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Author: Jo McKelvey

22nd Dec

Festive Watercolor with Aqua Markers

Use your Spectrum Noir Aqua watercolor markers to create a cute Father Christmas image! Using the brush nib end of your Aquamarine marker brush some color directly onto his hat. Spread color it out a little with a damp paintbrush. Scribble a bit of the Slate marker onto some acetate (tip: save the packaging from - Read full post [...]

14th Dec

Christmas Tree Branches

Every one is short on time around the festive season! Thsi tutorial will share a quick way to make a stunning card using our colored pencils! Design team member Jo shared, “This is such a fun way to create a Christmas card, very quick and very effective. I used pencils from the AquaBlend Primaries set. - Read full post [...]

23rd Nov

Coloring Skin with Illustrator Markers

We recently launched our new Illustrator markers in the UK (they’re coming to the US in early 2017!)… have you had a chance to check them out? These markers come with a brush nib, which can have a bit of a learning curve if you’re not used ot them. This tutorial will show you how - Read full post [...]

19th Oct

Sparkling up Colorista Foil Pad

Here is a really quick and easy tutorial to show you an alternative way to color up your Colorista foiled coloring pads! Remove the selected design from your pad and lay it flat onto a craft mat, completely saturate it in water. Using some of your sparkle pens, add random droplets of color over the - Read full post [...]

3rd Oct

Colouring with Metallic Sparkle pens

Have you tried coloring with the gorgeous Spectrum Noir Metallic Sparkle pens? This quick tutorial will focus on using them to color a quick image. Using watercolor cardstock, print or stamp your image. Next, wet the tail heavily with a paintbrush or waterbrush. This image is from A Day for Daisies. Using the Onyx Black - Read full post [...]

21st Sep

Halloween Green

Halloween is coming! It’s the perfect time of year to experiment with colors of skin that aren’t something you see every day… like purple, blue, orange, or green! I love coloring up with green markers, and this image from Pollycraft/Little Miss Muffet Designs was screaming out for green skin! Start with a layer of LG5. - Read full post [...]

6th Sep

Depth and Highlights

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to add a little depth and highlight to your colored image using two other mediums! You can really take your coloring to the next level by adding a bit of colored pencil shading on top of your markers, and then adding a bit of AquaTint ink. Start by completely - Read full post [...]

17th Jun

Shading Skin with Multiple Markers

There are so many ways to add depth and shading to skin coloring using tones that wouldn’t normally be considered when coloring skin. This tutorial will show how to create this look using several different alcohol markers. First, add some shadow to your image using some HB2. Then go over the entire image with some - Read full post [...]

30th May

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Quilling Flower Background

This tutorial will show you how to create a gorgeous quilled flower, decorated with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. These are wonderful for adding that extra personalization and wow factor to any card or papercrafting project. Cut your chosen quilling flower using a die cutting machine. I have used the Rose quilling flower from Crafter’s Companion. - Read full post [...]

18th Apr

AquaBlends Splat Background

This tutorial will show you how to create a “splatty” style background on your image. First of all colour your image and trim to size as you usually would. I have used Aquablend pencils to colour this image, from A Day for Daisies. Scribble some of the pencils onto some scrap paper and add some - Read full post [...]