Learn How to Use a Colored Pencil Blender
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
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
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.
Colored Pencil Blending with Geometric Shape & Shading
Colored Pencil Techniques with Geometric shapes & Shading-Draw your circle and use your favorite darker color to follow the contour of the circle. This is called contour hatching. Use heavier stroke pressure as you go towards the shadow. Then blend with a colorless pencil blender. Use a sand eraser for the reflected light between the cast shadow and the shadow. Check out the video below for a demonstration of this technique.
3-D Pencil Shapes and Color Pencil Blending Demonstration
Watercolor Pencil Techniques, #1
Learn four watercolor pencil techniques; dry brush, wet in wet, value scale, and blend colors. For this lesson, you will need any brand of watercolor pencils, watercolor paper, round and flat brushes, and a small cup of water. For this lesson, I use pencils by Caran d’Ache Supracolor Soft Aquarelle, Strathmore cold press paper, and artist loft brushes. I encourage you to experiment with different materials to learn the different outcomes you can achieve with each product.