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Posted: 1/3/2013 6:40:08 AM
If so, which ones do you recommend?

I have some stamp images I'd like to color. I'm really not interested in getting into Copics since I won't use them enough to invest that kind of money, and I do have some Memento markers already so if I want to use markers I have some.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 6:43:00 AM
I like Prismacolor colored pencils. http://www.prismacolor.com/products/colored-pencils
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Posted: 1/3/2013 6:56:45 AM
Prismacolors are great!

I am currently saving up for some Inktense pencils. they look amazing! Jennifer Maguire has featured them recently on her blog...

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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:10:55 AM
I will third Prismacolors and add that they last pretty much forever as long as they aren't dropped. I bought my set way back a million years ago when CK had the fancy hand lettering column every month. I think I bought a set that was around $45 and it seemed like a huge amount to pay for pencils, but all the others I tried wouldn't do the things described in that column and I was willing to save up my then teeny-tiny scrap budget for a few months to purchase them.

I have only replaced one colour, because I carried it around and dropped it so much that it shattered inside and would just break every time I tried to sharpen it - but it was the colour I used all the time and kept in the bottom of my handbag, so I think that's to be expected!

I don't use them all the time now like I did when I first got them, but they are something I will never purge from my stash because they are so lovely to use and there are times when coloured pencils are just what you need! Definitely a good purchase then, though I think if I was buying now I probably would go for a smaller set - looking at the height of all the pencils, I definitely have favourites I use WAY more than others!


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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:32:11 AM
Sounds like Prismacolor is a good route to go. I'm going to head out later so I'll hit an art store to see what there is. I saw online they also sell a blending pencil. Is that worth it?


they are something I will never purge from my stash because they are so lovely to use and there are times when coloured pencils are just what you need!


When I started out scrapping years ago, I bought colored pencils, chalk pencils, watercolor pencils and eventually got rid of them all. I don't know why I felt a need to get rid of everything, but I did, and here I go again.

Thanks for the suggestion!


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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:16:51 AM
I use Derwent ColourSoft pencils. They are great colors and they blend beautifully. I have other colored pencils and markers, but those are my "go to" pencils for coloring in stamped images.

ETA - I buy my colored pencils and other art supplies from Jerry's Artarama. Their prices are very good.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:51:56 AM
I also like Prismacolor and did you know you can use mixed mediums (i.e copics with colored pencils) so you can have the best of both worlds without paying too much.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:54:24 AM
not sure where i read it but copics going up in price - i wld use color pencil never have - need to buy some

what about craft markers i dont usually stamp but i have seens some ditigal graphics i wld love to color


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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:59:43 AM
My friend who is a manufacturer's rep said Copics were going up $1 each January 1.

I love a good white pencil, kindof like a good white pen, only softer. I think the one I have is Prismacolor.






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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:18:17 AM
Not sure about the blending pencil but I have a water brush that i like to use with colored pencils. I color somewhat dark in areas that are to be more shaded and then use the water brush to pull colors into lighter shaded areas. Looks great! I also agree with the Prismacolor recommendation.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:47:34 AM
I dont have them but have seen inktense pencils on youtube. They look really awesome, because when they are wet the color intensifies.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:51:16 AM
Interesting about the Copics going up in price. Didn't they go up last year, or the year before also? How much are they each now? I searched here earlier, and unless I'm missing it, it looks like 2Peas doesn't carry them anymore?


Not sure about the blending pencil but I have a water brush that i like to use with colored pencils. I color somewhat dark in areas that are to be more shaded and then use the water brush to pull colors into lighter shaded areas. Looks great! I also agree with the Prismacolor recommendation.


I used to do that with watercolor pencils when I had them. I didn't know it could be done with regular pencils.

I also will use a watercolor brush with my inks. I usually smoosh some ink on my craft mat and do some coloring that way.

I guess I want to have a different, simple, clean way to do a little bit of coloring. I don't want/need a huge set, so after looking online, I'll probably look to get either the 24 or 48 set.

