12 Blending Tips for Colored Pencils

Hi, I’m Cher Kaufmann. I’m international
artist and author of The Artful Mandala Coloring Book and The Ancient Alchemy
Coloring Book, and today I’m going to give you some tips on blending basics
for colored pencils. All right everyone, today we have a lot
to cover, and so I’m going to go through about 12 different ways to do blending
in a pretty short period of time, so if you need to watch this video over
again, feel free to revisit any of these because I’m going to go through them
pretty quickly so that you can get an overview of a lot of different ways that
artists do blending with pencils – but do know that there are even more ways than
what I’m about to show you. So, keep exploring. Keep expanding your
knowledge base. So, the first thing I’m going to show you
here is by using a single color, and what I say a single color means that we’re just
going to use just the single pencil – and I’ve done a base layer for all of my
examples here so that we can have something to get started with. By
blending with a single color, you’re going to do small circles. It works best if you have a sharp pencil,
because the sharper the point, the more that the pigment can go into
the tooth of the paper – meaning the surface texture of the paper –
and the fastest way to create a blending technique is really to create a darker
and a lighter area of your color, and if you do small circles, you’re more apt to keep the point pointed
longer than if you were to go in and just go straight down onto the tip. If
you rotate your pencil, it will keep the tip sharper longer. And then as you move
out, you just lighten your touch, and let it just gently fade into the lighter
areas. And that is the easiest way to create a blending technique by simply
layering a single color. Okay, so the second way is to start with a
base color, which is the one that we’ve started out with here, and you move to
one that’s a little bit darker. You do the same technique where you do
small circles. Move in gentle fashion around the area
that you want to create a shaded or blended effect, and you really want to
take your time. If you go too quickly, what happens is that people will have a
tendency to press hard, and then they will press down and create some damage
to the tooth of the paper. And when the tooth of the papers intact, you’ll be able to
create more layers longer, meaning that, say for instance right now, I wanted to go back and add another
layer of my lighter color. I can create a very different effect as
long as the tooth is intact on the paper – I can continue to add more layers
between these two colors. Rotating my pencil, keeping the tip of the pencil point.
By rotating, it will keep it pointed longer, and I can use the pencil
getting into the tooth of the paper. So there’s an example of just using two
colors. So what happens if I want to use more than two colors? Well, I’m going to do the same thing. I’m
going to create a very light layer, rotating my pencil… and I’m going to show
you this in real time, and really I’m working a little faster than I might do
for my own work – just because I want to be able to show
you in kind of a quick fashion – but really, when you are connected to your
tools, which your pencils are, you really want to spend some time and allowing
them to lay the pigment down in a non rushed way. I’m going to use the
second color back again. I just want to create sort of a softening between these
two layers by just adding that base color back again. Small little circles, rotating my pencil,
keeping the tip of it pointed by rotating it. Now I’m going to add a third
color. So this third color is actually quite
different. It’s kind of a – violet-blue is what it is in the Prismacolor
pencils – and I’m going to do a very light layer… Small circles, rotating my pencil. It’s going to create a different kind of
shadow effect. I’m gonna go back with my lighter pencil. I’m just going to be building layers,
just gently over time, and as long as I do lighter layers and allow the pencils
to build on one another, it will gently fill in the tooth of the paper as long
as my pencil is sharp. If my pencil is dull, it’s just going to be
the surface, and it really won’t go into the layers of the tooth of the
paper. So I’m going to keep rotating my pencil… And just rotate which pencil I’m using,
and that can create shaded areas, blended areas, shadowed areas. Just be patient. Don’t add them to
quickly, and you can see a big difference between the three. So, now there is a way – moving to a white
pencil. Now a white pencil can actually help to
fill in some of the areas of the tooth of the paper by just moving the
pigment around. In other words, the white pencil is made
with the same binding agent as your pigmented pencil, but I’m not adding
really any additional colors in this. I’m simply kind of smoothing it out. Now, you might be able to notice that
this is going to lighten it just a little bit, but you’ll notice that this
is a little different than this area here, which was the single color. This is showing the tooth of the paper
is still there – that white of the paper is here. The white of the paper is here as well,
but there’s something of a muted effect that’s taking place. Now, out of curiosity,
I’m just going to see about adding a little bit more of my green. Now that my
white is on there, it smoothed it out just a little bit. So when I go back, it’s going to cover on
the surface a little bit differently. White can also be used to what they call
