Tim's right. You should be aware that there are two varieties of color pencils. Prismacolor
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pencils are the Cadillac of pencils, IMHO, and work extremely well on moderately abrasive surfaces,
like wood, and flat painted styrene, and some metal objects. They are chalky in character, but not
as dry as actual chalk. There are also "Derwent" pencils, also very high quality, made in England,
which are more oil-based, and behave differently. I'm not quite sure I can really describe how they
behave, so I won't try, except to say that they do work somewhat better on smoother surfaces.
You'll also see Color-ase pencils. Don't bother.
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Sent: Friday, July 06, 2007 2:49 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: pencil weathering
Not just wooden freight cars. I use pencils to simulate the rubbing
of radial bands on tank cars, to highlight rivets on any car, to shade
or add rust or grime to door hardware, ladder rungs, walkways, etc.
Artist's pencils are pigment based so this is just another way of
depositing pigments, the other ways include spraying, wet brush,
or dry brush. And of course, there's no better way to add chalk marks
than an artist's pencil.
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From: "Garth G. Groff" <ggg9y@...
I recently sprayed a styrene wooden grain elevator barn red. I was going
to give it a wash of diluted black paint. Then I had the idea of store and
experimenting with colored pencils. I went down to the art
bought three high-quality reddish brown pencils, plus a medium gray. I
randomly worked the individual boards with the pencils, plus some to my eye
smudging and the black wash. The result was quite realistic
and turned a nice, but unspectacular, structure into something I'm quite
proud of.be used on
So now I'm thinking that a similar technique could easily
wooden freight cars. It seems a natural technique for adding color especially good on
variation over a base coat. I think this would look
yellow or orange refrigerator cars, where replacement of boards added
quite a bit of variation (see Tony's book).