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Reply #75 on: June 09, 2016, 03:32:12 PM
Susan,

I haven't used the alcohol/cotton swab blending trick enough to really give an educated opinion.  The day I used it, I was using thin drawing paper. My sketch came out quite well, so I applied watercolor pencils.  Since the paper was so thin, I tried inexpensive rubbing alcohol from my medicine cabinet for the blending because the alcohol would dry quicker than water.  That seems to be the advantage - quick drying so it doesn't soak into the paper and make it buckle.

I'll do more testing, though, on different types of paper.

Thanks for replying with your message of encouragement.

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Reply #76 on: June 09, 2016, 04:27:53 PM
Mea:  I heard about the alcohol for blending watercolor pencils but have been chicken to try it.  You are a curious soul.  Thanks for your experiments.
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Reply #77 on: June 09, 2016, 06:23:22 PM
Thanks, Mea, for the explanation. I am on vacation this week-- Amelia Island, FL and Savannah, GA. I'll definitely give it a try when I get home. I have a hunch the alcohol will work well with my Derwent Inktnse pencils.

I've been finishing up a colored pencil painting while relaxing by the sea. (Oceanfront view from our condo; I don't go out in the sun because of my melanoma history.)
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Reply #78 on: June 10, 2016, 01:00:16 AM
Yes, Susan, it's more relaxing out of the sun.

KathyK, here is a whole practice sheet where I tried all kinds of blending techniques.  The third ball from the left in each row is blended with rubbing alcohol.  I think the alcohol works best.  The WC pencils were Prismacolor Premier and the paper was Strathmore 140lb.  The alcohol was 20 years old from my bathroom cabinet.  Generic cotton swabs (not even real Q-tips).


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Reply #79 on: June 10, 2016, 01:15:16 AM
Interesting to see the various results. I have to admit I'd never thought of using anything but water with my w/c pencils. Good job!  O0 :clap: :clap:


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Reply #80 on: June 10, 2016, 01:17:26 AM
Thanks for sharing this, Mea. When I paint with CP, I use odorless mineral spirits. I might see how that works with WC pencils.
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Reply #81 on: June 10, 2016, 01:05:28 PM
Mea:  Great demo sheet.  I think I will try the alcohol next time.  Thanks.
Kathy