Today I am going to show you how to use your colored pencils with a product you probably already have in your home. And it probably only cost you a dollar or two for 16oz. What is this mystery product? Drum roll please .... Plan old Rubbing Alcohol. Yep, Alcohol. It dissolves the wax in your pencils without damaging them or leaving any residue. It also drys quickly and allows you to work back over your drawing or stamped image quickly.
You might be thinking " Okay, Eric, that's great and all but what can I do with it and how am I supposed to do it?"
My answer, "Good Question." Your reply "Thanks".
Let me show you.
Because you can use alcohol to dissolve the vehicle ( the wax ) that carries the pigment ( the colored bits ) in your pencils this opens up a wide variety of tools you can now use with your colored pencils and a huge range of possibilities. For his demonstration I will stick to a few basic tools. Ones that you will see me use often in future demonstrations.
Here I added some more red with the pencils and blended it together using the brush tip of the Copic blender ( ha! I bet you thought I wasn't going to say it did you! ha! ) The Copic's brush tip gives you a looser blend.
Here using grey and one of the blenders with a firmer tip I have colored in the wheels and goggles while adding some shadow to the boxes. The blenders with the firmer tips seem to work best for fading colors to white.