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Jennifer’s Rule of Blending Thirds

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If you watch any of my youtube videos or attend my Facebook LIVE events, then you’ve most likely seen and heard me talk about my “Rule of Blending Thirds.” It’s a simple colored pencil coloring technique that allows you to get beautiful blends from one color to the next, with or without the use of other blending tools such as colorless blenders, white pencils, odorless mineral spirits, etc.

After getting several questions regarding the technique I decided to record another video demonstration. I also created a downloadable worksheet for you to follow-along and practice the technique.

Part 1

Part 1 introduces you to the basic rule of blending thirds concept and how to get great blending results with any brand of colored pencils–including Prismacolors, Polychromos or even Crayolas!

Part 2

Next I show you how after using the blending techniques shown in Part 1 you can get even richer and deeper blends using two of my favorite tools–highlighters and odorless mineral spirits. Any brand of highlighter or marker will do, including Sharpies, Bics, Copics, Cra-Z-Art and Prismacolors. The same goes for the mineral spirits, although Gamsol is the most well known.

Download the Worksheet

Note: this worksheet is available to my Premium Members.

Jennifer's Rule of Blending Thirds Worksheet

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Products Used in the Videos

View the Charts

These are the charts I created during the video. Note that my scanner has a tough time picking up some of the more vibrant colors like red and yellow, so what you see here isn’t exact.

Rule of Blending Thirds Chart 1

Rule of Blending Thirds Chart 2

Rule of Blending Thirds Chart 3

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  • Barbara Stender June 12, 2017, 2:51 pm

    I love this! You are so organized and think of everything to help us be better colorists. Thank you Jennifer! You are a great teacher!

    Barbara Stender
    Discovery Bay, California

  • LindaP June 15, 2017, 1:10 pm

    I really enjoyed these 2 learning segments … thank you

  • Laura Ashley June 18, 2017, 9:44 am

    I’ve only watched part 1 so far, but I absolutely loved the tutorial. It’s inspired me to go grab my colored pencils and start creating again, so I can get back to working on my own tutorial for my blog. Thank you for creating this incredible video series, it’s amazing!

  • WoogBoog June 26, 2017, 2:47 am

    Great thing to try!

  • Cheryl Rigney June 30, 2017, 8:50 am

    These videos are next in line for my viewing. I am so excited to watch them.

  • Jedidath July 6, 2017, 9:08 am

    Thanks for the great information! Not only did I learn about blending, but there were some great tips on using my tools.

  • Marcie July 28, 2017, 6:08 pm

    Looking forward to becoming a Premium member in a few days so I can get this worksheet!

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