Carrie L. Lewis, Artist

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On EmptyEasel: How to Blend Colored Pencil Drawings with Rubbing Alcohol

One of the best things about colored pencils is the number of common, everyday household items that can be used with them.

Read How to Blend Colored Pencil Drawings with Rubbing Alcohol by clicking here and  learn how three items you have in your bathroom or kitchen cabinets can improve your colored pencil work.



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  1. Da Lena

    Does it matter what percentage of rubbing alcohol is used? I have 99% here and the color is stripped right off the page…

    • Da Lena,

      The higher the percentage, the more risk involved. I generally use a rubbing alcohol that’s 70% alcohol. That’s strong enough to dissolve the wax without removing the color.

      Also, be certain that you’re using rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) and not a wood alcohol. Wood alcohol is much stronger and is also toxic.

      How heavily did you layer the color you blended? Were you blending a lot of color or a light application of color? That might make a difference, too.

      Can you attach a picture?

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