Playing with Watercolor Pencils and Shin Han Markers

Hello, Friends!

I played with the Watercolor Pencils and Shin Han Markers this week and want to show you my “steep learning curve” progress.  Please be kind–I’m still learning, especially with the Shin Hans!!  I chose images from two different stamp sets.  The Santa  is from Believe in Christmas and the girl and snowman are from Christmas Post.  I chose these images because they already had a lot of shading that I knew would help me when I applied the color.

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 The pictures above show my attempt with the Shin Hans.  I think it was pretty easy to blend the colors in the evergreens and to add shading to the images by applying more color where the stamp indicated the shading.  If you don’t look too closely, I think the finished product isn’t too bad.

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These are pictures of the Santa image that I colored with the Shin Han alcohol markers.  I’m actually pretty happy with how he turned out!

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I also used the Watercolor Pencils on these same images.  The picture above is how my image looked after I added the color.  I then used the Blending Pen to smooth out and blend the colors.  You can basically “scribble” on the colors because they blend so nicely when done.

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The snowman above shows how it looked after blending the colors.  I found that the Watercolor Pencils and Blending Pen were easier for me to work with than the Shin Han Markers.  However I really like the vibrant look of the Shin Han coloring.  I know that perfecting the use of alcohol markers can take many, many hours of practice.  I am not anywhere close to being good, but I’m not giving them up!

Check back tomorrow when I share the finished Christmas cards that I made that feature these colored images.

Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen!   Laurie