Coloring Blog by Päivi

How do you achieve smooth surface with Sharpie markers?

Monday 11/28/16 time 3:57 PM

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With Sharpie markers, (and other similar markers) you can get a very smooth surface.

The point is not that duplication should be avoided. On the contrary, the more layers you make during the coloring, the more even the surface will get. Apply the new layer always as a part of the previous one, and even on top of it. Continue that way, filling the entire surface, and there will be no unpleasant blotches.

You can also color the entire area once and then the whole area again. It does not matter if the color dries in the meanwhile.

In any case, color the paper as many times as it takes to saturate the paper. Check from the other side of the paper if it is saturated enough.

Upper area is colored with just a single layer. The lower area is colored so that the paper is saturated, which took about three layers of color.

A saturated coloring requires a little more effort, but the coloring becomes much more meaningful when the outcome is wonderfully smooth and the color has been properly absorbed into the paper.

In the finished picture clouds and the sky have been colored using a Sharpie the way I have described here. 

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Pens: Sharpie
Book: Mental Images vol 2

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Underlay with alcohol markers, finish with gel pens

Monday 11/28/16 time 3:56 PM

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You can achieve an interesting combination with alcohol markers and gel pens when you first color the whole image with markers and then, on top of that, color the details with gel pens.

The left side of the figure is made with the markers only, and the right side has been finished with gel pens.

Please note that the background color may change because of gel pens in an unexpected way. Sometimes the result might be a very marvelous shade. You should therefore try the colors on a different piece of paper first, if you do not want to be surprised.

With this technique, you can have a vivid, and to my opinion, also a more balanced outcome than you could with gel pens only.

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Pens: Alcohol markers (Promarker etc) and gel pens
Book: Mental Images vol 1

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Totally stressless colouring with rainbow gel pens

Monday 11/28/16 time 3:53 PM

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Are you already familiar with rainbow gel pens? They are otherwise normal gel pens, but one pen contains several colors.

When you color with a rainbow pen, you can never be sure when and how the tone changes.

There is no point even trying to design the colors of the image. Wonderfully relaxing, since there is no need to think about the color choices!

Rainbow gel pens are particularly suitable for abstract mandalas and patterns. All the examples here are colored with one or two gel pens only.

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Pens: Rainbow gel pens
Book: Mental Images vol 1

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Joko olet tutustunut rainbow-geelikyniin? Ne ovat muuten normaaleja geelikyniä, mutta yhdessä kynässä on monta väriä.

Kun kynällä värittää, ei koskaan voi olla varma milloin ja miten sävy vaihtuu. Ei kannata edes yrittää suunnitella kuvan värejä. Aivan ihanan rentouttavaa, kun värivalintoja ei tosiaankaan voi eikä tarvitse miettiä!

Rainbow-geelikynät sopivat erityisen hyvin mandaloiden ja abstraktien kuvioiden värittämiseen. Kaikki esimerkin kuvat on väritetty yhdellä tai kahdella geelikynällä.

Värit: rainbow-geelikynät
Värityskirja: Mielikuvia vol 1

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Joko olet tutustunut rainbow-geelikyniin? Ne ovat muuten normaaleja geelikyniä, mutta yhdessä kynässä on monta väriä.

Kun kynällä värittää, ei koskaan voi olla varma milloin ja miten sävy vaihtuu. Ei kannata edes yrittää suunnitella kuvan värejä. Aivan ihanan rentouttavaa, kun värivalintoja ei tosiaankaan voi eikä tarvitse miettiä!

Rainbow-geelikynät sopivat erityisen hyvin mandaloiden ja abstraktien kuvioiden värittämiseen. Kaikki esimerkin kuvat on väritetty yhdellä tai kahdella geelikynällä.

Värit: rainbow-geelikynät
Värityskirja: Mielikuvia vol 1

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Joko olet tutustunut rainbow-geelikyniin? Ne ovat muuten normaaleja geelikyniä, mutta yhdessä kynässä on monta väriä.

Kun kynällä värittää, ei koskaan voi olla varma milloin ja miten sävy vaihtuu. Ei kannata edes yrittää suunnitella kuvan värejä. Aivan ihanan rentouttavaa, kun värivalintoja ei tosiaankaan voi eikä tarvitse miettiä!

Rainbow-geelikynät sopivat erityisen hyvin mandaloiden ja abstraktien kuvioiden värittämiseen. Kaikki esimerkin kuvat on väritetty yhdellä tai kahdella geelikynällä.

Värit: rainbow-geelikynät
Värityskirja: Mielikuvia vol 1

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An exciting background with lines

Monday 11/28/16 time 3:36 PM

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In this example the background has been hatched with alcohol pens. This requires only three different colors. Colors blend nicely on paper and new shades will form.

This technique was originated by accident, when I planned to color the background in turquoise, but the ink was just about to end.

Then I just drew lines as long as that ink lasted, and the rest of the background I hatched with other colors.

This style is especially suitable for a big, blank background, and the result is very impressive. You can create different kind of moods and depth perceptions, depending on the direction of the lines.

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Pens: Touchfive markers
Book: Mental Images vol 1

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How to use alcohol markers to make your coloring look like a painting

Monday 11/28/16 time 3:31 PM

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Using alcohol markers you can quickly and easily make your coloring look like a painting. Use neighboring tones and spread the colors in layers.

