Monday, March 8, 2010

Playing with colored pencils!

Kind of brings you back to childhood.  I've had some Prisma pencils and some Koh-I-Noor pencils for a little while but wasn't sure what to do with them.  Always wondered how people got such cool colors and blends with the pencils.  My images were just...blah.  I saw on Gloria's blog how she used odorless mineral spirits (OMS) to blend the pencils.  And, her cards are awesome.  With Gloria's tips, here is a new and improved use of the Koh-I-Noor pencils.

I wanted my title to mimic the changing color of the Sassafras paper (scalloped border).  I used some Studio Calico stamps (love these!) and then colored the images and blended the colors with OMS.  Really the title is not that crooked.  Apparently, I can't take a straight picture of late.

The title.

And the scalloped border.

All papers and embellishments (sans stamps and pencils) were from the  January Apron Strings kit.  Trying to use up some of my stash!

So thanks for the tip Gloria!  I can't wait to play around more with the pencils.  I've already created a birthday card and used this technique on my stamped images. 


Gloria Stengel said...

You did a fantastic job blending! It's a bit tricky to get the hang of. Color in circles, pulling the color from dark to light (or vice versa - experiment). To blend I use blending stubs...the kind you put in markers to replace the nub? My dd had a bunch of dried up pens that the nubs fit into, so I just use them like a marker. I dip the nub/pen into the OMS and then blend away!

Michelle said...

Maria, that looks SO AWESOME!!!! How the heck did ya do that? Off to go check out Gloria's blog!!!

Michelle @ AMM

Maria said...

Gloria - I bought the blending stubs, love 'em. I keep looking for stamps I can use with the pencils. The Studio Calico stamps are perfect. I foresee many titles created this way.

I'll have to remember the old marker trick.

Marlene said...

Loving your color blending job. Looks terrific. I love playing with my prismacolor pencils and Gamsol, too. :)

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