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Old 09-07-2006, 06:42 AM   #1  
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Wink Found Cheap Primsicolor Pencils and an alternative to gamsol

I was shopping at Staples getting my daughters school supplies when I came across a set of 60 Primsicolor Pencils for 22.00 so I bought them.

Then I went to Kent Building Supplies and bought a odorless mineral spirit called Taltine for 2.99 to see if it would work with the pencils.

For me the $200.00 for the pencils is just too much money and I could not justify the cost for I figured that I had nothing to lose.

I have done a few Christmas cards with both the pencils an the taltine and I have more practice to do but I think they will work out fine for my needs.

I still prefer my crayons but it is nice to be able to try watercolouring with the pencils and tantine.

Thought I would share this in case anyone else would like to try it.

Let know know your thoughts on this

Thanks so much for looking

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Old 09-07-2006, 06:45 AM   #2  
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Whooo hooo! Congrats on the good find! I -could- have used my 50% off coupon at Michael's on MOnday for Prismas...but I already have a set of 72 that I got from Hobby Lobby with a 40% coupon.

The alternative to Gamsol? Fab. Just fab! I don't use the real stuff either.

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Old 09-07-2006, 07:04 AM   #3  
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I got my set of 120 on ebay for under $60. Bought my odorless mineral spirits at Michaels for under $5. Just ordered two packs of stumps on the Jerry's deal. Now I just need to USE them!
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Old 09-07-2006, 07:05 AM   #4  
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Our Costco has the set of 48 Prismacolors in the gold box for $15.97. Same pencils as the ones sold individually!
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Old 09-07-2006, 07:17 AM   #5  
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I bought my 120 on Ebay for under $60 as well....BUT before I bought the Prismas...I tested the Crayola pencils and they worked just as well. Any cheap non watercolor pencil will work. The gamsol breaks down the wax in the pencils to move the color around. Found this out when I tried to gamsol color something embossed. Oops! Bet you could even use crayons for this too! In addition, you can get the gamsol in a can from Dick Blick fairly reasonable...oh and I recently learned that the special little bottle that Inky Antics is using...is a BINGO BOTTLE...and you can get a dozen of them from oriental trading for about $3. If you have a few friends that would split the cost of the gamsol and bingo bottles...you could do it really cheap! Just a few ideas for anyone on the fence.
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Our Costco has the set of 48 Prismacolors in the gold box for $15.97. Same pencils as the ones sold individually!

I knew I needed to go to Costco for something!
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Old 09-07-2006, 11:21 AM   #7  
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well I am speechless - I found those darn bingo bottles (actually paint marker bottles) at Nasco years ago and have been paying about $12 an empty dozen ever since - once they were filled with two ounces of Gamsol the price became regretful for retailing - never ever because of the spirits, which costs a teeny amount per ounce - the empty bottle drove the cost !! I don't know who found them at Oriental Trading but I am supremely grateful - this is why I love bulletin boards. thank you thank you , debbie gimbel
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I'm glad to hear that about the pencils and Gamsol...I had tried the Mona Lisa brand of odorless paint thinner because it said it was "100% odorless mineral spirits", bought at Michaels, but it did not work as well as the Gamsol that I finally ordered!! The price on Prisma pencils will take me to Costco tomorrow to check it out!!! Thanks!!
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