Combining Coloring Mediums

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Posted 3/14/2013 by howdyheidi in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 3/14/2013 12:23:37 PM
When you color in your stamped images, do you ever use mixed mediums? When and why or why not?

I just got the Derwent Inktense pencils (ink watercolor) and was wondering would these mix well with regular watercolor pencils...

Then it struck me that I don't know what different types of coloring go well together on a project?

Does a project need to be a certain style to mix color mediums?

alcohol markers, colored pencils, paints, inks, etc...


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 3/14/2013 12:56:14 PM
I'll answer your 1st 'Q' first, Heidi. "Yes"!

Whether it's coloring a stamped image or more, I enjoy combining (coloring) mediums. It's the 'what if' (mad scientist) in my soul.

Far as you other 'Qs'? I can appreciate them, but my response is most likely not going to provide you with specific do's & don'ts.

Sticking with just the combining color mediums, there are a minimum of 2 ways to approach the matter.

1. I can (& have) combined color media to make a medium. Example: mixing a (liquid) ink with paint. Can use that for both the stamping & coloring.

2. Layering different color media. Ink over crayon or crayon over ink. Ditto with paints (various).

While playing with stuff is not for every crafter (stamper), I suspect that you are ready to go into 'Madame Curie' mode, Heidi! You are doing research & that's a good first step in science. I'm sure your next step will be to get into your lab & cook up some awesome combinations.

See you in Sweden when you win a Nobel prize, pal!


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Posted: 3/14/2013 1:16:02 PM
Haha, Daniel. But thanks for your answers. Good examples for mixing and layering!


I could also rephrase my question as what color mediums do you like to mix?


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 3/14/2013 1:50:04 PM
I never thought about watercolor pencils being a mixed medium! Good to know!

I think I do not use mixed mediums in coloring stamps b/c I usually do not think to! Sometimes I am proud of myself for just thinking of using Glossy Accent on a stamped image!

I realize that the Prismacolor markers and colored-pencils I own correspond to each other, but I have yet to figure out how to use them together since what I have played with I didn't think worked.

I do think it's a good idea to explore this subject! Thanks for posting this Heidi!

Looking forward to everyone's responses!


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Posted: 3/14/2013 2:02:05 PM
I love to color an image in with alcohol marker - I use copic - and then go back over and add depth, shadow and highlight with colored pencil - I use prismcolor.
I like to mix chalk with colored pencil too! You get a softer look then when you mix up with marker.
Reinkers and paint - totally fun! Mix up white craft paint with your reinkers and you get paint to coordinate any ink pad. You can use the reinker to change the paint color too - make it brighter or darker. FUN STUFF.
Your watercolor ink and pencils should be very fun to mix up! They are both water soluble. Try it and see what happens!
Shimmer chalk is beautiful to add over your watercolor after it's dry.
Any style and any mediums go when you add your creativity and make it your own!



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Posted: 3/14/2013 2:52:54 PM
Great tips, Daniel and Risa! Thanks!

And Melissa, I, too feel proud when I remember glossy accents! Isn't that funny.


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Posted: 3/14/2013 3:08:41 PM
This is why it is so valuable for me be able to read descriptions of our gallery pieces...and get frustrated when others don't share descriptions. I see how combinations look and then I can try combos I like.

For WF I combined Inktense pencils and pens inthis card. Not all the lines are perfect and I find I like the look of hand drawn elements. For me experimenting is the best and most fun type of playtime.


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Posted: 3/14/2013 4:09:37 PM
LOL, 'Madame' Heidi! Rephrasing a 'Q' is another great scientific technique.

Among my fave media combos for coloring atamped:

Crayon & ink. Sometimes it's crayon first; then ink, but the reverse works too depending on the type of ink & its intensity of color--i.e. white crayon over very bright ink colors.

Another possibility I have not tried. Combining liquid ink or paint with oil--cooking grade, baby oil, mineral oil to make colors that will not just color an image, but also add translucence to materials such as paper in one step. I'm thinking some combos might be like making salad dressing. You may have to shake before using. Another liquid 'base' to consider? White vinegar.


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Posted: 3/15/2013 5:28:33 PM
This is a great thread!

Yes, I mix my mediums. My favorite way to "color" is to use chalk pastels and colored pencils. It's not trendy. But it's comfortable for me. I also like to use a paint brush and water and use the distress pads as watercolors. It's not really mixing mediums, but it is using them in a different way.

Heidi, I would love to hear your opinions on those inktense things. I've never tried them, and Ive been curious. Do you think they're worth it? Or one of those things that you will seldom use.
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Posted: 3/16/2013 12:36:47 AM
I have used copics + prismacolors together before. And Prismacolors with my TH2Os. Before I had a lot of Copics, I used water-based markers with the Copics.


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Posted: 3/16/2013 9:38:02 AM
After doing Ann's photo challenge, I want to try mixing the distressed inks like I did on photo paper with some archival ink stamping--not sure that's really a "mixed medium" though now that I think about that as I type this....


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Posted: 3/16/2013 10:28:37 AM
Honestly, I'm not sure what the definition of mixed medium is either! lol

This is a great conversation! I think this would be a great place to post your examples of what you did for "mixed medium coloring" too. I love Jan's piece.

I have had such little time to create, I haven't even tried my new pencils. I did open them to look at them. I will give my opinion when I have had a chance. March is a bear of a month for me this year!



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Posted: 3/16/2013 10:40:21 AM
ok I'll post my "mixed medium" here---maybe it'll spark some ideas for others!

playing with photo paper

I recall April (stampwilly) showing a card where she used alcohol inks and another type of ink to do a type of resist on the card? I have to look for it---but I would like to try that idea---though I only own alcohol markers. Hope it would work with them! I doubt I could mix a little isopropyl alcohol with distressed inks to get "alcohol inks".



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Posted: 3/19/2013 10:56:55 AM
I combine sometimes. Alot of times I will use crayons with markers and vise versa to tone down colors or add shadows or hilights.

I also use distress inks the same way with paint sometimes.



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Posted: 3/24/2013 12:56:33 PM
For coloring in images, I usually use only one medium but that is changing. I'm working on something right now with markers and watercolor crayons.


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Posted: 3/25/2013 12:34:48 PM
I combine coloring mediums all the time mainly because no one medium ever has the color I want to use. Also, different mediums lend themselves better to different situations. For example, I could color my image with pencils but when it comes to the sky, chalk gives me better coverage. So, yeah, I combine coloring mediums to get the look I want.


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Posted: 3/25/2013 1:05:32 PM
That is a great tip, Kathy. Especially regarding coloring the sky. I rarely do, but I may try the chalk for just the sky in the future.


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