Hello, MarkerPOP friends! I love to work with bright colors, but I am switching it up today! Throughout the month, the design team is showcasing different watercolor products and techniques on the MarkerPOP blog!
Today, I am creating a watercolor background print. I am using the Altenew’s You Make Me Happy stamp set (currently out of stock, but check out the other Altenew floral stamp sets HERE) and ZIG Clean Color markers.
To start this card, I stamped the images with white ink and embossing powder. The embossing powder creates the raised edges to help keep the paint in the right place. I used soft colors to fill in the image. The stems are colored in using ZIG Clean Color – May Green (047 ). The center of the flower is colored in with Light Carmine (021). Light Pink (026) was used on the inside of the flower petals. To fill in the background, Light Blue (036) was used. To finish the card, the simple sentiment was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
This month on the MarkerPop blog we are focusing on different watercoloring mediums! And to tell you the truth, I was pretty unsettled with this – lol! This is because I am pretty much a Copic girl. I’ve used watercoloring pencils before, and they can be SO beautiful; I’ve colored with Distress inks, and they can be amazing! But to be honest, I never felt like I could get the look like I wanted. Then, along came Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers; ohhh, I was very, very curious, but I never took the plunge to order them. That’s why I was pretty excited that this month gave me the excuse to HAVE to try them!
You can buy sets or singles of the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers; I chose to dive in with a medium size set, the Set of 24. I felt it had a good range of colors ranging from all the basics to a few “in-betweens” for each color group. But there are smaller sets (Set of 6, the Set of 12, or even 4 different Sets of 4 are available) if you want to start smaller. And then there are the larger sets that are available (Set of 36, Set of 48, and the Set of 60!). Here’s the chart that shows 4 of the sets available (24, 36, 48, 60):
OK, on to my card for today; now remember, this was my first time using these markers! And I’ll tell you, I was thrilled with them! You can get a completely different look than mine today; for example, check out Lisa’s project yesterday where she’s also using these markers! Mine is a very solid, dark color, and hers is very light (& gorgeous!).
After coloring, I painted some Zig Wink of Stella Yellow onto the center of the flowers; it changed the colors from a dark red to a red-with-a-hint-of-yellow. It looks very pretty in person!
Then I painted Zig Clear Wink of Stella onto the sentiment. Now, I felt the card was lacking in something, so I pulled out Perfect Pearls Mist in Perfect Pearl, and spritzed the entire card; it gave it a great shimmer. My final touch was adding Pretty Pink Posh Marshmallow sequins in 4mm and 6mm.
Hi! It is Lisa here with you today, and I’m super excited to share a new to me technique with all of you! Todays technique is all about your Copic Refill Inks, and how to create your own dreamy and faux watercolor backgrounds. Check it out…
First you will need glossy paper and your Copic Various Ink Refills. I used old glossy photo paper that I had scraps of and it worked perfectly.
Next you will remove the lids of all of them so that you are able to add drops from each color quickly to your paper. I made sure to keep my lid lined up behind my tube so I could keep them straight and know when to add a new color.
Yes, it looks like a whole lot of nothing but drops… but as you add each color letting them mix as you go you can really see the background form. Sometimes I would let one layer dry before adding another drop of a different color. I also used the Colorless Blender Various Ink while the other inks were wet to help spread the color and to create unique ripples.
And here is a picture of it dry and done…
My first intent with the finished piece was to die cut various shapes out of it, but after I saw the finished results I couldn’t bare to cut it so I decided to use it in it’s entirety on my project…
I just love how this turned out! Other products used to create my card include Sugar Pea Designs, Altenew, and Pretty Pink Posh. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll give this technique a try!
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A few weeks ago I had shared a post using my Copic® Markers on vellum, and so I thought I would share a few more step by step photos with how I did this on a different project. Todays project features the newly released Be Strong Stamp Set by Altenew. I love the fun font used with some really uplifting sentiments, plus it’s so different from the typical sets I buy that I just had to have it!
On this card the light strings and the cactus are all embossed and colored on vellum. When creating a project like this is best to have a thicker vellum, mine is 65# so it can hold up to the embossing and is not likely to tear when I am coloring it. Now I will share a few close ups of the coloring done on the lights…
Step 1. I embossed the lights onto my velum with gold embossing powder.
2. Next I turn it over and colored with Y15 and Y17. Tip: You always want to go darker with your color choices as the vellum will really soften them up. This is the back side so the colors look a little brighter at the moment.
3. This is another backside view showing that I’ve added a darker Yellow (YR24) to the lights, because they were barely showing through. I’ve also added the blue to the top of the lights with B28. Tip: Your coloring will not look “beautiful” or “precise” on the backside of the vellum, you merely want to get the color down so that when you flip it over the embossed edges will cover any imperfections and only the color will show through.
Also note that you will not really be able to blend with your markers on the vellum. I do add layers of color, as you can see on the cactus with the greens (YG06, YG17, G29), but you need to wait for each color to dry before adding the next or you will erase the first color. What you are mainly doing is layering the colors up on the backside, and when you flip the image over you will see what appears to be a watercolored look of blending.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll give this technique a try. Why not try it with our latest challenge?