5 Ways to blend Colored pencils — Blending methods explained

Hi guys welcome back to my channel, today
I am going to show you five different blending techniques for colored pencils that you can
use for drawing different objects. You can blend colored pencils in so many different
ways but I am going to show you the most used techniques by me. You can try them all and chose what works
best for you. I usually combine different techniques for
a single drawing according to the nature of objects that I am drawing. So without further due let’s get started. I use Strathmore Bristol 300 series vellum
paper for this demonstration. I have printed 5 boxes and 5 butterflies to
this paper. I will show you the technique in detail on
the boxes above and I will use the same technique to draw the butterflies below. I am going to use the same set of colors to
get an idea of what’s the actual difference between these techniques. All the colors are listed below. The first method I am going to discuss is
layering. This technique is the most difficult, most
time consuming but gives you the best result. This technique is perfect for the areas that
need a flawless gradation of colors without any hard edges. So I use this technique for drawing skin. I never use any other techniques to draw skin
because I want that smooth seamless blending for the skin. For this technique I use very light pressure
and several thin layers to gradually build the color up. I am going to draw in this box using three
different colors. A dark color a medium color and a light color. For this technique you have to go from lightest
color to the darkest color. As you can see I put several thin layers of
the lightest color first. You can increase the pressure slightly in
some areas where you want a thick laydown. But never use a heavy pressure at any stage,
just a small increase in pressure is enough. Here I have concentrated the color more on
the upper part because this color is going to be the main color of that area. Now I am using the next darker color with
several thin layers. I am varying the pressure so as to get a gradation
of color. Make it lighter towards the lightest color. But never completely cover the lightest color
you already put down. And you can see that I am correcting some
imperfections in between by using thin layers. After adding sufficient layers with the second
color, I am moving on to the darkest color. Just like I did before, I am starting from
the bottom towards the top. Along with that I am varying the pressure
to get a thinner layer towards the top. So that finishes the basic layering. At this stage you can still see the white
of the paper showing through. You should do layering up to this stage for
doing all other techniques except the second technique I am going to discuss next. So the difference between the other techniques
and this layering is that you should layer again and again until the white of the paper
disappears. This gives you the smoothest result but that’s
why it’s also the most time consuming. So you have to repeat this layering process
back and forth until the paper is not showing through. Now that you have seen the process in real
time I will speed up the remaining process and you can see the butterfly I did with the
exact same technique. Like I said before layering is suitable for
skin or whatever object that needs perfect seamless blending Now coming to the 2nd method, I call this
burnishing because you have to apply the pencils heavily from the very beginning so that the
paper is not showing through at any stage. This has some advantages over previous layering
techniques. This looks much more vibrant and has a better
contrast than layering techniques. But there are several drawbacks as well. The end results are not as smooth as the layering
technique, and you should have a collection of wide variety of colors to start with. And you cannot blend colors of different color
group with ease. But in layering method you can use different
color groups and get a smooth gradation of colors because of intermixing of colors. So in this method, you have to heavily apply
the colors where they are most predominant. Here I am only using 3 colors but if you are
going to draw an area with a wide color range you have to use a lot more colors to match
the corresponding area. After you apply the colors, you will have
a sharp edge between the adjacent colors. So next thing you have to do is blend those
two adjacent colors till that sharp edge becomes smooth. For that you can use both the colors back
and forth and blend the colors on the paper itself. This technique can be easily done if you are
using a wax based pencil like Prismacolor or Derwent coloursoft. Whereas the layering technique is more suitable
for oil based pencils like faber castell polychromos. This technique is much less time consuming
than the previous technique. I took around 25 minutes to do the square
and the 1st butterfly but I finished this box and butterfly within 15 minutes. This technique is suitable for areas with
solid color or shiny objects like colorful plastic and shiny fruits. I don’t usually use this technique for my
drawings. But I usually start with layering and finish
it with burnishing on drawing fruits and shiny objects. The next technique I am going to discuss is
Blending with blender pencil. Like I said before you have to draw a color
gradation with the same technique I showed you in the layering method before applying
the blender pencil. The only difference is that you don’t waste
time by layering over and over until the paper become saturated. You just have to put down a basic color gradation
with sufficient layers. Then all you have to do is to apply the blender
pencil heavily. This flattens the tooth of the paper and the
color spreads evenly across the paper surface. So this saves a lot of time by not having
to repeat the layering process again and again. But this technique also has some drawbacks. Blender pencils desaturate the darker colors
by dragging the strong pigments across the paper. So this gives a low contrast result. And blender pencils tend to lower the vibrancy
of some colors by taking away the pigment. So this makes blender pencils a useful tool
for blending light skin tones, where we don’t want strong hues. But I always prefer layering method for drawing
skin tones. So that makes a blender pencil nearly useless
for me. But I still use them for making colors a bit
lighter. All I have to is to apply a thin layer of
the color and apply the blender pencil over it. This way I can make a slightly lighter color
if I want to. And you should remember that before using
blender pencils you must put down a basic color gradation. Many beginners makes the mistake of not applying
the pencils properly before applying colorless blender. You cannot make a seamless color gradation
with the blender pencils alone. So if you are starting with a blotchy layering
of colors, then the end result is also going to be blotchy no matter how much you use the
blender pencils. Now coming to the technique no. 4. Blending using a solvent. You can use solvents like an odorless mineral
spirit or turpentines. They readily dissolves the pencils and covers
the paper easily. And they dry fast without leaving any residues. But I am using baby oil for this demonstration
because I have a bit more control with baby oil. Baby oil is also a mineral oil and dries fast
without leaving any residues but they don’t dissolve color as fast as the other solvents
do. You can try them all and decide what works
best for you. And always make sure to use them in very small
quantities. You don’t want your brush dripping with
the solvent. I usually dip a flat synthetic brush in the
solvent and wipe of the excess with a paper towel before applying. So just like the previous technique you must
start with a reasonably good gradation of colors. It should not be very thin either. You can drag the brush perpendicular to the
color gradation otherwise you may spread the strong colors to the lighter side. You can get a vibrant result instantly by
using solvent. It’s very evident when blending colors like
reds and purples. It instantly gives a rich color by dissolving
the pigment. And you can layer pencils easily on top of
that and use the solvent again. This way you can make very vibrant results. In this demo I am only using a single layer
so this is not going to be very vibrant. The drawback is that it doesn’t give you
a very smooth result. But you can overcome this by layering again
and again up to a certain level. This technique is suitable for the areas where
you need strong colors but don’t need a perfect color gradation. So this is my go to technique for drawing
birds, garments and initial layers on animals before adding fur. But since this method may oversaturate the
colors and don’t give a perfect color gradation I never use this technique for drawing skin. The final technique I am going to discuss
is the good old method of burnishing with a white pencil. For this method also, you need a basic color
gradation to start with. Then you can use the white pencil to spread
the color evenly until the paper is not showing thru. Almost all pencil set come with a white pencil
so this method don’t need any extra tools to start with. This technique works better with wax based
pencils than oil based pencils. And cheaper student grade pencils usually
don’t give a good result. In this method you only have to apply the
white pencil heavily after drawing a basic gradation of colors. This gives you the least vibrant result of
all. So if you want to make colors a bit less vibrant
and whitish, you can use this method. You can also use other light colors similarly
but you will add that particular hue to final drawing. I used this technique only when I was a beginner. But I sometimes use this technique to get
softer colors like in a flower petal. You can also watch me doing this burnishing
in my lavender rose drawing tutorial here. So that’s all for today. Thank you so much for watching and don’t
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  • G-man Is Awesome

