Sunday, May 7, 2017

What is Gamsol?

I'm a bit behind on posting what we've been doing in my monthly art class. We created this framed layered flower in our March art class. 

We used colored pencils and Gamsol. What is Gamsol? Gamsol is odorless mineral spirits. It can be used to help blend colors. You can see the clear colored Gamsol that is in the little white plastic cup in the photo below. First we colored around the edges of the stamped floral image with colored pencils. Then we dipped a paper stump (which is the pencil-like piece you can see lying on the image) into the Gamsol to blend the color from the outer edges to the inner edges of the image. 

Below are artist trading cards that we colored using this technique. I also added some sparkly Ranger Stickles dots to add a bit of pizzazz to the cards.

Getting back to the first photo in this blog post, below are 3 pieces of the same image we colored and layered to give added dimension to the framed piece. After the two pieces on the left were colored and cut out with a Big Shot press, they were layered on top of the piece on the right to give dimension to the project.

I had never heard of Gamsol. I learn so much each month in this class. And we have a great time sharing stories while we work and have fun creating! Now I'm only two months behind. I've got those blog posts coming shortly! :)


  1. Hi Patty, I have missed so many of your posts. So I went back thru them. Oh making your daughter's wedding dress...That was a huge undertaking. But the results were beautiful. I really liked the color combination. I can't believe your daughter is married. I love the potted plants post. These little cards and so cute. I have never heard of Gamsol. I used to do a lot of art with a friend of mine. Now I am lucky if a paint once a year. I love all the wonderful , useful things you make in your art class. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie
    p.s. If was nice meeting you, awhile back.

  2. I am in awe of all the fun classes you find.


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