I have a couple of different mediums to share with you, along with a few of my favorite tools. I also have a card that showcases my really poor pencil technique!
I have the set of 132 Prismacolor Pencils. It seriously took me forever to sharpen all of them! LOL I keep them in a tin that sits on a shelf beside my desk. I used to use them a fair bit, but I rarely use them now. In fact, I really can't remember the last time I used them.
I use Gina K's Odorless Mineral Spirits (not currently on her site) and Creative Mark Stumps when I use the Prismacolor Pencils. I looked in countless craft, stamping, and art stores in Alberta to find mineral spirits and could never find the right one. I finally gave up and ordered on line. I do buy most of my crafting supplies on line but I try not order anything with liquid as you just never know how your parcel is going to show up!
The blending stumps last a really long time. Sometimes I will just leave the color on the end of the stump, other times I will shave the ends of the stumps off to ensure there is no color transfer.
One of my favorite coloring tools is Stampin' Up!'s Aqua Painters. They come in a set of two, one medium brush and one large brush. You just add water to the barrel and you are all set to watercolor! I use these when I color with inks or reinkers. They also work well with pastels.
If you are using the Aqua Painters you will want to make sure you keep a piece of paper towel on your desk. The Aqua Painters can get a little too wet and it helps to be able to take off some of the water on the paper towel. The paper towel is also great for when you are changing colors!
My Aqua Painters, blending stumps and paint brushes all sit in a tin on one of my selves.
I love to watercolor using dye inks. I usually do this by squishing, yes that is a technical term, the ink into the top of the ink pad. I then use the Aqua Painter to pick up the ink. If I am looking for a richer, darker color, I will add a drop or two of reinker to the ink pad lid.
I also have a fun set of Yasutomo sparkly paints. These paints have a nice watercolor feel to them and they have a little bit of shimmer too! MFT sold these a few years back so of course I had to buy them! LOL
Of course, my favorite coloring medium is Copics! I use them on almost every card that I make! I store my Copics on my desk in wire stand. If you are interested in more information about my Copics storage, you can view my recent Creative Chat post about Copics.
I was going to watercolor a card using my Adirondack dye inks. Unfortunately, I seem to be out of my watercolor paper! I tried to use some Shimmery White paper as that will sometimes work for watercoloring, but it was a disaster. I actually tried a couple of differenet card stocks and nothing would work! I settled on using my Prismacolor pencils on some thicker white card stock. Please keep in mind that it has been a really LONG time since I used these pencils! LOL
I used the adorable PI Freckles stamp set. I stamped the image using Pitch Black Adirondack ink on a Perfect Paper Panel.
I used Prismacolor pencils and odorless Mineral spirits to color the image. The sky was colored with the Yasutomo paints using the Aquapainter. I used the Oval STAX 1 Die-namics and Oval STAX 2 Die-namics to cut the ovals.
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