all the day 4 teaser posts here on Kim's blog!
1...New & Nifty Teaser sets for My Favorite Things!!!
2...Enabler Alert: sweet Jolinne ;o)
3...Tutorial for this Jolinne card (scratched Gesso texture technique--used on: Jolinne's hair here; pants in yesterday's post; and fur in the post from the day before.)
New Jolinne sets:
- Sweet Spring (used on my card here)
- Sitting Pretty (used by some of the ultra talented MFT gals)
on Wednesday April 7th in the MFT boutique!
Meet Sweet Spring Jolinne & her bunny buddy! :O)
Know any Ballerinas; Little girls? Women who are kids at heart?
Or you could just be someone who likes Wabbits:
(This image is so cute-ified that it gives me the giggles!)
actually pretty easy considering how small the bows end up:
I coloured the thread with Copic markers to match
(the Copic stiffens the thread & makes it easier to tie)
Bunny has a fancy dress on too! :o)
And both the bunny & Jolinne have flowers in their hair...
Copics on Gesso cardstock:
(scratching to get the lines in her hair
& gesso to get lots of play-ability for building colour):
This technique is hubby approved (C. said "I love her hair; great texture) bwahaha
- Swipe gesso onto cardstock;
- Stamp & emboss an image on it;
- Colour with Copic markers a bit;
- Scratch a texture into the gesso paper;
- Colour with more Copic colour.
First & foremost, let me just extend a friendly word of caution about this technique: paint or gesso or the like will clog your Copics, but personally I feel the texture makes it extremely worth working around that issue...
for this or other applications:
Use the chisel or broad end of your Copic markers for messy techniques & reserve the brush end for colouring. I don't usually colour with the chisel end, so this works for me.
Alternatively, you could use a brush or a dedicated Copic Colorless Blender to apply either refills or Copic colour that you've scribbled onto an acrylic block or glass plate or whatever. With a dedicated blender (marked well so you know it's your mucky one) you can use all the marker colours you have for anything even if you have no refills & your markers stay pristine.
If you prefer not to use your Copic markers over mediums like these, by all means you can do the scratching effect on regular untreated cardstock. I just happen to be absolutely wild about the way gesso lets you pull up & erase (and the crazy texture it gives) that's all. ;o)
- MFT set Sweet Spring (Jolinne) (available here on Wed. April 7th)
- Heavy weight white Sweet tooth cardstock
- Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac, Tombow Monomulti, & foam tape
- Gesso, Brilliance Black Archival ink, Clear embossing powder, heat gun
- Copic markers, Paper piercer,
- Needle, Embroidery thread (pink & purple), Clear seed beads
- Paper cutter; Scissors & Scoring tools
- Fiskars flower scallop border punch
Step 1) Apply a thin layer of gesso to your cardstock, let it dry. Stamp the MFT images in Black Archival Brilliance ink & emboss in clear. The gesso makes most inks require embossing with clear embossing powder & a heat gun.
You can use any cardstock to make gesso paper. If your cardstock buckles at all, just let it sit under a stack of books for a bit. I like to use a scrap of cardstock to apply my gesso to get a textured look, but you could brayer or brush or sponge it on, or whatever you like.
Step 2) Apply a base coat of rough Copic colour.
Step 3) Scratch lines in the paper with a paper piercer or some other pointy tool. Follow the lines of the stamped image for nice wavy hair.
Step 4) Apply more copic colour... it will build up in the lines.
You'll probably want to keep in mind, if you try this, that gesso changes the way you colour with copics a great deal. The colour pools on the surface & is easily lifted off. This will feel weird to seasoned Copic marker colourers who practice the right way to colour with them. (I don't) LOL.
BUT the resist effect of gesso means you can get neat watercolour effects by pouncing very wet Copics (her dress):
AND the gesso lets you lift colour (like erasing!!!) even the next day or the next week! so cool.
BUT pools of Copic colour will likely be more vibrant in some areas, because of the resist effect that gesso gives.
UH OH? Spots of deeper colour can be a little inconvenient, if it's on a face or it makes a spot you don't like the look of.
NO PROB! Spots of deeper colour are easy enough to fix. Just apply a teeny bit of gesso over your colouring on the spot, using a little brush or something:
I used an old dried up white marker (as a brush) with some gesso on it to cover up a splotch on her hair.
Then, you can re-colour over the touch up spots with more Copic:
(It's a good way to add highlights as well.)
A heavy application of Copics can even build shine (Great for hair, but if you want to reduce the shine for the look of fabric or something, you can simply paint Matte Medium over it.)
Step 5) Cut the images out. I cut Jolinne out entirely (inside areas like her arms & reinforced with wee strips of paper glued on the back) so that she could be popped up on foam tape for dimension....
The background is also on gesso paper as well...
...which makes for quick texture:
The gesso also makes for easy colouring. (I quickly brushed on light blue Copic refill Frost Blue B00 & then coloured the flowers in.)
CAN I USE OTHER MARKERS? If you don't have Copic markers, this will work with some others. I've tried it with CTMH markers & love that. BUT Stampin' Up! Markers require embossing after or they won't set (cure) properly over the gesso. I'd love to hear about it if you try other marker brands.
DO I REALLY NEED GESSO? You can do this scratching technique with regular cardstock (no gesso). but you might want to be more careful to avoid scratching the paper.
I just enjoy the added texture & the fact that it lets you scratch a lot without tearing the paper as much because of the elasticity of the gesso. Also, Copic markers pool in the grooves and you can get interesting effects. (LOVE that!)
Thanks for taking time out of your busy day!
(after you see all the MFteasers, of course!) ;o)