Whilst I was recovering from my recent bout of flu and feeling sorry for myself, I decided to cheer myself up and ordered some Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens that I'd had on my Amazon Wish List for a while hubby didn't take the hint!!
The ink in these pens are water based, not alcohol based like Copics so you can use water to blend them and get a watercoloured look. I used 2 markers on the bear & grass without using water but everywhere else I did use some water to blend the colours out.
I have to admit that this card started out differently to how it ended up. I originally coloured the bear on a piece of watercolour card that was an A2 size but when I hurridly stamped the sentiment below the bear, a few of the letters didn't stamp properly. I have also recently purchased a MISTI stamping tool which enables you to accurately stamp images and re-stamp them again in exactly the same place should you make a bodge up like I did. So did I use my MISTI? No!! Lesson learned. I then had to die cut the bear using a circle & avoid the messed up sentiment.
I added some little white dots to his tummy as I have seen lots of very talented card makers in blog land do this to add a bit of contrast...didn't quite work out for me & I think my dots make him look like he's wearing spotted boxer shorts!!
I have really enjoyed using these new markers - yes there is a learning curve (as demonstrated by a full waste bin at the end of my experimenting) but they are so versatile and I can see me using them a lot in the future.
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