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Old 03-16-2013, 04:29 PM   #3241
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Oh!! Clarifying. In the first batch of samples, the 1st 2 sets of images are done with markers, and the 3rd set is done with Prismacolor pencils. In the second batch of samples, the first set is done with Prismacolor pencils, and the last 2 sets are done with watercolor pencils.

I love flipping back and forth and seeing them with and without the background - it makes a huge difference! As far as the horizontal line - it's just visual really - lower=closer to the subject, higher=further away.
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Thanks for taking the time to do these Dina. It is fun to see them side by side. They all look great even in the different mediums! Now I've got to decide which type of bg to do for my House Mouse image. I sure don't want to ruin it by goofing my bg!
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Which is better derwent inktense colored pencils or prisma?
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They are 2 completely different kinds of pencils, so the short answer is that you need BOTH !!

Prismacolor pencils are wax-based, highly pigmented, and very blendable. They have a wide color range (150 colors?).

Inktense pencils are ink-based. The pigment is super vivid, and the pencils can be used dry or blended with water for an even more intense look, and the ink is permanent when it dries. There are only 72 pencils in the range, all bright colors.

Both lines are great for mixed media... you can use the Prismacolors on top of other mediums (watercolor, marker, acrylic), or use them for resist techniques with waterbased mediums. The Inktense dry permanent, so you can use them for a background, and then layer over without the colors running (they make Inktense Blocks especially for techniques and backgrounds - I have some in my cart at Blick and I'm waiting notverypatiently for a good sale...).

I have samples of both on my blog... if you have more questions please feel free to ask!

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Just be careful...Dina is a marvelous enabler!

I have every color available of five different color mediums...not counting my full spectrum watercolors...

...and I NEED Inktense too!
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LOL! Let's add "Marvelous Enabler" to my list of titles!! Love it.
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I love my Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I use blending stumps from Michaels or Hobby Lobby that are made in Taiwan because they blend better than the ones made in China. They are like the ones I bought from Gina K and I absolutely love them. I am not a great colorer (?) but I enjoy it and it relaxes me and it is portable! I carry my pencils, pictures to color, and Gamsol when I take people to the doctor or where I have to sit and wait. I use Memento ink to stamp with and so far I have had no smudges or smears. I was heading to bed before I stumbled on this thread, but now I have to finish reading and checking the links! Thank you for all the pictures and information!!
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Welcome Leni! Get reading - you have 82 pages to catch up on!! LOL
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I could not believe all the posts and links! I love it - and fell asleep going thru all this stuff and finally made it to bed around 1:30 a.m. and still did not get thru them all! I have been on your site several times and I love your cards!

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My latest Prismacolor work here...........

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Beautiful orchid Dina! Both the one you colored and your Mother's day gift.
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Ok. After a lot of time looking for affordable Copics, I have decided to stick with Prismacolor pencils, getting more. I love them! Although, not going to lie, I would love to have Copics. But, my budget does not allow
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Robin, don't feel too bad. I invested a good amount of money on Copics (I have about 140 or so), believing I "should" in order to make some great cards. Never use them. I really enjoy my Prisma pencils and Copics are like work to me. My Prismas feel like my friends, lol.
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OK girls..... this is a long-term goal and will definitely involve a lot of prep time, but I am starting to formulate an outline for an online class for stampers who want to learn pencil theory and improve their skills. I have some content already, and some ideas laid out...

Sooo..... I'd love to hear from you - what are your burning questions and frustrations? If you were going to take an online class like this, what would you expect to learn? You can answer here or message me privately. Thanks so much for your input.
Dina, this would be so fantastic! Hmmm, where do I start? These are the things I find challenging and/or simply do not know how to do-
1. Shadows (as always)
2. coloring objects that are white, how to shade them ie. snow man, white flower, polar bear etc.
3. Coloring water and clear glass
4. backgrounds! They elude me.
5. General shading of flowers-I have seen flowers colored multiple ways-some put most of the color at the base of the petal and leave little to no color at the end of the petal. Then the concept of having some color along the end of the petal and shadowing based on folds of the petal. Does that make sense?? Ha! Clear as mud I am sure!

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Dina, this would be so fantastic! Hmmm, where do I start? These are the things I find challenging and/or simply do not know how to do-
1. Shadows (as always)
2. coloring objects that are white, how to shade them ie. snow man, white flower, polar bear etc.
3. Coloring water and clear glass
4. backgrounds! They elude me.
5. General shading of flowers-I have seen flowers colored multiple ways-some put most of the color at the base of the petal and leave little to no color at the end of the petal. Then the concept of having some color along the end of the petal and shadowing based on folds of the petal. Does that make sense?? Ha! Clear as mud I am sure!

Thanks so much for planning this!

