheel though.)

The next section is on application and techique. I skipped around a bit, but I'm really enjoying this book this time.

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone.
Daria

birukitty
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 35,782
April 2002
Posts: 5,098
Layouts: 1

Posted: 11/26/2011 4:16:13 PM
Thanks Daria for posting this information about this book. When I first looked at the book (and through it a bit) on Amazon it seemed too intimidating for me also-I can't draw and when I saw the illustrations I thought it'd be much too advanced for me.

Based on your post I went back to Amazon and looked through it a bit (they post a few pages) and especially checked out the page that shows the differences between the pencil brands. That was so very helpful (Prismacolor is made of wax, many others of oil) and lots of other differences that I'm ordering the book for myself too. So thanks again!

Debbie in MD.

djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 11/26/2011 8:34:17 PM
Debbie, I was up really late last night beginning to color nickle-sized patches of each color--the first step to making the color fan. I finished 42 of my 120 colors, and my mind is already making the connections that I'll be making in the next step of the process. Also, I began to see the differences between colors that I thought looked almost exactly the same. It was fun, and I didn't want to stop.

I also saw a very simple explanation of how to color a drop of water. If that's easy, how much harder will it be to color the glass of a vase or jar?

For now, I'm happy that I've begun to play with the colors; it's like being a kid again.

I hope you enjoy the book too.
Daria

prospurring
Prospurring Pea

PeaNut 379,335
June 2008
Posts: 5,685
Layouts: 332
Loc: North Carolina

Posted: 11/27/2011 4:16:47 AM
Hi, Daria! Thank you for your thorough review of the Colored Pencil Solution Book. I also went out to Amazon and took a closer look ... and it really looks like a great book. Thanks so much for sharing what you're learning!



birukitty
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 35,782
April 2002
Posts: 5,098
Layouts: 1

Posted: 11/27/2011 4:06:20 PM
That sounds like such fun Daria! I can't wait to get this book and get started myself! Here's a wonderful quote for you:

"Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the 'creative bug' is just a wee voice telling you, "I'd like my crayons back, please." Hugh MacLeod

Debbie in MD.


birukitty
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 35,782
April 2002
Posts: 5,098
Layouts: 1

Posted: 11/27/2011 4:08:07 PM
BTW, I'm not the same "Debbie" that made the tutorials. Just making that clear-I'm still in the beginning stages.

Debbie in MD.

djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 11/27/2011 5:15:08 PM
Debbie, I think that quote is right on!

I finished making all my patches of color last night. However, I don't have all the colors. I have an old set of 120 pencils. Since then, some have been discontinued and replaced with others. On top of that, Prismacolor has just re-released some of their discontinued colors. I have six of the 18 they released in my old set. So today, I ordered as many of the missing colors that I could. I was glad to see some browns among them because I really thought that they could use more of those. Unfortunately, I'm not the only one who has to have every color so many were out of stock. Still, I made a pretty good dent in my wish list. Now I need to wait for those to arrive before I can finish my color fan.

I found a cool website with lots of information about colored pencils--all kinds of them from more manufacturers than I knew were out there. The website is Colored Pencil Studio.

Anne, that book has been out a long time. It's probably at the library if anyone wants to check it out.

Daria




prospurring
Prospurring Pea

PeaNut 379,335
June 2008
Posts: 5,685
Layouts: 332
Loc: North Carolina

Posted: 11/27/2011 8:07:39 PM
Great idea to look at the library!



Craftydolls
BucketHead

PeaNut 433,893
August 2009
Posts: 792
Layouts: 6
Loc: Eastern Shore of MD

Posted: 11/27/2011 9:09:26 PM
I love my colored pencils! I bought a set of Stampin' Up markers, and I am learning to use them, but I actually prefer the results I get with colored pencil. I can shade much better with them, and get much better control of the color. The markers are great for stamping with, and they have their place, but they are not colored pencil. Best thing is, there is room for every technique.

