Finesse Colored Pencil Blender Pens Review

Blending Colored Pencils with Finesse Blender Pens

by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson, artist and art instructor

Elizabeth Gyles Johnson is a pencil artist who focuses her art on the delights of life. Elizabeth teaches the intricacies of drawing at all skill levels to a collection of students worldwide through online workshops and classes at Learn more about Elizabeth in our featured Elizabeth Gyles Artist Spotlight post, and follow her process as she draws with colored pencils and then creates a painted look with the Finesse Colored Pencil Blender pen.

Blending colored pencils gives a richer look to any drawing. Blending can make a colored pencil drawing look like it has been painted. The ability to accomplish that blending without stress to one’s hand is something every pencil artist welcomes.

The Finesse Colored Pencil Blender Pen allows one to blend the colored pencil without the necessary pressure that a blending pencil requires. That is a big bonus! It is especially nice when blending large areas.

The Finesse blending solvent is housed in a pen form making it handy for travel or tossing into a bag of journal supplies for the day. There is a brush tip on each end, one bold and the other fine.

I really enjoyed the low odor formula. I never noticed a scent at all! It dries very fast, eliminating the need to wait very long before adding a new layer of color. And I love that the Finesse blending pen is acid free. You just never know when you are coloring something you will want to keep for a very long time!

The solvent in the Finesse pen blended the colors well but did not create mud by over-blending. I liked that. And it did not bleed but rather stayed right where I put it. The instructions say that the Finesse blending pen is formulated to blend wax-based colored pencils. I tried it with oil based colored pencils and it seemed to work with them too.

I think that I will enjoy the Finesse Colored Pencil Blender Pen most for journaling. The portability of its pen structure is so handy. It is quick, clean, and convenient!

Supplies Used:

  • Mixed Media paper
  • Finesse Colored Pencil Blender Pen
  • Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils
    • White
    • Salmon Pink
    • Blue Lake
    • Light Peach
    • French Grey 50%
    • Sienna Brown
    • Indanthrone Blue
    • Cream
    • Black
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Blush
    • Caribbean Sea
    • Blue Violet Lake

Watch as Elizabeth uses the Finesse Colored Pencil Blender Pen to give a painted look to a colored pencil drawing.

Elizabeth Gyles Johnson purchases all of her artist pencils from Jerry’s Artarama because of their customer service and great packing of delicate artist pencils for shipping. Here are some other drawings Elizabeth has done with pencils purchased from Jerry’s Artarama.

How do you like to blend your colored pencil artwork? Have you tried this great new tool yet? If not, now is your chance to do it!

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