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What are good options in colored pencil blending, especially for a traveller?

An alternative is to travel with watercolour pencils. I have recently started to use them, and the blending solvent is water (obviously!). The pencils can be used dry—like normal colored pencils—or ...
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What are good options in colored pencil blending, especially for a traveller?

PrismaColor has a colorless blender pencil. Further, you could layer colours (start with the darkest) and use a (near) white pencil to burnish the colours. Make sure the tip of your pencil is sharp ...
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How do I effectively blend with Artist's Loft colored pencils?

A common technique for pencil blending is to use either a colorless blender pencil (they make one for this brand) or to use solvents to blend, normally something like Mona Lisa odorless mineral ...
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What are good options in colored pencil blending, especially for a traveller?

Possibilities for blending depend on the extent and/or stylistic appearance of the blending you want to achieve. You can blend mechanically by using readily available tools that are small and ...
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How do I blend charcoal enough to make it look like a skin surface?

You will probably need medium and soft charcoal for creating smoothly blended surfaces (like her skin), and some hard charcoals or perhaps even a carbon pencil (which contains a mixture of charcoal ...
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Blend colors with markers

It is possible to blend using markers, though like any new medium it can take some practice as well as depend on the type of marker you're using. Water-based markers Blending water-based markers ...
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How do I get a blur (blended) effect in pencil drawings?

You can also use different grades of pencils to change the tone of the work - also known as blending (an introduction to art techniques, glossary). To accomplish this sort of blending you use ...
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How does shading & blending with carbon pencils differ from graphite pencils?

I find that Carbon Pencils tend to dry out and break easily while I work. If I use carbon, I try buy one which is oil based; they tend to have strong tonal values without the shininess of graphite. ...
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How can I blend soft pastels without removing too much colour?

I'm not sure why it is lightening: is the paper showing? Does the paper have enough 'tooth' or grip to begin with? How hard are you pressing into the paper and pastel? I've found gentle pressure with ...
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is priming really necessary for heavy acrylic or watercolour paper, and should it help blending acrylics?

No. The paper has little to nothing to do with the blend-ability of acrylic paint, though the "tooth" or surface texture of the ground may be a factor. Think gessoed panel vs burlap or cold ...
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How do I mix charcoal and graphite correctly?

Depending on the paper and pressure you apply to your pencil, when you use graphite over charcoal, you will just scratch away most of the charcoal powder. Fixating the charcoal first won't help much, ...
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How do I blend charcoal enough to make it look like a skin surface?

I'm not a charcoal artist, so this is more in the nature of observation and very general theory. This question and your other one about drawing the scratches in the armor are about getting very fine ...
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Anything better than baby oil for blending oil pastels?

Baby oil/mineral oil will never dry by evaporation like turpentine or mineral spirits ( AKA naptha , VM & P). It will not polymerize like boiled linseed oil or plain linseed oil. It may be drawn ...
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Blend colors with markers

It is very hard to blend colors with markers and you can't use normal paper for it because on rough paper marker spreads so you need a proper sketch paper.
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What is the pre-computer version of Photoshop's blending modes?

I think the origins lie in many places. In photograms and photocompositing, each image component is burned-in over the initially white surface and the edges can be blended by using to umbra of the ...
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How does shading & blending with carbon pencils differ from graphite pencils?

Carbon pencils are made of clay and lamp black (sometimes mixed with graphite or charcoal, according to Wikipedia). Their darks are indeed much deeper and more matte, and they blend and smudge well. ...
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How do I get a blur (blended) effect in pencil drawings?

My favorite for blending is graphite powder applied with a piece of chamois, available at some art stores. You can make the powder yourself by shaving a pencil lead (or block) with a sharp bladed tool ...
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