Showing posts with label Tutorial - Prismacolor Pencils with OMS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tutorial - Prismacolor Pencils with OMS. Show all posts

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tutorial : Prismacolor Pencils / Odorless Mineral Spirits

Hello friends.  Today has been a fabulous day.  A friend of mine from Jacksonville, Karen Berry, was in Houston visiting family and I got to spend a couple of hours with her catching up.  What a blessing it was.  Karen is one of my dearest friends.  She is one of the sweetest and most joyful people I have ever met.  She truly shines bright like the sun and is treasured by so many.  And her happiness and joy is infectious.  I am so thankful for the little bit of time that I got to spend with her.   My heart was filled with so much joy!

and now on to today's project .... I've been going through project photos looking for projects I haven't posted on my blog or in galleries and trying to catch up.

I found this older card that I created back when I was a TAC demo.  It's designed using Prismacolor Pencils and Odorless Mineral Spirits. I also found tutorial photo's.  I know most people are using Copic Markers these days .... but just in case there are some new stampers / card makers  ... I wanted to share this option.

The image is by Red Rubber Designs "Flowers and Holly"

If you are not familiar with basic supplies used to do this then check out THIS post with details and photo's as well as basic tips.   Today's tutorial just shows the colors added and blended for this image.  If you are new to using them you will definitely need to check out the other tutorial.   And I have another tutorial HERE.

For this particular image I used :
942 Yellow Ochre
1032 Pumpkin Orange
945 Sienna Brown
912 Apple Green
911 Olive Green

In the photo above I added Yellow Ochre to the petals and Sienna Brown in the middle.

In the photo above I added the Pumpkin Orange.  I usually apply an light and dark color or just one color lighter in some area's and darker in other, then use the Odorless Mineral Spirits and a blending stump to blend.

The photo above shows the colors blended on the flower and then the addition of the Apple Green on the leaves.

In this photo I added the Olive Green. and the final photo on the card shows them blended.

Hope you find it helpful!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Prismacolor Pencil Tutorial

Hi everyone.  I recieved an email a couple of days ago from a FCD customer, Dianna Enns, who had just purchased my new digital images.  She had questions on how to color and shade with Prismacolor Pencils.  I decided instead of just emailing her back it would be better to post a tutorial in case there are other beginners out there who need to know.  She actually chose the colors I have used today.  I love these colors Dianna!  Thanks for the inspiration.  I hope some of the information I'm giving you today help you in using your pencils!

I'm sure there is more than one way to do this, but I use oderless mineral spirits to blend my colors.  It is equivalent to Gamsol and can be purchased at a local craft store.  I have heard of people using baby oil.  But the OMS runs about $5 bottle and if you use a coupon, even cheaper.  A bottle last for years.  Lets start by listing the supplies I use.

Supply List:

1. Prismacolor Pencils
Here is a link to Prismacolor site:
Choose the Soft Core Colored Pencils to read a little more about them.  They come is sets of 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 90, 132.
You can get the Prismacolor pencils sets at local Hobby Lobby and Michaels stores as well and use a 40% off coupon. (FYI I do not recommend the Prisma Watercolor Pencils).  I did not buy a set, so I can't really recommend any one set.  I bought mine individually as I needed them at local craft stores and my local stamp store.  I have a color chart that I made so that when I'm designing I can pick out my colors easily.  Keep in mine that the lead inside of these pencils are soft, so avoid dropping them, or it's possible the lead could break inside the pencil all the way up.
For other great deals, try Ebay.

There is another pencil that I really like. It's called Kohinoor Woodless Pencils. They blend very well. I bought mine at Joann's for 40% off.  The set I bought was a small set, but it looks like they make larger ones now, up to 24.  Check them out here:

2. Blending Stumps or Tortillions
I prefer the solid blending stumps.

The other option is Tortillions and are "wrapped" paper.

3. Sandpaper Pad
I purchased all of these supplies at my local craft store in the artist section. 

4. Oderless Mineral Spirits
I use the Mona Lisa Brand.
You will notice on the front it says Oderless Paint Thinner, same thing as Mineral Spirits and the expensively sold "Gamsol" that you may see used by other artist.  I pour mine into a smaller glass jar to keep at my desk.  Here is what they say about it at Mister Art:
"Mona Lisa Odorless Paint Thinner is a mild, colorless solvent that is safe to use for all kinds of painting projects. It’s preferred by many chemical-sensitive artists for its low odor and toxicity levels."

There is another brand called Gamsol that claims it has removed the"harmful aromatic solvent solution".  You can check this out on Dick Blick here:

5. Click white eraser by Pentel

6. Pencil Sharpner 
Mine was purchased in the artist section of my local craft store.

General Information
I think as with anything, it's about practice and the "look" that you like.  To get shading, I try to use 2 similar colors, one darker.  If I don't have 2 shades to use, then I just use the one color for my shading.
Today I have used 2 colors in each area.  Just keep in mind that if you use one shade, to make it darker in the area's shown.  You can always add more color after blending.  You can use your white eraser to erase some of the color off and add highlights.  Some colors are easier to blend than others.

