I used to avoid stamped images that required a lot of colouring. Although my kindergarten skills were sharp and I could colour within the lines, I could never get the shading and smoothness I had seen on, (or what felt like), everyone else’s cards. I certainly felt there was no way I could colour with Copic markers, even though the effect is incredible.
Through several blog hops and tutorial posts, I discovered the problems: I wasn’t using Prisma pencils (artists pencil crayons) and I wasn’t using Odourless Mineral Spirits (Gamsol).
When used with a colouring stub, nib, or whatever they’re called, the OMS blends the colour producing shading and a very smooth appearance.
To start, I outline the image, that way I can pull the colour in and have more shading around the edges. It’s also great because this step doesn’t have to be exact- which is good when you’re colouring 60 turkeys!
I know there’s not going to be enough colour just from the edges, so I lightly colour in the body and each feather. As you can see, the colouring isn’t even from the pencil crayon. I remember in grade school, we shaved the pencil crayon with the edge of a scissor, then used a tissue to make the colour even and blended. The OMS does the same thing, but is much easier, and more precise then shaving the pencil crayon with a scissor edge.
Now the colour is evenly blended and I have some depth of colour.
Makes a huge difference, doesn’t it!?
I did the same thing with the “Thankful”; outlining the edges, then pulled the colour in with OMS
Try it out!
Ciao for now,