This was my first attempt after TM's class. Prismacolors produce vibrant colors and a smooth waxy surface when used with heavy pressure that makes them look like a print. Blending is by pushing waxy color into each other. Takes practice to get blending without lines in this technique.
Date: Sunday, July 17, 2005 GMT Views: 442
Registered: June 7, 2005 Location: Manchester, NH Posts: 173
Wed, Jul 20, 2005 @ 12:07 AM
Anyone can do this technique with a bit of practice. I'll try to put it into words. Lay down a thick layer of color (like solid coloring with a crayon). Right next to it lay down the second color you want (like yellow to orange, or purple to teal) just touching the first color. Using the lighter of the two colors, make gentle tight little loops along the edge which moves each color into the other a bit and starts the blending. You can adjust your pressure and the size of the loops until you get the look you want and you keep repeating this process until the line becomes seamless. You can always add more of either color on top if the blending isn't the way you want it. It really is fun to see the colors merge though it can take some time. The end results are very different than building up multiple light layers or using Gamsol, that is the joy of prismacolors. I don't use the blending pencil as that tends to remove the color. Also some colors are easier to blend than others, similar colors blend easier. The lines between some of the colors show more in the photo than in real life for some reason.
Hope this answers your question. Took about 20 minutes to learn the technique and a number of attempts to "perfect" it to where the lines between colors would disappear.
Hope you try it!
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