Online Art Stores where you might find these products:
Jerry's Artarama

On the photo below I used :
PC 1016 Deco Aqua & PC 992 Light Aqua
PC 921 Pale Vermillion & PC 1032 Pumpkin
PC 940 Sand & PC 942 Yellow Ochre

To begin blending dip your stump into the OMS for a few seconds, allowing the stump to absorb it.
Once it is absorbed, begin gently rubbing the darker area's in circular motions if the area is large enough.  After a few seconds the OMS on the stump should begin to break the color down and allow you to pull it toward the lighter areas, blending the 2 colors together.  Some people use more noticeable highlights.  Often mine blends together and the difference is not to noticeable on photo's, but enough for me in real life to make be happy.  Play with the shading and find what you like.

Sometimes I like to add Shimmerz to mine, it gives the color a finished look with a slight shimmer.  It darkens/deepens the color a little as well.  This sample didn't turn out as well as I would have liked, but I didn't have time to redo it.  Hopefully this is enough information to get your started.  I know you will continue to learn as you practice.  As far as using the OMS with digitals goes : I use Epson ink and bleeding is not a problem for me unless I rub too hard.  Remember the OMS is supposed to do the work, so you shouldn't have to "scrub" the color.  If it is a problem for your printer ink, try heat setting it or spraying the "Work Fixative" first.  That might help.   If you are not able to move the color, put your stump in the OMS again and asorb some more.  Use the sand paper to clean your stumps.  If I'm working on a large area I sometimes have to switch stubs or sand off some of the color to finish it.  So of the colors build up faster on the tip and become harder to blend, so you have to clean some of it off before continuing.

You can see the difference in shading in the following previously colored images.

I would love to know if this tutorial is helpful to you.
Have a great day!!

You can see all of my Prismacolor Tutorials HERE.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Prismacolor Pencil Tutorial / Artist Trading Cards

I recieved my order from FireCracker Designs saturday and was in rubber heaven!! I couldn't wait to cut up some of my sets and get started. So to get me warmed up with one of this months new realeases, I decided to start with an ATC card. But this could easily be a card as well. Adapt it to whatever works for you. Did you know that Pamela does ATC trades?? How much fun would it be to make one like this and swap with her !!!

You can view more of my Artist Trading Cards HERE.
You can view more Prismacolor Pencil Tutorials HERE.

Project Supplies :
Palette Noir Ink
Prismacolor Pencils : Light Peach#927, Peach #937, Crimson Red #924, Tuscan Red #937,
Black #935, Cool Grey 10% #1059
blending stumps, white eraser, OMS (oderless mineral spirits)
Black Micron Pen
Black Cardstock
Deckled Scissors
sticker jewels

Project Instructions :
This is an easy ATC because there is NO cutting involved. Stamp your images directly to paper using an ink that will not bleed when using OMS. This ink is water proof as well so I use it with watercolors as well. I use Palette Noir and Burnt Umber when working with OMS. I use them soooo much that I have refills form my pads as well. If you don't know where to get these locally, then be aware you can get them from a TAC Demonstrator. Please contact me if you have more questions.
Below I took some photo's trying to show you how I color with the pencils, in case you have never worked with them before. I always start with the lightest area's, which would be the gloves and skin on this image. I started by using Cool Grey 10% around some of the edges of the gloves to provide some shadowing for the white gloves. Working in small area's can be tricky and I definitely didn't want to smear any of the black from the purse onto the gloves when I went to do that, so I coated the gloves with Shimmerz. For skin I start out by lightly coloring all the skin area's with light peach. I then add a peach around the edges to create shadowing. Blended with OMS and later added just a bit of pink rose to her cheeks.

Always keep a white eraser close by when working with PC and OMS. I prefer the Pentel Click Eraser. You can get it in the school supplies area. You can use it to erase when you accidently color outside the line, or after you have added OMS to lighten an area.
Next I colored the dress and hat with the Crimson Red and then added some shading with it as well as shown below. I then added some Tuscan Red shading. Blended with OMS. I wanted the red a little darker, so I added more and blended again. You can aways add more shading where needed as well.

To finish up I colored the purse and hair with a black pencil. I colored the buttons, collar and top of had with a black micron pen. I think the buttons would have been cute with black liquid pearls, but I didn't have any. As you can see above. I felt like it needed another element on the right. So I added the decorative doodle from the German Script Set. But you could add some other type embellishment. I had some little sticker jewels that worked perfect. I hope you like it!

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