Techniques with Hunkydory Prism Markers

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Techniques with Hunkydory Brush & Craft Markers

Creating vibrant and visually appealing backgrounds using Hunkydory Prism Brush Markers allows you to add depth and dimension to your handmade cards. With a variety of techniques at your disposal, you can achieve stunning effects that enhance your card designs. Here are a selection of techniques to try: ink blending, watercolour effects, and creating ombre backgrounds.

Ink Blending

Ink blending is a versatile technique that allows you to create smooth transitions and gradients of colour on your card backgrounds. Here's how to achieve ink blending with Hunkydory Prism Brush Markers.

• Start by selecting two or more marker colours that complement each other. It's best to choose shades that are close in tone or within the same colour family for seamless blending.

• Take a piece of blending cardstock or smooth white cardstock that is suitable for alcohol markers.

• Begin by applying the lighter shade of marker to the paper, using small circular motions or short strokes. Start from the area where you want the lightest colour to be.

• Next, take the darker shade of marker and blend it into the lighter colour, overlapping slightly. Use the same circular motions or strokes to blend the colours together. Continue blending until you achieve the desired gradient effect.

• To smoothen the transition between colours, you can also use a colourless blender marker or a piece of clean, dry cloth to gently blend and soften any harsh lines.

• Repeat the process as necessary, layering colours and blending until you achieve the desired depth and vibrancy.

Watercolour Effects

With Hunkydory Prism Craft Markers, you can also achieve beautiful watercolour-like effects on your card backgrounds. Here's how to create watercolour effects using these markers.

• Start by scribbling your chosen marker colours onto a plastic palette or a non-porous surface.

• Using a water brush or a clean paintbrush dipped in water, pick up the colours from the palette and apply them to your cardstock in sweeping motions. The water will activate the markers, allowing them to blend and spread like watercolours.

• Experiment with layering different colours and blending them together to create unique effects. You can blend colours while wet or allow them to dry partially between layers for more controlled blending.

• To create additional texture or visual interest, you can also spritz water onto the cardstock or gently tap a wet paintbrush against the markers on the palette and splatter the watercolour-like droplets onto the background.

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Ombre Backgrounds

Ombre backgrounds create a striking gradient effect, transitioning from one colour to another. Here's how to achieve ombre backgrounds using Hunkydory Prism Brush Markers.

• Choose two or more marker colours that blend well together and create a pleasing colour gradient. You can select colours from the same colour family or experiment with complementary hues.

• Start by applying the lighter colour to one end of the cardstock. Use broad strokes or circular motions to cover the area.

• Take the darker colour and apply it to the other end of the cardstock, overlapping slightly with the lighter colour. Blend the two colours together in the middle section of the cardstock, creating a smooth transition.

• Use a colourless blender marker or a clean, dry cloth to blend and soften any visible lines between the colours, ensuring a seamless ombre effect.

• For a more defined ombre effect, you can repeat the process with additional marker colours, layering them gradually from light to dark or vice versa.

Colouring Stamped Images

Colouring stamped images brings life and vibrancy to your card designs. Here's how to colour stamped images effectively with Prism Craft Markers.

• Begin by stamping your desired image onto high-quality cardstock using a waterproof ink pad. Clear or rubber stamps are versatile options.

• Choose your colouring medium, such as markers, coloured pencils, or watercolour paints, depending on the desired effect and the supplies you have available.

• When using markers, start by selecting your colours and applying them to different areas of the stamped image. Use small, controlled strokes or dots to add colour, gradually building up layers and blending as needed.

• For coloured pencils, apply light layers of colour, gradually adding more depth and intensity. Use small, circular motions or gentle strokes to blend the colours and achieve smooth transitions.

• Watercolour paints offer a softer, translucent effect. Apply water to the paints to activate them, then use a fine brush to apply colour to the image. Allow the colours to blend naturally or use a clean brush to blend and soften edges.

Adding Shading and Highlights

Shading and highlighting techniques add dimension and realism to your card designs. Here's how to incorporate shading and highlights.

• Identify the light source in your design. Visualise where the light would hit the image and where shadows would naturally form.

• Using a slightly darker shade of the base colour, apply it to the areas that would be in shadow. Use gentle strokes or dots to create depth and dimension.

• To add highlights, use a lighter shade or a white coloured pencil or marker. Apply it sparingly to the areas that would catch the most light, such as raised surfaces or edges.

• Blend the shading and highlights with the surrounding colours to achieve a smooth and realistic effect.

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