Following Jennifer McGuire on Facebook is a bad idea. First, she posts all the crafty sales going on, and second, she posts about new products, often with videos that make those new products look amazing and easy and gotta-have-it.
She's a bad influence. And when she posted that Amazon was having a flash sale on the 24-pack of Arteza real brush markers for under $16, of course I bit.
Because Jennifer is a really bad influence, and I'm weak. So weak.
Anyway, here are the markers I got.
And here's one of the first cards I made with them.
Here's proof I'm not the best watercolorist out there, but I love how this turned out anyway. I've always wanted to shade a daisy with gray, and here it is.
I used three different coloring techniques which I'm pretty sure are covered on Jennifer's video. First, I put a touch of color down and tried to "watercolor" the center of the flower, but daisies have bright centers, and the results were just too light. So I laid down quite a bit of color and barely used the aqua brush to spread it around to blend. I love how it pops!
To add the gray shading to the flower, I went back to using a dab of ink from the marker followed immediately by the aqua brush to spread it out. It's very light on purpose (daisies are white!), but the gray marker is darker.
To get the soft blue background, I painted the bright blue marker on an acrylic block and lifted color off it with the aqua brush to apply to the paper. That seriously softens the blue and adds a dreamy effect to the card.
In days to come, I'll show you some more cards with direct coloring that will give you an idea of how intensely colored these markers are. Wow! Great color! And well worth the $16 for the set.
But for today, we're mostly using a light touch to color my favorite flower, and oh, it makes me happy!
Mercy, grace, peace, and love,
stamps: Hero Arts Bugs and Daisy
ink: Archival black
paper: watercolor paper
accessories: Arteza watercolor brush markers, aqua painter