Originally Posted by friesin
I, as a newbie in CP, surely can' t help feeling a bit confused by this discussion
How do you use a brush with CP s but without solvent ???
(Excuse me if this question is too silly or the answer is too obvious, but I am really new to this medium)
No silly questions here friesin!
When using a brush, it is always best to also use a softer leaded colored pencil, such as Prismacolors Premiers or Derwent Coloursofts. The brush can oush the color around much easier, but I have also used harder pencils like Derwent Studio & Artist pencils as well as Polychromos. It's just harder and you have to be more careful with harder pencils.
Like Robin said, the brush pushes the pigment around surface and into the tooth of the surface. However, this does NOT allow you to be messy with your application of the pencil! In whatever manner you apply the pencil, that is how it will come out no matter how much you blend. Therefore, the smoother you apply the pencil on the surface, and the more you cover the surface, the better the results will be when you blend the colors together. As such, when you lay the pencil loosely, not covering the surface, that is exactly what you will get when you blend - loose messy color! And remember, once you blend with a brush, it's either very difficult to remove the color (erase), or impossible, so be sure of what you are doing and experiment before doing a piece seriously so if you make a mistake, it's not as big a deal.