Colored pencils are a staple in an artist’s stash, allowing color to fill voids in creations, nice vibrant color. I recently worked with Staedtler’s Ergosoft Coloring Pencils for a ScrapFriends review, mostly for use on scrapbooking layouts. This exercise took me back to my childhood and a tin of Faber Castell pencils that were my prized possession. So prized in fact, that they’ve traveled with me throughout my life to remain one of the very few items that I still have from my younger days and I always know where they are! Yes, I know the tin says Koh-i-noor, but the pencils inside are Fabers. I was poor, so I used anything that I could get!
Anyway, I worked on a Prima Paintables using the Staedtler pencils and Gamsol, odorless mineral spirits. Gamsol works to blend the pencil strokes creating a smoother color distribution. A comparison is how a blender works with watercolor pencils or watercolor crayons. Gamsol plus a paper blending stump serves as the blending tool and from then on, behaves like you’re working with watercolor tools. There is no scent or color to Gamsol, but it does evaporate.
You can purchase odorless mineral spirits at art stores and I believe Michael’s, plus some rubber stamp companies carry it too. I purchased mine at Inky Antics at one of the Stampfest expos a couple years ago. It’s in a small plastic bottle with a dabber top. The paper stump is touched to the dabber top and soaks up the liquid. The stump is then used to blend the colored pencil lines together as desired. I’ll be doing a how-to soon for ScrapFriends on this technique step-by-step, so stay tuned for the link.
Here’s my favorite project from that review – a sort of tribute page to my mom, ok, a real tribute page to her! I think of her often and I’m very lucky to have some great pictures of us together. Here’s to you mom!