burnish. Burnish is when you’re using a lot more pressure, and you’re pushing the
pigment down into the tooth of the paper, and it could – it’s going to create a shine. That’s
going to be your last thing that you do. You will not be able to build on your
tooth of your paper once you have done burnishing, so will be very mindful of the pressure
that you’re using if you decide to use a light color, like white, to just soften
and smooth out areas. Now over here, another option is that you can use any
light colored pencil that you have if you don’t have a white, or if you want to
add something a little bit different, so here I’m going to use a pale sage color.
And you’ll notice it begins to fill in the tooth of the paper because it’s
moving the pigment of that original base color as well as coloring it in just
slightly, and it’s going to create a smoothed out effect… and we’re using this
just to blend the areas without creating a dramatic color change like these two
did. Now just to show you, I’m going to come
over here and use this light one on one side here – just to show you how it can
smooth and soften an area – and I’m only going to do one side of this leaf here… and I’m doing small circles… And you may be able to notice that this
is showing the white of the paper just a little bit more – it’s a little
rougher looking – this is beginning to smooth out. Moving on: using a blender pencil. Using
the blender pencils going to look very similar to the pencil that we have used
it has pigment. The difference between a blender pencil and a regular pencil is
that this has the binding agents that my pencil does but lacks the pigment, so a
blender pencil can help to move the pigment around without adding any color
whatsoever. This can be very helpful if you do not
plan on adding any additional colors. It does the same effect as the white
pencil and a light colored pencil without adding any color… just sort of
softens and smoothes out. Now, this blender pencil I’m going to move to this
one here, so that you can see what it looks like on half of the leaf. I do the same thing as I do with my
pencils where I do small circles because this is, in effect, a pencil, and I want to point to remain sharp enough to move the pigment into the
tooth of the paper… And I rotate my pencil… move in small areas, little
circles. Okay, the next technique I’m going to show
you is using a blending stump. Now blending stumps and tortillon are often
found in a package that looks like this. Blending stumps are compressed paper, and
tortilla ones are rolled paper. Now, the blending stumps can be used by
themselves where they push the wax around because it’s just a paper product,
and it’s just moving the wax around, and you can work very similarly to a
blending pencil. This is the one caution I have with the
blending stumps: you might find that you are pressing
hard enough to go into a burnishing effect, and damaging the tooth of the
paper, and not being able to add more layers because force or pressure might
be something that you are unconsciously using to move to move the pigment around.
So just keep that in mind that blending stumps are absolutely a – they’re an option – and they create a softened effect. Just be aware of the amount of
pressure that you’re using when you use a blending stump, and you
can go back over if the tooth is intact. You can continue to use, you know, more
layers, and go back, and use a blending stump to soften. I mean, it’s certainly an option – let’s
just show you with a different layer here of a different color, what that looks like when it moves in. You can use it to soften the edges. Now, one thing with a blending stump is
that you’ll notice that it picked up the pigment here. So, one of the things you’ll need to
consider is: a piece of sandpaper. This is just a paper product, and so
you’re just going to sharpen, basically, the blending step into it a
point once again, but it’s the way of erasing the pigment on the blending stump,
so that you can use it for any other color, because you don’t want to add
green to, say, a yellow, and it will sharpen it to another point again. Okay: blending markers. I’m going to show
you two different kinds of blending markers. Both of these have two different kinds
of points. This one here has a point that is more
of a nib, and this one is more of a brush tip end. This one has a small – it looks
like this. These are very similar – a small tip, and then this one here – this
one actually has a chisel tip this way, and this is great for large areas. So,
this one is it is finesse, and I’m going to use it on this side here. What it does is that it melts the wax and
allows things to be moved around, and softens and fills in the white spaces. So
this side here, we’ll use the Finesse. Now here’s the thing with this is that
you’re going to want to get a another piece of paper and just kind of rub and
make sure that any pigment that you picked up on the end of your blending
marker is off of it, and it will just run clear, and then you know it’s cleaned out.
It may get stained, but don’t worry about that. If it’s running clear on another
piece of paper, then it’s good to go for the next blending. This one here is a
Prismacolor, and I’ll just show you – you can see it’s stained on the edge a
little bit – but it’s clear, it’s clean. So this is what it looks like on this
side, and you’ll notice the effect is the same – just kind of melts the wax a little
bit and blends it together, and then I’ll just come here make sure that I don’t have any
