Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Speed Coloured Reindeer in Alcohol Markers

(It's still winter, so I'm still posting Christmas stuff!) This year, my "quasi-mass production" Christmas card was new a baby reindeer die cut from Tonic Studios. I'd been waiting for the right outline dies for trying the stained glass technique with. I found it at Tonic Studios.

But, I didn't do stained glass with this one. I coloured it with my alcohol-based markers. I started out with my Copics, but my E37 (Sepia) colour started to run dry. So, I swapped it out for E57 and that worked okay. Then I decided to try it with my Bic Mark-It alcohol markers and they turned out beautiful too!

(This one used Copic markers.)
I made a video of me colouring these: one with Copic marks and one with Bic markers. You can see the video on my Vimeo channel here ** Speed Coloured Reindeer Video **. (The video is silent and commercial free.) Or, you can watch the HD version on Youtube here ** Speed Colouring Reindeer ** (Youtube has commercials).

Here's how I used them on my finished cards. I started with this more involved version that includes a Spellbinders die cut mat and a bed made from my Martha Stewart Branch Punch. The sentiment I stamped from a Close to My Heart set.

(This one uses Copic Markers.)
Inevitably, as time grew shorter and shorter to get these to the post (yes, several were mailed on December 23rd), I started simplifying the card. So, some people got this version:

(This one uses Bic Markers.)
Since the Bic set had fewer browns, I used two shades per area. Since I have a lot more Copic browns, I used three shades per area. Hence, the Bic version went faster. The Bic version also came out darker just because those were the only colours I had. The lightest brown seems to have a yellowish undertone that I thought gave it a suede look (on the foot pads and the muzzle). It was a nice look.

I really like both markers! I had to lay down a little more ink to blend the Bic markers because I had fewer shade options, but it still worked!

Hope you enjoy the video! Feel free to comment and share if you do!

SPOILER ALERT! I had trouble with my video, so I actually coloured extra reindeer. So, friends and family, some of you who didn't gt this card this year could get it next year!

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