Friday, July 22, 2011

In My Stash - Prismacolor Pencils

Disclaimer - these are products I buy myself, I have not been given any form of reimbursement for writing about these products.  Also, I definitely haven't tried everything that's out there!  This is just what I use.  :-) 

In My Stash
Prismacolor Pencils

Using Prismacolour pencils feels kind of like colouring in to a certain degree.  They're great for getting the shadowing right the first time, and they give a lovely texture that's completely different to watercolouring and using Copics.  I bought the set of 48 pencils, because I wasn't sure whether I'd really like them or not.  I love them!

The Art Shop is an Australian online store that sells sets of Prismacolor pencils as well as the pencils individually, which is great for the colours that you use constantly. 

Prismacolor pencils are fabulous for blending without any medium at all.  You use the lightest shade to blend the colours.  Another fabulous way to use them is with Odourless Mineral Spirits.  You might see it referred to as the Gamsol Technique, but I couldn't find Gamsol in Australia, so I use Art Spectrum Odourless Solvent, which I got at Artery.  Paper blending stumps are relatively easy to find as well.  Your local art store should have them.

Check out my Colouring Tutorials board on Pinterest for a few fabulous Prismacolor tutorials.  Also, check out my Prismacolor on Kraft board for extra inspiration.  These pencils are perfect for using on kraft cardstock!

On a side note, I primarily use Stampin' Up! Whisper White cardstock with Prismacolor pencils.  It just happened to be what I had on hand when I started, and I've found it quite good.  But there are a lot of people who swear by different cardstocks.  I think it's a good idea to give a few a try.  :-)