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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Using Markers For Backgrounds

Good morning!  Hope you are having a great day.

My friend, Shelly, asked about using Marvy markers in different ways.  So, I sat down and tried some different things, and following are the results of my "experimentation".

I had some black and white patterened paper, so I decided to color it with my markers.  I like this can use a specific color palette to match your artwork.  I also tried spritzing it with water, which blends the colors if you'd like to blend. This also looks awesome using alcohol markers, which you can blend.

The next piece was fun to do.  I scribbled with my markers on a piece of acetate, then spritzed with water and then put white cardstock down.  I used a lot of colors, just to see the effect, which I like. 

The following card uses the rest of the piece of cardstock for a background for the card.  I liked this technique, too.

I think it would make a fun background for embossing folders, subway art, or graffiti or celebrations.

The next piece was made by heat embossing regular white cardstock with swirls, using white or clear embossing powder. Then I again scribbled on acetate, spritzed with water, and lay the cardstock in it to absorb the water.  Then just wipe the embossed area with a tissue or paper towel to remove any color from the embossing.

The following piece was done the same way, only I used glossy cardstock. To remove the embossing, you could iron the piece after coloring, kind of like faux batik.  Just make sure you use plenty of plain paper over the image to absorb the melted embossing.

The next piece also uses glossy cardstock, but I used versamark to stamp the swirl, then let it dry. I did not heat emboss it.  But again, I scribbled on acetate, then spritzed with water and put the cardstock in it.

I know there are a ton of techniques out there to use your Marvy/Tombow markers with, but it was fun doing these experiments.  If you have other techniques using markers, please leave a message in the comment section so I can try them out.

Have a crafty day...