Hi there! Lately I have been getting many requests to share more colored pencil techniques. Not only do I share tips for coloring on dark cardstock, but I also share how to make a gamsol pen! And to be honest, this video has helped me to fall back in love with my pencils. I hope it does the same for you.
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There are several great options for colored pencils out there. After using quite a few, I have focused lately on two high quality brands: Polychromos Colored Pencils (SSS | AZ) and Caran D’Ache Luminance Pencils (SSS | AZ). These do have a higher price point then other brands but are truly a step above. The good thing? You can do a lot with a small set of these pencils by layering and blending colors to create whatever you need. (Keep in mind that I still think Prismacolor Colored Pencils and Chameleon Colored Pencils are good options… and more affordable. Find out more about them HERE.)
In my video I share tips for using the Polychromos Colored Pencils (SSS | AZ) and Caran D’Ache Luminance Pencils (SSS | AZ)… but I also show how to create your own “gamsol pen.” Gamsol is a product people use to blend colored pencils. You can put Gamsol into a Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Fillable Pen for ease of use and I LOVE it!
Be sure to watch the video to learn more about these cards, including lots of tips and techniques.
My first card shows colored pencils on a dark cardstock. I used Caran D’Ache Luminance Pencils (SSS | AZ) along with Lawn Fawn Blue Jay Cardstock. The bird is from the Gina K Snow Birds Stamp Set (SSS | GK) and I stamped him with Gina K Jet Black Amalgam Ink (SSS | GK). I colored in the image heavily with pencils and then stamped the bird once again in the same spot with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and clear heat embossed.
Caran D’Ache Luminance Pencils (SSS | AZ) are incredible for coloring on dark cardstocks. The colors almost glow in real life! You can use other colored pencils, but the colors likely won’t be as vivid. I added my bird into a Birch Press Dahlia Heart Layering die cut window and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Gina K Sweet Friendship Stamp Set.
This next card also uses the Caran D’Ache Luminance Pencils (SSS | AZ) and Gina K Snow Birds Stamp Set (SSS | GK), but this time on white cardstock. I like to use the Koh-i-noor Bristol Cardstock for colored pencils… and love that it is bright white. I also created and used a “gamsol pen”… made with Gamsol and a Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Fillable Pen.
This card is another example of fast coloring with colored pencils. I used the Caran D’Ache Luminance Pencils (SSS | AZ) along with a lovely heart image from the Simon Says Stamp Love Always Stamp Set on Koh-i-noor Bristol Cardstock. I layered Birch Press Adora Layering Die cuts for a backdrop and added a Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Stamp Set sentiment.
I really like to finish off my colored pencil images with heat embossing so the lines stand out more…
My last example features the Reverse Confetti Big Bear Stamp Set (SSS | RC)… along with Polychromos Colored Pencils (SSS | AZ) with my “gamsol pen.” I also added a layered Birch Press Dahlia Heart Layered die cut piece behind him. That bear is the cutest!
How would you like to win FOUR new Reverse Confetti Stamp Sets?! (You can see their newest release HERE.) My friend, Jen, is the owner of Reverse Confetti and she sent me extra sets to use as a giveaway! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 1/30/19 telling me if you ever use colored pencils. (To leave a comment, head to blog, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)
Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the stamps and dies which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.