One thing I love about stamping is the colouring aspect. There are times when I will just colour with no idea of a finished product and, to be honest, I think we should all do this more often. If you think back to childhood, we learn through play. I find it to be fun and relaxing, and I have learnt a lot about what I like, how to use the different products and so much more.
You’ve probably all noticed that I have been using the Distress Markers from Ranger A LOT lately. I love them. They have a finite number of markers (37 in fact, and I do confess I own all of them) but the colour palette is versatile and if you mix your colours then, really, the possibilities are endless. I love watercolouring with them. I scribble the ink onto my craft sheet, spray water next to it, and then use it as a paint. I do sometimes use the marker to colour the stamped image directly.
Another favourite of mine is the Tombow Dual Brush Marker. There are currently 96 markers in the range but when I started stamping there were 144 and over time I managed to get them all. I still love to use them. I use them in a variety of ways – from the above technique (either with water or with their blender pen), to colouring direct onto paper, or even colouring the stamp directly and stamping.
When all those gorgeous samples started to appear which had been coloured using Copics, I quickly got my hands on a few too. I’m still a newbie when it comes to these gorgeous markers but I am having a blast playing and learning the little quirks to using them.
I also love to use coloured pencils, from watercolour pencils, to pastel pencils to regular coloured pencils…and more.
So where am I going with this? Basically, that it is fun to try different options so that you can find what you enjoy. When you pick up a new marker or pencil or paint, for example, practice, play and experiment. The more you play the more confident you become with the medium and your skills will increase. I know the cost of all these different things can add up so if you can organise a day/evening to create with your friends. Share what you have. Learn from each other. And have a good chat and laugh along the way.
I coloured the same image from Penny Black three times tonight in an attempt to show you the differences between Distress Markers, Tombows and Copics but I am not sure you can really tell. All I can say, for me, it was super fun!
Hope you are able to carve time out of you day to play today!