Color Pencil Blending Made Simple

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016


As a crafter, we have so many mediums at our disposal; it’s fun and adventurous when we step out of our comfort zones and try new techniques that bring our projects to life. If you’ve been following me for some time, you know that I love to experiment and provide for you techniques that will enhance your projects. The possibilities we have are endless. Today, I want to show you a quick color pencil blending technique that I demonstrated on my RG Deals broadcast. RG Deals airs every Monday morning at 10 am Arizona time on my Team Richard Garay Facebook page. 

Color Pencil Blending Made Simple!

For this project, I grabbed a piece of scrap cardstock, and I’m using Jack himself out of my Lumberjack Days collection for this shading project. I’m using the Fun Stampers Journey Color Burst pencils to color this project – you can certainly add baby oil to blend the colors if you wanted to or you can just blend the colors on their own. FYI – Baby oil activates the color and blends the pigment. For this project, I will not be using baby oil, but will instead use my blending tool to create the shading.


I don’t know how many of you are Prisma people, but when using our Color Burst pencils to apply color, apply the pencils to the cardstock in a circular motion. It will give you an easier blend. By going heavier on the pencil mark, you can begin to see the various tones of the color come to life – it removes the shadowing so you can see the light and dark elements.


By going heavy, the colors will appear oversaturated.

Here’s a tip for the skin tone. After adding my skin tone color and going over the cheeks with pink, go over the image outline with brown. I recommend lightly applying the brown since we want the color to blend with the lighter skin tone.


Next, I want to start blending the color with my blending tool. The blending tool is made out of pressed paper so that it won’t absorb the pigment but instead will move the color around.

It’s ok to experiment.

Tip: Pressure will determine your color saturation. The lighter the pressure the lighter the color and the harder the pressure, the deeper your color.

Continue to play and have fun.

Finally, I’ve applied all my colors to the image. I’m going to go back with the blending tool and move the color around and create the look that I want. Here’s my finished project. By adding various mediums, we’re able to improve our creative scope.

There you have it, color pencil blending made simple.


I want to see your next color shading project, so make sure to share this post and tag me on Facebook.

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