Ever wanted to create a background that exactly matches your colored images? Using Copic Markers for the background is the key to making it all match perfectly!
One of the backgrounds I love to create using Copic Markers is a technique I came up with a few years ago that creates a watercolor look using Copic Markers (or any alcohol based marker) and Copic Blending Solution. It’s super easy to do and I love how quickly it dries…even faster than watercolor!
And you can see here how it matches perfectly, just by using the same color palette that you’ve used coloring your image. I chose three marker shades after coloring my main image, E93, Rv11 and B63. You can find all the marker shades I’ve used for Coloring linked in the supply list at the bottom of this blog post. This sweet stamped image was a dream to stamp and color and I absolutely love all the crafty sayings and additional stamps that come with the set. It’s called Crafty Lady by Brandi Kincaid for Ellen Hutson LLC and it’s exclusive to the Ellen Hutson shop.
So cute, right?!
Copic Faux Watercolor Technique
Supplies Needed: For this technique all you need are some Copic Markers and some Copic Blending Solution. This solution is the same solution that you’ll find in the Copic Colorless Blender Sketch Marker and what it does is move the color. It DOES NOT bleach it but rather moves the color from the area you place it and will shift it out.
Simply scribble some bands of color across your card stock. I’m using Neenah Solar White as I think it blends really will with Copics and it’s so smooth for stamping on. Your color doesn’t have to be perfect and I’ve barely blending it at all!
As you can see I’ve started with a peachy shade, moved to pink, then purple and then back again to balance out the design. Seriously this is quick…soooo quick! I didn’t even care if the edges were scribbled or straight.
Next pour some of the Copic Blender Solution into a bowl. I’ve used a glass bowl but plastic works too. Sorry you can’t see the solution in this picture as it’s clear but trust me…it’s there! I use a medium sized paint brush to flick some “water spots” onto the Copic background. This will give you small little dots on the background.
If you like to go BIG or GO HOME, drop the Blender Solution directly onto the background for those bold big spots. You can also take your paintbrush and dab in solution in areas that you think need a little more splotchiness. I know that’s not a real word but you get my drift! Because the solution evaporates quickly this background will dry in less than a minute and you can get right on to finishing up your card!
Here’s what it might look like. Every background will be fun and unique but the great thing is that you will have a background that PERFECTLY COLOR MATCHES your coloring! This is especially awesome if you’re like me and start your coloring first and then are scratching your head and tearing apart your craft room trying to find the perfect card stock or patterned paper to match.
Finish off your card with a sentiment and some bling and call it a day!
Thanks for joining me today! Happy creating!
P.S. If you’re looking to add to your Copic Marker stash, Ellen Hutson LLC has them in stock at 25% off EVERY day! Yay!