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Old 08-02-2006, 11:20 AM   #1  
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Default Anyone else addicted to gamsol??

OK - I know it's not supposed to be safe to breathe. But, I think I'm addicted. I feel bad for my aquapen, wcw crayons, watercolor pencils and blender pens because they've been so sorely neglected since I started using my prismacolors and gamsol. Not only that, but I bought the box of 72 because I knew I'd regret it if I got a smaller box and now I'm wishing that I'd gotten the biggest one!
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:27 AM   #2  
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Oh Yea! Totally addicted also. I traded my SMALL set for the 120 PLUS recently purchased the 12 new colors.... Addicted? Who Me?
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:31 AM   #3  
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Im a total addict also I also had to upgrade to the larger 120 set! I'm so happy I did!

BTW Frenchy I checked out your gallery last night and LOVE your House Mouse cards!
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Yes, I'm addicted too. I love using them and love the look.
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Me too! I am DYING for the big set of Prismacolors....I want them so badly I can't stand it. Must pay off bills first! Must!

I just want to take a moment and thank PRINCESSINK because she is the one who started this craze! I saw a post several months back titled "coloring lessons from PrincessInk" and was hooked from there. So...THANK YOU!!!! THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU! Hehe.
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Jovi - thanks. That's one of the reasons I like this technique so well - it looks so nice with the house mouse stamps.
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Old 08-02-2006, 12:02 PM   #7  
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Me, me ,me!!! Seems like every card I do uses it!
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Old 08-02-2006, 12:17 PM   #8  
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Default Okay you ladies

Which one of you want to sell your old set to help purchase a bigger set? I want to give it a try and hate to by the big set first in case it's not for me. So if one of you want to sell yours let me know.

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Old 08-02-2006, 12:20 PM   #9  
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I love it too! I bought my prismacolor pencils for half price and a $15 refund after Christmas, and I haven't regretted it for a SECOND! I find the pencils and gamsol SO much easier to use than any other method. I color in my scrap room, then move to the KITCHEN to gamsol! I turn on the fan in the kitchen that sucks up the vapors and send them outside, and so far no more headaches doing it this way.
I am, however, going to have to replace a couple of pencils individually because they will look like nubs soon!

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Ok, I am coming out of lurking because I have to know. Where is the coloring tutorial? I would love to know more about gamsol.
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Old 08-02-2006, 12:31 PM   #11  
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I have done nothing but prismacolors and Gamsol since you all got me addicted!

Yes, PC Anonymous, is there such a place for junkie pencil freaks? Gamsol, well, can't smell it so I can't say I'm addicted, but my mood sure has been better! LOL

Helps with the PMS if you know what I mean?
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http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...amsolmagic.php
Whenever you are looking for techniques that have a tutorial they are in the resources section. Which is at the top or your screen between forums and store.
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Old 08-02-2006, 12:50 PM   #13  
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I'm just learning, but I love them already....My only problem is that it seems like I have to color almost the entire image to have enough color to spread around, know what I mean? Am I doing it wrong? Do I HAVE to have the stumps made in Taiwan? Help me, all you talented ladies!!!
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Originally Posted by Frenchy
OK - I know it's not supposed to be safe to breathe. But, I think I'm addicted. I feel bad for my aquapen, wcw crayons, watercolor pencils and blender pens because they've been so sorely neglected since I started using my prismacolors and gamsol. Not only that, but I bought the box of 72 because I knew I'd regret it if I got a smaller box and now I'm wishing that I'd gotten the biggest one!

Whew...I sooo thought you were drinking it. LOL. I was going to ask straight up or on the rocks....with an olive or a twist. I love the gamsol/prisma technique too.
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Hmmm. Don't think I'm that thirsty. LOL!
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HI All,
Here is a step by step pictorial- This will really help. Remember, after you've wet your blending stump- rub the color in a circular motion toward the center of the picture.
http://www.ashadeofblue.net/Boards/portal.php?page=2

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Nonda,

The stumps made in Taiwan DO spread the color better - I've used both the stumps from China and Taiwan, and the ones from Taiwan are definitely superior!
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Ok, dumb question ladies. When you do this technique what type of ink do you stamp the image in? Regular SU black or basic brown that are watercolor safe or Stazon?
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Me! Me! I'm totally addicted, too!

I got the 120 box of prismas. I hear they are cheaper on ebay, but I got mine from DickBlick.com and if you sign up on ebates.com (another tip I got here) and shop through the rebate site, you'll get another 6% off that comes back to you in a check when you accumulate over $5 in rebates.

ANYWAY- I paid about $106 total with tax and shipping for 120 prismas, Gamsol 16oz and some stumps. Granted, my stumps are from China, b/c I didn't see the others on the site. Will get the other ones if I see them.

I stamp with Stazon ink on whatever paper I'm going to use. I haven't had a problem yet with the outline running into the image as I color or any of that. HIH
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I use Basic Brown and Basic Black when I use this technique. I only use Stazon on acetate, because I always have such a hard time cleaning my stamps after using it.
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I have all of the supplies for the gamsol technique but haven't had a chance to play yet...I have several big projects in the works that need to be finished before I can start something else and I have a feeling that once I start this awesome technique I'm not going to want to do anything else...LOL I am starting with the set of 72 pencils...used 40% coupon at Hobby Lobby.

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I love doing the penciling. But, I have to be relaxed. With summer, kids, etc....there is so little of that time. I hope in FAll to work on it more, and develop the ability to shade and use a variety of colors together and make them work. So far, I have only had a chance to do very basic coloring. But, I love the technique and love the gamasol..... Wish I had the big box!!
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Question Ok ......don't want to be dumb here but what is gamsol??

I'm totally clueless.

What is gamsol???

ok stop laughing! LOL

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I jumped in with both feet -- got the 120 colors to start with, and so happy I did. I am so loving this. I don't think I've used my pastels once since I started doing this technique. I'm giving my set of SU WC pencils to my sister. I haven't picked them up once since I got the Prismacolor pencils! Had a little trouble finding Gamsol but did eventually locate it at an art supply store.
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I'm totally clueless.

What is gamsol???

ok stop laughing! LOL

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Yep! Love that "stinkin" stuff! I do use the dobber top thing, which I think helps keep the vapors low.
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