Thursday, July 17, 2008

Happy Summer

I spent a lot of time blurfing today. I saw so many blogs with so many beautiful cards, mostly cards colored with Copic markers. I don't own any Copics, but I admire the cardmakers who color with them. They blend so beautifully and make the images look so "finished".
So I got out my Prismacolor markers and tried to copy some of the same techniques but it didn't work out. Maybe I'm using the wrong type of paper for the Prismas. I'm not sure that Prismas and Copics are both alcohol-based pens. Are they? I need to continue my research if I intend to try coloring with my pens.
I finally got frustrated enough to put the pens away and got out the Prisma pencils. I just love coloring with them so much. They blend so well. Maybe I can learn to use the pens and pencils together somehow. I don't want to give up on the pens just yet. If you know of a blog or site that shows Prisma pen techniques, I'd sure appreciate knowing about it.
The first image (card) is the one I colored using my Prisma pencils. I love this Magenta image. The sentiment is by Memory Box. I actually colored two images. The second image hasn't been made into a card yet, but here it is on the left. Would you like to have this card and second image? You can have them if you post a link to another blog or site showing me Prismacolor pen or pencil techniques. I'll put all names in a hat and draw one out and send you some both of these images and some blank ones for you to color yourself.


christie said...

I think your card looks great! Here is a link using Gamsol and your pencils:

Kim H. said...

WOW your coloring is gorgeous as always! LOVE the card!


Hi Debbie. Here's a link for one of my favorite websites. By the way, I think your card is lovely.

Jennifer said...

Debbie, these both are fandamtastic! WOW! I would have said I like the first one best. But then I like the second one best. Amazing coloring. You are my Royal Prisma pencil QUEEN! I bow to you.


Kathi said...

Your coloring is awesome as usual.

Copics & Prismacolor markers are both alcohol ink markers. I've gotten "decent" results using Georgia Pacific 110 lb. white cardstock from Walmart. Don't use water color paper because it will suck all the ink out the markers. Don't use a coated cardstock because the clay coating reacts poorly with the alcohol ink. That's the extent of my knowledge about those markers. That and you should visit for some great info.


LittleSeaOtter~Kecia said...

Hi Debbie,

Here's what I know so far. Yes, both Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils are alcohol markers. Selection of paper and ink are crucial to the success you'll have using alcohol markers. For me, I use either Georgia Pacific cardstock from Walmart, or Neenah Solar Crest white paper I picked up a Ellen Hutson's online store. Recommended inks include Momento, Adirondack pitch black dye ink...I myself use Marvy dye black. I recommend heat setting the ink with your heat gun...I always do that because the ink in the alcohol markers can react with the ink you use to stamp the image.

I highly recommend the tutorial by Colorin'Kate on Splitcoast. She's the master on coloring with alcohol markers, in my honest opinion. She's been using them for several years, before this craze ever began in the papercrafting industry. I was fortunate enough to take a class from her last April.

Kathy's Tutorial

I don't think you'll experience much of a learning curve with this medium, because you are quite the colorist yourself. I love both of these know I want your pencil sample, Mrs. Medaris! :)

shatfield said...

I love your coloring, cards, everything!
I found this website that might be helpful:

Thanh said...

Debbie, you are just so amazing with the pencils, I know you'll never give it up! I will kick your ass if you do :) Point stated.