New For more information on blending Coloured Pencils please click the link.
This insight into using Zest-it with coloured pencils is by the kind permission of Ann Swan and taken from her article in the June 2002 Leisure Painter magazine.
Ann lists all the materials to be used including Zest-it, which is used with cotton wool buds to blend the colours applied with the pencils and 'under paint' the tomatoes, as shown on the lower tomato in the top picture.
More colours are applied and blended with the Zest-it until the final picture is produced.
For more about Ann's way of working visit her web page at www.annswan.co.uk/ukcpsarticle.htm (? this link now seems to be inactive Jul.10)
Click for a link to the UK Coloured Pencil Society
If you would like more insight into using Zest-it to blend Coloured Pencils,
Blending Sponge for use with brush, paper stump and tortillions
Used with Oil Pastel
If you use Oil Pastel, Zest-it can be used in a similar way to that above, to blend and under paint before completing the picture. It is particularly effective with Oil pastels for blending and smoothing. Pointed cotton
wool buds, colour shapers, tortillons and paper stump are useful tools for this.
Be aware that when used with oil pastels on paper it can be hard to correct/remove as the colour sinks into the paper, making the background colour more permanent.
We have tested Neopastel by Caran d'Ache with Zest-it, the results can be seen on the Oil pastels page.
To see Oil Pastels and Zest-it at work click the link.
With Pastel or Pastel pencil
|Gives a whole new look to Pastels, use Zest-it to stain and under-paint the subject, it makes the first layer of pastel 'sink' into the paper. This in turn allows more layers to be applied. The Pastel will darken when first 'wetted' with Zest-it on the paper, normal colour will return as the Zest-it evaporates.|
With Parchment Work
|For a step by step guide to using Zest-it with parchment work click the link, it also has links to people offering free patterns and workshops.|
With Coloured Pencils
|Lots of information about blending coloured pencils can be found at Coloured Pencils, on my site Jacqui Blackman.co.uk and on the artist links page|
see also this section on the Zest-it page
You may also like to visit J and T's Art and Calligraphy for other products mentioned on this page.
Suitability for Use