Now that we can put last week’s drama behind us, let’s get busy!!
Although it looks like I colored these flowers with Copic markers, I actually just used Stampin’ Up! markers (Riding Hood Red, Perfect Plum, and Old Olive), a blender pen, and a white colored pencil. That’s it! However, there is one trick that makes it work… you must use watercolor paper. Watercolor paper is very textured and thick. It’s 140 lb paper, as compared to the regular white cardstock at 80 lb. It absorbs a lot more moisture before it will start to peel off in layers. You can still use this technique with regular cardstock, but it won’t look quite as blended (the flower stems are on regular cardstock). Stampin’ Up! sells five 6″x9″ sheets of watercolor paper for $4.95. Because I only use a little bit at a time, mine has lasted me quite awhile, so I think it’s a good deal.
The difference between using markers and Copics? There is much less blending with markers (hence the workaround with throwing moisture into the mix), and you cannot take color out once you put it down. With Copics, you can actually remove color, making dark spots lighter or even white. So now you understand my need for the white colored pencil! It’s not going to be perfect, but the pencil really helps finish it off.
I created the background using my scoring board to make lines, then inking over it. I also flicked a bunch of water onto it. I love how the Top Note die has the stitching around it. When you ink it with brown ink (I used Brushed Corduroy distress ink – I can say that out loud!), it really stands out.
Remember this when coloring: focus on one petal at a time and the whole thing will come together in the end.