pigment left on my pen. There you go! See, all clear and it blends. Okay, now, the next two is when we start to
move into something a little bit different that people can get a little
intimidated by, but it’s something that you can certainly play with. I’m going to
show you a technique using Vaseline. Now, if you use Vaseline, you can use
it with any pencil. It does not have to be a fancy pencil – it can be an inexpensive pencil – but this is how you use with Vaseline is: you’ll just
take your pencil, and you’re going to dip in just a tiny little bit on the edge –
and I put a base coat here on one side just so that you can see the difference
of what happens when I use Vaseline – and this is the exact same pencil that I
used on that base side. You’ll notice that it’s immediately darker. What I have found is that the
Vaseline goes up higher onto the pigmented part of the pencil, and so what
I have found is that if I really want to use more of that, I lay my pencil a
little bit flatter, and I’ll use that whole area. It’s real important that you continue to
turn your pencil because what happens is that it is softening the wax of your
pencil, and you wanted to maintain sharpness, so you want to rotate it. You definitely can see a big difference here. Now, when I’m done with this, I’m
going to take a paper towel, and I’m going to get off all of the extra
Vaseline. Otherwise, it’s going to continue to
soften the wax on my pencil. So now just to show you a secondary
color – I’ll dip a little bit, and I got a little
bit of a Vaseline here, and I’m going to put it in just right here on the edge,
and you can see how it begins to blend and move together. I’m going to move my pencil around
because it’s already starting to create a divot just in that little tiny bit. I’m gonna take off the extra on my paper towel – just going to take off,
clean off the pencil. Now, I’m going to go back in with this
first layer – but I’m not going to add any Vaseline because really there is a
little bit left on the paper right there – and I just want to kind of fill in, and
smooth out, and move any of that pigment around. So you can see a big difference
from that base color, and I can see already that just that little bit that
was left on my paper has already started to soften this pencil a little
bit here. Now, if you have concerns – if you’re
coloring in a coloring book – if you have any concerns about the
Vaseline being left on there, you can always take – I’ll show you here. I’m going
to use a clean edge. You can dab it – and I’ll show you – barely any came off, but if
you have concerns, you can take a little bit of a paper towel and see if there’s
any that the lifts up off that. There you go! And then what, really, what
you’re left with is really quite dry, and there’s nothing that comes off here on
my fingers, anyway. So that’s Vaseline. The next one is using a solvent that I
do not recommend if you’re pregnant or nursing because it is a solvent. And this
is Gamsol. And Gamsol is an odorless, mineral spirits, and it’s designed to
clean brushes; it’s designed to break things down in with the wax and the
pigments. What’s nice is that you can use it to
your advantage to move pigments around, so I’m going to use a blending stump – just like we did earlier – and I have
taken a little bit of Gamsol, and I put it in a glass jar – and this is just some
cotton balls, just so that I have a little bit of
something in there that if it’s spilled, it’s not going to be spilling out all
over the place. And I can just take… take the blending stump, and you’ll notice
that it absorbed the gamsol right into it. I’m just going to cover that. With the
blending stump, I’m just going to do small circles. I’m
helping to break down the pigment by doing small circles, and then I’m gently
move it out towards the center. Every time I do a circle back into my pigment,
I’m bringing a little bit more of that pigment out towards the center, and it’s
going to create a a real soft vignette. In other words, it’s going to go from darker
to lighter, and it’s a wonderful way to create a very soft effect using only a
little bit of your pigment and have a highlight naturally show up. Now, I can go back over if I wanted to with another color. It’s helpful if you
wait until the Gamsol dries or else it’s going to begin to break it down a little
bit. It dries very, very quickly. Again, I’m
just using small little circles, beginning to pull this out. If you’re using different colors – now
this is all in the green family, so I’m using the same blending stump – but say
I were to change to pink or something in the reds: I would use the other end of
the blending stump, or get a different blending stump, and then if I needed to
use this blending stump, I would go to the sandpaper, and I would
remove the green, and then be able to have a clean edge, a clean sharp point, and be
able to use it that way. So, there’s a way to use Gamsol. All
right, moving on to our next technique is by using a gel pen. Now, I do have an entire video that does
talk about, and shows more in-depth, examples of using gel pen with pencil,
and you’re more than welcome to visit that, and I’ll include a link so that you
can access that very quickly – but I do want to show – there’s a lot of interest
in gel pens. What I have found in my experiences that
gel pens work best if there’s a little bit of pencil already on the paper. The reason is that the pencil that’s on
the paper creates a wax base and allows the gel pen to move. So there is a way to create a blending
