A lot of people look at blending sticks and think, “What the heck is that?” This video demonstrates how to use that funny, white stump that looks like a pencil with no lead. I’m using conte crayon in the video but really you can use a blending stick with many mediums: hard pastel, soft pastel, or graphite pencil. They are especially suited for smaller areas in your drawing that a finger just can’t reach.
I teach art at a local elementary school and my students all thought a blending stick was some sort of new pencil. It isn’t. It’s actually used for blending the graphite of the pencil onto the paper. They work much better than using your fingers. The way to use them is to use the side of the stick rather than the point.