Saturday, April 7, 2012

My "Splendid Blender" dilemma :( - UPDATE!

When I saw this transfer method on the blog of the goddess who is Rosemary Barnes, I was intrigued.

Because I live in Hooterville, I couldn't find them at Michaels', so I searched the intarwebs for one of them there ChartPak Splendid Blenders.  I probably could have taken the Cannonball Express over to Pixley, but I figured I could do it online since Alf & Ralph Monroe got the DSL connection workin' here.

I couldn't find one to save my life.  I *did* find a ChartPak Blender, so although it did not proclaim its splendidness on the label, I ordered 3.

They don't seem to work.  Does anyone (A) know what I'm doing wrong (I'm using a toner copier print, not an inkjet print), (B) if this marker is the same thing as a Splendid Blender, and (C) what time the next train to Pixley arrives?

UPDATE:  I underestimated the importance of burnishing after using the blender pen.  One of my mother's vintage cream soup spoons did the trick!


  1. Pamela, I've only had one other person tell me that they had trouble. Does it look like the pen in my tutorial? I still have somewhat of a stash, and my only guess is that they have another blender with a different chemical compound, or they've changed the original blender. I need to investigate.

    1. Rosemary:

      No - it doesn't look like yours. Here's a link to what I bought:

      I bought the "Colorless Blender". I am using a copy from my office copier, which I assume uses that the problem? I notice your tutorial mentions laser printer, but not inkjet. This is definitely not inkjet.

      You are so good to respond...I know how busy you are.


    2. Where can I purchase a Splendid Blender Pen?

  2. PS - if I "burnish" it after I use the blender, I get a faint image. I know it's supposed to be "rustic", but this doesn't even qualify for that! :)

    1. I'm a purchaser in an art supply store that regularly does workshops on image transfer techniques (featuring the Chartpak AD Marker Colorless Blenders). Our store also has a copy center and we've learned a few noteworthy things about laser printers in regards to image transferring.

      Our stand-alone commercial photocopiers bake on the toner at such a high heat that the blender pens barely work. Our photocopiers are fairly new models and the old ones didn't have this problem. (The new ones run so hot that they'll melt supposedly laser-printable iron-on transfer sheets.) So, in order to get a clean transfer, we print the image our using our small desktop laser printer instead ...and the image transfers flawlessly!

  3. Pamela, I got your comment on my site and after searching high and lo (and I'm in Canada) I was unable to find a "Splendid" chartpak blender pen, however, while over in the states, I went into an art supply store and asked and the girl in there stated "you can just use the regular Chartpak Blender pen (which is what I assume you have?). So, because I had 3 of those already at home, having purchased the wrong type from Canada...I tried them again and have had good luck with them now. You just need to saturate and rub with the back of a spoon for 1-2 minutes and your image will be crystal clear. Keep in mind that it doesn't work as well on a large weave material, but on cottons and dropcloths...but works as well as the Splendid Blender pen! Is this the method you used? I should have blogged about this! Because I did compare the regular with the Splendid Blender and had great luck! You could also check out my friend Maureen's blog at because I gave her one of my pens and she's had fantastic luck with it...look for her pillow she recently used it on! She loves it...hope this helps you a bit! xo wendy (following you now...thanks for commenting and visiting my blog!)

    1. Wendy:

      I'll give the burnishing a try - that may be the key...thanks for the tip!

      And thanks for following along - I appreciate it!


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