Thanks.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:52:02 AM
I've never used a blending pencil either, but do use gamesol (sp?) if I want to soften/blend... You can get that at any art store or Michaels... I love Prismacolour too... I have higher end sets but they just don't feel as good... Prismacolour just feels velvety going on and is easy to control...


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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:53:50 AM
I have but very rarely. I bought the memory pencil sets. One of the few things I can say I probably shouldn't have bothered to get. I also have a small set of Koh-i-noor woodless pencils but I didn't buy those.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:54:42 AM
I'm also a fan of Prismacolor pencils. I use baby oil for blending and it works very well, though I can't compare it to the Gamsol since I've not tried that yet.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:55:40 AM

I dont have them but have seen inktense pencils on youtube. They look really awesome, because when they are wet the color intensifies.


A Pea above mentioned the Inktense pencils with a little demo on Jennifer McGuire's blog. I checked out her video, and those look really nice also. I'm just not sure I liked the look of straight up coloring with them. The colors were stunning when she added water to them though.


I've never used a blending pencil either, but do use gamesol (sp?)


I don't think I know what that is, so I'll have to search around.


I have higher end sets but they just don't feel as good... Prismacolour just feels velvety going on and is easy to control...


That makes me excited.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 11:16:05 AM
Another vote for Prismacolor pencils here. Love them. I tried Copics with my DD, but have not gotten the hang of it. However, with these colored pencils, and a blending stump, and Gamsol, you can get the same look. It is much easier, and much, much cheaper! I found videos on You Tube showing how to do it. It works great. Coloring with the colored pencils is also nice and relaxing too!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 11:19:46 AM
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I've had Prismacolor pencils for years and love them for coloring stamping. I have a blending pencil that I can use if I wish (it sort of smooths the lines a bit, kind of clear, waxy-like.)

I use odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol) and a paper nib to go back and blend my coloring. It really makes the Prisma pencil coloring pop. The colors become just vibrant, and the pencil lines pretty much disappear. Baby oil does the same kind of thing, but I'm always thinking I might end up with oil marks on my paper (it hasn't happened yet that I can recall, but I wonder. LOL)

You can find some fun you tube videos of using odorless mineral spirits and Primacolor pencils too see the technique. Very fun.

I've not bothered with the Copic investment, because I can get very nice coloring effects with the much cheaper pencils.

Oh, and if you were looking for another fun, unexpected coloring technique - check out Watercolor stamping. I happened across this you tube video series and love it! Here It uses water-based markers, but with practice -if you work quickly you can also use Distress ink pads too! I don't have them, but bet distress markers would be terrific for this.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 11:39:36 AM
Do you use the Premier Prismacolor or the watercolor pencils?

Would these be suitable for blending with one of those cardboard stumps and mineral spirits?


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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:17:01 PM
I have both Prismacolor and DerWent and like them equally. The DerWent colors are just a bit smoother and intense. Love using them and thanks for reminding me I had them.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 1:05:00 PM
So after this conversation, I remembered that I have ACMoore rewards and a 50% coupon, so I headed over and picked up the Inktense for a great price. I will try them irl soon and let you know how it goes...

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Posted: 1/3/2013 1:16:45 PM
I recently tried a prismacolor blender pen (for their markers) with crayola crayons. I wouldn't use it in my scrapbooks because of the wax but I would on cards. It's not bad!



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Posted: 1/3/2013 3:23:01 PM
I use my water color pencils for stamping and art journaling, not as much for scrapping unless I'm putting a colored stamped image on the page.

I love them because you can make them look like water color paint, but you get to control the degree between colored pencil and paint. Just scribble down a little color in the area you want to color, and go over the brush until you get the look you want.

It really doesn't matter what brand, so far as I know. I've only tried my brand and I love it, but I haven't seen them around since my local stamp store went out of business. I've seen some other brands at M's.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 3:30:38 PM
I use Prismacolors as well. I use them with baby oil because I was pregnant and now I have a baby so I don't want the fumes. It works fine but I don't know that I would use it in a scrapbook (I use it on cards). Even without gamsol, you can layer and blend the colors. If you do happen to break one, a few seconds in the microwave supposedly helps the lead melt back together but I haven't tried it!

