Zest-it Pencil Blend is a very popular for blending Coloured Pencils,
it is also ideal for use with crayons, oil pastel and graphite.
We tested both of our Pencil Blends with the following Coloured Pencils,
Luminance, Prismacolor, Karisma, Polychromos, Derwent; Drawing, Artist and Coloursoft.
Zest-it® Pencil Blend
Coloured pencil blended using a brush with the Pencil Blend
Blended using a tortillion
Please see the Disclaimer below:
Our Pencil Blend is non-toxic and non-flammable which many Pencil Artists value for use with their pencils and studio environment. It has been thoroughly tested with many makes of Coloured Pencil for its excellent blending qualities. It leaves no residue in or on the paper once dry, is economical in use as a small amount goes a long way, many prefer the safer aspects of the solvent than odourless mineral spirit or 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 to the area whilst the paper 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, this can cause 'flooding' of the pencil surface and slows the drying. Less is best!
Paper stumps also work well for blending and are firmer then the Tortillion, more information on blending can be found under blending tools.
Repackaged and Copy-cat Zest-it Products June 2020
J and T Blackman Ltd t/a Zest-it have been informed of some unscrupulous conduct by businesses and individuals offering copy-cat and/or repackaged Zest-it products.
We have been made aware of Zest-it products being offered for sale on a website, on Ebay and on workshops but the customers received a look-alike product not that offered or advertised. This has happened with the 'Zest-it Oil Paint Dilutant and Brush Cleaner', the 'Zest-it Pencil Blend' and the 'Zest-it Cold Wax Painting Medium'.
Please take care when purchasing Zest-it products, be discriminating, especially during these unprecedented times. Buy through a recognised and reliable Retailer website, not from where goods may be copy-cat and/or packaged improperly.
Those who persist in this malpractice, not only break the 'Law of Passing Off', they also deceive and endanger the public.
If as a customer, this has happened to you and you would like to redress the situation, please contact your local Trading Standards Office who have the power to stop this breach of regulations.
Law of Passing Off
The Law of Passing Off is in place to prevent a trader/company/person from misrepresenting/mimicking goods or services as being the goods or services of another person/trader/company.
Or, in more legal wording ...is a form of intellectual property enforcement against the unauthorised use of 'get-up' or 'trade-dress' (the whole external appearance or look-and-feel of a product, including any mark, wording or indicia used) which is considered to be similar to that of another party's product, including any registered or unregistered trademarks.