The Fuzzy Duckling

Blending With Colored Pencils


Have you ever wanted to know how to make your colored pencil pictures look more professional?  Here are some easy tips to do just that!


1.  Take your time!  A true artist works "as slow as it takes".  What we mean is:  Take your time and don't hurry through it.  When we hurry,  we tend to leave streaks,  color unevenly, and stray outside the lines.  Slow down and be sure you have filled every area with solid color!


2.  Press lightly with your pencil when putting down your first layers.  You will have to use more pressure when you get to your third layer.


3.  Try the steps below and see how blending improves your work.  Download a practice sheet here.


4.  Some brands of colored pencils blend better than others.  Softer pencils work best for this technique.  As you can tell as you look through our site we are great fans of Prismacolor Premier.  These lay down a beautiful soft color that is easy to blend.


Step One

Download our practice sheet.


Decide what color you want your flower to be.  We wanted a pink flower.  If you can, find three shades of your chosen color.  For us that would be light pink, medium pink and red.


Color the petals of your flower with your lightest color.  Color lightly so that other colors can be put over this layer.

Step Two

Using your medium color, darken the center parts of the petals.  You may have to use more pressure on your pencil in this step.

Step Three

Next, take that same color and color the tips and sides of the petal.

Step Four

Continue darkening every petal in the same way.

Step Five

With your darkest color, shade the inner part of your petals.  This will be the third layer so will take considerable pressure.

Step Six

Color in the center of your flower with two shades of a darker color.  First lay down the lighter color then shade around the outer edge with the darker color.  If you would like a smoother look, grab your blending stick and smooth out the pencil strokes on all of the petals working from dark to light.

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