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Tuesday, 26 January 2010

An Oriental Theme ...

I've had this image from Mo's Digital Pencil for a while, but it's quite a tough one to colour with Promarkers when you're just starting out - all those little thin lines are hard when you're struggling with image bleed - but I finally got a result I was happy with - using the most recent additions to my Promarker range - pastel green, green and soft green, and cardinal red as well as some older ones - vanilla and dusky pink for the skin tones and various warm greys for the hair and the cat. It's such a pretty image, I was really pleased to have finally come up with a version I was happy with.



And then I went into my local newsagents at the weekend and found that Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine have a pad of MME papers as their free gift this month, and the colours are not only gorgeous, but work perfectly with the image I'd just coloured. So of course, I had to have the magazine!

The flowers are cut with my nestibilities and wizard, and edged with Versacolor ink in Raspberry, and the edging was done with my (one and only) Martha Stewart punch. The label came from the pad - all I've done is to mat it on pink card and add some wording using a Sakura Stardust pen.

I'm still getting used to the various results you get with alcohol markers on different papers. In the example above, I used the smooth white card I got a while ago from Craft Creations - probably my favourite option so far. I've also had surprising success with some inexpensive (read 99p Shop) watercolour paper, and slightly less success with high quality uncoated ink jet printer paper. I've also recently tried the Letraset Bleedproof marker pad, but been very disappointed. I knew it wouldn't let me layer colour the way the card does, but I found that even a single application of a single colour gave puddles that show clearly when they're dry. Oddly, the back of the paper gave a better result, although that tended to be a little 'muddy', and therefore not ideal either. In terms of 'bleedproof', I much prefer the results I got with some coated Laser printer paper I tried before - you only get a single application of colour, but it's beautifully smooth, so I can see there might be possibilities there - maybe colouring flowers to match an image, for example.

This hasn't been entered anywhere for any challenges - I just haven't seen any I liked the look of enough lately.

1 comment:

zanthinegirl said...

I like this one a lot! And appropriate for the today, which happens (Coincidentally!) to be tet/chinese new year.

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