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19th May
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Color Using Crosshatch Strokes

I’m going to show you the easiest way to color this image with just three basic strokes of your pencil. Taking a scrap of paper, hold your pencil fairly firmly (it will need to be sharp) and make some straight lines, moving diagonally away from your starting point while lifting your pencil in a flicking motion. Do - Read full post [...]

15th May
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Watercolored Cherry Blossom

In this step by step tutorial I will show you how to color a blooming cherry blossom with Spectrum Aqua markers. I just love how easy and quick with these markers you can get a perfect “watercolor” effect. First I stamped the image (Sheena Douglass – A Little Bit Oriental) on a thick watercolor paper - Read full post [...]

11th May
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New Challenge for May + Winners for April 2015

Our challenge for May is to use flowers on your card… you can have them as your focal point, as an afterthought, or however you choose! You can interpret this challenge any way you like. There is no right or wrong, and you may use any images, themes, or Spectrum Noir products you choose! Keep - Read full post [...]

8th May

Bubble Wrap and Spectrum Aqua Markers

Hello to all. Sharing another fun technique with you, using your Spectrum Aqua markers and a square of bubble wrap, to create colorful and textured backgrounds. Cut a square of Watercolor Card approx (here, I have used Crafter’s Companion card) 5” x 5” and mask around the edges of your card to create a border.  Apply - Read full post [...]

29th Apr
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Doodled Flowers

I thought I would show you how I do those doodled flowers using my Spectrum Noir markers and a fine liner. First of all I die cut my shapes in white card. Next color the shapes in your chosen colors, it’s really easy as you can match the image and papers. Next the flowers. I just - Read full post [...]

24th Apr
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Spectrum Aquas with Resist Medium

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I found this really neat resist medium, called Perfect Medium, and I thought how cool that would be to try with the Spectrum Aqua markers! The resist medium prevents the ink from adhering to the paper wherever it is applied, so you really end up with a design that is the opposite of what you - Read full post [...]

22nd Apr

Into The Blue

  • Posted by: on 22nd Apr 2015 at 8:00am

It’s fun to bring definition to an image using color, tone and blends. For this tutorial we will look at working with blues to add shape and detail to an image. This digital stamp, Flowers on the Beach by Conie Fong, was printed onto Neenah Classic Crest Card, using a draft setting and left to - Read full post [...]

21st Apr
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Meet Gaynor Greaves

We’re adding another talented colorist to our team! Please help us welcome Gaynor Greaves! “Hello, my name is Gaynor Greaves, I am 47 years old I live with my husband and daughter, and I have a Lurcher called Charlie who is my world. I have been crafting for 9 years now, I started with cross - Read full post [...]

20th Apr
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Stamping with Spectrum Aqua Markers

Here is an easy way to color Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers directly on a stamp, then stamp the colored image onto paper. This technique is simple, yet stunning! Spectrum Aqua markers used for this project: Spice, Moss (Essentials Set) Working with the brush nib, color the flowers on the stamp with Spice marker. Do this - Read full post [...]

17th Apr
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Color Combo wheel

As colorists we all have our go to and favorite color combos. I used to have lots of bits of paper and sticky notes with the combos written on them… until I decided to come up with a better way. I created a wheel where you can jot down your favorite combos and also sometimes - Read full post [...]