Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pencil comparision - white on black

One more comparison. I always find it interesting to see the strength of different white pencils on black substrate, so here's a visual comparison for you from the brands I've been testing here. This is useful if you ever plan to color on black or darker cardstock, or if you like adding pencil highlights over marker or other precolored images. I think the scan captures the coverage and strength of each pencil brand well. There is certainly a marked difference between brands.

I included the bottom two samples just for reference. The pastel pencil gives a bright white over a plain black surface, water-soluble or alcohol-based coloring; however, it doesn't layer over wax or oil pencils. I don't have a white Pablo pencil, but wanted to show the strength of coverage with the lightest pencil I have, which is a pale yellow.

I'm not going to give my preference here - I'll just let the pencils speak for themselves!

Here's a close-up of a sample I colored with a Prismacolor pencil - this is so backwards from the way I normally color - it's a very interesting challenge! Usually we color in shading on white surfaces and allow the white to show through as the highlight. On this piece, I had to color in the highlights and leave the shaded areas partially colored or untouched. I'll share the full card and more details another day.

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  1. Thank you Dina for the charts of comparison...helps me a lot!!

  2. Dina,

    I am loving the pencil comparisons! Keep 'em coming! God has given you a tremendous talent; thanks for sharing with us.


    PS. Still praying for you and Russ

  3. Beautiful card!!!Thank you for sharing!!!