Blending COLORED PENCILS with a WHITE pencil

Hi guys, welcome back to my channel! If you’re
new around here, I’m Amie and I create videos to help you along with your creative coloured
pencil journey! Today I am sharing with you my absolute favourite
way to blend coloured pencils without needing any extra tools or expense. And that is, blending using those white pencils!
Y’know, those things that you might think are absolutely useless, especially when you
try and layer white over black…well, I’m gunna show you how you can fulfil their pencil
goodness and use them for blending. This is a technique which I use throughout
each and every coloured pencil piece I create and I think it’s an absolute essential one. Let’s start off with the different brands
of white. My best friend when it comes to white pencils, is the Caran d’ache luminance
white. I love it. It gives me the best possible results and it’s always the one I recommend.
I realise though that these luminance pencils may as well be made from gold as they are
pretty pricy, but there are some other spectacular white pencils that can be used as an alternative. There’s the Faber Castell Albrecht Durer
which is a watercolour pencil and has a fairly hard core. The prismacolor white is a waxy soft core The polychromos white is another harder core,
oil based pencil And then there’s the derwent drawing chinese
white which is another soft core. I’ve had experience with each of these for
blending and each does an outstanding job. I would however recommend the waxier, softer
cores over the harder ones as they tend to blend more easily. So, you’ve got your white pencil of choice
and I hear you screaming, but Amie, how do I blend with this madness?! Well, that’s a pretty simple technique and
it goes a little like this. The essential part of any blending is having
enough layers down on your surface beforehand. I like to have at least 8-9 layers down before
I go in and blend. Having this many layers will give a really nice blend and start to
smush all the colours together instantly. Too few layers and you’ll end up with an
inconsistent grainy look. So, layer up lightly first, and then get to blending. When I blend with my white pencil, I use the
same pressure and motion as I do with my usual coloured pencils – light pressure, smooth
even strokes and gradually building layers. I don’t go in with a heavy hand and really
cram the pencil into all those grooves. That’s more burnishing than blending. Blending with a white pencil is a really gentle
process and you want to treat your white pencil layers just as you would with your other coloured
pencils. Don’t discriminate against it just cos you think it might be useless. Once you’ve blended your first couple layers,
then it’s time to build some more colour. I like to go back over the area with the previous
colour used before going in with any darker colours, so I can bring that colour saturation
back. Layer and layer your slightly darker colours,
keeping that light pressure, and then go back in with that white pencil and apply the same
technique as before. Light, even pressure and build the layers
like you would if you were using another colour. As you build you layers, you should start
to see the grain of the paper disappear. Now It’s back to building your colours once
more, and this is where I like to add the darker mid tones and those final dark values,
again, layering up lightly, before going in with a final blend of the white. And that’s pretty much it! It’s a really
simple technique. A lot of people think that you need to go
in and blend with a hard pressure, but you really don’t, you just need to layer slowly
and be patient. Coloured pencil is a fairly slow medium and patience really is key to
mastering. This technique works on all types of pencils,
it’s good for polychromos as I;ve shown here, which are one of the hardest cored pencils,
but it’s also good for the waxier, creamier pencils like the prismacolors and the technique
for these types of cores is exactly the same: light layers and treating that white pencil
like it’s one of the others. I’ve demonstrated here using the luminance
white as I said previously, it’s ma best buddy, but you get exactly the same results
using the other brands which I showed at the beginning. The prismscolour works absolute
wonders and the fragile core and this technique actually go hand in hand. The derwent chinese white also yields wonderous
results, using exactly the same technique. Ooooh look at that soft blended goodness. That’s pretty much all I have for you today,
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  • sreeves962

    Amazing video amie

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  • Ivy Brooke

    Well, it looks like I've been doing everything with colored pencils wrong! lol! Thanks for the really helpful video. 🙂

  • ArtLife

    Ooooo I’m going to try that out!

  • Alexis Cassandra Art

    I love how you mentioned albrecht durer wc pencils because they’re less talked about but I feel they work great as regular colored pencils too ? and I love the white. Also for anyone who does a lot of portraits, this blending technique Amie’s using works great for creating smooth skin ?

  • The Art Hive

    ? Well…. tickled me! ?

  • mooistliefste

    Omg Amie I love the editing in this ??

  • Jeanette Andromeda

    I need to give this a try the next time I bring out my colored pencils.

  • Lynn Rushton

    Watched you blend like this so many times……yes, now I do it too! ?x

  • [Watercolor Tutorial]

    Your video is very beautiful and creative. I subscribed and like your channel hope you sub me back too

  • poppygirl76

    Hi Amie! I've bought Faber Castell Eco pencils which all have numbers. Is there a chart which tells me what these colours are actually called? I have searched and can't find one. I just think it would be useful if you don't have the exact named colour recommended and you want a substitute. I love the Polychromos as they have proper names!

  • Tina Baeyens

    Love the editing on this video! Way to get even more followers is to just being you the way you did there!^^? also, great advice!

  • Vickie Hawkins

    Love the colors!

  • Art By TessieJo

    I never knew this! I thought you only burnished with the white on the last layer. I gotta try this now! Thank you for the tip!

  • Loquita Qamar

    very awesome tips! I am gona give you a constructive critic here, that can help your channel. The music is not necessary and it makes it very difficult for me to concentrate, in fact, if there is music in all your videos, I will not continu watching them. It's impossible to please everyone with music and your content is not about music, so I recommand that you don't put any music. Nobody is listening to your videos for the music, so you will not loose any views. Don't take it personnal, this is a mistake a lot of youtubers do, and I would not take the time to write all this if I didn't think your channel is worth it. 😉 If it is absolutely very important for you to put music, it has to be as neutral as possible, as low as possible. thank you for your great work.

  • suzanne

    Amie, you seem to favour the Fabriano paper which is watercolour paper, is there a reason for this because the pencils are not always watercolour pencils.

  • Nighthawksblues

    I had some serious mental trauma when you BROKE that pencil. 😀 LOL!!

  • Emilia Bartłoszewska

    Hello, what pencil sharpener do you use?

  • Dominique Doucet-Lavigne

    GreAt video! I’m definitely going to try blending this way

  • L.E.R

    As a german it’s so funny to hear someone say „Albrecht Dürer“ ?

  • Birdsong

    That music is too distracting.


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