Blending Test

I created this printable to use as a testing page for my pencils.

Blending Test – Print and Colour Page – Free PDF

It’s good to practice blending and layering and a great way to find out about the possibilities of different brands. 

Some pencils are way easier to blend and layer. Completing this test will give you a good idea about how far your pencils can go; find out how many layers they create and how much they will blend. Good quality pencils will mix and create a third colour that is uniform and smooth.

In my page, I used Polychromos Faber-Castell to complete the test. Here’s the list of pencils I used:

  • YELLOW – Cadmium Yellow 9201-107
  • RED – Pink Carmine 9201-127
  • BLUE – Middle Phtalo Blue 9201-152
  • ORANGE – Dark Cadmium Orange 9201-115
  • GREEN – Permanent Green 9201-266
  • VIOLET – Blue Violet 9001-137
  • WHITE – White 9201-101
  • BLACK – Black 9201-199

Sometimes, I’m a bit heavy handed when colouring but I had to do my best to avoid that! To get a nice result creating a new colour, I had to apply light layers 😀 In order to have a beautiful colour and smooth finish it’s important to add as many layers as you can.

I didn’t use any type of blender because I wanted to find out what Polychromos FB could do. I’m happy with the results, they blend very well and I was able to created a third colour by mixing two pencils.

I hope you enjoy this new page! Click here to download the free PDF Blending Test Page

This is how my page looked like when completed:

To print charts, I prefer paper that is thick enough but will print without problems, no jams. I use card stock (110 lb – 199g/m2), acid free, letter size (8 1/2″ x 11″ – 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm). I also try to look for paper that is green friendly and is part recycled. Here some examples of card stock: Neenah, Springhill and Neenah Cardstock.