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Old 03-10-2006, 11:00 AM   #1  
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I've been trying to decide which method I'd like to try next for coloring images in. I use the ink pad and blender pens now, but that doesn't always produce the look I want. So after cruising the gallery many, many times, I decided that I would order the crayons next, and maybe get markers later.

The question I have is this: Do the blender pens work well with the crayons or should I also invest in an aqua painter set? I am somewhat craft challenged, so I need to know what technique would be easiest to learn. I usually like my images to have a soft look, but not so soft they no longer match the cardstock. I'm very anal about ink matching cardstock so this is important. Any input from experienced crayon users would be greatly appreciated!
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I have both the pens and the painters and find that the painters work a lot better. I do use the pen if there is a small spot I want to color and the brushes are too big on the painters.
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Old 03-10-2006, 12:16 PM   #3  
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I feel I have more control with the blender pens. The aquapainters water the crayons down a little too much for my taste. Love my crayons, though!
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I've been using the blender pens with the WC's. Soooo easy that I can stamp several images on watercolor paper, then sit in the living room, watching TV, and coloring the images. I tend to make a mess with the aquapainters. Using the pens solves that for me.
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I love coloring in my image with the crayons and then blending with the blender pen. Lots of control!
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See I'm an aquapainter gal! I love using the aquapainter, but there is a steeper learning curve with it vs. the blender pens. You have to be careful not to squeeze them while you're working.
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I prefer the aquapainters. I have 3 sizes, so can usually control my blending. If it seems to be getting too wet, I just "draw" on scratch with the water to dry out the brush part a little. In any case, I LOVE my watercolor crayons.

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I love using the blender pens with the watercolor crayons!

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Sounds like we need both! I use the aqua painter & adore it. I actually feel so artsy, lol! Now I need to try the blender pens too.
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Thanks for the responses everyone. I'll be ordering blender pens anyway on my next order because mine are all dried out, so I think I'll hold off on the aquapainter until later. I'll keep it on my wishlist, however.
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I am so glad I read this thread. I never even thought about using the blender pens with my watercolor crayons -- I always use the aquapaint brushes. Now I have something new to try
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Yes, i made a wonderful card using the crayons to color in a stamp image and then blended it with the blender pen, It works great. What i did was color,, uh,, lets say,, one side of the leaf with a crayon and then blended it over the rest of the leaf with the blender pen to get a softer shaded effect throughout the rest of the leaf with just that one strip of color. It looked very nice. I'm new with the crayons also,, but have been trying a lot with them such as watercolor stamping. Now that you might like because it adds a very soft effect on watercolor paper and matches the paper very nicely. Hope this helps you. Sherry
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I usually use the blender pen. I don't usually color on my image, I just pick the color off the crayon with the blender pen. I do like the look of the aqua painter too. I have 3 sizes as well (which I bought at some stamping store in town), I do however, like SU! aqua painters much better. I plan on getting them some time in the near future.
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I prefer a paint brush -- the blenders don't work like I want (for the crayons, I prefer blenders for pencils) and the aquapainter has way to much water for me. So I use a regular brush and a small container of water (that I usually wipe on a paper towel to remove most of the water).
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