How to Combine Different Mediums to Create Beautiful Textures

by Erum Tasneem

Hello! Erum here with a new Creative Coloring with Erum video tutorial for you featuring the newly released Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Outline Stamp Set. Today, I will show you how I incorporate both alcohol markers and watercolors into my project to create beautiful textures.

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Stamp Set | Erum Tasneem | @pr0digy0

Coloring with Artist Alcohol Markers:

Firstly, stamp the image on Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock in Pastel Sunrise Crisp Dye Ink. Use your stamp platform to do this and keep the stamp in place after you are done as we will stamp over the image after the coloring is done. Start by adding Coral Berry, Frosty Pink, and Rouge Artist Alcohol Markers to one of the flowers. For the second flower, use Purple Wine, Coral Berry, Puffy Heart, and Frosty Pink Artist Markers. To add interest, add dots on the purplish flowers. And just to differentiate between the two purple flowers, on one flower, I will add dots of Purple Wine Artist Alcohol Marker, and on the other purple flower, I will add dots of Cosmic Berry Artist Alcohol Marker.

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Stamp Set | Erum Tasneem | @pr0digy0

For the leaves, start by adding Evergreen Artist Alcohol Marker. This is the darkest shade and will help in creating depth/shadows. Then, over it, add Emerald Artist Alcohol Marker. Next, completely cover the leaf using Lagoon, Mountain Mist, and lastly Frayed Leaf Artist Alcohol Markers.

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Stamp Set | Erum Tasneem | @pr0digy0

Once the portion is colored, place the panel back into the stamp platform and stamp over the image again but this time in Obsidian Pigment Ink. To add additional stamping, mask off the previously colored image and stamp extra images in the same way as before following the same steps for coloring and stamping both. When done, cut out the panel and set it aside.

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Stamp Set | Erum Tasneem | @pr0digy0

On a separate panel of Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, which will be the card front, add more stamping if there is a need, following the same steps. Then, color this portion of the image too.

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Stamp Set | Erum Tasneem | @pr0digy0

Coloring with Artists' Watercolor Pan Set:

Now, mix a few greens including a bit of Rock Collection pigment from the Artists' Watercolor 24 Pan Set. The reason I need to mix the greens to form a custom green shade is that I used a custom green shade for my leaves, too, by mixing markers from two color families. Once this was done, I applied the color first on the stamped panel. When trying this technique, make sure that the darkest color is on the top, and as you come towards the bottom (the lower edge), reduce the concentration of the pigment.

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Stamp Set | Erum Tasneem | @pr0digy0

I tried my best to match the watercolors to the marker shades. And at a glance, you can't even tell that the top panel is a separate, cut-off part! That is the beauty of Altenew coloring mediums. They all match, so even if I mix color families of one medium, I can do the exact same thing for the other medium to end up with the same custom color!

I love the depth of alcohol markers and the easy, flowing/loose nature of the watercolors. I think that when you combine the two together, magic happens!

Process Video for Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Outline Stamp Set

You can watch the video below or on YouTube to see how created the card.

Thank you for stopping by the blog and for your lovely comments. See you next week!



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Cindy C. January 25, 2021 - 9:48 AM

Fabulous projects!! Now I know I could use alcohol markers on other paper than Yupo!!

Patricia E Wilson January 25, 2021 - 12:33 PM

Now I feel rather dense as never thought of using alcohol markers and water colors together on a card. Your card was lovely and sure do wish I could get my flowers to look like yours. Thank you.

Billie Anderson January 25, 2021 - 1:51 PM

Beautiful card. Beautiful colors and I love the look of this pretty flower. Awesome save on the oops..

Maureen Reiss January 25, 2021 - 3:50 PM

Really Beautiful!!!

Marisela Delgado January 26, 2021 - 12:11 AM

So beautiful!


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