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Gamsol and Colored Pencils: How to Use Them and Why


The past few weeks I have had many people ask me about Gamsol. Questions like:

-What is it?

-How do you use it?

-Does it work on Bible pages?

Here is what I know:

-What is it?

GAMSOL Odorless Mineral Spirits is the recommended brand by artists and art teachers. It is used to thin oil colors, modify paint mediums and clean art supplies like brushes and palettes. It evaporates 100% and leaves no residue in paint layers. Gamsol is less toxic than other brands of OMS (Odorless Mineral Spirits), mineral spirits, or turpentine because the harmful aromatic solvent component has been removed.

-How do you use it?

I first lay down my colored pencils on whatever I am coloring. Then I dip the end of my Paper Stumps or Tortillions into the Gamsol and I blend the colors. This takes out the lines and gives the colors a softer look by getting rid of the lines made by colored pencils.

-Does it work on Bible pages?

Yes it does! I use this in my coloring books, on cardstock as well as in my Bibles.

This is how I use Gamsol…


The first thing I do is apply 2 layers of Prima Marketing Art Basics Clear Gesso. I use the Ranger Heat It Craft Tool to dry my page after each layer.


I am using this Illustrated Faith  Stamp set and Archival Ink Pad in Jet Black for this page I am working on. Today I am focusing on the Blessing that Isaac gave Jacob in Genesis.


I stamp the flowers and dry them with the Ranger Heat It Craft Tool.


Then I used my Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencils to color the flowers.

Now here is where you will have to forgive me and my pregnancy brain. I forgot to take pictures to show how I colored the flowers in my Beautiful Word Coloring Bible. So I ended up stamping a piece of paper and coloring it to show you what it looked like it my Bible:


This is how I colored my flowers. You don’t have to use a whole lot of color to do this.


Using the Paper Stumps I dip them in my bottle of Gamsol and just start blending the colors one at a time. I let it dry and I add a little bit of glitter gel pen to the middle of the roses and a gel highlighter to mark my verses.


I hope that helps answer some of the questions you might have about Gamsol. If I missed anything please feel free to ask!

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