There are only two different shades in the cherry blossom petals here - pink and lilac. Here is how it is done:

1. Color the parts of the flower closest to its center with a darker tone. Then color the small areas at end of the petals with a lighter tone.

2. Color the petals entirely with the lighter tone.

3. Make a couple of layers of different sizes close to the flower's center. Finalize with a touch of the darker tone.

Be sure to let the previous phase to dry before continuing.

The background of the flying fish image was colored with neighboring tones. Coloring strokes were made parallel to the droplets. Shades were colored overlapping, so that the tones mingle softly.

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Pens: Touchfive, Promarker and Finecolour markers
Book: Mental Images vol 1

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How do you revive alcohol markers?

Monday 11/28/16 time 3:22 PM

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When an alcohol marker has dried out, it is by no means to be thrown into the trash! There is usually still ink in it, only the solvent has dried. You can make a dried out alcohol marker fully usable with this simple little trick.

1. Pour some rubbing alcohol into a glass jar and put the marker in it, so that the tip of the pen is completely covered in liquid. Keep it there for about five minutes.

2. Put the cap of the pen back on and hold the marker tip-side down for at least two days.

3. Take the marker and color!

After recovery, the tone is usually slightly less opaque than before, but on the other hand this means you get beautiful pastel shades, which are often hard to find.

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This image was colored with the two markers shown in the first picture, after they had been revived.

Coloring was started in the middle of the picture, and it appears that in the beginning the tone is less opaque, but it deepens and stabilizes soon. However, the tone remains more pale than the original.

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Equipment: Alcohol markers and rubbing alcohol
Book: Mental Images vol 1

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Soft and smooth surface with Baby Oil

Monday 11/28/16 time 3:09 PM

Baby oil - pehmeä ja tasainen väripinta

Pehmeän ja hieman vintage-tyylisen pinnan salaisuus on baby oil! Väritä alue puuvärillä, jäljen ei tarvitse olla edes kovin tasaista. Kasta vanupuikko baby oiliin ja levitä väri.

Maatuskakuvassa vasemmalla näkyy violetilla väritetty alue, jonka vasen puoli on levitetty baby oililla. Voi että miten kaunis, utuinen pehmeys!

Värit: Caran d'Ache Pablo
Muut tarvikkeet: Natusan first touch baby oil (marketeista) ja vanupuikot
Värityskirjat: Mielikuvia vol 1 (maatuska) ja Mielikuvia vol 2 (tyttö ja perhonen)

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Pehmeän ja hieman vintage-tyylisen pinnan salaisuus on baby oil! Väritä alue puuvärillä, jäljen ei tarvitse olla edes kovin tasaista. Kasta vanupuikko baby oiliin ja levitä väri.

Maatuskakuvassa vasemmalla näkyy violetilla väritetty alue, jonka vasen puoli on levitetty baby oililla. Voi että miten kaunis, utuinen pehmeys!

Värit: Caran d'Ache Pablo
Muut tarvikkeet: Natusan first touch baby oil (marketeista) ja vanupuikot
Värityskirjat: Mielikuvia vol 1 (maatuska) ja Mielikuvia vol 2 (tyttö ja perhonen) - See more at: http://www.paivivesala.com/varitysvinkit#sthash.K2VxKykC.dpuf

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The secret of a soft, vintage-style coloring is baby oil!

1. Color the area with colored pencils, roughly is good enough.

2. Dip a cotton bud in Baby Oil and spread the color.

Baby oil has been used on the purple area on left hand side of this matryoshka doll. Oh, how beautiful, hazy softness!


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Pens: Caran d'Ache Pablo
Equipment: Natusan Baby Oil and Q-tips

Books:
Mental images vol 1 (matryoshka doll)
Mielikuvia vol 2 (girl in the garden)



 
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Baby oil - pehmeä ja tasainen väripinta

Pehmeän ja hieman vintage-tyylisen pinnan salaisuus on baby oil! Väritä alue puuvärillä, jäljen ei tarvitse olla edes kovin tasaista. Kasta vanupuikko baby oiliin ja levitä väri.

Maatuskakuvassa vasemmalla näkyy violetilla väritetty alue, jonka vasen puoli on levitetty baby oililla. Voi että miten kaunis, utuinen pehmeys!

Värit: Caran d'Ache Pablo
Muut tarvikkeet: Natusan first touch baby oil (marketeista) ja vanupuikot
Värityskirjat: Mielikuvia vol 1 (maatuska) ja Mielikuvia vol 2 (tyttö ja perhonen)

- See more at: http://www.paivivesala.com/varitysvinkit#sthash.K2VxKykC.dpuf
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Vivid background with circle technique

Monday 11/28/16 time 2:48 PM

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Coloring a large area with alcohol marker might get very boring and irritating. Here is a technique to make it fun!

I did a background full of green circles, using just one color. Let the circles dry before drawing the next one. Thus, where the circles overlap, beautiful and soft darker shades will show.

The end result is nice and vibrant, and best of all, the coloring is relaxing when you do not have to worry about the color drying out.

The cherry blossom picture I made with same technique but I used three different colors.

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Pens: Touchfive and Finecolour alcohol markers
Book: Mental Images vol 1

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