prismacolor pencil & ink on duralar
- Dear Art Teacher Groupies,
As a former illustrator (for 25 years), I have used
prismacolor pencils for fun and profit for years.
I ALWAYS HAVE MY STUDENTS USE DURALAR (the commercial
name for double-sided mylar, available at blueprint
supply stores everywhere) as their medium on which to
Prismacolor on Duralar erases completely with white
plastic erasers and BLENDS LIKE BUTTER provided you
have quality pencils like prismacolor or durwent (not
crayola or prang or the cheap ones. . .)
Tell them to press hard and NEVER USE A REGULAR PENCIL
TO SKETCH. Regular pencil smudges very darkly. (TRACE
FROM THE SKETCH UNDERNEATH THE MYLAR OR USE AN "E3"
PENCIL, available at blueprint supply places, on the
YOU CAN WORK ON BOTH SIDES OF THE MYLAR for subtle
background effects or to pale down some tones in your
There are NO RICHER REDS anywhere than poppy red and
scarlet red on mylar! Not even Dr Martins
dyes/watercolors straight from the bottle are as red.
When completed, you will notice a grayness to the
translucent surface, but this is corrected by turning
the mylar/Duralar surface over, taping it down on all
four sides to a board, and spray painting it flat
latex white. Do this especially if it is going to be
photo scanned for reproduction.
I also use DURALAR for pen and ink. I start the class
on translucent vidalon or vellum with cheapo ink, then
graduate the best students to more expensive duralar
with special T1000 ink for film and plastic, and . . .
"ERRORS" CAN BE ERASED COMPLETELY WITH A DAMP WHITE
PLASTIC ERASER !!!!!.
Students love that. They simply do a sketch on paper,
place the duralar over it and tape it down, then pen
and ink it in.
Hope ya'll have good results!
Lianne in Tennessee
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