Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Challenging myself

Prismacolor pencils are really amazing art/craft tools. They're incredibly versatile and worthy of an investment (not only because of their inherent versatility, but also because of their quality and longevity). My parents gave me my first set when I was in college (a set of 72, if I remember correctly), and while I've added on to complete my set, I still have those original 72. (And let's just say my kids are closer to college than I am!) ;) Anyways, the reason I wanted to mention that is because I've seen a lot of talk on message boards lately about Prismacolors and how and why you should start with them. My advice is that you should start with what you can afford; use a coupon in your craft store to get a large set. If you go to Prismacolor's website, you will find several things of use. The first is a store locator of sorts; check and see if any of the chains are in your area. Most art supply (notice I didn't say CRAFT supply) stores carry all the colors individually, making it easy to add to your collection as you are ready. The second thing that you will find on their website is a REBATE! Between now and October 15, if you purchase $50 of Prismacolor products, you receive $10 back. If you are on the fence about this type of purchase, now is a great time to take the plunge.

OK, so why this little Prismacolor dissertation? I have no affiliation with them, I just really believe in this product (as you know from previous posts with them). This is one of those things in life that if you invest in the quality product from the onset, you're set for life. (And conversely, if you go a less expensive route, you're likely going to be disappointed.)

Lately, I've been really experimenting with my pencils - pushing myself to use them in new-to-me ways. It's been really fun. Here's a card that I whipped up yesterday with a new stamp set I ordered from My Favorite Things.

With the exception of the water and the sky, all of this piece is just two analogous colors blended together with baby oil and a stump. (For example, the dog is Henna and Yellow Ochre.) I'm a big fan of my blending pencil, but like the look of solvent blending in larger areas - the way it goes lighter in the middle really appeals to me. I need to practice it a bit more, but I like to think I'm starting to get the hang of it. Here's a closer look (and as always, you can click on the picture for a bigger image).

Feel free to contact me with your pencil questions - I will get back to you in the next couple days. (It's Papertrey Ink release time, so things are a little crazy!)

Be well.


Norine said...

this card is awesome love the coloring and I also love my pencils

Carla Bazhenow said...

I love your coloring. Baby oil, who'd of thought. Your card design is gorgeous too. Did you know if you search on Google for "Cardmaking Blogs" your #2 in the Top Ten? I'm so glad I popped in. Hugs,

Kim said...

Great card Jennifer!