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Old 01-22-2011, 06:58 PM
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Using alcohol on colored pencils

I am relatively new to colored pencils. Think 2 months. I have been working on a couple of things and based on something I read somewhere here on WC, I tried (on a scrap of paper) using 1 color and then a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol, squeezed mostly dry then rubbed over the colored pencil and the look was great. I also tried it with 2 colors and the blending was awesome. What I was wondering, but I guess I could again, practice and try, was after doing the alcohol treatment, can you use more colored pencil over it for more color?
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:25 PM
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Re: Using alcohol on colored pencils

I use Everclear on much of my pencil work because it doesn't smell as bad as mineral spirits.
Yes you can use more colored pencil...depending on the paper.
I don't use a Q-tip. I use various brushes.
You can even rub the moistened brush on the color strip of the pencil and then apply it to the paper. I do this with oil pastel too.
Do anything that gets the effect you are looking for.
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:39 PM
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Re: Using alcohol on colored pencils

Thank you so much. Never heard of Everclear. Will have to check on it. I have upteen number of bottles of the rubbing alcohol since son likes to use it for science experiments. I hadn't thought of using a brush and I have a bunch of brushes for watercolors. I don't do watercolors, but they are left from my grandmother.
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:44 PM
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Re: Using alcohol on colored pencils

Everclear is expensive. You get it a the liquor store. Its like $20+ for what I call the "quart" size. Rubbing alcohol is really bad stuff to inhale.
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Re: Using alcohol on colored pencils

Whichever solvent you choose to use, you can apply more CP after you've blended with the solvent.
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Re: Using alcohol on colored pencils

As others have said, you can ad more color. To some extent, it will raise the paper's tooth a bit and help get more color on. Just don't rub the cotton swab too hard. I've gone to using a citrus based solvent (Eco-House mild or Zest-It) which is supposed to be much less toxic than the alcohol or paint thinner types.

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