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Old 09-07-2011, 04:19 PM   #2561
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I have a question for you ladies with as many pencils as me ( ohh that is A LOT of them too) ..anyway..how do you keep track of your stock? I did an 'inventory " of sorts today and noticed that I have several of some colors..ones that I use a lot..like tuscan red..and ultaramarine..but I am not sure how to keep everything updated when I use one..and need to order again. Does that make sense? someway so I don't end up iwth like 9 of one color and run out of one that I need and have to wait until it gets shipped..
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I have a lot of different brands of pencils and keep an inventory sheet for each brand in a 3 ring binder. Dina has a chart for Prismacolors
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I have a question for you ladies with as many pencils as me ( ohh that is A LOT of them too) ..anyway..how do you keep track of your stock? I did an 'inventory " of sorts today and noticed that I have several of some colors..ones that I use a lot..like tuscan red..and ultaramarine..but I am not sure how to keep everything updated when I use one..and need to order again. Does that make sense? someway so I don't end up iwth like 9 of one color and run out of one that I need and have to wait until it gets shipped..
Wouldn't one of the charts we've been sharing with each other work? Mine is on a spreadsheet, you could just insert a column for the number of that color you have. Mine is on my blog and you are welcome to download if you like.
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I have an inventory sheet I use for my Prismacolor pencils since I have extras stored in a couple of places - I will upload it later.
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I have a small notebook on my workspace to jot down not just pencils but anything craft wise that I'm running low on. For pencils, when I get to the halfway point, it gets listed!
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I keep a clipboard with about 6 sheets of paper stapled together and a chart of my Prismacolor pencils inside a protector sheet. The pad of paper I use as a cushion when coloring in the evening when I watch tv. I keep the pencils in a zippered case I purchased several years ago at Hobby Lobby. I really like it since I can organize by color and find what I want quickly.
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On your inventory sheet you list Derwent Studio pencils. Are they the same as Derwent Coloursoft pencil set of 72 or are they a different?
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The Studio pencils are different from the Coloursoft pencils. The lead is actually quite hard... and truly honestly, I gave those pencils to my kiddos to use! I really don't prefer them.
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Thanks for the info. Glad I didn't purchase either of the Derwent pencil sets. Jerry's Artarama has a great sale going now so I splurged and bought the entire set of Pablo. Marsha
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Here are 2 inventory charts in .doc format - one is alphabetical by color name and the other is by stock number. Both include the full line of pencils, including the Lightfast line and some retired colors (except the neons).


Oooooh my goodness, I'm jealous of your full set of Pablos!!!
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I will admit I haven't read very far back in this thread, but I was wondering, where do you all buy your PC pencils? Who has the best selection AND price?
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I will admit I haven't read very far back in this thread, but I was wondering, where do you all buy your PC pencils? Who has the best selection AND price?

I buy mine from Dick Blick. His prices are lower than Hobby Lobby even with the 40% off coupon. I just buy open stock to replenish used up pencils. Once and a while I'll buy a few new colors. I have around 100 and that's enough for me.

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Blick for me too - I have a link on my blog. I've bought off Ebay too, but not for a long time... can't be sure what you're getting there really. The last time I bought some discontinued pencils on ebay and they turned out to be super super old ones that didn't blend at all.

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I got mine on Amazon. Set of 72 for $48, with free shipping.
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I have ordered from Marker Supply (www.markersupply.com) I have bought items from Dick Blick (when I was able to go into the store, I don't live near a store any longer), and I have gotten colored pencil magazine from ann Kullberg (annkullberg.com - for all things Colored Pencil!) Marker supply used to have the best price on individual pencils, but I have checked and it does look like Dick Blick has the best prices on individual pencils and sets as well - but these three places I would keep on your favorites list to check from time to time in case there are some sales going on.
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Ok girls... ENABLER ALERT!! Don't say you weren't warned... hehe

Prisma Pencils for 88 cents!