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Good ones! Flowers are my speciality so we'll practice on those first. Thinking I'll offer some exclusive digital stamps to practice on. So much more to this than I realized, and the biggie is the video hosting, because Youtube will not host videos for commercial use. Vimeo's fees would be an investment indeed, so that is the point I am still praying about. :/

For coloring water or glass, I recently read that the key is not to look at the water or glass but to look at and color the reflections in the glass. That is for like still life drawing and painting, though, and not so much coloring a stamped image. I cheat on water and glass a lot and add highlights with white gel pen or acrylic paint.

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Just wanted to share a couple of my Prisma Pencil cards with the colorless blender pencil.....I love to color!
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Wow, they are great Suzy! Well done.
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Great cards Suzy!

Dina I struggle to add highlights. I never remember to leave white space or to not color an area until the whole thing is done and it doesn't look right, or I remember and end up with rest darker than I had planned to have a lighter area.
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Just wondering if anyone has any ideas for how you colour/create a leather-look with prismas? i.e. colouring a leather belt, leather shoes. The colours and technique would be helpful. I'm interested in brown leather specifically but any other colours would also be helpful

Also, does anyone else have trouble colouring with black? It just seems so unforgiving and it never looks the way I expect. I usually end up resorting to a Sharpie but sometimes lose the detail in the image. tia
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I think for both the key is very sharp pencils - for leather I would layer lightly with sharp pencils and let the texture of the paper show through a little.

Black is scary to me too! But again, using a very sharp pencil and light pressure would be the place to start and then build until you have the intensity that you want. If it's a large black area, I usually start grey, then shade.
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I tried the Gamsol technique with my Prismacolor pencils and it changed the color of the pencil so that it didn't match the paper anymore. Any thoughts? Is this a normal for Gamsol.
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Hm, that's weird! It does tend to lighten the color a bit as the pigment spreads, but you can always color over top of your blending and layer until you get the shading effect that you want.
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I think for both the key is very sharp pencils - for leather I would layer lightly with sharp pencils and let the texture of the paper show through a little.

Black is scary to me too! But again, using a very sharp pencil and light pressure would be the place to start and then build until you have the intensity that you want. If it's a large black area, I usually start grey, then shade.
Thanks Dina! I'll definitely try that with the black!

What colours would you recommend for brown leather?
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Hi! This is my first post to this thread. I'm s-l-o-w-l-y reading through the whole thread (on pg 26), but I have a question.

On Operation Write Home's blog today, they posted a tutorial on coloring with pencils and Turpentine. The link's HERE Is this the same as the OMS technique or does it have different results? She says it darkens the color, but all my experience with OMS slightly lightens the color. Has anyone tried turpentine?
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I haven't tried it specifically but it is a solvent so the process should be the same as working with OMS.
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Oh! Turpenoid is what she's using. (Aussies call it "turps" and I think that's funny so I have to share that too). Just grabbed this info from Yahoo:

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Turpenoid is a form of turpentine made for artists. It doesn't smell and does not have the yellowing effect.
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Thanks! Have you tried it with pencils?
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The Operation Write Home tutorial uses turpenoid rather than turpentine. Turpenoid is the same thing as OMS. Here is a link to an art supply message baord that covers the topic:

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I find that OMS "brightens" the color of colored pencils, but in large areas it also makes the color look lighter if you don't add additional layers of color.
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Thanks. That's what I suspected. Got confused when the tutorial said it "darkened" the color.
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With the light touch that she was using, the turpenoid really spread the pigment and made it more vibrant... I've found that too.
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With the light touch that she was using, the turpenoid really spread the pigment and made it more vibrant... I've found that too.
Sounds neat. I think I have some in my paint supplies. Might have to try it.

By the way, I love your tutorials on YouTube. They're so detailed but easy to follow.
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Dini, I would take a class.

I would like to know about coloring skin colors -- especially those new Prima dolls, and my personal focus would be mostly caucasian.

I recently used watercolor Prismacolor colored pencils with Golden "retarder" (slows down paint drying time but also worked as an agent to get a GREAT texture and blended color). Would love to know more about that.... I guess generally I would say colored pencils with mixed mediums.

I struggle with where to put shadow, and how to shade images.

I'd like to know how to make images pop forward or recede, so that I can get more dimension.

Coloring faces.

Those are my current fascinations but I love them all... flowers, all of the above.

I trust you a great deal as an instructor. I am slowly making my way through the mixability challenges. I find myself using some of the techniques over and over.... make a warm piece and highlight with a cool color, etc. I appreciate your sharing yourself here, in the DTGD challenges, in the mix challenges.

Thanks!

Lela
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Thanks Dina! I'll definitely try that with the black!

What colours would you recommend for brown leather?
Still pondering this... what look are you going for? smooth? textured?

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Just wanted to share a couple of my Prisma Pencil cards with the colorless blender pencil.....I love to color!
oh NICE coloring suzy!!!!! and you can't go wrong with House Mouse!!!!!
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oh NICE coloring suzy!!!!! and you can't go wrong with House Mouse!!!!!
Laura.....thanks for you comments!
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Gorgeous cards Suzy!

P.S.: love your line about using the whole box of crayons.
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