Good Wednesday morning and welcome to the CLASSroom. We’re focusing on markers this week and I’m showing how I used them to apply color to die cuts. My project today was made using the Penny Black First Blooms, Hero Arts Paper Layering Hummingbird Pair, My Favorite Things Leafy Greenery and Poppystamps Leafy Frame. The flowers, foliage and hummingbird were cut using Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper.
Mist the watercolor paper lightly to prepare it to receive color.
Color the stems of the flowers using the brush tip of the marker.
Apply ink on an acrylic block or craft sheet, pick up the color with a waterbrush and apply it to the tulip heads.
Allow the flower to dry slightly and then apply petal marks on the tulips using the brush tip of the marker. Use the waterbrush to blend the lines.
While the foliage is still wet use the green and yellow markers to add variegated color to the leaves.
Mist the hummingbird, apply green and teal ink on the acrylic block and use the waterbrush to apply it to the hummingbird.
Apply clear Wink of Stella to the tulip heads and humming bird and allow to dry.
Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attach it to the card base.
Arrange the tulips and foliage a few stems at a time and attach together using glossy accents. Continue adding the pieces to complete the bouquet.
Tuck a few extra pieces of foliage in the arrangement and attach using glossy accents.
Apply a piece of mounting tape to the back of the hummingbird and attach it to the frame.
I have used Distress markers for years and have just recently had the opportunity to work with Memento markers. I decided I would do a little experiment to compare the two markers so you could see them side by side. Both performed equally well in coloring my tulips and foliage.
In the sample below (Distress on left/ Memento on right) I show two examples using the markers. The first sample shows ink applied to hot pressed watercolor paper using the brush end of the marker and then washed with a wet brush. The Distress ink blended and spread much better than the Memento ink. The second sample shows ink that was applied on the acrylic block and picked up using a wet brush and then brushed on the watercolor paper. Both inks performed equally well using that technique.
If you would like to see a more in depth comparison of these markers check out the May 2012 In Touch article “Distress Markers and Memento Markers - Are There Any Differences?”
I hope you enjoy my framed tulips. I love making flower projects and these tulips were so much fun to color and arrange.