I just placed an order!! Woohoo!!
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Looks like Blick and ASW also have that same price. Have fun with those, Mel!
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Don't you just love free shipping? Hope you enjoy your new colors!
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Dick BLicks for me too!
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I just got a set of prismacolor pencils and I am loving them. I also use my watercolor pencils and le Plume markers... All in the same image with great results. I use watercolor paper..the smooth back side and emboss my image with ultra fine clear first usually over black ink. This works great and prevents any smearing or smudging. Also looks really cool. Watercolor paper also cuts really well in my wizard using my spellbinder dies.
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I just got a set of prismacolor pencils and I am loving them. I also use my watercolor pencils and le Plume markers... All in the same image with great results. I use watercolor paper..the smooth back side and emboss my image with ultra fine clear first usually over black ink. This works great and prevents any smearing or smudging. Also looks really cool. Watercolor paper also cuts really well in my wizard using my spellbinder dies.
I recently took up watercolor painting and I like using them on stamped images too. I even like some stamp images on watercolor paper. I was surprised at how well they stamped and blended. I thought the watercolor paper would have too much tooth, but it didn't. My favorite though is a smooth cardstock, that way I can build up layers of waxy color to blend. It's cool because It behaves almost like paint, it becomes so fluid.

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I like shading a watercolored image after it's dry with a PC Sepia pencil. It adds texture and depth to the shadows.. I always keep a Sepia pencil and a White pencil out where I can grab them easily, not in the case with the rest.
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You know what else? I read this just a few days ago: When you are all done with your piece, you can burnish it even more with a paper towel or tissue. I tried it and wow! It really gives a smooth finish Who would have thought?
i just took 2 classes by karen lockhart (of lockhart stamps). she had us use a cotton ball.
she also never uses gamsol or even a blender pencil. both i love. i will practice more w/ her technique and see if i can "like her way"
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i just took 2 classes by karen lockhart (of lockhart stamps). she had us use a cotton ball.
she also never uses gamsol or even a blender pencil. both i love. i will practice more w/ her technique and see if i can "like her way"
Since she doesn't blend with a pencil or gamsol, does she build up several layers of pencil so that the cotton ball will blend it?
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I was wondering that too... no gamsol/OMS?
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that is my preferred way as well - just build up the pencil colors and blend as you color. i never can seem to use gamsol with much success.
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that is my preferred way as well - just build up the pencil colors and blend as you color. i never can seem to use gamsol with much success.
Me either, in fact I must have thrown the bottle of gamsol away. I didn't see it when I was re-arranging in my studio yesterday. I do still have my tortillions and I played around with baby oil a bit yesterday. It just feels weird to me. I guess because I have been using the colorless blender pencil for years. Recently I was looking at others' work using gamsol and the effect is kind of light, or pastel. I like it and began thinking I needed to change. Some very talented friends on Oriental Stamp Art helped me to see it is a style difference not a right or wrong type of thing. My pencil work is very vibrant, with deep rich colors and I guess that reflects my personality. My friends told me they like my pencil work and not to try and change to fit someone else's style. One pointed out that art is very individual and all about interpretation. I can't say it like she did, but I found it very profound. I have no idea how I got on this topic! lol
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I visited your blog and my favorite thing about your pencil work is how you capture light. You have truly mastered the effect. Your work is so good, it would make beautiful cards even without any embellishments!
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Me either, in fact I must have thrown the bottle of gamsol away. I didn't see it when I was re-arranging in my studio yesterday. I do still have my tortillions and I played around with baby oil a bit yesterday. It just feels weird to me. I guess because I have been using the colorless blender pencil for years. Recently I was looking at others' work using gamsol and the effect is kind of light, or pastel. I like it and began thinking I needed to change. Some very talented friends on Oriental Stamp Art helped me to see it is a style difference not a right or wrong type of thing. My pencil work is very vibrant, with deep rich colors and I guess that reflects my personality. My friends told me they like my pencil work and not to try and change to fit someone else's style. One pointed out that art is very individual and all about interpretation. I can't say it like she did, but I found it very profound. I have no idea how I got on this topic! lol
I agree wholeheartedly. With any medium I watch and learn from as many different teachers and styles as I possibly can then work out a process that is pleasing and fun for me. If a particular technique is frustrating for me to use and I don't like the results then what's the point?
Part of my frustration with coloring small details on stamps is going slightly over the black line. For me the OMS helps those black lines pop back out. It seems to happen to me no matter how careful I am. I've tried relining the stamp when I am done and I don't like the way that looks either. Any suggestions?
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I agree wholeheartedly. With any medium I watch and learn from as many different teachers and styles as I possibly can then work out a process that is pleasing and fun for me. If a particular technique is frustrating for me to use and I don't like the results then what's the point?
Part of my frustration with coloring small details on stamps is going slightly over the black line. For me the OMS helps those black lines pop back out. It seems to happen to me no matter how careful I am. I've tried relining the stamp when I am done and I don't like the way that looks either. Any suggestions?
I have that problem sometimes too, and use an electric eraser that eliminates most of the unwanted marks. Then a friend suggested I take some pastel chalk and lightly dust the outside edges. I often use blue as it appears kind of like a bit of sky. I've attached one so you can see if it is an idea that appeals to you.
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That is so pretty!!! Thanks so much for sharing it My problem isn't really with the outside portion of the image but the area within the stamp, am I making any sense.. lol? And even though I do have an electric eraser and an eraser guide (I mostly use it for graphite though, I've never tried it with my colored pencils, thanks for that tip!!) I don't think I could get it as precise as the thin lines on a stamp.
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Since she doesn't blend with a pencil or gamsol, does she build up several layers of pencil so that the cotton ball will blend it?
my understanding is she/karen using a "controlled gradtion" of one color.
i asked about her hurrricane glass over a candle. she explained she using "differenents grades" of one pencil. i asked twice because i assumed the blues were 3 different colors. she said no. her work looks very simple & light.
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That is so pretty!!! Thanks so much for sharing it My problem isn't really with the outside portion of the image but the area within the stamp, am I making any sense.. lol? And even though I do have an electric eraser and an eraser guide (I mostly use it for graphite though, I've never tried it with my colored pencils, thanks for that tip!!) I don't think I could get it as precise as the thin lines on a stamp.
My sister-in-law is an art teacher and she taught me how to use Prismas also to use the electric eraser for subtractive .. I forgot what she called it, but to take away color for highlighting. She said to use a white pencil over the top of your finished piece if you want to add a few more highlights.
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I'm so excited!! I finally got around to trying baby oil and wow! I really like it! I can't believe how differently it performs than gamsol. I used a very smooth tooth paper and layer after layer of color and it became even more fluid upon applying baby oil. It was like I was working with paints.

