I want color. Rich, vibrant, stunning, glowing colors. Maybe it’s because of the mostly grey winter weather here in Germany, but I’m craving color. Don’t get me wrong, I love snow, but … color! I miss it! So, I’m taking my Stabilo fibre tip pens for a spin and today I’m showing you just how vibrant a color blend you can get with them.
Now, I introduced you to these pens recently, coloring just tiny images. I don’t think they are great for large images since they don’t blend as nicely as Copics, but for smaller images, they rock. Also, I find that I get a color intensity with them that I can’t get with Copics (which is probably due to my lack of skill, but let’s not talk about that).
For these pens to work well, you need water color paper or mixed media paper – I’m using Tim Holtz distress card stock, but I’ve tried this on super cheap water color paper from the local super market and it works there just as well. I simply grabbed the Tim Holtz paper because it’s bright white and helps make the colors pop even more. For ink, you want something that’s permanent and can be used for water coloring, like Archival ink. Memento and Versafine will smear.
As I mentioned previously, the trick is to work in small areas and to work fast. The moment you lift the pen up, you leave a tiny puddle of ink on the paper. Grab the next color, dip it into this puddle and blend out. It’s not difficult once you’ve realized how to best make it work, and as you can see in the video, it took me an entire flower to get into the flow and get it right.
The blend is actually a bit smoother than it looks in the photos – sorry, the light wasn’t the best. But I’m absolutely in awe about the intense colors I get with these super cheap pens – they are less than 1€ per pen, you can buy them separately or in sets, and for quick and easy coloring, it’s fun! And yes, the card took me a while, but you know what? It was a super relaxing thing to do in the evening, winding down from the day.
Oh, and other tip if you are trying this technique with similar images: don’t forget to leave some white areas in your image as I did with the flowers. It helps the colors shine even more.
I hope you enjoyed the video – thanks for stopping by, you comments make my day!
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