Hi friends! I have had a crazy week and one of the calming projects I worked on to center myself was stamping and coloring on these wood slices.
I tested out Prismacolor (left), Arteza (center), and Polychromos (right) and surprisingly the least expensive pencils did the best and didn’t wear down as quickly as the other two.
I can see why coloring books are so popular! I chose some large open images so they would stamp well on the wood and so they would be big enough to get in there and color with my pencils. I got a box of 45 wood slices so I am wondering if you have any ideas to help me use the rest up. I am using the ones I colored here as coasters. I want to see how they hold up without sealer on them because sometimes if you seal a coater it sticks to a cup. I figured if it could absorb a bit of moisture it would be good. They would also make unusual gift tags and ornaments too (Although I admit I often lose steam on a project if I have to finish the backside as well LOL!)
Supplies: (Affiliate links used)
- Arteza Colored Pencils OR at Arteza’s Website *Link to Arteza Website where pencils are $2 cheaper plus you can use coupon code FRUGAL1 for 10% off everything at Arteza and free USA shipping
- Arteza Wood Slices (link to Arteza, see discount code above) or on Amazon
- Gamsol (you can use any paint thinner or solvent you typically use for colored pencils as well)
- Blending stumps
- Stamp sets I used: Cornflowers (Impression Obsession), Stampendous Peonies cling stamp set (in demo), Stampendous Daisy, Stampendous Roses *Make sure to choose a tamp with bold lines and large open areas to color.
- Ink (Memento) *You can also use a Micron pen to draw on a design to color or touch up any lines that did not stamp well before coloring.
I like that this project gave me some relaxation during a high anxiety time for me and I got to use some stamps that I have not had out in a while. If you have any tips on using up the rest please let me know! I have a feeling I am entering a high-stress season of life and I’ll take all the calming help I can get! Happy crafting!