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Old 12-21-2008, 02:12 PM   #1
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Default Blending Stumps: with or without mineral spirits?

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Since I dont have any Copics yet I've been playing with my Prismacolor pencils. I hadnt really experimented with blending stumps, but used today, and they def helped in some areas. Is it better to use with mineral spirits? And if so... really stupid Q..Is "odorless brush cleaner and thinner" = Mineral spirits? And if this is better, is there any special technique in getting the best finished product? Thanks so much!

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Old 12-21-2008, 02:24 PM   #2
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I use stumps made in Taiwan. The ones from China just are too hard or something but the color does not move.

I believe there is a tutorial in the resource section on this technique called Gamsol Magic.

Sorry, but I can't answer the part about the "brush cleaner" because I'm not really sure.
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As far as I know you do need some kind of medium to use with the blending stumps. You can also use baby oil instead of the mineral spirits.

As for tips, it's really easy with the mineral spirits. I apply the colour with my pencils and blend in a circular motion. For a faded look, I apply the colour very heavily around the edges and then blend it into the center with my stumps.
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I have used the Gamsol and baby oil and can really tell no appreciable difference in the way it blends. But with the Koh-i-noor pencils, the baby oil just melts it like butter.
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I took a class at my LSS a month or so ago and we used Goo Gone with our stumps and Prismacolor pencils....worked wonderfully
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MOna Lisa's odorless brush cleaner and thinner is suitable as it is the same as Gamsol....I have been using that & works great! If you read the ingredients & code numbers-it is exactly the same thing...actually cheaper than the GAmsol too
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I have used the Gamsol and baby oil and can really tell no appreciable difference in the way it blends. But with the Koh-i-noor pencils, the baby oil just melts it like butter.
Serious question - is that a good thing?
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It is good when it melts like butter! That means the color is breaking down to form a well blended look. I have the Mono Lisa Odorless Paint Thinner and the Odorless Turpenoid. I couldn't fine anything that said Gamsol or OMS. They both work wonderfully. The idea is to breakdown the oil based color (this is also why baby oil works) so you don't have any gaps in color. If you look closely after you color with a pencil, it's chunkyish in some areas, not a smooth color. The OMS blends it. I just dip my stump in the liquid and move in circles. If I want to shade, I color one section darker with the pencil before using the stump. Also, I cut my stump between colors to prevent mixing of colors. HTH
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So the baby oil doesnt stain....will def have to try! This has been really helpful! Thanks!!

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I use baby oil with my Prismacolor pencils. I cut a small square of felt, you know those felt squares at the craft store for $0.25, and put it on the bottom of a small covered container. Then I add a couple of drops of baby oil onto the felt. I touch my blending stump to the felt when I need to blend the colors. It's not messy that way and you can put it away to use later. It does not make the image oily and does not bleed through to the other side of your paper.

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I'm definately going to try the baby oil.
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