It’s already September, wow! And that means it’s time for a new release at The Alley Way Stamps! I’m starting out with a super fun set called “It’s my Party” which features three adorable turtles (let’s not get in a discussion about turtles vs tortoises 😉 ).
Since a lot of you commented on my Inktense coloring, I thought I’d make today’s video about my style of coloring with those pencils. The video is a bit longer than usual, but I wanted to show you my process step by step so it would be easy for you to follow.
I apologize for the lighting and stuff, but this is a new video camera I’m using and I’m still figuring out all the correct settings. I hope you see enough to get the idea behind the coloring. The benefit of my new camera is that – unlike photo cameras with a video setting – it doesn’t turn itself off after 30 minutes. That was super annoying, especially if I didn’t notice it and then missed important instructions. So, I’m trying to improve my setup and hope you guys will bear with me through the growing pains.
You might have noticed that Inktense pencils are my medium of choice lately. There’s a reason for that (actually, there are quite a few):
- I have all the colors (it was easier to buy the full set, since it was on sale, than to hunt down individual colors).
- I love the look of watercoloring that I can achieve without the mess of “real” watercolor.
- I have absolut control because I add the water with a brush and don’t have to work with liquid color to start with.
- I can layer as much as I want, since Inktense becomes permanent once dry.
The only “downside” of Inktense pencils, if you want, is that it takes a bit longer to finish than, say, Copics. Since I work in layers, and on average my coloring with Inktense has about 4–10 layers, I have to wait until one layer is dry, then apply the next and so on. You can use the “waiting time” by coloring other, non-adjacent parts of your image, though. And, as you saw in the video, you can add color to a still wet area by picking it up directly from a pencil. You just can’t take the pencil to a wet surface. But this isn’t a one-coat-of-color-and-I’m-done medium. Inktense take time and patience, and only then will you get great results.
Also, I enjoy adding little extras to my cards – on this card, I might have gone overboard, but I felt I could balance it all out. The gold flecks are tiny and are not “in your face” but contribute to the overall impression you get. If I had stamped the sentiment lower, I could have done without the twine, but I really wanted to use twine again. And I felt as if this card could use some sequins – that’s why I keep buying more and more colors from Pretty Pink Posh. You never know which colors you might end up needing. And the matte finish of the Pretty Pink Posh sequins really appeals to me, it doesn’t distract from the main motif but rather supports it.
Thanks for stopping by today and taking a look. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.