I promised that I was going to post a tutorial about blending with color pencils, and here it is. This is my way of doing it. I didn't take any class and I am sure that it can be done better and probably easier. But I think it is a good way to show you how I color my images and how many steps I have to take until I think the coloring is finished.
I keep my stumps in a little box. I have several sizes and for several colors. I keep my turpenoid in a little box with a sponge (I have the big bottle but I only need a few drops). The box with the turpenoid has a T on it. The another little box is full of baby oil. For blending too, but I only use turpenoid lately. I have an eraser and some sandpaper to rub my stumps.
I decided to start coloring the body. I started with the lighter color I am going to use. I don't color all the image I am going to use. I just color the edge, wider in the head, and marking very much the color. I am going to blend it later so I need to be sure that I am going to have enough color to pass it to the white zones.
When I am done, I wet the clean stump in turpenoid. You would be able see in the stump when it is wet enough. I don't need too much quantity and it last a long time. Then, making circular movements from the outside to the inside of the image, I transfer some of the color to the white areas. You can see the result in the second photo.
I wanted to add some shadows and extra colors. I used a light orange and I added it in the same manner as the yellow color to the bee, and with the same stump I blend the orange with the yellow. I don't need to clean the stump since I am mixing the colors and I am going from lighter to darker. I don't need to soak it again in turpenoid either. If the image had been bigger I should probably have done that.
The image is a little bit darker. I wanted it a little more orange, so I added a bright orange and I use the same circular technique as before to blend the colors together. As you can see, the line of color I make is narrower than the previous one. I don't what to color on top of the ones I already color, I just want to mix the colors and add a little bit of shadow.
Coloring the black spots is the easiest part. I used a new stump, but if you don't have enough to spare, you just can clean the one you used before. I like to have several of different width, so I can use the smallest for the smallest places.
The wings were colored with blue. Same technique. The lighter color first and using the wider space.
I forgot to take the photo in the middle. Sorry about that. I used a darker blue to trace a line on the wings. Then I blended it with the turpenoid in circular movements.
And this is the final result. It could have been done better, I could have chosen different colors, but I did it this way. I hope you like it.