Sorry I've been gone so long.
I started playing with my coloring materials the other day. I was trying to decide which ones I liked best. The answer? It depends.
For this experiment, I stamped the OBP topiary three times for three different coloring techniques. I tried to use very similar colors for the pencils and markers.
Starting on the right, I used only my Prismacolor pencils. I blended pencils with pencils. No gamsol, no colorless blender. This is the way I like to color with pencils. It takes a long time because I go over and over the colors until I get it the way I think it should look.
For the center topiary, I used my Copics. I made sure I had plenty of ink on the paper so I could blend the colors. At one point, I put too much Forest Green on the topiary, so I used my colorless blender to lift that color off and expose the Apple Green underneath.
The topiary on the far left is by far my unfavorite. I used Prisma pencils and gamsol. I really don't use gamsol that much, and maybe that's why I really don't like using it, but I'm trying to give it a go for variety in my coloring. What I didn't like about it most was that I felt that once the color was blended out, I couldn't do anything with it - couldn't lighten it, couldn't add color to it, etc., without saturating the paper with gamsol and making the colors run outside the lines. Plus, using that blending stump makes my teeth itch. It's just weird.
So, it's really a close call between the Copics and the Prismas. It really is faster to color with the Copics and I like that. My projects get done a lot faster, BUT I just don't feel like I get the look of the blending that I want that I get with the Prisma pencils.
Which look do you like and why? Which technique do you use and why?