Archive for July 17th, 2010

Here is another one of my very favorite techniques that we learned at the Copic Certification course. I’ve been DYING to show you this one!! πŸ™‚

Palette Blending
This is similar to tip-to-tip blending; however, it’s easier to see how much ink you’re picking up with this technique. You can use any plastic container for this one – and the nice thing is you can reuse your palette at a future date…just rewet your colors. πŸ™‚ Also, you can get creative and mix a few colors together this way to see what you come up with. Okay – so basically, you choose three colors. For my example, I used the colors Y21 as my base color and G24 and R27 as my accent colors. I used an acrylic block for my palette, but you can use whatever you wish. Lots of people like to use the top of a CD case as this gives them lots of room to work.

The first thing I do is add some of my accent colors to my palette block (kinda hard to see the green, but it’s there).

Then using my main color (in this case, my Y21) I pick up a little of the accent color and start coloring from the base of my object into the center. I do the same with my second accent color from the top and blend these into the center taking care each time to make sure my marker tip has been cleaned off. I use my main color to finish coloring in the center of the object. This just gives the item a much smoother look when you need the colors to transition into one another.

For example, here you can see how I still have some green on the tip of my yellow marker to add some darker shading to the green at the bottom of my image. Just a note….I used VERY little red when doing this image as the red picks up so very fast!! You have to be careful and might even want to brush some off on a scrap piece of paper before applying to your “good” image.

Here is my finsihed image, which is ready to be cut out and applied to my project (hence the reason I didn’t care if I went out of the lines a bit)!! πŸ™‚

And here is another image where I used the same colors on Tilda’s dress.

This technique is so much fun….I really hope you’ll give it a whirl.Β  Try using all sorts of different colors…the possibilities are endless!! πŸ™‚

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