Blending Colored Pencils Without Solvents

Blending Colored Pencils Without Solvents

Learn about blending colored pencils without solvents.

Blending Colored Pencils Without Solvents

Blending colored pencil work can be a complex subject. Tools and techniques abound, but you don’t have the time or money to try them all.

And yet you really want to know if blending colored pencils without solvents is even possible.

The short answer is, “Yes, you can blend colored pencils without solvents.” This tutorial shows you three ways!

Blending Colored Pencils Without Solvents

“…Colored pencil is a slow medium by nature. That makes colored pencil artists more susceptible to looking for methods and tools that make the process faster. It’s natural to want to finish as quickly as possible, if only to get on with the next project.

“That includes ways to blend better, more quickly, and more completely.” — Carrie L. Lewis

If you’ve been using colored pencils for very long, you know there are several blending products currently on the market. Carrie explains the three basic ways to blend colored pencils without solvents. She also shows you when and how to use each method.

Carrie writes in a conversational style that’s easy to read and understand. She also uses examples of her own work to show you how each method of blending without solvents looks on paper.


Three ways to blend colored pencils without using solvents

When and how to burnish

How to create smooth color layers and rich, fully saturated colors

How to blend on sanded art papers

And much more

Try any of these methods in your next drawing and see how you like them. You may be happily surprised at what you create.

Skill Level

Beginner and higher.

All tutorials are available as digital downloads only.

About Carrie L. Lewis: Carrie has been painting and drawing for over 50 years. She sold her first horse portrait at the age of seventeen and has been creating beautifully detailed portraits of horses for clients all over the United States ever since. In the late 1990s, Carrie began doing more colored pencil work, which is now her primary medium. Her favorite subjects are still horses, but she now also draws landscapes. She is a current member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, and publishes the monthly e-zine for colored pencil artists, CP Magic!