Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Ok, this one was a bit of a challenge, for this swap over at iATCs I could only use markers. I hadn't joined but I was doodling on some blank pieces of card while waiting for some webpages to upload -my internet has been ssssslllllooooooowwwwww lately- and I came up with a couple of ladies.

I decided to try my hand at markers and started coloring the details, the hair, the backgrounds....and then I realized that in my big box of El Cheapo markers there weren't any markers suitable enough for coloring the skin, I wasn't going to let this stop me for joining this swap so I used a trick I picked up from another fabulous blogger (who I have lost in cyber space...cannot find her anywhere), I colored over an empty plastic bag trying to get a nice puddle of ink and then I used a brush and some water to pick up the color like watercolors and applied it to the card.

A couple of things to think about:

* Make sure that y
our previous colored areas don't get wet because the water might leave a mark on it.

* My paper was not fit for watercolors...so I had a hard time telling the right amount of water to use -the paper soaked too much water and looked darker before it dried completely. I highly suggest using watercolor paper.

* This will obviously not work with permanent markers -so put those Sharpies aw
ay! they need to be water based for the technique to work.


Migraine Chick said...

I can't believe you made this great art work using only markers. You are very inspiring!

Jennifer Williams "Blueskysunburn" said...

I was just noticing their skin before I read your post. What an awesome trick! I am going to have to try that. They turned out really good.

Anne said...

Hi, Jen! Excellent drawings! I love the vibrancy of marker colors, but I don't find them the easiest to work with. I especially like the first one you displayed ... I love the rich background you included and the girl's wavy hair! :-)

Pretty Things said...

I love the one with the scarf!

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