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Blending Colored Pencils [Methods Explained]
Dawit Abeza
Blending Colored Pencils [Methods Explained]

Blending Colored Pencils [Methods Explained]

There are numerous strategies for blending colored pencils, however, they can be arranged in three essential manners.

How to Blend Colored Pencil

You can adopt a couple of various strategies to mix colored pencils. Each will create a somewhat extraordinary look and some require a couple of additional provisions. Once more, experimentation is vital, so make certain to try out each on a piece of the drawing paper you're working with before applying any of these to a genuine drawing.

Basic Methods of Blending Colored Pencil:

Pencil Blending

This may appear to be horrendously self-evident, yet the undeniable is regularly what gets neglected most. The most natural method for blending colored pencils with colored pencils is polishing. At the point when you polish, you utilize overwhelming strain to "granulate" layers of shading together. You can utilize any shading over any shading, however, it's generally normal to polish with a shading that is lighter than the shading you're shining. The one thing to remember is that the shading with which you polish will influence the shading you're shining. When blending colored pencil with colored pencil, be mindful to coordinate weight with sharpness. The keener your pencil, the lighter the weight. Utilizing substantial weight with a sharp pencil is probably going to either sever the tip the pencil–conceivably leaving an unattractive imprint or tear the paper. If you need to shine, it's ideal to utilize an unpolished pencil.

Dry Blending

With the end goal of this exchange, when I allude to "dry blending", I'm looking at blending without solvents (see beneath), yet with an instrument other than your colored pencils. The blending instruments I utilize frequently are two or three family things. Paper towel and washroom tissue. Both are extraordinary for blending colored pencils and delivering an eggshell smooth surface. They're additionally simple to utilize. Overlap a piece into quarters or littler and rub them over the territory you need to mix. You can utilize extremely overwhelming weight on the off chance that you need without danger of harming the drawing paper. Without a doubt, the impacts are light, yet on the off chance that all you need is a light mix between layers, paper towel or facial tissue is the device you're searching for. Blending stumps and tortillons are all the more regularly connected with graphite drawing, yet they additionally work with colored pencils. I've seen them as somewhat less powerful than paper towels, yet they are valuable on the off chance that you need to mix a little region.

Colored Pencil Art & Various Types

Solvent Blending

Solvents work by separating the coupling operator that holds the shade together in pencil structure. At the point when the fastener is broken up to any degree, the color streams together practically like paint. Before you give any solvent a shot a colored pencil, test it on a bit of scrap paper. You need to ensure the paper will confront a solvent mix. Nothing is more demoralizing than to have your paper clasp or twist when it gets wet. It's likewise a smart thought to perceive how hues respond to the different solvents before blending a drawing. While solvent mixes are fitting as a rule, they may not create the look you need. On the off chance that the paper you're drawing on is smooth or is vigorously measured, it's likewise conceivable to expel shading totally, regardless of how cautiously you mix.

Blending with Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing liquor is perfect for doing a light mix. It breaks the wax folio in colored pencil sufficiently only to move a little shade around and to fill in paper gaps. You need a decent measure of shade on the paper for the best outcomes, yet it likewise works with less color. Use cotton balls or swabs or paintbrushes to mix with rubbing liquor. Since rubbing liquor is moderately mellow, you can do a touch of scrubbing with a fiber brush if the paper will take that kind of abuse.

Blending with Odorless Mineral Spirits

Odorless mineral spirits mix shading more totally than rubbing liquor. It separates the wax cover all the more totally, liberating color to mix all the more altogether. Once more, the greater the color on the paper, the better the outcomes, yet you can likewise do a watercolor-like wash with odorless mineral spirits. For a much lighter tint, "liquefy" a little shading in odorless mineral spirits, at that point wash it over the paper. You need strong paper or board for this sort of treatment, however, the outcomes can be painterly and soaked. Any kind of odorless mineral spirits reasonable for oil painting can likewise be utilized with colored pencils. Use bristle or delicate brushes to mix with odorless mineral spirits. In later layers, where there's a great deal of shade on the paper, you can utilize heavier weight, however, it's ideal to utilize medium-weight (ordinary penmanship pressure) to abstain from scraping the paper or expelling shading. The most intense of the solvent mixes I use is turpentine. It works a similar route as odorless mineral spirits, yet separates wax-cover all the more totally. My experience has been a limit of two mixes before the solvent starts expelling more shading than it mixes. Use turpentine a similar way you'd utilize odorless mineral spirits.

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