Monday, August 4, 2014

Painting with Spectrum Noir

This is one of my favorite techniques - a water color effect with Spectrum Noir Ink Refills!  This sweet, romantic image is from one of Sheena's new Christmas sets - Country Christmas.

 I built my pallet colors based on a color wheel I made with Spectrum Noir Markers and also added a few additional neutral colors. I recently purchased a palette that will store ink. Even though it dries in the little cups, it reactivates when alcohol is added. 

I stamped the couple image onto Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock. I traced the outside of the large rectangle from the Die'sire Decorative Dies - Nouveau Stamping Frame around a section of the scene. 

To color, I picked up the rich ink with a paintbrush that had been dipped in alcohol. For darker areas, I used less alcohol, more ink and for lighter areas more alcohol, less ink. NOTE: the ink will dry fast so it's best to work in one area at a time. I used different size brushes to fill in the rest of the scene. TIP: If you need to lighten an area or if you get ink someplace you don't want it, use the Spectrum Noir Marker Blender.

I worked in one area at a time filling in color, cleaning my brushes with alcohol in-between colors.

umbrella: CR11
man's coat: GB6
woman's coat: BT2
man's pants, shoes: BG2
 woman's tights, shoes, gloves: True Black
tree: TN7
greenery: CG2, GB6
white shading - path/snow, coat fur IG2
sky: IG2, TB5 mixed together

I used Shimmering Cardstock black pearl to cut the decorative frame and added a little snow with a white paint pen.

I love the way the frame popped the scene and made it look classy!

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Sandy said...

I love it too. The frame did pop it right off the page. Thanks for sharing how you made this. It has a watercolor look instead of markers.

Crackerbox Palace Stamping Chit Chat said...

Great idea on the painting! Beautiful work.