There is often a bit of confusion around the blending tool. Many beginners don’t understand what they are or what they are for. It is also confusing because blending tools are called many different things, they can be known as stumps, tortillons as well as blenders.
What do Blending Tools Do?
They are made of paper rolled up into a tube or paper pulp and they can be used to move pigment around and blend pigment together for a ‘blended’ look. They can be used with graphite, pastel and paints. They are mostly used with pencil and pastel but I have seen them used with oil painting. You don’t use blenders with watercolour and less so with acrylic paint because it dries very quickly which can make blending difficult.