Workshop 2 – 2018


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    Lisa vB


    I am super excited to join this workshop. I learned a lot from Kelly Eddington’s workshop in March (watercolors)–really took my skills up a notch. Hoping for the same for my colored pencil skills in this workshop!

    One thing I’m really looking forward to learning is how to smooth the pencil colors out. Makes me nuts to see bits of white paper through them. I thought I noticed we would be using solvents, and I’m anxious to get into that (I use blender pencils currently). But I don’t see any solvent-type things on the supply list. What should I be looking for?




    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for your question! We’ll be focusing on combining mixed media with colored pencil, specifically fluid acrylics, watercolor, and ink pen. The techniques for combining fluid acrylic and watercolor with colored pencil both help to create a smoother look to the colored pencil because those wet media fill in all the little white specks of the paper that you mentioned. I like using these techniques because it creates a more uniform, saturated look to the colored pencil, but it doesn’t completely wipe out the textural effect of the colored pencil.

    We won’t specifically be focusing on solvent blending in this workshop, but solvents can definitely be useful and a lot of artists love using them in their colored pencil work. I do have a short video on Strathmore’s youtube channel that focuses on blending colored pencil with solvent. That video is at the link below:

    Let me know if you have any other questions!

    Sarah Becktel


    Lisa vB

    Thank you, Sarah. The video is very helpful. I have that “marker” but might want to forge ahead with the liquid solvent for larger pieces. Looking forward to seeing how you mix watercolor and acrylics with colored pencil. I sometimes do primarily watercolor paintings, then use colored pencil for the finer details. I love the control I have with colored pencil, but often am searching for a smoother, painterly effect as a final result. Glad I signed up for your class!



    I had never used Solvents until I started doing the monthly challenges held by coloured pencil magazine and saw how many are using it. I also want to try out the white blender powder one day as well. I now use it quite a bit. I also use water soluble pencil crayons, watercolours and art bars to cover the white page or I used coloured paper. Are fluid acrylics the acrylic inks?


    Hi Riversong,

    Fluid Acrylics have a lower viscosity than regular acrylics, which basically means that they are more fluid than heavier bodied acrylics. When you squeeze them out, they create a puddle rather than a glob of paint. I use these (rather than thicker acrylics) because I find it easier to create thin, transparent layers of color.

    Below is a link to the fluid acrylic page on Blick’s website so you can see what fluid acrylics look like and the brands that make them:

    I haven’t used acrylic inks for mixed media work, but you may be able to incorporate them in similar ways to how I use fluid acrylic. Now that the first lesson of the workshop is available, you can see the techniques that I use fluid acrylic for, and if you think you’d like to try them with acrylic ink, go for it! :)


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