Wednesday, 13 October 2010


Anyone who ever visits this blog will know that I'm a Promarker fan. I've tried watercolouring using various options - paint, twinkling H2Os and markers, but I generaly prefer the result I get with Promarkers.

However, I was lucky enough to win some Aquamarkers by way of the Passion for Promarkers challenge blog, and I've given them a try. The pack I got included a blender pen, so my first attempt tried to use them as I would Promarkers. I stamped an image onto watercolour paper, put some colour directly onto the paper and used the blender pen to move the colour and combine shades. This didn't work very well - mainly because with almost no blending, I was picking up surface paper on the pen nib. The result was that the inked image got worn away in places, and the blending didn't work that well.

So, I switched to applying colour with a paintbrush. Once I'd done that, I added some shadows directly and blended them with the brush. This worked a lot better than the previous method, but it'll take some practice before I'm as comfortable with it as I am with Promarkers, if that ever happens. But, in the meantime, I have a result.

The image, of course, is one of Ching Chou Kuik's, and it's stamped on watercolour paper in Versafine ink. I added some detail with Sakura Stardust pens. The papers are by My Mind's Eye and Personal Impressions. I added some flowers - the large ones are Prima and the little ones from Wild Orchid Crafts. I finished them off with a couple of ribbon rosebuds I've had for so long, I've forgotten where they came from.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges: Colour Create who are looking for pink, cream and green,
Magical Monday Challenge where they're 'Going back to Nature' with some sort of magical creature - mermaid with bamboo and flowers.


Hanna said...

Beautiful card dear! Love the image and colours.
/Hanna xx

laney said...

Gorgeous Josephine!!!!You have coloured her perfectly..are you giving lessons LOL!!
I did fancy trying the aquamarkers, but so used to the promarkers now..and I've just got used to using them

Jack said...

Beautiful card Josephine. I've only tried promarkers once and I was useless with them - I much prefer watercolouring. Not got Aqua markers though I just use good old Whispers pens or Distress Inks. xx

Heidi said...

Lovely card. You did a great job colouring. Thanks for playing with Magical Mondays!

Lin said...

Josephine this is really pretty. I love the soft colours they suit the image so well.

I was thinking of getting some Aquamakers. Sheena made it look so easy on tv the other week, but now I'm not so sure.

Lin xx

Nannieflash said...

Hi Josephine its one gorgeous card, love that image youve coloured it so beautifully and the papers are fabulous. With love and hugs Shirleyxxx

Pops x said...

What a fab image in great colours, love the papers too, thanks for joining us at Magical Monday this time, big hugs love Pops x x x


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