Work in progress on a Lapwing, copyright Paula Kuitenbrouwer
I’m using Zest-It Pencil Blend for drawing the black wings of my Lapwing. Lapwings have beautiful iridescent wing-colours, in which shiny black becomes green-bluish. Using exclusively my Derwent blender makes the black of the wings dull. I therefore prefer to use Zest-It. Zest-it causes applied colours to blend and used in combination with a top-layer of Derwent Metallic coloured pencils, gives me exactly that iridescent shine.
How do you use Zest-it? Try to experiment first in order to get used to Zest-it without ruining your work in progress. Put some layers of coloured pencil on your drawing pad. Then take a pencil and dip it in a very small container (a cap of a fruit-juice carton will do) filled with Zest-it. Let your brush drip so that there is enough Zest-it on it, but not enough to spill on your drawing. Zest-it Pencil Blend is ideal for dissolving the wax of the coloured pencils (or oil pastels) and for blending the different colours you have added by layering your drawing. Zest-it Pencil Blend leaves no residue of itself in your work, however it needs drying time before you add new layers or fixative. Because it dissolves the wax, the pigments will sink in the paper and your drawing pad or drawing paper will therefore need some drying time.
What does exactly happen? In my words, you work with coloured pencils, but between layering, or before adding another layer, you decide to magically transform your coloured pencil drawing in a water paint. You can use Zest-it Pencil Blend even for the last layer, by then your drawing has already some layers and won’t be mistaken for a watery water paint. Some viewers will be puzzled and ask if you have used oil-paint or gouache paint, neither is the case; you have used coloured pencils and a solvent that has removed the grainy wax and has given it a much smoother surface.
Here is more info on Zest-It Pencil Blend.
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