Anna-Karin
Peas is the way

PeaNut 269,941
July 2006
Posts: 9,743
Layouts: 1,066
Loc: Johannesburg, South Africa

Posted: 11/28/2011 8:03:47 AM
This is such a great thread Daria! Thanks for posting and all the information and great links from everyone.


Anna-Karin

http://www.layersofink.blogspot.com/


*Delphinium Twinkle*
I'm just a pea:)

PeaNut 163,613
August 2004
Posts: 78,773
Layouts: 236
Loc: *Sunny Southern California*

Posted: 12/1/2011 2:01:26 PM
I use colored pencils every day. I blend my own without solvents. I have an unbelievable number of them.
Now my 5yo DGD has asked for her own colored pencils for Christmas. She doesnt prefer how crayons look but rather the way the pencils do


Bethie
proud Fiskateer #269
{My Blog}
*My Scraproom*
Uploaded with iPhone client

djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 12/4/2011 12:46:39 AM
I just went to the Stamping Gallery and did a search for colored pencils within the current results. There are a ton of them. Some people are using pencils to shade their images after coloring them with Copics like in this card by paperincolor.

There are a ton of cards by Paula Tracy (Paula Washington); her coloring is phenomenal. I love this one.

I found this card by Anna-Karin. Blue Flowers Isn't it beautiful?

Here is a lovely card by Joy131275.

I will definitely be repeating that search to see more cards made with colored pencils.

BTW, I finally finished the 67 pages of posts on the on-going thread on SCS. There are so many tips and suggestions, so much advice and information--a wonderful resource thread. I'm just beginning to organize some of the ideas in an accessible form. It's going to take quite a while to complete that.

Daria

djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 1/12/2012 9:08:39 PM
Take a look at this lovely card by Darlene DeVries. If you follow the link to her blog, she has a video of how she made the card including how she used color pencils and a white gel pen on the flowers. I love her background pieces, and the way she paper pierced the border on the blue background. I watched the video on you tube--bigger and better.

Beautiful Card by Darlene DeVries

Daria

snoppybug
PeaNut

PeaNut 168,993
September 2004
Posts: 396
Layouts: 16
Loc: CA

Posted: 1/14/2012 3:56:57 PM
Daria, where do you buy Zest-It? Is it readily available in the US?

Thanks,
Patty

djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 1/14/2012 8:35:01 PM
Hi, Patty.

I bought mine directly from the manufacturer.

I just went to their site to see if it can now be bought here. Someone asked about purchasing it in the US; the answer said that they are in the process of making that happen, but it's not a done deal yet.

Here's the page with info about where to purchase Zest It. On the right side at the bottom is a way to buy it online.

Where to buy Zest It

HTH.
Daria

snoppybug
PeaNut

PeaNut 168,993
September 2004
Posts: 396
Layouts: 16
Loc: CA

Posted: 1/15/2012 6:55:17 AM
Thanks so much! I will check out the link. I didn't know that the OMS was harmful and I have a little one running around here as well. Best to be as safe as I can - since she likes to craft with me!

Pesto126
PeaNut

PeaNut 112,495
October 2003
Posts: 284
Layouts: 0
Loc: Earth

Posted: 1/18/2012 8:38:19 PM
Daria - thanks for the links and information - always good to understand what we are using and to try and minimize exposure as much as we can.

Having said that though - I think there may be more toxins in the everyday products we use and don't think about then in the small amount of Gamsol that might be used a few times a week/month.

I must admit that I did switch over to Copics recently because they are effortless to blend and use and a huge timesaver to pencils and blending techniques... though I still reach for my inktense pencils which are great to use with a waterbrush... so no Gamsol for me!




djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 1/18/2012 10:10:29 PM
Pesto, I know what you mean. It seems that nothing is truly safe anymore. Between my daughter and me, it's difficult to find cleaning products that don't make one of us sick.

