As much as I love using my copics and feel very comfortable with them, I am a relative newbie to colored pencils. I have had my Prismacolors for a long time but other than sharpening them I had not really done much with them. I think I was intimidated by seeing what professional artists can do with them which seems almost magical. But I have been trying. The adult coloring book craze has been a major aid in motivating me to use my pencils. Having read so many different articles on blending options I decided I needed to try them for myself. Let me say first off that I had only ever tried a blending (or burnishing) pencil and may not have been using properly but I didn't get great results. I then watched a YouTube video about using vaseline but when I tried it I found that, for me, it was hard to control and I got big clumps of vaseline on my pencil or blending stump. Gamsol I was familiar with but after spilling the container and getting the smell everywhere I decided it wasn't for me and I again, wasn't loving the results. Next up, Baby Oil. Who would have thought that this would give both lovely results in a controllable manner and NO SMELL!
I also liked that I could go over the area that I had already blended with the baby oil and add more color which I did in both the rose and the flower.
Blended with additional layers
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