Aqua Markers Week: First Attempt ! Technique # 1 on dry paper

This week I decided I am going to break out my new Spectrum Aqua Markers!  Only they aren't quite new, They have been sitting on my desk calling to me and I have been afraid to try them! My thought was since I am selling these I should really know how to use them!   I never got the hang of the Tim Holtz distress markers, love the colors but the actual product just ended up sitting on my desk looking pretty!   I love water color and the painterly look that come with them.  I have used them in my card making for years.  The appeal of having a water color pen to me was the ease of applying the pigments to the images.  I don't paint on the larger scale, I just don't have that talent so my water coloring was only for card making.

Right off the bat I have to say I love these markers, this was really no muss no fuss and I liked the results right off the bat!  So I'll show you my very first attempt at using them:

I had a couple of other new things to try and I will give you my honest opinion about these too:

I have a new Wisteria Stamp from the Art cure line at Crafters companion and I thought I would use this pretty out line stamp to try this.  It is very detailed and finely cut.
I used the Waterproof Archival ink on watercolor paper.

I also wanted to try the Crafters' Companion Clear mount block.

The Block held the stamp nicely, however I couldn't hold the block easily
I got a good impression first time, but then it slipped out of my hand and made it unusable

Second try I held onto it, but couldn't get enough pressure for a good impression:

Two more tries and my hand hurt.  I have a problem similar to carpel tunnel syndrome  and hand things I have to be careful about.

Next  I went to old faithful, my Mega Mount!
I also cut a wee but of the rubber away to prevent another smudge

 The impression wasn't perfect but then for watercoloring it didn't need to be

I added color to leaves and stems using both ends of the marker

Simply added a few shades of purples pointillism style

I simply went over the image with my water pen and blended color, in a very random way, this gave it a very painterly look

I pulled a tiny bit of color from the marker nib and applied that to areas I thought need a touch more depth.

Used a brown brush nib on a sentiment stamp

This took about 5 minutes

Here is my finished card - my first attempt with the Aqua Markers
I really like it and I think it came out great for a first try!

Tomorrow I have another technique to feature a A Word Art Wednesday Card!
Thanks for stopping by
Ginny M


Maxine D said…
Love the finished card Ginny - you really have a great water colour look going there.
I sympathize with your hand issues - I have just had a carpel tunnel release, but have arthritis in the base of my R thumb which can be a pain!
Mm , dear Ginny, i can agree re the hand issues but thankfully the LORD enables, don't have the mega mount though... However verbally can get around it.
Love your finished card, beautiful work, Shaz in oz.x

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