Sunflower, colored pencil on sandpaper

I've been wanting to try Brush & Pencil's powder blender for a while. I have, in fact, tried it, but it didn't work. More research clued me in that the paper is a big deal. So, I finally got the right paper, UART 600, archival sanded paper. I picked a sunflower because it's a fairly easy thing to draw. As I played with the blender, it still didn't work right for me. I also tried the texture fixative, and if you look closely at the picture, that didn't work out all that great for me either.


These products are supposed to be amazing. Why aren't they working for me? I might try a few more layers on this flower and see if I can get the texture to stick.

It's a sunflower. There really isn't an original photo for this one.