effect – and I’ll just put a little bit of gel pen here – and this is what I call a
dry brush method where I just take a dry brush, and I just begin to move those
colors by pushing the gel pen into the tooth of the paper, and it
begins to fill in all the white spaces. Now what’s really cool about this is
that this particular pen happens to be a glitter gel pen, which means that I am
also taking the glitter sparkle of the gel pen and moving it around without
having to fill the whole thing in. So if I were to take this page, and I
were to tilt it a little bit into the light, you’d be able to see more sparkles
in the entire leaf. Now for a wet gel pen technique, I’m going to clean my
brush here – just to show you. I have a very thin, shallow container of water
here, and I’m just making sure that I have a very clean brush for you. Now, this is the way that I apply for a
wet technique. I’m going to do the same thing with the gel pen and just apply
just a little bit. I’m going to take this brush, dip it barely into the water, and
it’s really just the tip of the brush into the water. I’m not having it go swim. It’s just
really on the very tip of it, and I’m going to blot out both sides of my brush. I want to damp brush, not a wet brush, and
that is the key. If you have a wet brush, you’re going to
saturate your paper way too quickly. It’s going to create a mess. So the idea is that it’s just barely
damp – you just want to be able to move the gel pen. Now, this is going to create a little bit
of a wetness. Once it dries, you can go back over and
add more layers, but if you are using something that has a sparkle or gel or
metallic type look, you want this to be one of your last layers because if you
are desiring that glitter effect, you want that to be the last layer that you
have on there. If you decide to go back over, it’s going to begin to, you know,
cover that up a little bit, so you want to just be mindful of how you’re using
that. Okay, I’m going to show a couple of real
quick examples of how to use this on actual application when using a coloring
page. So the first is Gamsol. And I’ve
already dipped the blending stump into the solution, and you can see that it is
absorbed in – let me move this, cover that – and here I’m just going to do small circles. Bring it towards the center. I’m
going to do all of my oranges first because the pigment of the colored
pencil is going to absorb into my blending stump, and since I have the
pencil already down, I’m just going to go quickly using… the Gamsol with the orange. Small circles,
moving it towards the center in light strokes. And since I’m going to do an
application where these are going to blend a little bit closer together, I’m
just going to go straight into using my red, and when I move towards the center,
I’m just going to lighten my pressure just a little bit. Okay, so there’s an application of the
Gamsol. Now remember: if you want to use this over again, you can go to the
sandpaper and scrub that off, and you can have a brand-new stump ready to use. Okay, the next is: we’re going to use a
colorless blender pen, and I’m going to use the small end since this is a fairly
small area. I’m going to leave this one as just
pencil, and I’m going to use the pen here on the pedal next to it, so you can see
how the softens and smoothes out color with the pen. Remember that when you
have the blender pen, you want to go to a scratch piece of paper and just run it
through until it’s clear and it may be stained, but don’t worry about that; if it runs clear,
it’s good to go for the next time around. Next we’re going to use a blending
pencil. So this was the pen, and now we’re going
to use a blending pencil here. I’m going to use small little circles, small little
circles, all the way around, pushing the pigment into the tooth of the paper just
to soften and smooth out those color variations from orange to yellow. The
next one we’re going to do a dry application of the gel pen, so I’m going to put a
little bit of gel pen right here, and I’m gonna take a brush and immediately begin
to move the gel. And I actually – I think I’m going to do a
little bit of wet application here, so I’ve just dipped my brush tip into some water.
I’m going to dab out both sides, and I’m going to begin to pull a little bit of
that gel pen. Okay. And the last we’re going to do Vaseline.
Now, you’ll notice I don’t have a space with the pencil already down because the
Vaseline works really well with the pencil itself, so we’re going to do just
a quick application of Vaseline on the pencil itself. Actually got quite a bit
of Vaseline on – more than I would normally apply. But I think I’m going to use that to our
advantage. I want to put some of that extra Vaseline
right on the paper, I think, and then I’m going to use my yellow straight into
that Vaseline. I’m going to wipe off the Vaseline from
the yellow and the orange, so that they are clean again, and I’m going to get a
little bit of red down here. I’m using the Vaseline that’s already
existing on the paper and not dipping back in because I actually grabbed quite a
bit when I dipped my first orange pencil in. Examples from today were from the
Ancient Alchemy Coloring Book: Celtic Knots, Mandalas, and Sacred Symbols,
and if you enjoy looking at different kinds of symbols and coloring books, I
invite you to check out my first book The Artful Mandala Coloring Book:
Creative Designs for Fun and Meditation. Thanks for joining me! I’m Cher Kaufmann.
Until next time From the Drawing Desk, may you find more color in your day.


