Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sailing with a Spectrum Noir Painting Technique

Hi!! Trena here, sharing a  painting technique with my Spectrum Noir Markers for a adding soft colors.  If you like water coloring, you'll enjoy this technique! It's water coloring with alcohol. :o)  There are a few differences, which I'll point out.  I picked one of Sheena's new designs - the sailboat from her Destination Set to show you how easy it is.

As with water color markers, you scribble color onto a plastic palette.  The first time I started with a water brush filled with alcohol. I  found I prefer to use a brush and dip into the alcohol - that way I have more control over how much liquid I pick up.  I only needed a small amount of alcohol to spread color.  Because alcohol dries quickly, you'll have less time to work and blend, however it does not take much effort to get nice results. I really dig the results!

I stamped the image onto Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock for Alcohol Markers. Memento ink works well with this technique. As with coloring with alcohol ink markers, you'll want to make sure the ink is completely dry.

I started with the sails. I scribbled TB1 and PL2 on the plastic sheet. NOTE: it was clear plastic, so I put some white paper underneath so I could actually see where I scribbled. :o) I wanted to give the white sails just a hint of color. I dipped the brush into alcohol and took a little off with a paper towel. I picked up color and then stroked upward where Sheena's design showed the shadows.

For the land, I used GB8 and DG2. One the of nice benefits of using this technique is you can mix colors on your palette, like water coloring, and achieve a nice blend that gives a natural textured look. As with water coloring, wherever you lay down your brush first will be the strongest color then you move your brush across the paper to spread your color.  For the ocean(TB2) under the boat, I actually "scribbled" the color, leaving some areas without color for highlights.  For the ship, I used DR7 and TN7 and again followed Sheena's design for where the darkest area would be.  With little effort, I added soft colors to complete the scene.   There are endless possibilities of ways to color! :o)

Here are the Spectrum Noir Markers I used:

For more ideas about how to use these fabulous markers, please come back daily and also visit our Challenge Blog.  There are lots of talented Stampin' Sisters over there whipping up some lovely projects! Hope you can make time to color today!!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!


Kathy said...

Trena this is so elegant! Love what you did with the markers, using them like paint. Thank you for the great tutorial. I am going to try this...

Paula Huiras said...

Love this! So simple and clean. You did a great job.

Dawn's Craft Place said...

I love that you shared this! I enjoy playing with the markers and haven't used alcohol instead of water.
This turned out beautiful
Great share sweetie

Stacy H-W said...

Trena, your card is lovely!! I'm really enjoying these tips you have been sharing for using the Spectrum Noir pens! Very cool!!

Crafting with Amy said...

This card is awesome. I had no clue you could do this with these markers. Thanks for the info.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Trena, I have been wanting to find a way to use the Spectrum Noir pens for a softer effect and I think this may be the way I will go. I love your card and I was never aware that one could use them as a painting technique. I am going to try this today. Trying to play some catchup on how to use these awesome pens.

Moira Gray said...

I am defo going to try this, I do paint, so might find this easier as I am still getting used to the pens.

Linda said...

Thank you so much for sharing this technique, I am new to Spectrum Noirs and this is fabulous. I will definitely give them a try when I have some me crafting time. I am a new follower too.

Linda xxx