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!)