Help me finish this art journal page & marker winner announced!

Hi Friends! Today I will show you some more coloring techniques with the fabulous Spectrum Aqua Markers, I’ll show you how I colored this:

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But first I need to pick 4 winners for the Spectrum Aqua Marker giveaway sponsored by Hallmark Scrapbook! If you are a winner please check your email because I have sent you info to claim your prize!

The winners are:

Ramona Wallace (USA-Nature Set)

Barb Macaskill (USA-Essential Set)

grandmastovall (USA-Floral Set)

Juliana H. (Germany-Primary Set)

Congratulations to all the winners! If you missed out don’t worry, the Spectrum Aqua markers are still on sale and available at Hallmark Scrapbook. I know a lot of you have picked up these marker sets so today I want to share how to color and blend skin tones since they seem to give people the most trouble. Color along with whatever watercolor markers you have.

I have heard from many of you that your paper tends to “pill” when you try to color with watercolor markers. To avoid that you want to use a paper that can handle the water that is in the markers. Typing paper and most cardstock are not sized enough to handle the water. A watercolor paper or mixed media pad works much better. When you are shopping for paper look for pads that say “can handle light washes” there are many papers that are designed for kids that will work well (like the cheap white sulphite paper I used on the jellyfish last week.) If you are still having trouble with your paper scribble your markers on a dish and use a damp brush to color with, a soft paintbrush will be less abrasive on your paper. Also notice how I did not work any of the paper on today’s sample too long. I use a Canson XL Mixed Media pad which is an affordable option and most craft stores, even Wal-Mart has it.

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As always try out these techniques with what you have, practice and do not be discouraged. It takes a bit to get the feel for how long you can let the marker set and how much water you need. One of my favorite things to do with new markers is to scribble some out and try blending them with a wet brush. Just playing with the colors on paper will teach you a lot and you won’t worry about making a mistake. I hope you found this helpful! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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Spectrum Aqua Marker Giveaway!!!

Contest Closed: Winners announced here🙂 Thanks for Entering!

Hi friends! I am super excited because the folks at Hallmark Scrapbook are letting me give away four sets of Spectrum Aqua markers! There is Floral, Essentials, Nature and Primary sets to choose from and they are all exquisite color combinations. The thing that really impresses me about these sets is that there are no doubles between sets so you can try sets here and there without worrying that you are buying duplicates. We are giving away 4 sets in all, 3 will go to readers in the USA and 1 will go to someone outside of the US. The cool thing about Hallmark scrapbook is that they have low prices on the newest products and they also ship to Canada, most European countries, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and South Africa. To enter the contest just look at the spectrum Aqua color sets and tell me in the comments what set you want to win and what country you are from. Now, for today’s project we will be making an expressive marker drawing using Spectrum Aquas and water but you can use whatever watercolor type marker you have!

I think this would be a really fun technique to teach your kids and grand-kids! Good luck in the giveaway, I will pick 4 winners in one week (3/21/15) so make sure to get your entry in! Don’t forget to tell me in your comment what country you are from and what set you would like:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Flower with New Prima Watercolor Pencils!

Hi Friends! I just got 4 of the new Prima watercolor pencil sets this week as well as water brushes from Hallmark Scrapbook. This is what I made:

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I thought it would be fun to turn on the camera as I used them for the first time so you could learn along with me. I will show you how to draw and paint this flower. Here is that video!

As I mentioned there is some overlap in the colors. I have four sets and I asked viewers what color numbers were in the other sets so I could make this a handy color chart for you. Here is a list of the colors in each set:

Earth Tones: 03, 88, 86, 89, 94, 107, 109, 111, 114, 117, 119, 120
Soft Neutrals: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 87, 88, 113
Spring and Fall: 01, 03, 08, 21, 26, 30, 34, 52, 58, 90, 97, 119
The Basics: 01, 16, 22, 25, 32, 44, 47, 64, 71, 80, 91, 120

The following sets I do not have.
Scenic Route: 05, 07, 09, 113, 88, 84, 61, 50, 54, 62, 58, 120
Julie Nutting Skin Tones: 101 102 90 89 86 09 05 16 08 91 95 120

 

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I think it might help you to decide what sets you want to get. I was planning on buying the skin tone set when it came out to use with my other colored pencils I already had (most colored pencil sets are lacking in complex light skin tones) but Hallmark Scrapbook offered to send me these to try before I got the chance and the skin tones were out of stock! I really think I could come up with about any skin color with the soft neutrals and Earth tone sets though. I also do not have the scenic route set which contains more blues and greens for landscape art. Here are the colors swatched out and blended for the sets I have:)

swatchesI hope you find this helpful. The pencils retail for $12.99 and Hallmark Scrapbook has them for $10.99 and if you don’t see all the sets on the website it means they sold out but they get stuff back in pretty quickly (case in point, the Spectrum Aqua markers.) I really liked the quality of the pencils. I have tried almost all of the watercolor pencils out there and these are really comparable to a Derwent watercolor pencil in my opinion at half the price retail. I put the color chart together so you can spend your money on sets with colors you like and avoid too many duplicates. I’m going to put mine together in a jar so I can see them together and so they will take up less space on my desk. Maybe I will put a piece of washi tape on the pencil to indicate what set they are from so I can tell at a glance. I’ll let you know in a future tutorial:) Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

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