    i think this is one of the best videos on blending, so well explained and it displays different methods, I love it!

  • Nadiya Karalash

    I’m a newbie. Why do you use white first before applying the other colors? Does it help or make a difference?

  • Adil Draws

    Very helpful tips.

  • Xx_Annie_xX Xx_plays_xX

    Im only good at layering(>_<)

  • Trứng Đà Điểu

    Nice vidio, nice picture

  • Patrick Star

    Me-😴 😴

  • Shalil Awale

    great tutorial

  • XxPink_ LoverxX

    Beautiful mixed colours

  • Pastelisha

    What works best for me is lightly color the work with a white colored pencil and blend everything with my fingers if not a paper towel but that makes it uneven

  • iam kira


  • DarciJordan

    does anyone else try their best to shade like him but it still turns out looking like sh*t??? And does anyone else see other people's artwork and just feel hopeless, like you won't ever be that good and it makes you feel like your drawings are a waste of time since they're not as good? :p

  • Mahati Desabhatla

    I can't belive you are a doctor

  • متعة الرسم

    Thanks for sharing your technique🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

  • wyomesh deepanker


  • xJust Zx

    I always used layering, until I saw this vid and imma change to burnishing

  • Alfiya Khan

    Are you South Indian? Keralite ?
    By the way thank you so much for explaining these methods. This helped me learn a lot.

  • Talha Ch

    I have DUX thick colour what should do

  • tanisha shah

    Thank you very much for the step by step and clear instructions with the perfect advices and all the advantages disadvantages also!! You are awesome!!😍😍 Saw the whole video to the end.

  • Wishy Subliminals

    Tip:- Instead of buying a blending pencils u can also use a white colour which comes in 24 color set 😉

  • AviArts&Craft

    Beautiful 💜💛💚💝👍

  • super mangaka


  • 매직샵I Feel Special

    They’re all so good! Which one will I use?? * panics *

  • Indian Railways Gaming

    2 step i like it

  • Subash Mass

    Dai thambi nala iruku

  • Aleida Diaz

    You have a very soothing voice. You should look into narrating audiobooks.

