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After two years of development and testing, Caran d'Ache has launched its newest innovation — the Full Blender Bright.
A colorless oil-wax medium for blending, dry mixing, and intensifying colors, this single tool combines the properties of a blender (mixing and unifying) and a burnisher (consolidating and adding a gloss finish).
This unique medium is the ideal complement to Caran d'Ache colored pencils, graphites, and wax pastels, and an indispensible tool for professional artists, art students, or anyone who loves drawing and wants to add a new dimension to his or her work.
Use the Full Blender Bright to add brilliance, sheen, and a gloss finish that brings it closer to painting. Ideal for mixing and blending, it unifies colors, blending them together and mixing them to increase their intensity and to soften pencil lines. It also can be used to make some areas of a drawing water-resistant, before or after adding color. It can fix a drawing, even one created with watersoluble pencils — and it increases lightfastness.
Finally, the Full Blender Bright's hexagonal shape allows it to be highly personalized. Used as a block, its shape evolves over time, making it possible to work delicately with its edges or to cover large areas with its flat surfaces. Used as a sharpened pencil, its fine but strong point offers great precision for use in detailed work on a range of supports, including paper, cardboard, fabric, wood, pottery, and stone.
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from Elk Grove, CA
Comments about Caran d'Ache Caran d’Ache Full Blender Bright:
Works nice on white smooth paper like cardstock. Hardly notice much difference used in "handbook journal" which is a lightly textures cream color. Tried it on grey Mi-Teintes pastel paper and it just made the color pencil look milky and greasy. Didn't realize that the whole stick is made of the blender with a light protective coating on the exterior. Meaning there is no wood. I held one firmly while sharpening and it snapped in half. Still useable, but have to be careful not to grip too tight while sharping with a full stick. Don't know how much use I will get out of them since it seems limited to best used on smooth white paper only.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great with the faber-castell polychromos
By Yachtie M
I bought this along with the lyra colorless blender when I bought my set of faber-castell polychromos. Both worked, but I found this colorless blender was much better for the polychromos, and blended them more fully and smoothly then the lyra. I have not tried the lyra blender with my other colored pencils yet and I will keep it as it worked well enough and I'm betting will be fine with my prismacolor premier colored pencils. It did break in half while sharpening as it as not outer 'cover', so needs to be handled more gently than a blender with a cover. Still works broken, so that is not a problem!
Does not work very good
Does not blend well at all! Very disappointed! Will Return
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that this blender isn't working well for you. Our Product Specialists are happy to advise you on how to use this blender to its best advantage. Please feel welcome to reach out to them at 1-800-933-2542 (weekdays 8am to 5:30pm CST) or email@example.com. They're happy to assist you!
Only blender for oil-based color pencils
from East coast US
Great blender (well, the only blender) for oil-based colored pencils, like Polychromos and Derwent. Works well. Few art supply stores can afford to stock it, due to Caran D'Ache's volume purchase requirements.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
I love this blender and it's the only one that I use. I've used this with various brands of colored pencils and have had no complaints. Blick Art did a great job shipping it and the rest of my order. Definitely a product that I will continue to purchase here.
from Mesa Az
I use another, grittier blender first then I finish with this blender. It enriches the color and gives a nice finishing glow.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
I think these are best blenders made.
I use these to blend all my pencil work, wax and oil pencils.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
This my favorite blender
from Milford MI
I am a color pencil artist and I've tried all the others and always go back to carn d'ache blender bright
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
By Sandra T
from Qld, Australia
Working in layers with colour pencil, I do a lot of colour blending and burnishing. When I need to push it all together to make the work look like a painting (not a drawing) this blender does the job. It can't save your muscles from aching on a big work but it can get the job done in one go - and you can still add another layer.
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FC burnished on right, dark sepia added on top
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
This is a MUST HAVE.
These make colored pencil literally pop off the page with intense color and blend colors flawlessly. I will never go back to the wood core blender pencils now that I've tried these.
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