Monday, January 5, 2009

Spellbinders Blog Frenzy & Prismacolor blending

Back to normal! Phew - holidays done, Wally's birthday past, criminals caught...LOL. We inadvertantly got caught up in a violent crime right after Christmas, and while I'm so glad to say that my family is fine, the family that we helped wasn't so lucky. It was a sobering jolt to the holidays, for sure. Without going into too many details, I am very happy to report the alleged criminal is in jail (there were several days in which he was on the loose, very scary!), being held without bail.

Thank you for the feedback on my last post. I so appreciate it! :) Kind of nice, too, to know that I'm not just talking to myself.

So it is January 5th, which means it is the beginning of the Spellbinders Blog Frenzy. Debbie Olson at Thinking Inking is kicking off the celebration today in grand style. Make sure you head over to her blog for her sneak peek, as well as directions on how to enter to win a chance at that die template, or even better, the entire CHA-W 09 release! I will be having my turn next Monday, January 11 - I can't wait!

You know, there has been a lot of talk about Prismacolor pencils on message boards lately. If you've been around here for a while, you know that they are one of my favorite coloring mediums. Today's card, posted above is no exception. What I don't talk about that much is what I use for a blending medium. 9 times out of 10, I only use my Prismacolor Colorless Blender (PC1077). I use these like crazy! In fact, I always have at least 2 sharpened wherever I am. Now, I've tried gamsol/odorless mineral spirits with blending stumps (Taiwan and China) and I've tried baby oil, and they are both perfectly fine ways to do it, except that I always have to be at my desk to use them. (I love to color images while watching tv!) With the blender pencil, I can use it anywhere, not worry about spilling or fumes (OMS/gamsol has health effects that are in question; definitely wouldn't use this while pregnant or nursing; not a health care professional, just adding my .02). Here's a look at this piece in progress:

As you can see, I started the basket on this Lockhart Basket of Yarn image in three shades of brown, each in a different direction. This shows so clearly how your colored images don't have to be perfect, because the blender pencil will make it all beautiful. I think that the blender pencil gives more consistent, reliable results than other blending mediums for pencils, too.

Just one last quick note in case you're going to be on the lookout for a Prismacolor blending pencil. Look for one that is more of a light tan translucent. I don't know if I recently got one from a bad batch, or if they're changing their formala (this is a horrible thought!), but I recently picked one up that was more of a grey translucent and it wasn't the same thing at all! I was able to locate some of the tannish ones at a different store shortly after that, so just bear that in mind if you go for one! I wanted to take a picture to show you, but I can't find my spares right now (and yes, if you know me, that is a little panic setting in in my voice!)

I hope you got a good sense of how easy the blending pencil makes the whole process. Signing off to tear my room apart! :) Be well.


Cheryl said...

I have a blender pencil but have never used it as I didn't know what to use it for!! (yes, really!!). Is it possible for you to do a tutorial to show exactly how to blend with it? Thanks so much.

StamperSharon said...

Glad to hear your family (as well as the other) is okay, Jenn! Beautiful coloring!

Linda Beeson said...

Love your card and wowie on your coloring in job! Makes that little basket look so homey!

Norine said...

love the card I have never had any luck blending with the blender pencil will have to give it another try thanks

Julia Stainton said...

This is so warm and beautiful!

liannallama said...

Oh, I've never found one of those blenders--I usually use the OMS. I adore your cute card--it is absolutely darling!

Pat (mspfd) said...

What a fabulous card! Thanks for the tip about the blender pencil!

Julia said...

Amazing card Jenn and coloring! I'm in awe! And thankful you are all alright too! :-)

hemidemisemiquaver said...

This is beautiful Jenn!