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About Zest-it® Pencil Blend

Zest-it Pencil Blend is excellent for blending Coloured Pencils,
it is also ideal for use with wax pencils, crayons, oil pastel and graphite.

We tested both of our Pencil Blends with these coloured pencils,
Luminance, Prismacolor, Karisma, Polychromos, Derwent; Drawing, Artist and Coloursoft.

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Coloured pencil blended using a brush with the Pencil Blend

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Blended using a tortillion




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Many Artists choose Pencil Blend as the solvent for their pencils, not only for its excellent blending qualities and its pleasant citrus smell.
Also because it leaves no residue in or on the paper, is economical in use and is a safer solvent than odourless mineral spirit and similar solvents.

Pencil Blend is available in a variety of useful sizes 50 ml; 125 ml and 250 ml

Using Pencil Blend and a brush.
The Coloured Pencil was applied to watercolour paper in the normal way.
A Blending Sponge was used to dampen a soft 1/4" flat brush by pressing the brush to the sponge surface.

The dampened brush was used to blend the coloured pencil. It was blended from dark to light, giving a soft transition of colour.
Using a brush means the under-painting can be completed very quickly and the 'tooth' of the paper is retained.
The area can be left to dry or further Coloured Pencil can be added whilst the area is still damp, each will give a different look.

Using Pencil Blend - with Tortillion. (We have a selection of tortillion and stumps in our eshop J and T's Art and Calligraphy
The Luminance pencil was applied this time to Bristol Board, the smooth surface helps with the transition of colour.
The single colour was laid quite lightly and graduated to indicate the roundness of the shape. Extra pencil can always be added, whereas it's difficult to remove if too much has been applied.
 Because this is a paper that has a smooth finish there is little tooth to build the layer's upon, this is where solvent can be so useful for under-painting.

A Tortillion dampened with Pencil Blend from the Blending Sponge was used to give a smooth finish to the blending. Extra pencil was gently added where necessary and blended.
As it was blended the tip of the Tortillion was cleaned on kitchen towel.
A sandpaper block can also be use to clean the tip.

Over-wetting the Tortillion can cause the colour to spread too far. The Tortillion is a softer tool than the stump and therefore soaks up more liquid.

Paper stumps also work well for blending and are firmer then the Tortillion, more information on blending can be found under blending tools.

For more blending options see Pencil Blend (Citrus Free)

Copyright Jacqui Blackman 2004

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