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Old 09-21-2010, 01:41 PM   #1761
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And well you should be proud of your work on that card Suzy, it's terrific! Like your back drop for pic too.
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And you should be proud of your card Suzy - it's FANTASTIC!!
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Whenever I try to shade with grey on light colors it ends up just looking dirty, any suggestions? I want to keep the color light so I don't really want to shade with a darker color but it looks really yucky when I use grey.
Kim, which greys are you using? I have better luck shading with cool greys than with warm greys or french greys.
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just wanted to show one that I'm rather proud of....I think it turned out quite well! This is using the prisma pencils and the colorless blender pencil. I made sure I said that in "recipe" for my gallery. Thanks for that advice!
That's beautiful Suzy! You should be very proud. I love how you used the spiral clip. I have a buzzillion of them and can't ever figured out how to use them.
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just wanted to show one that I'm rather proud of....I think it turned out quite well! This is using the prisma pencils and the colorless blender pencil. I made sure I said that in "recipe" for my gallery. Thanks for that advice!
wow amazing, I have been neglecting my pencils, should take them out again.
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Hello everyone,
I'm not sure how I missed this thread, as I came into the techniques section looking for colored pencils. I have to admit that I might not have recognized prismacolor as colored pencils, though the ones I have are of that brand.

I just started to use colored pencils, and I watched the recent tutorial from Lydia in the resources on splitcoaststampers.
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Then I experimented with it, making the hats card, and blogged about my experiences here:
Florence Turnour's Blog: Colored pencils
I would love feedback about the ideas in that blog post (Tim and the rest of you with more than a few hours of experience) if you have any. I certainly have a long way to go. My hats coloring project is attached to this post.

The gal from invokearts.com recommends the Dove blender pen. I just thought I'd mention it, since I didn't notice it mentioned here before. I'm going to stick to the odorless mineral spirits for now, since I already have that.

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Those look so fun! You did a great jog with the coloring. Thanks for posting which colors you used.
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Hello everyone,
I'm not sure how I missed this thread, as I came into the techniques section looking for colored pencils. I have to admit that I might not have recognized prismacolor as colored pencils, though the ones I have are of that brand.

I just started to use colored pencils, and I watched the recent tutorial from Lydia in the resources on splitcoaststampers.
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Then I experimented with it, making the hats card, and blogged about my experiences here:
Florence Turnour's Blog: Colored pencils
I would love feedback about the ideas in that blog post (Tim and the rest of you with more than a few hours of experience) if you have any. I certainly have a long way to go. My hats coloring project is attached to this post.

The gal from invokearts.com recommends the Dove blender pen. I just thought I'd mention it, since I didn't notice it mentioned here before. I'm going to stick to the odorless mineral spirits for now, since I already have that.

Thanks for all the information!
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I haven't checked out the rest of your work, but the hats are beautifully colored, blended and shaded. Great job!

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Hello everyone,
I'm not sure how I missed this thread, as I came into the techniques section looking for colored pencils. I have to admit that I might not have recognized prismacolor as colored pencils, though the ones I have are of that brand.

I just started to use colored pencils, and I watched the recent tutorial from Lydia in the resources on splitcoaststampers.
Splitcoaststampers - Tutorials
Then I experimented with it, making the hats card, and blogged about my experiences here:
Florence Turnour's Blog: Colored pencils
I would love feedback about the ideas in that blog post (Tim and the rest of you with more than a few hours of experience) if you have any. I certainly have a long way to go. My hats coloring project is attached to this post.

The gal from invokearts.com recommends the Dove blender pen. I just thought I'd mention it, since I didn't notice it mentioned here before. I'm going to stick to the odorless mineral spirits for now, since I already have that.

Thanks for all the information!
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Thank you.
I put so so so much pigment on that there's no chance I could achieve the light even water-colored look that I've seen in some of the pictures posted in this thread. I'm not sure how to blend without coloring too much. But for the dark hats, this seemed to go OK. I have another set of hats equally dark that seem OK, as well but not bright or light at all.
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One thing you can do is imagine the palest color that would be where the light is hitting, and lay that color down as your first layer, then start layering with slightly darker colors but not pulling them all the way in. Does that make sense? I'm still working on this too - I am terrible at leaving white space!

This tutorial might give a visual of what I'm talking about, though I used markers for the base layer instead of pencils: Mama Dini's Stamperia: Pencil shading over markers

.....or here: Mama Dini's Stamperia: Fall framed House Mouse
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I put so so so much pigment on that there's no chance I could achieve the light even water-colored look that I've seen in some of the pictures posted in this thread. I'm not sure how to blend without coloring too much. But for the dark hats, this seemed to go OK. I have another set of hats equally dark that seem OK, as well but not bright or light at all.
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Like Dini says, start with a very light color over all. Then add just a smidge of color in the areas that would be shadowed, blending into the lighter area.

I did a write up on how I start with very light colors and shade and blend on my blog here. That might help some.

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Like Dini says, start with a very light color over all. Then add just a smidge of color in the areas that would be shadowed, blending into the lighter area.

I did a write up on how I start with very light colors and shade and blend on my blog here. That might help some.

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Hi V, Thanks for sharing the tutorial. It was helpful to this beginner. I noticed that you say you only use tortillons for your facework. What do you generally use? Thanks again.
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That tutorial looks great. I'll read it more carefully with my pencils in hand when I get a chance.

