How To Clean Your Blending Stump or Tortillon

How To Clean Your Blending Stump or Tortillon - Dirty Blending StumpBy now, I think it would be obvious to everyone that I am pretty much a home-bird, and that I like the self sustainable kind of living where if you can do or make something yourself – you should.

I am like this when it comes to food, creating graphics for my business and, if I can just get around my other half, – you bet I will be brewing my own beer soon too! 😉

It’s no surprise then that I prefer to make own my own blending stumps or tortillons. They do the same job and save me money, so why not?

However, even the paper itself used to make them isn’t free – so, to make sure I save a little here too, I try to sustain the life in my blending stumps for as long as I can by cleaning them before cutting down, and that’s what I am going to show you how to do today.

What You Will Need…

  • Your Dirty (Pencil dirty, I mean) Blending Stump
  • Small piece of sand paper (or a nail file)
  • Craft scissors

Step 1

How To Clean Your Blending Stump or Tortillon - Sand Paper RemoveUsing the sand paper, gently scrape of the areas around the edge of your dirty blending stump to remove the lead.

Step 2

How To Clean Your Blending Stump or Tortillon - Frayed PaperAlthough this will leave a cleaner stump – it is likely you will have frayed bits of loose paper around the edges now…

Step 3

How To Clean Your Blending Stump or Tortillon - Cutting Frayed PaperCarefully using the craft scissors, just gently nip away the lose frays of paper to bring the shape back to a more cleaner and rounded point.

How To Clean Your Blending Stump or Tortillon - Clean Blending StumpThats it! Now, I only suggest you clean each end once or twice before you cut away, but this does mean your Blending Stump will last once or twice longer than it would if you didn’t clean it, and you would go through your paper once or twice faster.

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Comments
  1. Destroyer

    Thank A LOT! Your website is the best.

    • Lou Pemberton

      Wow, cheers. I try! Thanks for your comment and happy drawing! :))

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