Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Watercolor with markers

I've taught a class on how to do watercolor looks using markers. You simply color the rubber directly with various markers (variety adds much more depth and realism), then spritz very lightly with water, and then stamp on watercolor paper. The spritzing of the water blends the colors subtly. This technique even works with detailed stamps like mos of those below.

This is a a very detailed hydrangea stamp.

This is also a detailed stamp, from Printworks.

This one isn't terribly detailed. It's a Magenta stamp and is a lot of fun to do with various colors. The trick is to not use complementary colors (red/green, purple/yellow, blue/orange) next to each other. If you do, when the water blends the colors, you get a horrible, muddy brown.

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