Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fresh Cut Sunflowers With Zig Markers

Hi Everybody,

After discovering watercoloring and Zig Markers, I asked myself the question, why would I want to color with Copics when I can put a wash of color over these flowers in one minute's time?  I'm kidding of course, I love Copics and Prismas but when you don't have a lot of time, this is one way to do it.  I've done three previous blog posts on scribbling the Zig Markers on the Bristol Smooth paper and spritzing with water and I had planned on moving on to a new technique but I've been busy the last couple of days so I find myself turning back to this quick technique. 

Someone asked to see what this looked like right after I finished scribbling before the water and here it is....  I kind of scribbled the colors where I wanted them on this one but I think everyone liked the first I did where I scribbled all over the place but both ways look good I think. 

Again, you don't have to even scribble the ink how you would normally color, put it anywhere because when you HEAVILY spritz with water, the ink will run all over anyway.  

I spritzed heavily and moved the paper around

I took a flat paintbrush and put some of the ink that had dripped off around the corners and edges. 

That's it!  If you aren't happy with how it looks at this point, spritz it again and you can even add more ink and spritz again. Make sure you are adding darker colors or they won't show up because the paper is already saturated with the water. 

Here's my card... I probably should've added some light blue that would flow around on the background.  I can do that next time lol.  

I love sunflowers and this set by The Ton Stamps called Fresh Cut Sunflowers is perfect, especially if you love masking and making bouquets.  I was going to make an actual bouquet and decided to stamp and mask it out this way.  I should've put a little space between the middle flowers but that's okay and where is the stem for that top sunflower LOL!  

I used Zig Real Brush Markers on Bristol Smooth Paper, spritzed heavily with water after scribbling on some color.  I had embossed in white using Hero Arts white embossing powder.  I embossed the word hello in Zing Chestnut embossing powder.  The greeting is from The Ton Stamps called Large Peony 1. I lOVE the huge peony in this set.  Check out this card I made with it in a previous post, here's the LINK

 I distressed the sides of the paper with a Tim Holtz distressing tool. This works so easily because the paper is weakened from being wet.  I went around the edges with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink and the corners with Gathered Twigs to make them a little darker. 

I finished it off with some dew drops from The Ton Stamps and I put Glossy Accents in the middle of the sunflowers to give them some dimension.  I thought the card stock I used was pretty with the wood grain texture, from Close To My Heart. The brown layer is from Gina K Designs called Chocolate Brown.  

I hope this inspires you to know that you can make a card even when you don't have a lot of time using Zigs and water.  You get a colored look without coloring.  Nothing in the world wrong with coloring!  Just do it when you have time and can relax.  

By the way I do take Copic and Prismacolor coloring classes from  Check out their website.  There are even some free classes on there if you want to see what they're like.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


1 comment:

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wonderful card and love the sunflowers always.