I did some reading on using colored pencils and blending using odorless mineral spirits, so I had to try it. First I had to go find some odorless mineral spirits, so I got that and tried it with the Crayola and Rose Art colored pencils I already had. It turned out pretty good.
So, I did some research and came up with three different types of colored pencils that were supposed to be quite good and blend well. Unfortunately, when I got to Michael’s with my handy-dandy coupon, they didn’t have any of them. They did however, have these colored pencils from Koh-I-Noor, which is the same company that made one of the types I was looking for.
Okay, I did rearrange the order in the two trays so all the similar colors would be together. They worked pretty good, and blended better than the other colored pencils. I did add a bit of lighter and brighter color afterwards (see the two on the left) as it seemed a bit dark when I was done. It will probably improve with practice.
Here are the two images side by side. The attempt was to make them as similar in color as possible, so I could really see the difference. Using the cheap pencils is the image on the left, using the new pencils is the image on the right. Obviously I didn’t get the colors as close as hoped, but they are similar. You can see that the one on the right blended a bit better, so I’ll keep working on coloring and blending with them and hope to improve.