When I posted this card (Click Here), I thought the appeal might be big. There are not that many of us that can afford the big $ for the Copics, or if we can, we don't think it is worth it. And I don't! This is just a personal thing, and I have nothing against the markers or those that bought them, it just gives me something to work at now...hehehe. I am SURE that with practice, I can get my SU markers looking pretty close. So do you want to know how?? Well, here goes!
What you need is an image stamped with Stazon ink on WATERCOLOR PAPER. This is very important. When you color on watercolor paper with SU markers, you will not see lines, since the ink spreads evenly. The SU watercolor paper is 140lb., and I never tried it on less, but I think having better quality paper would really help keep the coloring at its best.
The image I chose to color is from High Hopes Rubber Stamps, Clarabelle and Riley. I think he is too cute, and fun to color in. I also have my markers and an aqua painter. The aqua painter is for blending an removing excess color (yes, it takes away color.)
First, just like with any other coloring technique, you lay down the lightest color first. If you click on the picture, you will see NO LINES from coloring with my marker. I used creamy caramel for the lightest color. Next is the shading step, and you will pull out the darker color. It does not have to be the same shade, you can use another color altogther, if that is the look you are going for.
For this image though, I went for the next shade darker brown which is close to cocoa. I shaded in the areas where I wanted my shadows to be.
Now, with your aqua painter, you start blending the images as in the image above. You want to get it as even as possible before you start removing ink. After you are satisfied with that, now you use the aqua painter to move the ink away from your highlight areas.
I am constantly brushing ink towards my darker areas, and then pulling my brush between my finger, so that I remove any extra ink and moisture from the brush. You can really see how much ink I have removed from the picture above to the next one.
The cows spots were done with close to cocoa and shaded with chocolate chip. The ear was just as dark as the rest, but I wanted it to be lighter, so I removed the ink again with the aqua painter. The jeans on Riley were done with bordering blue and brocade blue, and again the ink removed in the front of the jeans, beside and under his back pocket, and on the cuff.
Now, I did make a mistake here. I should NOT have added so much real red. I was removing ink till kingdom come!!! Next time, I will only put the ink on the stripes I want to have darker and then add more if necessary. The red is such an intense color that a little goes a LONG way!! You can see here, the cows lighter nose, the lighte areas on his boots, his hair. It does take practice, and I still have work to do, to satisfy myself, but I can see it will be worth the effort (and the saved $600). You wanna see the card, after all that?
I grounded him with the charcoal wonderful watercolor crayon (don't have a marker that color - YET), and also added a few shadows around them. I sponged the edges with creamy caramel then cocoa, and then dragged the edge of the CS through the chocolate pad. I matted it on kraft that had been sponged with chocolate.
I stamped the sentiment on a piece of kraft that I had cut to fit inside the word window punch. I then rounded each end where I wanted it by sliding each side in seperately. I then cut a piece of chocolate a little wider, and rounded its ends with the 3/4 circle punch. I attached it to the image panel with a brad.
For the base, I sponged kraft with chocolate and matted on some of the Outlaw DP that I had first stamped with the sanded BG in chocolate. I sponged some more kraft for the horizontal layer, and added more DP adding some brads at the end for interest. I then used my crop-a-dile to add the 3 jumbo eyelets before putting on my image panel.
I really like the intensity of the colors when you use the markers. I hope you can all figure this out. If you upload a card you have done with this tutorial to SCS, put in the keyword NCNP (No Copics No Problem), so I can check them out!! Or, you could post a link back here on this post, so I can see what you've done! Have fun and happy coloring!!