The blending pencil is cool, just remember it puts down a layer of wax so it is hard to add more color after. It is a finishing step.

The Inktense pencils are AMAZING. I have found picking up color off of the pencil with a water brush to work better than coloring on paper/blending with water. Personal preference. But it looks like ink, not pencil.
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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:15:43 PM
check out the prices on Prismacolors at Amamzon. I got a set for Christmas and it was 60 percent off.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:23:18 PM
I my Prisma pencils. I do use gamesol to blend them. The softness of the pencils is just beautiful.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:53:37 PM
Oh and depending on what store you go to for OMS/gamsol they may not know what you are talking about. It is in the oil paint area at my Ms and HL. I think they sometimes say paint thinner actually but the ingredients are odorless mineral spirits.
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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:57:49 PM

Do you use the Premier Prismacolor or the watercolor pencils?


Melon, you just use regular Prismacolored pencils (NOT the water color ones) if you are wanting to try the Gamesol/odorless mineral spirits/baby oil blending technique. All of those substances seem to do pretty much the same thing - blend in the colors and make the pigment "pop"!

This is the set of Pencils I use. However, there are larger and smaller sets available. There IS something about the kinds of pigments used in Prismacolor pencils that reacts making these blending solutions work so well with them. I've read other brands don't do as well, but I haven't personally tried the others.

Now, I also have water color pencils on my wishlist and debating between those and the Inktense ones I've seen Jen McGuire using. I enjoy using lots of techniques when I make cards - that's part of the fun for me!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 6:11:12 PM
So I should be embarrassed to mention I am using 20 year old crayola colored pencils that I found in my dd room when she moved off to college???


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You can also use the Prismacolor marker blender with the pencils. It's much like using OMS but a lot more portable and less messy. Now that you guys have reminded me of all these techniques I really want to dig my supplies out for Valentines cards.

As for the Inktense I LOVE these pencils. When water is added they turn from a pencil to a very intense ink. Once it dries it's permanent. Adding water or any water based medium won't make them run.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:31:50 PM
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Posted: 1/4/2013 12:35:51 AM
I use Prismacolor pencils



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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:06:52 AM
The price of Copics is increasing? Seriously? Glad I've got as many as I do so I won't have to buy any more!


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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:18:24 AM
I, too, have Prisma pencils from ages ago and use the occasionally for cardmaking though not really for scrapbooking.

I did see some Inktense pencils that Jennifer McGuire was featuring on a video. They looked fantastic.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:26:14 AM
I bought the classic and pastel color Memory Pencils by EK Success years ago and I like the pencils. I also have a set of the SU pencils that I bought years ago that I do use on occasion.

I use them for traditional coloring in, no blending.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:28:49 AM
Although I don't use them often, I have a set of Prismacolor pencils that I bought with a coupon years ago. They're the "not watercolor" ones. I also have the blending pencil which does a pretty good job. I would never get rid of them, if for no other reason than they're just so darn pretty.

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I use both Crayola and Prisma. Get the Prisma at M's with a coupon.LOve the Prisma on Kraft for cards...really homespun looking and they color wonderful on the darker paper!


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Posted: 1/4/2013 8:43:47 AM
I use Prismacolor pencils as well as Derwent Coloursoft pencils. Both blend up a dream. The Derwent are cheaper here (UK).
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I have the Berol Prismacolor 60 set and McDonald's fleshtones that I bought in the 80's since I was doing some wedding and portrait photography and learned to be pretty good at touching up some photos. I got good at removing zits and other minor flaws!

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Posted: 1/4/2013 5:55:14 PM
I do.

I have a small pack of Prisma colored pencils. I think there is 8 or 10 in my box. I also use Crayola colored pencils sometimes.

I only color in stamped images once in a while, so it wasn't worth it to me to invest much money in it.



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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:08:06 PM
Yes, I use a 48-ct Prismacolor Lightfast set with colorless blender on my layouts.
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