Color Pencil Tips and Techniques

Burnishing, Blending & Layering Techniques


Burnishing with color pencil can create a beautiful rich glazed look. Burnishing is layering multiple colors and then applying heavy pressure with a light color pencil or with a tool. The wax melds together and causes the drawing surface to become slick, filling up the entire tooth of the paper's surface. For example, after layering colors, apply heavy pressure with Prismacolor Cloud Blue PC1023. Repeat the process again, until a polished or vivid effect is achieved. Burnishing is ideal for creating sparkling glass, polished surfaces, and metals.


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