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Unread 02-13-2013, 10:28 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Emariel View Post
Thats nice to know Lylacfey. How did you clean your Fantastix after using it with the Gamsol or did you have to toss it? I was going to use Baby Oil instead of the Gamsol, many said they use it instead of the Gamsol. Im also
assuming that the tortillions are filed like other nibs? Thanks for any input. I havent tried either just yet.
I "scratched" the Fantastix clean between color changes. I know I will toss my Fantastix in time because I am sure the nib is going to wear down. I don't think they can be sharpened like a tortillion. My Fantastix is still in good shape.

I used this tutorial- Using Fantastix with OMS and colored pencils - YouTube

I use baby oil too. I do have asthma so when I started working with OMS I went the baby oil route. My DH paints in oil. He uses OMS with his oil paints. I "stole" some of his OMS. It did not trigger my asthma. I really loved working with it. Personally for me I felt it blended better than baby oil.

Tortillions can be filed down using fine sandpaper. You will want the quality that is found in the drafting supplies. It's less abrasive. A lot of times you can get tortillions in a pack with the sandpaper. This way you can feel the grit of the sandpaper to know what kind to get when you run out. Then you can go to the hardware store and pick up sandpaper cheaper. Sandpaper from the drafting department of your local hobby stores is economical too. You can also use carpet to file down your tortillions. I use fine sandpaper. I gently twist the tortillion against the sandpaper.

Also look into blending stumps. Blending stumps are like tortillions. Tortillions are hollow on the end and stumps are pointed on both ends. Stumps are tighter wrapped. Both tortillions and stumps will give you different texturing. That's why I use a variety of different tools with Gamsol because I am going for texture.

You can also make your own tortillions too. Blank newspaper print makes the best tortillions. A lot of artists use plain printer paper. Lots of good tutorials on Google and You Tube.

Blending stumps are usually made in a softer paper. Sometimes you can find them in high quality leather or felt.
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