When I first started paper crafting and stamping I tried to stay away from stamps that required me to color.
Don't know why....I probably did not feel confident using color mediums. Afraid it would look at a child's coloring book. (Hey, did you know that adult color books are huge right now....but that is another blog post.)
But I fear no crafting/art supplies!
There is a wide variety of coloring tools on the market. In my studio I have:
- Fantastix by Tsukineko: These are one of my favorite coloring tools. They are meant to be used with ink, but I use them with a variety of coloring mediums. They are featured on this week's project.
- Craft Nib Holder by Ranger: This is very similar to Fantastix, but they do not hold as much ink or water.
- Dove Blender Pen: Great for watercolors or any water soluble pencils. Plus it is refillable.
- Tombow Blender Pen: This is a dual tip pen, so the fine detail tip is nice to have. It is not refillable.
- Adirondack Alcohol Ink Fillable Pen: You can fill this with alcohol ink, but you can also fill it with alcohol blending solution or dove blending solution. It has a wide barrel, great if you have problems with a smaller pen barrel.
- Aqua or Water Brushes: You can fill these will water to use with watercolors or water soluble pencils. I also have a set that I have filled with Dylusions Ink Spray.
- Inkssentials/Ranger Blending Tools: Originally these only came in rectangles, but now you can also get them in small circles. I use the rectangles for applying color to a larger surface, such as a card background.
- Color Box Ink Stylus: This is my favorite ink pad applicator. The stylus makes it feel like a paint brush in your hands.
I am sure there are others, like spongers, paint brushes, etc. Be sure to share you favorite. I have heard that the Stampin' Up blending pen is great, but I have yet to try it.
Project Inspiration: Halloween Tag
Feeling the Halloween spirit again this week. :)
Supplies: Fantastix, Derwent Inktense Pencils, Watercolor Paper, Stamps (Dylusions and Inque Botique), Embossing Pen, White Embossing Powder, Waterproof Black Ink, Sentiment, Ink, Pouring Medium (or other dimensional adhesive), Pop-Dots, Black Pen and Glazing Medium.
- Cut tag from watercolor paper. (I used 140lb, cold-press watercolor paper.)
- Stamp images in waterproof black ink in a color block arrangement.
- Add lines using embossing pen and white embossing powder.
- Color wash the tag background.
- Add additional color to images and background. Use Fantastix, or similar coloring tool, to activate watercolor pencils.
- Ink edges of tag with black ink.
- Once dry add two coats of glazing medium.
- Print sentiment. Outline with black pen and add ink. Add sentiment to tag using pop-dots.
- Add Pouring Medium to sentiment. (You can use any dimensional adhesive. Pouring Medium is one of my favorites.)
See how I made this week's project in full detail.
Interested on learning more about watercolors!
I mentioned in the video that I have a new class starting this fall. In November we will be exploring watercolors.
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I shared my favorite coloring tools. I would love to know what you can't live without. :)