It's 12:30 am and I'm still jumping out of my skin with excitement. I went to the Heirloom Productions Stamping convention in York, Pa today, where I bought a lot of new stamps -- breaking out of my almost exclusive Stampin Up! purchasing of the last year (blame my husband, who insisted I go and spend money....). Too excited to sleep, I decided to experiment a bit.
But, first I have to explain what happened at the convention ... I fell in love with everything offered by the Artful Stamper, a/k/a KT Designs. It got to the point where I was walking around the convention telling everyone to go look at their samples (duh, no camera!!). I'm sure the other vendors appreciated my enthusiasm. I wish I could describe how literally eye popping each sample was -- all watercolored with Tombow markers on Marl paper, with intricate cut outs and dimensionals. A 100% WOW!!
I watched the demo from KT Designs (twice) take the Marl paper and color an oval image with a light marker, a medium one, and finally a dark one. She then took a wet watercolor brush and, using a circular motion, "moved" the dark marker ink away from the layers underneath. Her results were breathtaking. She said that SU and Tombow markers work with this technique, but not Marvy or Le Plume. (I hadn't mentioned my SU markers). "Marl" paper is a slightly heavier version of SU's very vanilla and just as smooth -- the demo said the paper helped the ink in the markers flow.
So, naturally, I bought "Marl" paper and a "few" of their stamps -- including this gorgeous bowl of apples. This purchase makes no sense because I RARELY ACHIEVE WHAT I SEE DEMONSTRATED.
But, hope never dies, and when I got home tonight, I stamped both images with Black Memories ink on my new Marl paper, letting the ink sit a few minutes to dry. I watercolored the images on the left with SU Watercolor crayons and the ones on the right with SU markers -- using the exact same colors.
Now here's a shocker!! I wasn't able to achieve the same movement with the colors that the demo did -- I'm not sure if it is the markers or me, but although I love these images, I was a little disappointed in the results. I never could get the brocade blue marker to blend into the rest of the bowl the way that I wanted it to. It sort of sat there and eventually when I used too much water, the paper started to pill. I also learned that adding enough water to markers or WCCs will cause both SU's and Marl paper to bleed through to the back -- so this technique cannot be used on a one layer card.
However, I'm loving these bowls of apples! Next -- to turn these images into cards.
In the meantime, I'm curious -- which of these images do you prefer?? The watercolor crayons or the watercolored markers?? The picture is a pretty accurate depiction of how they look IRL -- the one on the right done with the markers is distinctly bolder, but you can see the marker lines a bit. I'd love to know your thoughts.
ps. While I'm jumping over my new stamps, I have to say that SU's are a much better value!! Wow -- I'd forgotten how expensive single wood mounted stamps are.