Welcome! Today I wanted to share how I made my patterned paper for yesterday's tulips card. After I finished coloring the Power Poppy Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher image, I started looking for patterned paper that coordinated it; and I just wasn't finding anything in my stash that worked. Rather than go back and tweak marker colors that I was pleased with, I thought I would experiment with making my own Spring-y plaid with a Copic Wide marker and assorted Various Inks.
This project started with the sacrifice of a Copic Wide Colorless Blender nib--good thing I have a pack of replacement nibs! I had read Jackson Root's Customize Copic Wide Markers article on the Copic Blog a few weeks ago, and I have often demonstrated adding a second color tip-to-tip to a Copic Wide marker in Standard Certification Classes. Hmmmm, I wonder what would happen if these two ideas played together?
These were the colors that I choose to enhance my already-colored tulips image. You can see that nothing prevents the colors from mingling, so this is clearly a time-sensitive experiment--not one that you'd want to drag out over a day or two. I spent probably 40 minutes playing with plaids before I removed the custom nib from my Copic Wide Colorless Blender. If you leave the multi-ink nib in your Colorless Blender, it WILL DEFINITELY make a mess of your Colorless Blender's reservoir. There. Have I warned enough? :-) In case you're wondering, my colorless blender is just fine. But, again, I had it in and out in around forty minutes!
EDITED TO ADD: If you are hesitant for fear of ruining a Copic Wide Colorless Blender, keep in mind that you can do the same thing without inserting the trimmed nib back into the barrel of the Colorless Blender. Scroll down tow pictures and see how long that nib is. You can TOTALLY hold it by the end that goes into the barrel and not risk contaminating your Colorless Blender at all. I had no problem with mine, BUT I wanted to point out an alternative way if this makes you nervous!
Here were my first few lines--not bad, but you can tell anywhere that I paused in my pulling motion.
I've filled two pages with random, casual plaid--no rulers here. I thought I would probably do best to work quickly rather than stressing over plaid perfection. You can see that the plaid pattern gets lighter as I worked. I kept adding a few drops of ink occasionally, but I also I found that if I added a few drops of Colorless Blender up toward what would be the ferrule of a brush area--the part where you are supposed to re-ink a Wide marker--it helped the ink to keep pushing out nicely.
My last step after finishing the initial two pages of plaids was to pull out that notched nib and clean it with Colorless Blender Solution. I was surprised at how much of the ink came out, honestly. The reason that I wanted to remove and clean the nib was that I wanted to save my Wide Colorless Blender and keep it--well, colorless. If I'd left the inky nib in the marker, the colors would have turned into a muddly mess. But since I removed and cleaned the notched nib right away, I can save it for different colors on another day, and I can put a new wide nib back into my Wide Colorless Blender and still have a Wide Colorless Blender!
You already know that I rarely "leave well enough alone," right? This experiment was no exception! The first thing that I did was to run my Wide Colorless Blender (with the new nib) over my plaid sheet in long, horizontal, slightly overlapping strokes to soften the lines a bit. Next, I decided that I wanted a tinted background rather than having all of the white of the paper showing through; so I lightly airbrushed a layer of Copic RV04 over the top of my plaid, using the Chisel end of a Copic Sketch marker. It looked pretty good at that point, but a little too clean-lined for me. I wanted to age it and grunge it up just a bit.
Next I very lightly airbrushed some RV19 using the super brush tip so that I could get a spatter pattern. TIP: When you airbrush with them, the Copic Sketch chisel tip will give you a finer airbrush pattern, and the super brush tip will give you more of a spatter pattern. Both are useful, depending upon the outcome that you want. Finally I cut my square card front and sponged some distress ink on my outer edges. And there you have it--a Spring-y plaid that coordinated with my tulips and looked a casual and vintage! The crazy things some people do after midnight. . .
As a side note, have you explored the Copic Blog? It contains some gems of tutorials and a plethora of ideas for using your Copic markers that you may have never thought of. I'm always inspired when I browse there, even if my spinoff idea has little to do with the original post. Here's one of my all-time favorite posts, a fabulous pet portrait drawn with Copic Wide Markers.
My advice for today: go have some fun today with all of those creative toys you've purchased! Thanks for visiting,