What's a tortillon?
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Hi V, Thanks for sharing the tutorial. It was helpful to this beginner. I noticed that you say you only use tortillons for your facework. What do you generally use? Thanks again.
I use the larger paper stumps for most spaces. The smaller places, like faces, need a finer point when I'm blending. I can't get a fine enough point on the stumps, but I can usually get a pretty decent one on the smaller tortillons.

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Hats off to you Florence!!! lol. Very nice coloring! I'll check out the blog in a bit!

Nice candy jars Dina! I have problems when it comes to so many things to color. I end up just grabbing different pencils at random. You did a great job of keeping the colors 'coherent'!
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I used to think that Tortillon was just another name (? French) for a paper stump, but I did see somewhere that a tortillon is sort of like a stump but is hollow and only pointy one end, unlike the stumps which are pointy both ends and are solid. Is this correct? I did have a few of the hollow ones but didn't really like them much.
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Hats off to you Florence!!! lol. Very nice coloring! I'll check out the blog in a bit!

Nice candy jars Dina! I have problems when it comes to so many things to color. I end up just grabbing different pencils at random. You did a great job of keeping the colors 'coherent'!
Thanks! I like the candy too. What a nice scene.
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You are correct. The hollow tiny ones are the tortillons. I don't care for them for anything large. First off, they're so small they aren't very comfortable to hold and use. Secondly, they have such a small blending surface that they aren't good for large spaces. They do work decently for tight spaces or when you want to blend just a smidge.

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thank you all for your lovely comments about my card with grapes......I was very inspired after ready some of the notes on here. I had been doing the primary coloring with my pencils for quite some time....it's just the added touches that were so helpful. Thanks...it is always great to share these wonderful ideas for all.
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Have you tried it over the top of areas you've already colored? Sometimes I like doing a fun colored halo effect around my images, but I have a bad habit of blending the colors into the image. I'd like to mask off the image off so I can work the outer area.

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Haven't been on here in awhile, moving! I never tried it over something I have already colored, and not sure it would work, because you have to erase it. I would think you might erase the bottom layer as well. BTW, the coloring projects here are awesome! I get so much info from this thread!!
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Great tutorial! Love your shading~~I went over it a few times, and could not find the colors for the hair, just the base of chocolate. What was the yellow shade? Thanx for sharing!
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Great tutorial! Love your shading~~I went over it a few times, and could not find the colors for the hair, just the base of chocolate. What was the yellow shade? Thanx for sharing!
There's no yellow. I did the hair with just brown tones. The base is the chocolate, mid tone would have been Dark Brown (PC946) with the darkest tones Dark Umber (PC947). I also use Sepia for the middle tones.

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Hm....once you blend with a solvent, the color "sets" and doesn't erase, so it might work. I need to play with it a bit and see for myself.

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i am both a copic and prismacolors. Just depends on where I am and what i am doing. Another pencil I love are the Derwent Colorsofts!!! These are awesome. I use odorless mineral spirits in a water brush to color and blend with.
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Hi All! I haven't been on for awhile, but last time I was, there was info going around about how the pencils prisma was putting out now did not blend. I need to add to my collection but have held off because I don't know how to tell which ones are the old ones that do blend and which are the new ones that aren't blending well. Is there a way to tell? Thanks!
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Oh, this is a very good question. I would like to know as well. Of course, I order mine online - so I get whatever comes.
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That's not good news. I was planning on ordering individual pencils to add to my set of 48. Hmmmm - now what? What's the point of buying them if they don't blend. I'm anxiously awaiting some more info.
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Does anyone else have trouble with the Prisma pencils whole tip breaking off? Makes steam roll off me! i am wasting so much pencil and they aren't cheap!! Grrrrr
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It was a couple pages back, but Dina discovered that the ones not blending are made in Mexico. If your pencil is made here it should blend beautifully. I found a teeny tiny USA stamped on one end of my pencils and all of mine blend fine. It is easy to see once you know where to look, but I had a hard time finding it at first. You can look on pencils before you buy them if you get them at a brick and morter store where you can buy open stock. You won't know until you get them if you are ordering on-line.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:19 AM   #1797
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I just sent Dick Blick.Com an email asking them where their "individual" pencils are made. I explained why I wanted to know. Don't know if I'll get an answer. I planned on ordering the individual pencils to add to my 48 but I'm not doing that unless I know where they're made. Stay tuned........I'll let ya know if they send a reply.
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I received a reply from Dick Blick who has a good supply of individual Prismacolors. Unfortunately, it's not good news for anyone who does not already have these pencils.

Hi Lorraine,
Yes, Sanford has officially moved their Premier Pencil line production to Mexico. Because
this change was considered a rolling change, we do have some mixed stock left (both
made in the US and in Mexico). However, we are not able to sit and pull out only the
US made pencils or guarantee that all the pencils you order will be made in the US.
Eventually our entire stock will be Mexican made.

Prismacolor is the primary colored pencil I use in my personal works. Although I do not
know how you are blending but from my personal use with the Mexico version,
I have not found any difference in the way they handle compared to the US version.
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Received another email from Dick Blick: So...does this mean they're not SURE if they blend the same way - or not? I gather from this email they're not sure.

Hi Lorraine,
Please be sure to let me or Customer Service know if you find that they are no blending in the
same manner that the older version did. I would be happy to pass those comments along to
our contact at Sanford because according to them the formula was not supposed to have changed,
just the location where they were making them. I don't use mineral spirits in my work, I only use
them dry, but I have not noticed a difference in how they lay down or burnish. Thank you again
and have a great day.



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Good to know you would have them on your side if you issued a complaint - that's great that someone responded to you personally, and it's clear that they want to be sure the product they are selling is pleasing their customers....
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