Hi, today I have some easy Easter / Spring cards, that use minimum supplies.
- To get a more controlled / even blend, it helps to wet the area to be colored, before taking any marker to it. I found that if I take the marker directly to dry paper, it is harder to blend out or harder to break the color and spread it out.
- Another thing that helps break these colors and make them lighter, is to take the tip of the marker to a little water before taking the marker to the paper. I like to squeeze a couple drops of water from my waterbrush onto an acrylic block and use it to dip my Zig marker’s tip. I learned this tip from the awesome Sandy Allnock. If you are serious at all about coloring / watercoloring, her site is a must-visit.
- It is best to avoid coloring two of the adjacent pieces at the same time. For instance while coloring the basket with eggs, I wanted to make a pattern with pink and grey, but because I was wetting the paper, it bled into areas nearby. I should have dried one color before wetting the paper for the next one.
- Watercolors, including these Zig markers, are somewhat forgiving as compared to some other inks. When I did not like the way my colors blended on the basket, I added more water all over that area and dabbed the color off using a paper towel. I had to repeat this a couple times, but I like the look I finally got. It was also a good thing that watercolor paper can handle a lot of water. I don’t think this would have been successful with normal, non-watercolor cardstock.
I hope you find these tips helpful and are inspired to try something like this.
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