Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Bad Influences and Light Touches

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,
Susan

Supplies
stamps: Hero Arts Bugs and Daisy
ink: Archival black
paper: watercolor paper
accessories: Arteza watercolor brush markers, aqua painter


18 comments:

  1. I, too, have succumbed to Jennifer's influence. Many times have I rushed to purchase something she has listed as a recommended product. I seemingly have no control over this. I also submit to the phrase "Free Shipping." I need help.

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  2. Such a fun card to see in the midst of our deep freeze weather in North America. Love the soft colors you achieved!

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  3. This world would be such a better place if more bad influences were as kind and caring as Jennifer. Keep the flowers coming, Susan.

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    1. I agree. We could use more bad influences like Jennifer in our lives!

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  4. Yes, jenifer is the definition for Enabler. I have purchased many things (and still not used!) Because of her. ☺ nice card - great price on those paint brushes too

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  5. Great job on the daisy...really quite impressive! Mark me as another weak person who has way too many things waiting to be used...which makes me angry. Now, my newish local stamp store is going out of business and everything will be 45% off, including Coppics (which I have but don't use all that much). What to do?

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    1. I've spent far too much myself at going-out-of-business sales.

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  6. Beautiful card. Great job on the coloring. I completely agree that Jennifer is a bad influence. My bank account will tell the tale!!!!

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  7. Your post made me chuckle. It's amazing how we blame everyone else for the additions to our crafty stash. A fab cardvx

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    1. Why take the blame when you can transfer it to an innocent professional crafter? ;-)

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  8. You did a fantastic job with your water coloring, Susan.

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. It's a learning process for sure.

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