Saturday, April 23, 2011

Water-coloring With Markers Tutorial

There have been a lot of questions about my water colored cards over the past two weeks… So today’s Super Saturday Tutorial will walk you through the step-by-step process of water-coloring with markers!

You may recall some of the water-colored cards featured…. but just in case, here are the ones I’ve had the most questions about… LOL!

Of the four samples featured above, only one of them was done on water color paper… the rest were all water colored on regular card stock. 

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If you are a beginner water color with markers artist, it is a good idea to start with water color paper.  The paper absorbs moisture and distributes both ink and water evenly.  That said, my suggestion for today’s tutorial is to start with water color paper… and then move on.

The image I will be working with today is from the “on the grow” stamp set featured in the Summer Mini Catalog.   A sneak peek, this item is not available until May 1st… but it’s well worth the wait!

Supplies needed for today’s Super Saturday Water Color With Markers Tutorial:

  1. Stamps:   On the Grow (Of course, you may substitute any image you currently have on hand…. but I’m pretty sure you’re going to want this set!
  2. Card Stock: 
    • Beginners will want to choose an 80 lb. or better cold press water color paper… Stampin’ Up! Water color paper is perfect for beginners!
    • Alternatively, choose an ultra smooth card stock 80 lb. or better… Stampin’ Up! Whisper White and Very Vanilla work quite well for this project.
  3. Accessories:
    • Stampin’ Write Markers – water based markers with both brush and fine tips.  Today’s tutorial features the following Stampin’ Up’ Markers:  Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Regal Rose, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink
    • Aqua Painter filled with water (use fine brush tip)
    • Basic Jewel Pearls – Optional
    • Basic Gray Classic Ink.  You may also substitute: Early Espresso, or Basic Black Classic Inks or  Stazon Classic Ink
    • Tile, clear mount block, or plastic to scribble ink.
    • Optional:  Heat Tool
    • Just in Case:  Absorbent Paper Towel

Step by Step – specific to today’s Super Saturday Water Color with Markers tutorial!

  1. Ink image from “On the Grow” Summer Mini Catalog Set with Basic Gray Classic Ink, stamp onto Whisper White Card Stock.
  2. Let dry over-night or accelerate the drying process by using a pre-heated heat tool*.
    • Note:  a pre-heated heat tool will work faster to dry stamped ink and embossed images as well, minimizing burning risks!
  3. Use Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Marker to outline the vase image and everything that touches it.  This is a very important step which will help minimize bleed-through of both stamped  adjacent image outlines and/or color.   This photo shows three images from the “on the grow”  summer mini catalog stamp set.  The image on the far left has been enhanced with a Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Marker, following the stamped lines to outline the vase and everything that touches it.watercolor-with-markers, sharon-field, created-by-you, on-the-grow, stampin-up, summer-mini-catalog
  4. The highlighting or shadow lines are not traced or marker-ed at this point.  Be sure to marker around everything that touches the vase…. flowers, leaves, grass, etc..
  5. Use the brush tip of your marker, scribble Bashful Blue Marker onto tile, clear mount stamp, or plastic surface.
  6. Dab excess water from the tip of the Aqua Painter, pick up scribbled paint and dab off onto scrap paper to check intensity and water flow.  Color the vase image from the outside marker-lined edges towards the middle.  Take care not to over-saturate the image**.
    • If image becomes over saturated, dab with  paper towel to absorb excess and control flow of ink.
    • Alternatively, set image aside and let dry or heat with heat tool to dry before applying more water and ink.
    • Brushing from the outer outlines, inward will leave a ‘white space’ in the center.. this is “a good thing, Martha!”watercolor-with-markers, sharon-field, created-by-you, on-the-grow, stampin-up, summer-mini-catalog
  7. Use the Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker to outline the leaves as shown in the image (above).  Take care to outline all areas which touch the vase or flowers.

