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Learn How to Use a Colored Pencil Blender

Color Pencil Blender Tutorial

The purpose of a colored pencil blender is to take two of your colored pencils and make them look smoother as well as mix the two colors. So the yellow and orange combine to make a beautiful yellow-orange. You could use this in drawing a sunset or a piece of fruit.

For this tutorial, I used mixed media drawing paper, Prisma colored pencils and the Prisma colored pencil blenders. Have fun and experiment with different brands or colored pencils and color pencil blenders.

How to Use a Colored Pencil Burnisher

Colored Pencil Burnisher Tutorial

The purpose of a colored pencil burnisher is to give your colored pencils a shine. It also makes them look smoother but not as good in my opinion, as the colored pencil blender. ]

For this tutorial, I used mixed media drawing paper, Prisma colored pencils and the Derwent burnisher for colored pencil. Have fun and experiment with different brands or colored pencils and color pencil burnishers.

Colored Pencil Brands Tested for School & Play

Colored Pencils tested for school and play

When your going back to school, starting an art project or doing some adult coloring choosing the right materials is necessary. I often get the question as an Art Teacher, “Why is one colored pencil more expensive than another?” I tested four common colored pencil brands used for coloring and drawing that have a range of prices. I chose Crayola, Prang, Staedtler, and Prisma color. The cost of the pencils depends on how much pigment plus the quality of the wax medium is in the pencil. You will see the difference between student grade pencils and artist grade pencils. The differences show through in color hues and how the colored pencils blend without a colored pencil blender. You will need to decide if the 12 pencils for $3.99 for Crayola fits your needs or you want to spend more on the Prisma color pencils at $15.99 for 12 pencils.