Friday, September 14, 2018

Watercoloring with Derwent Markers

Hello, Crafty Friends! I'm back again with Team Xyron and we are winding down our week-long partnership with Derwent Academy!

Don't let their name fool you, because they offer so much more than pencils! Derwent makes an array of art supplies to suit your skill level. Ranging from the average hobbyist and beginner to the more skilled fine-tuned artist.

Today, I'll show you how I used Derwent's water soluble markers to create the gorgeous watercolored card.

First, I gathered my supplies.

Supplies Used
Crafter's Companion- My Sunshine Stamp Set
Pental Arts Aquash Water Brush
DCWV Printed Corrugate
Brown Cardstock (Open Stock- Hobby Lobby)
Heat Tool

The focus of my card is all about the image.  I cut a piece of watercolor paper from Derwent Academy Marker Paper Pad. I cut a sheet from the pad down to a 4.25"x 5.5" piece of paper. I used ColorBox Archival Dye Ink Pad- Wicked Black to stamp the flower images onto the paper. I focused my stamping on the side and the corners diagonal from each other.

I used my glass crafting mat as a palette and scribbled a patch of color from my Derwent Academy Art Markers onto it. Then with a water pen, I picked up a bit of color and applied it to my image. I try to apply color a little bit at a time and build layers. That way I don't over saturate my paper and cause unnecessary bleeding. 
 If you are limited in marker colors, like me, and still want to add extra depth to your image, try layering over your colored image with pencils. I used Derwent Academy Watercolor Pencils to add warm orange and brown tones to deepen my image. Because these are water soluble
I can blend the color out or if I wanted to, use them dry for more detailed coloring.

I used the broader tipped side of the Derwent Academy Twin Tip Markers to scribble this beautiful orange color to create a color washed background.

 I used a heat gun tool to set the colors and thoroughly dry my card front.

Once completely dried, I added shimmer to my flowers with Smooch. I used Greeple Apple on the leaves, Siren on the base of the shadows, and Sundance in the center of the largest bloom. Then hit it with the heat tool one more time.

 Then, I used Pink and Main's Rounded Stitched Rectangles Dies and Sizzix Big Shot to die cut my image out to have detailed stitching. I also die cut a larger mat from printed corragate cardstock.

Next, I stamped my Happy Birthday Sentiment onto my cardfront with more Wicked Black ink using my Mini MISTI Stamping Tool.
 I zapped with a heat tool again before sending it through my Xyron Creative Station Lite and a 3" Permanent Refill Cartridge.
Once, the pieces were layerd together it was too large to fit through my 3" refill so I opted to attach my layered pieces to a standard A2 Card base with my Xyron Mega Runner

Then, I used more Sundance Smooch to add golden dots to give it a marquee lights sort of look.

And here is my finished card...

I didn't want to detract from the beautiful image and all the coloring so I optd out of adding any extra embellishments.

I think the coloring draws they eyes in all by itself. 

I love how simple and gorgeous this turned out! I hope you did too!!

Until next time...

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  1. What a beautiful card and I love your design

    Hugs Debs xxx

    1. Thank you so much, Deborah! I really appreciate your kind words! Hope you have a wonderful day!