  8. Scribble Pear Pizzazz Marker onto chosen plastic surface and color leaves with aqua painter as in step 6.

  9. Outline flower images with Regal Rose Marker, color with Aqua Painter and Pretty in Pink Stampin’ Write Marker scribbled onto surface (step 6).watercolor-with-markers, sharon-field, created-by-you, on-the-grow, stampin-up, summer-mini-catalogWatercolor8_SharonField

  10. Water diminishes the intensity of the outlines… re-outline appropriate areas with markers Old Olive, Regal Rose, and Marina Mist.  This will make the elements and parts POP!watercolor-with-markers, sharon-field, created-by-you, on-the-grow, stampin-up, summer-mini-catalog

  11. Use a bashful blue marker to highlight the  ‘shadow’ lines of the vase (the stamped image scratchy lines in the vase)

  12. Use Old Olive Marker to trace/highlight grass.

  13. Scribble Pear Pizzazz Marker onto tile or plastic surface, pick up with aqua painter.  Dab off and paint/wet grass line.

  14. Add leaf veins with Pear Pizzazz marker. 

  15. Use a VERY LIGHT TOUCH, add lines to leaves with Old Olive Marker.

  16. Re-highlight vase lines with Marina Mist Marker.

    • Note/ Tip:  As marker and water dry, the hue and intensity of color will lighten.  To make your image “pop” it may be necessary to re-apply ink layers until desired affect is achieved

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  17. Determine light source… where the light is coming from, and where the shadows will fall***. 

  18. Scribble Bashful Blue Marker onto Tile or plastic.  WET with water from aqua painter to make a VERY SMALL puddle of ink and water.

  19. Dab-off aqua painter, and paint shadow around entire image, lighter on the side with the light source***, heavier where there is little or none. 

    • TIP:  stamp several images in advance, determine the light source and add the shadow  before coloring the rest of the image… this will save a lot of time and aggravation if you do it.  LOL.. I forget all the time!

  20. Recap Photo:watercolor-with-markers, sharon-field, created-by-you, on-the-grow, stampin-up, summer-mini-catalog

  21. If desired, add pearls to the center of the flowers.

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    • In the photo shown above, medium pearls were added to the bouquet on the left and small pearls to the flowers on the right

  22. Detail on the middle image shows outline of the leaves, including areas touched by both flowers and vase.

Hope you enjoyed today’s Super Saturday Water Color With Marker Tutorial! 

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing another tutorial on how to do the fancy fold zig zag ribbon shown on yesterday’s Sketch Frenzy Friday Card Share… I really should wait until next week… But what the heck!!



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Dee in N.H. said...

Wow! Great tutorial Sharon! I can't wait to give this a try. I love the look of the watercoloring but really struggle with the shading. Thanks so much!

irishgalkelly said...

Hi Sharon! This is so helpful to me, so thank you for sharing your wonderful techniques with us! I struggle with this and balling up my paper, or having too heavy of a hand and seeing brush strokes. I have never bought the watercolor paper, so maybe that is my answer, however, I really want to learn how to accomplish this without it. I guess practice makes perfect, so I will need to practice! Question for you...step number 19 should be the first thing we do after our image is stamped in the base color we chose, like black, brown, or grey? Thank you so much for all your wonderful inspiration everyday. You have such a wonderful gift that you share!

Anonymous said...

Thank so much for putting this tutorial together:) Blessings LM

Susan Carlson said...

Once again, you've created a fantastic tutorial. Thank you!

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

You're all very welcome!
To answer Kelly's question... after you have stamped the initial image and allow it to cure or dry. THEN, before coloring the entire image, add your shadow. Bashful Blue or Sahara Sand are great colors for shadows. I generally scribble the ink onto a tile, add a tiny droplet of water with my aqua painter. After wiping the tip of the aqua painter to remove excess moisture, I pick up the color/water mix with the aqua painter and dab off onto a scrap of paper to remove the strongest color before painting around the image, taking care not to touch the stamped line. Practice on a scrap of card stock or water color paper and you'll see what I mean about the spot of color that needs to be removed before starting.
Sharon F

Ruth Bingle said...

Sharon, This is fabulous! and I know it took you a TON of time! Thanks for being so thorough!

Ruth Bingle said...

Sharon, This is fabulous! thanks for being so thorough in your directions and in your pictures!

lisa808 said...

Thank you for this awesome coloring tutorial.

Sillyfilly said...

Sharon I want to thank you for this wonderful tutorial. This will give me another way to use my markers! I know this takes a lot of time and work on your part. I just want you to know how much I appreciate it.

Sherrie Peters said...

Sharon, I have always wanted to learn this! Thank you so very much for all of your time and effort. You explained it so well! So very grateful am I! Blessings to you!