I didn't even finish the card yet, I just had to show y'all
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:54 AM   #2597
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It's been a while since I have posted anything over here, so I thought I would post some of the cards I made for the recent WRAK CFTT challenges.

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fall

anniversary

birthday

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I still need to work on getting highlights right.
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I'm so excited!! I finally got around to trying baby oil and wow! I really like it! I can't believe how differently it performs than gamsol. I used a very smooth tooth paper and layer after layer of color and it became even more fluid upon applying baby oil. It was like I was working with paints.

I didn't even finish the card yet, I just had to show y'all
WOW! Great job!
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It's been a while since I have posted anything over here, so I thought I would post some of the cards I made for the recent WRAK CFTT challenges.

Princess

fall

anniversary

birthday

warm wishes

I still need to work on getting highlights right.
Very nice work My favorite is "fall" wowee!! gorgeous I read on North Woods' website that they color with Tombo markers on their display boards and thought surely colored pencils would work well too. Now I know! I want to order from them, but for the life of I can't make up my mind, because I like soooo many of their images
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My sister-in-law is an art teacher and she taught me how to use Prismas also to use the electric eraser for subtractive .. I forgot what she called it, but to take away color for highlighting. She said to use a white pencil over the top of your finished piece if you want to add a few more highlights.
an electric eraser? never heard of one. are they easy to find--like at an art store?
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