  • Mariza Mentzou

    You are a great teacher, thank you for this videos.
    I am newish to colouring and I want to start practicing blending. I need to learn to take my time, I've noticed I rush myself (I guess mechanically)

  • Shido Itsu

    thanks for the tutorial

  • Mariaraquel Oliver

    hello! the vaseline is ezclusive dir prismacolor? thank you

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  • Cheeky Nonconformist

    I actually learned something useful, thank you 🙂

  • doo dude

    Excellent instruction! Thank you…

  • SoloArt Studio

    Great content! Nice show. Watched and Thanks for sharing your wonderful videos

  • Demi Alabi

    Are prismacolor pencils the best? Or are there other brands just as good?

  • Tina Rice

    This was really helpful.

  • Nordesse

    Whelp! Time to go practice!!!

  • Tayarts

    Very, very helpful. Thank you so much!

  • Vivienne Kneale

    How do you colour bricks on a wall to make them stand out

  • Diane Mitchell

    Best tutorial I've ever seen on blending. What type of paper is best if you are using the gamsol or the vaseline and what type of ink must you use if you use a stamped image?

  • Cartel Saide

    Does using Vaseline on your art effect how lightfast it is? I'm concerned that using the Vaseline would negatively impact the artwork over the course of time.

  • Krizia Sereño

    the gamsol is perfect for anime drawings i might buy one of those thanks i was actually finding ways to blend my colorpencils 😊😊 (i'm also a young artist)

  • עופר קוצינסקי

    wow! that gamsol technique blew my mind! never heard about it… and it came up really beautiful.

  • Sylvie Dufour

    Fantastic tutorial, it's very Helpful! Thank You!

  • Sharon Wooten

    Thank you for the wonderful lesson.

  • Nancy Pearson

    This tutorial is fabulous. You are an excellent teacher. With all of this beautiful blending do you teach how to draw gems that are so popular now? Do you do tutorials for them? I would love to know.

  • Nancy Rousseau

    What is the difference between the blender pencil and the burnisher pencil?

  • Donna Durham

    Fantastic video, wonderful information, and superb delivery! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and skill with us. You taught me much and I appreciate your time and effort making this great tutorial. I am sure you already know this but a much safer alternative to the petroleum products for blending is spike of lavender oil which I just heard about. A little pricier but so much better and very safe. Just my two cents worth. Anyway, thank you again, and… I'm hooked!

  • Allan L

    Hi…can I dip the blender pencil in Vaselin and blend colors?

  • falcon makers

    nice hair

  • Lockheed Lee

    well look at that, you learn something new everyday. Vaseline? whaaa? awesome. thank you

  • iTRY_ Mash

    Thank you Mrs Tooth of the paper

  • Linda Gruber

    Excellent lesson. Thank you.

  • Denise Stoner

    So informative, thank you so much!!

  • OrenDesign

    good video
    you jew?

  • winterprism

    I am fairly new to the world of colored pencils, beyond the really cheap ones. I have been wanting to get polychromos which are oil based. I am curious as to these methods with an oil based pencil since it was mentioned a few times that these methods help melt the wax. Would they do anything positive with oil based? Also the mineral oil, Gamsol, would any paintbrush cleaner work? I ordered some Mona Lisa oderless paint thinner because another artist said that she liked using it to blend. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge!

  • SusanLS08

    Excellent. Thank you.

  • Beverly Frederick

    Brilliant Tutorial ☆☆☆☆☆

  • Frosty

    Aw 20k subs but Friken 600K VIEWS

  • Tom Sylvester

    I’m so stoned, I stumbled upon this video “AWESOME”

  • GotenksSama

    After you apply gamsol it looks like copics

  • Barb Ghig

    Excellent tutorial…Thank you!