  • Seema Dhake

    Which type of colour pencil is use

  • Seema Dhake

    Which type of company baby oil you have use sir

  • Ubaidnuha Kundlik

    Are you mr.Sashi krishnan ,if yes you work in learners school right ,I am also studies in the same school and you are teaching me by the way this video is amazing

  • Vandana goel

    Which pencil colours u r using

  • tea baggins

    So my dad discovered my sktech book and thought it was amazing and he said I should be an artist and then he gave a me Art Homework and said it needs to be beautiful and awesome and I could take as many days as I want edit: thanks for helping me 😁

  • Alpesh Patel

    I have subsicribed and like

  • William John

    My fav is no 2

  • amy29048

    Thank you so much for taking time to do this video. I am so glad that I found this video!! I have been struggling with my Prismacolor pencils. I think I need to change the pressure I use when I color along with some of my paper choices. Thanks again!!

  • trisha Jatwa

    Waooooo so beautiful 😋😋😋 keep it up friend

  • ASD Productions

    You can also use contact solution for blending

  • Candy Jam

    Oh wow, you blend crayola color pencils so neatly.



  • Yuri Adana Karim Ghani

    Thank you sir..your video is very useful…because tomorrow I have a colouring competition.. and my teacher said that I have to blend the colours…👍👍👌

  • world Tour

    Burnshing is the best

  • Colleen Draws

    draws the sketch perfectly
    Does lining perfect
    Messes up on coloring

  • Meiry Muniz

    Nice i Always wondered the use of a White pencil. ..

  • Basketball Unicorn


  • Unknown Singer

    Nice video

  • hElLo

    yay I actually learnt from this video cuz I suck at colouring but amazing at drawing/sketching

  • Ded Meme

    Now i can make a better future

  • jesi ntha


  • ansh kumar


  • aliB

    Thank you Mrs. Doubtfire!!!

  • aliB

    No,seriously, thank you for making this video

  • pinkclassic


  • HerWeekend Crafts

    This tutorial video is really helpful, and I tried something of my own after watching this

  • Nikhilesh Bhagat

    I liked burnishing the most

  • Alka Jain

    There are water colour pencils available

  • rahman ali

    for me first time blending plz help

  • Hina Asif10

    Wow so good keep it up

  • Hina Asif10


  • Nitiksha Sharma

    U seems to be an Indian.

  • Harumaki_AJ

    Im so gentle coloring with color pencils and it would sometimes look like it doesn't have any colors on it when u look at it from far away XD

  • lovely reyes


  • Sarulatha Senthil

    Which colour pencils do u use

  • Deborah Watson

    Where can I find this worksheet?

  • Jiyaul Haque

    Which paper you use for realistic drawing
    Plz reply

  • Tiny Colours Art n Craft Classes Sharma

    I love it

  • Minu Arts

    You arer just perfect in your skills and creativity. i have learned a lot from your videos. Thanks. I will apply in my YouTube videos. Thanks a lot😊😊

  • Mandi Morena

    It is nice but which company pencil colour these are?

  • Salman Faris


  • Deepa Vishal

    Wow you are awesome

  • Radha Anand

    Awesome video please see it

  • Chris Bhatti

    Nice method

  • Poonam Agarwal


  • LaChauntis Washington

    this is amazing. I'm new to blending colors, I might try the layering and burnishing is what might have been doing, but it doesn't blend as well as yours. I will keep trying. thanks for the lesson. also, where do you find the blender pencil?

  • ティモシーチュ

    where can i get that good quality Color pen

  • Aliff Azam Suhud

    I can't hear what you saying.

  • acemint

    thanks for this, i've been looking for ways to blend Prismacolors! (also your voice is so soothing lol)

  • Khushi Vlogs

    I just rub them , If blended then fine if not then try again.

    Try try but don't cry

  • BANGTAN Boys Armys

    This was really helpful thanks alot

  • Crystal fox

    I love colouring

  • Nel 123

    I know the burnishing effect needs more variety of colors but I see it gives the brightest color but yea I still think for skin shading layering is best

  • Merna Sakarya

    Thanks dude

  • Girija Srinivas

    Staedtler Luna Colour Pencils 48

  • Girija Srinivas

    I think like you video

  • Levi Ankerman

    Where do we get a blender of pencil T_T

  • Izzy Fizz

    I do burnishing with white but I don't really use white, I do sometimes but I usually use my highlight color and in darker areas my base color so that I don't accidentally kill my shading, but it still gives it a very smooth look. Almost like pastels (people have mistaken it for pastels before)

  • Lady Noir

    Are you Indian I mean Malayali from Kerala

  • Poornima A.H

    Which company colour pencil

  • Aman Kumar

    What method you use for your drawing

  • Vamscrie

    Imperfection? I cant see it with all the talent in the way!

  • Traciann Lee UFOs

    Amazing, thank you im still learning

  • Makayla Kelli

    what kind of colored pencils do you use for blending?

  • shibani Mohapatra

    What brand pencils do you use?

  • Intan Zuriana

    What type of colour pencil you use ?

  • Ak Bounser

    Colours kun se use kiye

  • Toasted Cloud

    Thank you for this video it was really helpful and easy to understand!

  • Mumtaz Shaikh

    My name is also Faadil

  • Mumtaz Shaikh


  • Art crush

    That's awesome

  • shaki Malammal


  • affandey alias

    Where can i buy blender pencil?

  • ChYpHuTh 14

    Indo bukan nih:v

  • Srinivasa Rao

    U r waste


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