Some time ago, I wrote an article for EmptyEasel describing how to blend colored pencils with rubbing alcohol. It’s among the most popular articles I’ve written, both here and on EmptyEasel.

But, as you might expect, that’s not the only way to get a blended, painterly look in your drawings. Other standard studio solvents work just as well, and have their own special effects.

In this week’s EmptyEasel article, I demonstrate how to use turpentine to blend and smooth your colored pencil drawings. You can read How to “Paint” with Colored Pencils and Turpentine by clicking here. I encourage you to have a piece of paper or mat board (or whatever your favorite drawing support is) handy and follow along the demonstration.

Using solvent to blend colored pencil

Using solvent to blend colored pencil

By the way, odorless paint thinner and rubber cement thinner are also suitable, so feel free to pick whichever one you have at hand.

When you finish, stop back here again and let me know what you thought of using solvent for colored pencil work.

If you have questions about the process, leave them in the comment box below.

Also feel free to let me know what topics you have questions about. If you want to know, chances are very good others do, too, so your question could end up as a future article.