  • Hen Sitter

    Very informative. Thank you.

  • smurf786able

    I just got some coloured pencils for Christmas and was feeling like my colouring looked so childish. I figured I needed to learn some methods and your video came up. You are a wonderful teacher! Thankyou for this, so much help!

  • Jennifer Decker

    I am so happy I found this channel!

  • Ikng-MAD Music, Art, Design

    can I use #gel pen dry & #gel pen wet for any other pencil color than prisma color?

  • Kimberly Duncan

    Lots of great information! The vasoline was amazing!

  • Debra Fleshman

    You are a genius. Thank You.

  • senpai Xx

    Even though I’m a kid I still understand it thank you so much for making this video it was really helpfull

  • Lynette Ballard

    Thanks for showing us many options! I enjoyed this video!

  • Kat F

    WOW!!  I never knew about the Vaseline.  I must have some intuition.  I love alcohol markers and I have 2 blenders.  I took one and put with my pencils.  I have been using it to soften after I finish a drawing.  It's very gentle and well it's almost hard to see, but I can tell.  I naturally wiped off my blender on a scrap paper. The Vaseline, WOW, I really love how it really brightens up the piece.  I'm going to try it.  I have been thinking about purchasing some Gamsol.  I really liked how it looked too.  Thank you so much for sharing this!!  Truly very very helpful for me.  Have a great day!!

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  • Judy Morgan

    Very helpful. After applying each technique, all the gems I've seen others create made sense. Thanks.

  • Candice Woods

    Thank you! This was very informative!

  • Issa Uy Tan

    I wonderif Icannuse the vaseline on a Bible page?

  • Issa Uy Tan

    Very helpful! Thank you!

  • Dorothy Radley

    Thank you for an extremely informative lesson. Watching all the different ways to blend, for me, the best way to blend is by using Vaseline which I am very surprised about. Doesn't that cause a greasy spot on your paper? I would have thought it would but it mustn't otherwise you wouldn't use it. I recently bought a set of 130 Prismacolor pencils and I am watching videos trying to learn all I can about how to use them to achieve best results. I like your method of teaching. I can follow you and I have learnt a lot from this video. Many thank for sharing it. xx

  • Debbie Bassett

    What a great learning experience, thank you very much!

  • Sandi Levy

    Excellent teaching! So many options, so little time,
    Sandi Levy

  • cynthia g

    why the small circles on a one color………….silly, just color it in with up and down strokes.

  • Audrey Dagenais

    Thank you so much, I've posted you video on my tumblr: http://slytherinheart.tumblr.com/

  • Moom Dog

    Great video! I learned a couple of new things which is always appreciated! You are quite enjoyable to listen to. (But that music at the beginning…too much!)

  • Brandon Smith

    Can you please go on live to explain more about blending and it's for your next video and I love how you're teaching us to blend color prism color pencils where did you get yours at and how many do you own

  • Jude

    Great lesson. Thank you.

  • Cynthia Richter

    This was so useful for beginners like me. TFS

  • Rachel Farque

    I love your work. I am a beginner in watercolor pencil, but find few painting, want to see more!

  • Kim Richmond

    Does The Vaseline affect the paper, residue on the other side? Have you used glycerine?

  • maria elena cruz flores

    I am very happy for this video. Thanks a lot. Cher. Very nice. From Guadalajara Mexico

  • Karen McCarley

    Cher, this was just what I needed to give me the courage to use color penciles. I love all the different ways to do shading (Vaseline?!!!) and spreading color. Thank you so much!!!

  • Nancy Lynn

    Hey Cher…I watch a ton of pencil coloring tutorials and yours is by far the best one, easy to follow along and so informative! Quick Q: I know we are to use a textured paper but what kind do you recommend? I know Cold Press Watercolor paper is textured so is that what I look for? Thank you so much for sharing….it was really fascinating to me!

  • Joeann Beresford

    I found your explanations very helpful …. never ever thought of Vaseline! Many thanks, Cec

  • Sandy Shelton-Rodriguez

    This has to be the BEST coloring instruction I have found…thank you! 🙂

  • Geraldine Crowley

    What type of paper are you using Cher. Great tutorial

  • Zoila Rivera

    Thanks love it. This its a awesome way of teaching. God bless

  • stephanie clapper

    As a complete novice to colored pencils- but card maker, I was looking for help in this medium. Your video was the best I've watched. You are an excellent teacher! Thx very much!!

