Just Markers

As I think I've said many, many times now, I am such a fan of watercoloring. I can't resist it. But sometimes it's so darn time consuming. So the other day, I tried the following: only using my markers.

Here's how I made the following card:

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View the card and see the supplies I used here, at my gallery: All my Love.

First of all, I do admit that it's a bit hard to see my image. It is behind a layer of Cracked Glass (but I also suspect that there's a lack of contrast in the colors I picked as well). Moving on...

I stamped my image in a Close to Cocoa Craft (pigment) ink and then colored all my flowers in a soft Blush Blossom. Then I went to the center part of each flower and added some bright Regal Rose highlights. Using a little trick I read about on Poppy Paperie, I used my Blush Blossom marker once again to create an intermediate shade between the two colors. I like Lisa's term, "Faux Watercoloring."

Knowing that I was about to coat my piece of cardstock with VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder, I didn't mind the brightness of my colored images. I knew that the distressing process I was about to put them under would soften their look. But I have on occasion picked up a wet watercolor brush to blur my lines as needed.

This is a great way to watercolor when you're short on time (or on patience!). I hope you enjoy trying it out! And thanks Lisa for the inspiration!


Anonymous said...

This card is so gorgeous, definitely one of my favorites. I'm so glad you explained how you colored the stamped image with markers. It definitely was the perfect technique for cracked glass. The colors look fabulous and make the whole card.

I'm starting to try more techniques now thanks to your blog :) Tracy

Janelle said...

Absolutely lovely!