Before I get into that... my friend Miz Snark and I will have a giveaway coming up. Stay tuned for more info!
Here is what I have found: Both are awesome! It all depends the project if I want to use Copics or pencils.
I've been using my stamps from Clearly Besotted, Winnie and Walter, and Stamps of Life to test out my colours and practice my techniques. (I am far from an artist)
For me, large open areas like the ornaments are better coloured with Copics. I find it takes less time and better coverage and blending. The pencils and Gamsol work, but I prefer the look of the results of with Copics for the large area.
For smaller and detailed work, I much prefer the pencils + Gamsol over Copics. The Copics are easier and faster to blend over the large area and uses less product.
|The left is pencils, right is Copic.|
Don't get me wrong the pencils still give an amazing result! Above, on the left with just 2 tones of pencil and the right, I've started to add the Gamsol, and you can see how the colours blend almost effortlessly, filling in the white area as well and making the red/orange more vibrant and smooth.
These are just samples I was working on, they are not perfectly in the lines.
Some more pencil samples.
I used strictly pencils and Gamsol on these little lovelies.
Having determined the smaller projects/areas work best for me with the pencils, I've also tried another stamp I love from Winnie and Walter, and actually got some really decent results with shadows.
Pencils vs Copic
I've also been working on shading and layering colours.
I used some green around the edges, blended it in to the middle with the Gamsol. Then went back in to the areas where there would be shadows using a darker colour and blended that out. The above has the bottom thats blended and the middle where the shading has been added but nothing blended out yet to show how little colour you need with the right pencils.
I finished colouring the tree and will go back in with some wink of stella and glossy accents, for the finishing touches. With the Impression Obsession lights die I showed last post, the small lights will fit perfectly on this tree. Finished card to come!
Lastly, I've been using the Memory Box and Dee's Distinctively to make some simple cards and some beautiful poinsettias.