Mostly, I just worry when someone says that their small children are using odorless mineral spirits. I think the word "odorless" might make them think it is safe just because they can't smell the fumes. I have some, and I've used it. I did get a bit of a headache if I didn't have an open window nearby. Now that I've found Zest It, I don't use mineral spirits anymore. People can use whatever they want, but at least they should know what the dangers are and that there are safer alternatives.

You're lucky you can use Copics. I wanted to buy them, but, fortunately for my budget, I get an almost instant headache when I use them. I only bought a few for skin tones, and I still pull them out from time to time to use very briefly for coloring skin. Now, I'd like to get better at using colored pencils. They definitely do not give me a headache. LOL.

Daria


Pesto126
PeaNut

PeaNut 112,495
October 2003
Posts: 284
Layouts: 0
Loc: Earth

Posted: 1/20/2012 11:00:41 AM
Interesting.. I actually don't find the copics to have a smell - guess I also don't spend hours using them - perhaps 20 mins a time so not a big problem. Have a great day!



djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 1/20/2012 9:33:31 PM
Yes. It's an individual thing. I know someone who loves working with Copics, but the Prismacolor markers make her ill; I'm just the oposite. I wish the Prismacolor markers had the nice nibs that Copics have.

Daria

minstrel
PeaNut

PeaNut 539,448
January 2012
Posts: 13
Layouts: 0

Posted: 2/2/2012 11:23:49 AM
Love my colored pencils. They're my go-to coloring medium. I have a lot: full set of Prismacolor Premiers (150), a complete set of Dick Blick Studios (72, I think), a set of 24 Koh-I-Noors, a set of 24 Derwents, a set of Derwent Inktense, and some Crayolas and then a couple of Caran D'ache Pablos to fill in some browns. I use them with OMS and find it the easiest to blend and shade with. I'm still trying to get my Copic coloring to look good. I just don't have the knack with those (and I have over 100)

rubberlin
PeaNut

PeaNut 74,947
March 2003
Posts: 167
Layouts: 0

Posted: 2/2/2012 1:22:52 PM
What a lovely, informative thread! Pencils have always been my favorite coloring medium. They're so easy to use & store. Like others, I've experimented with blending solutions in the past. But to be honest, I get just as nice results with just the pencils w/o the hassle & mess (and fumes) of solutions. Not sure if any of you are into scenic stamping. But a chore blending pencils are ideal for is softening backgrounds like sky, grass, dirt, walls, floors, etc. Defining a central image with a pale outline or "haze" of color around the edges is another way to use them. A blending pencil will soften the outline, making it fade away.

djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 2/3/2012 12:16:57 PM
Minstel, you sure do have a lot of pencils!

I'm still trying to get my Copic coloring to look good. I just don't have the knack with those (and I have over 100)

This comment made me very happy that Copics give me a headache, or I'd be right there with you!

Rubberlin, thank you for the tips. This past year, I was lucky enough to buy some used stamps for creating landscapes for cents rather than dollars. I still haven't settled in to practice with them, but it's nice to get some tips on how to deal with them.

Daria


djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 5/14/2012 2:05:14 PM
I used Prismacolor Pencils and Zest It on these cards.

Daria

djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 5/21/2012 2:37:21 PM
I just posted some cards where I used colored pencils on black cardstock. Before looking at mine, take a look at this card by Nora S. She managed to put in shading! Beautiful job.

Here are my cards. I'm not sure how Nora managed her shading. Even when I used more than one color, they just seemed to blend into one color.

I tried out some different kinds of metallic pencils, and Prismacolor is still the best in my opinion, but they only have six colors. Faber Castell was also very good and they have a very inexpensive box of twelve colors. It was lots of fun to play with color pencils, regular and metallic, on black cardstock.

