Marker Geek Monday: Tiny Townie Fairy Garden Fairy House – 2 Ways with Coloured Pencil

Elaineabella here with a Marker Geek Monday post for you!

If you read last week’s post, you will know that I’m taking a little time to do some creative play and exploration with no pressure. The summer always seems to lend itself to this for me, possibly because the heat makes me quite lazy! I’m still playing and familiarising myself with watercolour, but in a very low-key way.

This week I decided to play with a stamp I’ve been wanting to revisit for a while – Tiny Townie Fairy Garden Fairy House. I love this stamp, and the whimsical storybook vibe was just begging for the coloured pencil treatment.

If you’ve been following me here or on my own blog, you may be aware that I almost always use coloured pencil without any blending solution, using just the pencils themselves to layer and blend. A lot of people ask about this when I post coloured pencil work, so I thought I would have some fun, reacquaint myself with my blending stumps and blending solution, and do a little comparison for you! I also wanted to try creating something a little softer than my usual style.

Here are my coloured images. I used the same brand and colours of pencil for each. The only real differences are that I used Zest It pencil blending solution on the left hand image, and I opted not to try and add the sky on the right hand image. Both images were stamped using InkOn3 Fade Out No Line Detail ink.

Marker Geek Monday: Tiny Townie Fairy Garden House - 2 Ways with Coloured Pencil

I used the same combination of colours on both versions. The colours of the purple flowers came out a little differently, possibly because the blending solution allowed the colours on the left hand version to blend and the Sepia pencil I used changed the tone of the purple.

Both versions turned out nicely. Before making cards using the images I may go in and add the suggestion of sky to the right hand version, using the blending solution to help create the soft look. I prefer the texture of the door on the right hand version, but I find the flowers more appealing on the left hand version.

Over To You!

What do you prefer to do when colouring with coloured pencils? Do you use a blending solution, or just the pencils?

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Until next time, HAPPY STAMPING!




  1. Jennifer Scull says:

    These are lovely! thanks for showing the difference between using the solution and not…

    I am just getting back into colored pencils again, and tend to go with just the pencils. this might change my mind about that though. 😉

  2. Donna H says:

    I almost always use pencils. I do both techniques however I usually end up using solution, I do prefer the the left version although I like both.

  3. Louise Wagner says:

    Love these! Where do you get the no line ink?

  4. Peg says:

    These are beautifully colored Elaineabella! I prefer using a blending solution. I have Turpenoid, an odorless one. It blends all those those little pencil tips together for a smooth look. Thanks for sharing with us.

  5. Beatrice says:

    They are both beautiful! I have used both techniques
    and prefer the left one!!

  6. Gail Plaskiewicz says:

    I have been having computer troubles so I couldn’t view anything on SB with my old computer. I’m now back with my newer computer that is so much better so I can see everything! I love my colored pencils but don’t own a blender anything so I had not heard of this technique before. Which one do I like the best? Both of them! I like how the purple stands out on the left but I like how soft the purple flowers look on the right. For me, it’s a tie between the 2 of them. They are both beautiful!

  7. Nancee Purdum says:

    Oh I, too, like both versions. I normally do not use anything but my pencils. I have experimented using different blending solutions and blending pencils, but seem to almost always come back to just pencils. The colors seem to be more vibrant by themselves. I’ve never tried the Zest It pencil blending solution, but just might have to try it. Your colors turned out pretty vibrant with it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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