Colored Pencils and Gamsol + GIVEAWAY

Hello and welcome! Today I am sharing how I like to color with colored pencils and gamsol. I am also part of a fun event!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I have been receiving a lot of questions about colored pencils, so I thought I would share another video on how I do colored pencil coloring. I am not an expert, but rather just show easy ways to get good, fast results.

My first example features a FUN image and sentiment from the Honey Bee Gather Together Stamp Set (SSS | EH | HB). I stamped it with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink (SSS | EH) on Gina K Artist Choice Cardstock and added lots of simple coloring with my Chameleon Colored Pencils and Gamsol Kit (SSS | EH).

I show how to use Chameleon Colored Pencils today. These pencils are great for on-the-go coloring and also as a basic set for beginners, etc. I like that the pencils have two ends so picking two colors to go together is effortless. I also used my Gamsol Kit (SSS | EH). If you aren’t comfortable with using gamsol (please use safely), you can try baby oil instead. Some people like using baby oil… I just find gamsol much better/easier.

For the background, I used the cloud stencil from the Honey Bee Outdoor Scene Builder Stencils (SSS | HB) along with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink. (I first masked my animal images with a mask cut from Avery Removable Adhesive Sheets with the coordinating die.)

My second card was fun to make! I did quick coloring of a bird from the Honey Bee Snow Birds Stamp Set (SSS | EH | HB)… again using Chameleon Colored Pencils and my Gamsol Kit (SSS | EH). Isn’t that bird so cute!?

I added it to a card I created using the Honey Bee Coffee Card Gift Holder Dies (SSS | EH | HB). This die set is so creative! When you open the coffee cup, there is a gift card inside along with a space to write your message. This die set is easy to use.


Today I am very honored to be a part of Honey Bee Stamps 12 Designers of Christmas! For 12 days, Honey Bee has featured a different artist. And I am here the last day! (I highly recommend heading to their blog to see the amazing projects. The first 11 artists are incredible.)


Honey Bee Stamps is giving away a $100 gift certificate! For your chance, leave a comment below and on the Honey Bee Stamps Blog by 8:00amEST on 12/13/17. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on the Honey Bee Stamps blog on 12/13/17.)


Want to find the products I used?I have listed them below! (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Honey Bee. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Honey Bee Snow Birds Stamp Set
[ SSS | HNB | ELH ]
Honey Bee Season’s Tweetings Stamp Set
[ SSS | HNB | ELH ]
Honey Bee Gather Together Stamps
[ SSS | HNB | ELH ]
Honey Bee Gather Together Dies
[ SSS | HNB | ELH ]
Honey Bee Forest Friends Stamps
[ SSS | HNB | ELH ]
Honey Bee Coffee Card Gift Holder Dies
[ SSS | HNB | ELH ]
Chameleon Colored Pencils
[ SSS ]
Gamsol Kit
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
Avery Removable Ahdesive Sheets
Honey Bee Outdoor Scene Builder Stencils
[ SSS | HNB ]
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink
[ SSS | ELH ]
Broken China Distress Oxide Ink
[ SSS | ELH ]
Ink Blending Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Distress Collage Adhesive
[ SSS | ELH ]
Ebony Black Nuvo Drops
[ SSS | ELH ]
Couture Creations Ultra Fine Tip Bottles
[ SSS ]
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Trimmer
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Longer Acrylic Block
[ GNK ]
Be Creative Tape
[ SSS | ELH ]
3M Foam Tape
EK Success Tweezers
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Artist Choice Cardstock
[ GNK ]

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486 thoughts on “Colored Pencils and Gamsol + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Hi Jennifer! Love your cards as usual! You are such a talented card maker! Thanks for sharing and teaching!

  2. Hello I always learn something from You Jennifer… Thanks for all your hard work.. and looking forward to all your posts…

  3. As per usual, amazing creativity! I have a daughter interested in colored pencil coloring/drawing and think this is a great starting point for her to pick up some ideas. Thanks.

  4. So cute!! I love the stamp sets you are showcasing and the sentiments are to die (hahaha) for! I am super intrigued with the Gamsol! Darn it…another bunch of wonder yo add to my ever growing list! #HONEYBEEisforme #lovejennifermcguire

  5. These are fantastic ideas. I cant wait to order and get started!!! In case anyone has issues with gamsol..due to it being a little strong for some people, mona lisa odorless thinner works just the same. I am good with both, but gamsol causes headaches in some people.

  6. I am not very good at watercolor, you make it look so easy. I too like to use color pencils. I feel like I have more control over the color, I can always erase. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  7. You make it look so easy. I really want to try it now. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. Love the bird! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  8. Your video’s are awesome and very informative with lots of great ideas. I love the cards. I have these pencils so now I have learned something new now I must try this! Not to mention another stamp set I must have….😉 Thank You !

  9. I cannot wait to try the gamsol. I hope to find it locally. It really is a great effect.
    Thanks for your wonderful videos.

  10. Shut the front door! What an amazing giveaway! I have learned from you years ago about using gamsel with colored pencils. I love the look. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards.

  11. You make it look so easy, Jennifer. I’ll have to try it. I love to color as I think it’s relaxing. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to everyone.

  12. Thanks for sharing Jennifer, did you know that you can also blend the Chameleon pencils with the Chameleon blender pen or even a versamark pen? I have tried blending them with lots of different mediums and they all seem to work, which means we crafters can get more use out of our existing stash 💛

  13. Thank you for your video showing how to use this technique. Can’t wait to try it. What pen did you use to make the stripes on the scarf?

  14. I used to use colored pencils as my favorite coloring medium until the Prismacolor breakage got to be too much. I recently purchased the Polychromos, and I think I’ll get the Luminescence, too. The suggestion to use the Alcohol Blending Pen filled with Gamsol is going to be wonderful. TFS!

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