Daria

lovepug2
EncycloPEAdia

PeaNut 356,430
January 2008
Posts: 3,249
Layouts: 158
Loc: TN

Posted: 5/21/2012 8:23:05 PM
Daria, I love the colored pencils on the black cardstock. So far I've only stamped on white, cream and kraft for coloring. I am going to have to give the black cardstock a try. I'm new to colored pencils so I've been practicing different blending/shading techniques lately. Thanks for updating this thread


LeighAnn
Uploaded with iPhone client

yellowcherrios
StuckOnPeas

PeaNut 541,181
January 2012
Posts: 2,595
Layouts: 128
Loc: West Texas

Posted: 5/21/2012 8:26:29 PM
I have to admit that I haven't read through the whole thread ---yet.... But I did see your cards Nora and Daria and I have to try coloring on black CS. Y'alls cards look great and it's such a neat effect.

TFS!!!


Melissa

Gail OH
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 108,385
September 2003
Posts: 7,430
Layouts: 0
Loc: Ohio

Posted: 5/22/2012 10:27:59 AM
When I use the OMS, I have a small size fan that sits next to my arm blowing away from my body...


Gail

RubyRubbler
PeaNut

PeaNut 457,452
February 2010
Posts: 450
Layouts: 25
Loc: Little Rock, AR

Posted: 5/22/2012 1:06:49 PM
I had never hears of Zest-It before. When I went to the website, it shows primarily UK retailers. Is it sold is the US? Or is there an American equivalent?

djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 5/22/2012 7:37:11 PM
Inkin one mentioned Natural orange terpent solvent (from Eco House) in her post above. It seems to have the same ingredients as Zest It, but I don't know about the proportions. It is available in the U.S. I haven't tried it. My one bottle of Zest-it is going to last me a very long time.

Here's the Material Safety Data Sheet for Eco House's Natural Orange Terpent Solvent. The links for the MSDS for OMS and Zest-it were posted above.

I bought Zest-It directly from the manufacturer in the UK.

Daria





djc
Olympian Pea

PeaNut 108,705
September 2003
Posts: 27,916
Layouts: 538

Posted: 5/22/2012 7:39:47 PM
Inkin one mentioned Natural orange terpent solvent (from Eco House) in her post above. It seems to have the same ingredients as Zest It, but I don't know about the proportions. It is available in the U.S. I haven't tried it. My one bottle of Zest-it is going to last me a very long time.

I linked the Material Safety Data Sheet for Eco House's Natural Orange Terpent Solvent, but it didn't work. You can google it. The links for the MSDS for OMS and Zest-it were posted above.

I bought Zest-It directly from the manufacturer in the UK.

Daria





lovepug2
EncycloPEAdia

PeaNut 356,430
January 2008
Posts: 3,249
Layouts: 158
Loc: TN

Posted: 5/23/2012 11:10:50 AM
I'm not sure of this has been mentioned here yet but baby oil is another solvent that you can use. I use that often. I've learned to use sparingly though because it can leave oil spots. HTH


LeighAnn
Uploaded with iPhone client

vamrobie
PeaNut

PeaNut 295,095
February 2007
Posts: 43
Layouts: 36
Loc: NE PA

Posted: 5/23/2012 7:26:35 PM
I haven't been here in a while and am loving all of this info on using colored pencils. My Copics are great, but I still love to color with the pencils. I use a Dove Glycering blender and it works great.


"Make every scrap count"

joyfulitl
PeaAddict

PeaNut 13,267
March 2001
Posts: 1,348
Layouts: 121
Loc: Barnhouse Studio: Lindale, TX

Posted: 5/26/2012 9:02:44 PM
Really great thread!


Scrapbooking is not an addiction, it's a subculture.
www.studiowowjoy.com

craftywvmom
PeaNut

PeaNut 419,857
April 2009
Posts: 156
Layouts: 0
Loc: Ripley WV

Posted: 5/28/2012 11:01:43 AM
I use pro markers but my prisma pencils are still my favorite.


Carrie
1 2 >
Show/Hide Icons . Show/Hide Signatures
Hide
{{ title }}
{{ icon }}
{{ body }}
{{ footer }}