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Old 12-13-2007, 02:17 PM   #1
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When doing the magic pencil technique with prismacolor pencils I've found that some colors just don't blend very well. Does anyone else have this experience? I was doing a sky scene last night and couldn't get the blue to blend for anything, it just came out muddy and didn't give the colors a nice "wash" like usual.

I was using my hot press watercolor paper, gamsol, and prismacolor premier pencils. It was a blue pencil. Is this a quality problem with this pencil or are certain colors less blendable?

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I'm pretty sure some colors are just less blendable. Have you tried using the blender pencil? I like it more than the baby oil but I haven't tried Gamsol yet. I use the blender pencil in a circular motion and it works great to jut smooth out the color.
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Have you tried using just a little more gamsol and a different stump for blending? I have this "red" prisma that does not want to blend, but when I use more gamsol and a very thin blending stump, it finally blends.
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Yep, blue is a difficult color. I try using a blue with more red in it (ie. more purple or brownish) and it helps a little.
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Old 12-14-2007, 08:41 AM   #5
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When doing the magic pencil technique with prismacolor pencils I've found that some colors just don't blend very well. Does anyone else have this experience? I was doing a sky scene last night and couldn't get the blue to blend for anything, it just came out muddy and didn't give the colors a nice "wash" like usual.

I was using my hot press watercolor paper, gamsol, and prismacolor premier pencils. It was a blue pencil. Is this a quality problem with this pencil or are certain colors less blendable?

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You might find the answer here...it's a terrific source of information

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And all this time I thought is was just me. I find that a color like navy blue blends very easily and I love the look...but there are others that just don't work well for me. I have tried using more gamsol and after a while it usually blends better but by then I have lost interest and I am considering another "medium". I am glad to hear it's not just me!
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Hi all,
I love the colorless blending pencils from Prismacolor, I think they are a mixture of pumice and wax but they force any color into submission! Also The Prismacolor colorless blender marker works great too if you want a more watercolor look with your wax based pencils, it's a little stinky though
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I love the colorless blending pencils from Prismacolor, I think they are a mixture of pumice and wax but they force any color into submission! Also The Prismacolor colorless blender marker works great too if you want a more watercolor look with your wax based pencils, it's a little stinky though
I didn't know Prismacolor make a colorless blender marker. Thanks for the info.
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Glad to hear that my blending problem isn't unique to me. I guess part of the learning process will just be learning what colors blend best, etc. I have the blender pencils, I've never had much luck with them. But I'll get them out and just keep working with them. Thanks for mentioning those, I'd forgot I had them.

I really love working with the pencils. One of my biggest problems is lost marker caps, even when I try to hide my markers from my kids. Such a waste of money but at least there is no worry with the pencils! I really like the results I get, especially shading.

thanks again.
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Blue gives me a problem too! I've had better luck with the royal blue one. The lighter shades of blue aren't as blendable.

It's not just you. LOL!
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