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The final all day event for 2012

Here are the dates for 2012 Experience days that Sharon & myself have organised.

Now Booking

Saturday 1st December at Hethersett Village Hall for the last all day event of 2012 & a Christmas Card & gift event
Theme - A whole day crafting
Cost - £25

Future Dates:

Saturday 1st December ~ Christmas gift event

And don't forget for every event you attend you will receive a FREE raffle ticket which could win you a

(Draw to take place during December's Event)


Do you fancy a catalogue party?

Did you know that you can qualify for hostess benefits without having to hold a party?

Just by showing your catalogue around to your family, friends or craft group, If you collect together orders totalling over £150 you will qualify for a free hostess benefits.

If your interested please contact me for further details.

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Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Gamasol Blending tutorial

In the store where I work one of the most frequent questions is about pencils & colouring mediums, when I found this tutorial I just had to add it here for reference. This is not my work, I have fully credited the writer of the tutorial.
its worth Noting that here in the UK the odourless mineral spirits may not be called gamasol, I know it is available from Winsor Newton as Odourless mineral spirits & the paper stumps are sometimes referred to as Totillions.

Gamsol Magic

by Cecilia Ross

Use colored pencils, odorless mineral spirits, and blending stumps to color a masterpiece.


  • Prismacolor™ Pencils or other wax-based colored pencils

  • Blending stumps in various sizes

  • Gamsol or other artist-grade odorless mineral spirits

  • Emery board or sanding block to sharpen stumps

  • Soft eraser

  • Metal pencil sharpener

  • Neutral colored cardstock

  • Outline stamp

  • Dye based ink

  • To purchase Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol or blending stumps, check out the web store at Inky Antics. Be sure and tell them Splitcoast sent you!
    Check the bottom of the tutorial for lots of great technique and supply tips added since the tutorial was initially published.


  1. Step 1

    Ink stamp with dye based ink and stamp image on neutral cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Start coloring the image background (usually sky and ground) with a pencil, applying a light amount of color close to the edge of your image. I used Copenhagen Blue.

  3. Step 3

    Dampen the tip of your stump with Gamsol.

    Blend the color with the side of your stump, pulling the color towards the outer edges in a small circular motion.

    HINT: This works best if you have a small plastic bottle with a dauber lid (like a bingo marker) or a small piece of felt soaked in Gamsol. Press the stump against the felt or the dauber top to dampen.

  4. Step 4

    Continue coloring and blending the inside images as in Steps 3 and 4.

    Always start with the lighter colors first like the skin, goose and puddle.

  5. Step 5

    Once all of the base colors are in, go back and add some shading or highlights.

    To shade, add darker color around edges, in creases and anywhere a shadow would be.

    Highlights should be added with a lighter color or simply by removing color with an eraser.

  6. Step 6

    Now put the card together. There is no need to seal the image. Gamsol sets the colors so there's no worry about smudging.


Your colored pencils must be waterproof. Water soluble pencils will not blend with mineral spirits. Usually the box will just say colored pencils and not have anything that refers to aqua or water (like Aquarelle).

Stampin' Up! Pure Color, Derwent Studio Line, and Faber-Castell (better quality, but pricier) pencils also work for this technique, but Prismacolor Pencils have more colors to choose from. You can always blend two or more colors together to get the shade that you want, it's just extra work.

Blending Stumps

Clean your stump often with an emery board or sanding block so that the tip of the stump is not holding too much color. Sharpen the tip for finer work. The emery board also serves to rough up the tip (if the tip gets shiny you'll notice it just squeaks on the paper and doesn't move the color around).

1 comment:

Sammi said...

Thanks for sharing this Lisa! Might have to get myself some supplies!! :)

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