To draw, you must close your eyes and sing
Today I’m sharing cards using a technique I have never tried before. I wanted to create something new, unique and spectacular. One of my goals has been to create in a way that I enjoy and feel my own style. So, I think this is “me” And I want to inspire you to create!
I intentionally used the “normal’ cardstock which doesn’t work for “wet watercolor technique” (read about my watercolor technique), I mean that cardstock is not suitable for blending colors with water. I used watercolor Zig “Art & Graphic Twin” markers without water to create cards in this technique.
I started with a piece of white cardstock and blended a bright background onto it using altenew inks. After blending was done, I added a few water splatters and left this to dry a little while. Then I did a bit of masking and stamped flowers and leaves using watercolor resistant black ink.
For these cards, I decided to place flowers in the center of the background. Meanwhile, I stamped flowers above and below of the background panel for the other ones. I wanted to color my images intensively because I just love bright colors.
I started from light to dark colors, leaving the “white” of the paper as my lightest lights. At first I drew strokes using soft colors. Then I added more finer strokes using more intense colors and I left this to dry and repeated my actions.
To achieve more attractive look, I decided to add some drops and spots of marker’s ink. I created these effects by touching the marker to the paper gently to avoid depositing too much color on the paper. You can vary your strokes by working with the brush marker tip for a tiny stroke or applying more pressure for a thicker stroke or drop.
I left this to dry and then I repeated my actions with drops, but this time I used darker colors for creating more deep effect. I kept the flower petals centers lightly colored, and added more shades on the sides. After coloring was done, I stamped the sentiment. For some cards I stamped sentiment, die cut it and then glued it on the background panel using a foam tape.
There is shimmer on the cards, perhaps you can’t see it very well in the photo.
I used my favorite Wink of Stella brush pen because it gives a very delicate shimmer. Love it!
In the end, I added a few sequins for some extra chic look.
-for this technique don’t use water with your watercolor markers
-start with lighter colors then add details and darker elements
-work with the tip of brush marker to create tiny strokes/drops or thicker strokes/drops using more pressure
-try to use delicate strokes for coloring your images
-too many strokes will make the drawing dirty. Be careful!
-use contrasting colors to shade rather than black – it will give your work more depth
-Feel free to experiment with mixing harmonious colors together
I hope you enjoy these projects and are inspired to create!
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