  • Grace Keep It Together

    This is my 1st coloring video info. Looking forward to my potential 😉

  • Olive Gobin

    Love your video, could I use this technique on fabric?

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  • sapitos4

    This hits the spot. And your face invites to watch the video. Thanks.

  • Kia Min

    Very well done lesson

  • Gale McK

    This video was great! Your explanations are so clear, and I like that you give the reasons behind the techniques. I learned how important the tooth of the paper is, and also to pay more attention to keeping the pencil tip sharp. Thanks so much!

  • Cheryl S

    Excellent!!! Any suggestions on type of pencil sharpener? I've been through 3 different models and can't seem to get it right.

  • Wendy Margaret Davies-Stead

    Hi Cher. Just found this and WOW its great. The problem i have had is knowing where to do the shaded area. I have tried the sun drawing in the corner with a arrow bit but i'm still getting it wrong and it spoils the image. I go overboard and the whole image then looks like it needs shading again. Any tips please. Hugs and thanks Wendy xxx

  • Elizabeth Vallely

    This video was very helpful thank you for sharing!! Liz.

  • Jessica balding

    Drinking game. Every time she says " tooth of the papper. " lol

  • Bette Jacob

    Thank you for sharing these techniques. I am a beginner and i appreciated your lessons.

  • ChuckyJesus drawingart lover Duarte

    Hello great video thank you for the great amazing tips I'm going to Expiramint with my prismacolor colorless blender marker and my prismacolor colorless blender pencil and with the Vaselen before I color my portrait drawing thank you so much for sharing this video with us you are a great amazing wonderful beautiful human being with a gorgeous Hart 💖🐼🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗💞💖💞🙏😇

  • Josephine McFarlane

    Thank you sooo much for your programme. I have used the Vaseline but the wrong way

  • Ginette Melody

    Baby oil works well for Prismacolor pencils.

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  • Judy Louey

    This is such an informative tutorial. Just what I needed to learn as I'm just starting out with colouring in my spare time. Was never good with drawing as a child so this is a wonderful video to learn the techniques. Thanks for sharing this.

  • wordscrafter

    A very excellent tutorial, tfs!

  • Catherine Cowie

    Great tutorial. Love this. Subscribing.

  • The Vandal

    What grit sand paper is that? It sounds like maybe 80 possibly 100 it's sounds like heavy grit

  • Sandy Allerheiligen

    Wonderful! Thank you.

  • Twanted Vivianne

    If you don't have Vaseline you can use petroleum jelly or baby oil😂

  • Tafkaprincess

    Does the Vaseline turn yellow or anything with time? (Years)


    This helped me a lot! Thank you so much!

  • connor Chapa

    Unintentional ASMR, your voice is so relaxing and almost hypnotic.

  • Lyn R

    I had to take art in High School. I can honestly say, we were never taught anything that you have shown us here. Considering art was a core subject for the course I chose. So my knowledge has never advanced beyond Kindy/First year. So thank you for sharing this knowledge with us.

  • paul tak

    Gamsol by far blends and looks the best… but the product can be expensive and quite toxic

  • Unbeelieveable

    The female Bob Ross

  • Iris Taylor

    Thank you so much. Really learned a lot ⭐️

  • bamabev79

    Awesome video! Thank you so very much for these amazing tips! I'm brand new to color pencil art so, having this knowlege right away is priceless!!

  • Catherine Levison

    So this is useful for wax based colored pencils such as PrismaColor. I’d like to see a demonstration on the oil based pencils that are artist grade because they have lightfastness.

  • Rita Muller

    Great tips as always Cher! Enjoying my gratitude book coloring. Thanks for creating it. Blessings to you!

    OMGosh! Cher I got out my violet blue pencil after watching this video and wow, what a difference it made on the piece I’m currently working on. I don’t know why I wasn’t doing this before. I’ve noticed many artists videos that talked about not being afraid to put in the shadows. I guess I just didn’t “see” what they were talking about. It didn’t dawn on me what they meant, until I actually watched you do it. Thank you for making my day by showing this important technique. Bless you!

  • Martha Krause

    Extremely informative! You explanation of tooth was very helpful. Thanks for sharing.


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