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  1. Dee
    April 24, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Reply

    This is a really fun and different way to work with wax-based mediums like colored pencils, art sticks, encaustics, or oil pastels – I especially like the Caran D’Ache Neo product lines and Prismacolor pencils. Do not use oil-based products (except artist quality oil pastels) or children’s regular crayons. Icarus makes an updated version for artists. The drawing boards are safe and have adjustable heat temperature, as well as a cooling side to aid in setting your pigments quickly between layers. I have the larger board which will easily accomodate a full sheet of 8×10 paper at once, although you may not need to work on that large an area at one time. The smaller one may also be better suited to those short on space. The customer service is wonderful and they send you samples of different pencils, pastels, and papers to try when you purchase one of the drawing boards. For products or great ideas go to http://www.icarusart.net – I am not affiliated with the company or product, just a happy customer! The Icarus boards can be a little pricey for those on a budget, but if you like working with this style, they are definitely worth the investment.

  2. Rosie
    May 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Reply

    I also use heat with Prismacolor colored pencils and Caran d’Ache neocolor crayons. I use a heating pad with a digital temperature control, place it under a piece of glass in an old picture frame, then place my paper on the glass and melt the crayons. When the paper is cool, I layer colored pencil on top of the crayon for more details.

  3. Valérie
    November 8, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Reply

    I’ve tried with a heating pad but the temperature max is only 104°F… That’s too low for the wax to melt. Do you know a brand which can deliver more than 104°F ?
    Thank you!

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