~ Chromaflow pencils are fantastic for blending and layering. As always, be sure to trial all the different blends and layers you can create.
~ When creating a colour gradient, place your first colour down tapering out the pigment towards where you would like to transition to a different colour. Then use your second colour over the top of your transition and blend into the second colour. You can continue to layer these colours until you have the desired effect and tones.
~ Layering these pencils will blend the pigment together so you can create a seamless blend, plus you can create a wider colour range with your selection of pencils.
~ These pencils are extremely smooth so they will lay down easily and with very little texture, however like most coloured pencils you may be able to see some line strokes. To avoid this, try building the colour up in layers, changing the direction of your pencil strokes in each layer. Alternatively, if you do not want too much pigment build up, try using the pencils in a circular motion to lay the colour seamlessly.
~ Burnishing is also a technique that will also help minimise any visible pencil strokes. You can do this by using a blending tool, a light-coloured pencil or even your finger to gently blend the colour on the page.
~ More pigment will be transferred to paper when more pressure is applied, so experiment with using different pressures with your pencils.
~ Keep in mind that applying more pressure or adding more layers of the same colour will intensify the hue of the colour but it will not darken the colour – if you want to darken a colour you will need to layer a darker colour over it. You can also often lighten a colour by using a lighter coloured pencil over the top.
~ Chromaflow pencils are erasable, however you may not be able to lift the pigment completely if there is a lot on the page. When erasing, don’t rub as this can grind the colours into the page rather than removing them. Instead gently press and blot until the colour is lifted. This can also be a great technique for creating highlights and colour fades.
~ When shading or covering large areas, hold your pencil sideways to shade with the broadest edge of the pencil lead. This will help keep your layers light, smooth and controlled.