Hello crafters! The feedback on my coloring with Stabilo Markers has taken me completely by surprise. It seems like you really enjoy the colors I get and the effects you can create – both with water and without. A few of you have written and told me that you are still struggling a bit to get the pens to blend nicely, so I wanted to do another “super easy” video for you and I hope that all of you will be successful with this technique after watching it.
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As I mentioned previously: you need water color or mixed media paper for this to work. One of my readers told me that her watercolor journal didn’t work well with the pens, but I’ve had success with
- super cheap Jaxon watercolor paper (in Germany, try Müller for that),
- Tim Holtz watercolor paper and card stock,
- Canson XL watercolor card stock,
- Canson Montval artist grade watercolor paper, and
- Canson Dessin Blanc paper (more for mixed media–I found that at my local craft store).
I personally love the TH paper because it’s the only bright white watercolor paper, but it’s also on the expensive side, so I’m experimenting with different brands. As my crafty friend Laura Sterckx pointed out once: if you are covering the entire card base with the watercolor piece (or mount it on colored card stock) you don’t really need bright white TH paper. The slightly yellowish watercolor paper from any other brand will do just fine.
Since the Canson XL watercolor paper is really thick, it’s great to use for one layer cards as I did here. For stamping my images I always use Archival ink if I’m going to use the Stabilo pens or watercolor in general: the Archival ink doesn’t smudge when coming in contact with water and it dries fairly quickly.
In the next step, when you take the pens to paper, always remember that these pens are super intense in their colors. That means that a little goes a loooooooooooong way. You can always add more color, but it’s hard to take existing color off again.
I personally even wipe off the brush on a scratch piece of paper after having activated the pen color with water on the card stock. There’s so much pigment I wouldn’t have enough room to blend it out otherwise. Additionally, I only use a damp brush, not a wet one, to control the spread of the color better.
By adding only a light layer at first, you will be able to blend colors that usually wouldn’t go together as nicely, as I did with the orange and green here. Try doing that with your Copics, and you’ll see what I mean. You can always go back and add more colors. Of course, if you use a lot of water, you can reactivate the dried layer, but if you are careful, you can put on more and more layers and create great effects with these pens.
I hope this video and my tips help you be successful with these cheap and versatile pens. I’ll be sharing more projects with them in the future. I’m sending this card off to the following challenges: Addicted To Stamps and More “Make Your Mark”; Simon Says Stamp “Anything Goes”.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments here or in the video, and I’ll do my best to help you.
Thanks for stopping by. As always, your comments make me a super happy crafter and blogger 🙂