B is for blending markers

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou
Spectrum Noir Tricolour offers three shades in each one of these markers.

These markers are incredible. The colors are intense and vibrant, and they give a watercolor effect. And, if you layer the colors, they blend like watercolors. It really is the best of all possible worlds. The markers are easy to use and you get beautiful color that blends. Plus the color comes on dry. There’s no need to wait until the paint dries before you add another layer. If you have a limited amount of time to create a small painting, the blending markers are a good option.

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”

Pablo Picasso
I had painted the glass so this is a painting of a painting.

This is a mixed media painting that I made of the jar, which was originally a spice jar. When the spice was gone, I washed out the jar and washed off the label. I then used glass paint to create the floral pattern. Yesterday, I decided to use the jar as a model for my painting, just because it was brightly colorful. I made the painting on a small sheet of hot press paper. Normally, I don’t much like hot press paper because it has a very smooth texture. When you’re painting with watercolors, you want a rougher texture, preferably some sort of cold press paper. But markers and liquid watercolor are great on a hot press type of paper. The media that I used to create this painting included blending markers, liquid watercolor, and a Sharpie. If you’re wondering how I got the very light colors in the jar, I watered down the color so that it would be less bright and less dramatic than the background colors.

“I invent nothing. I rediscover.”

Auguste Rodin
Rediscovering the world of insects.

This was today’s project. My original is a ladybug painted on a rock with acrylic paints. The rediscovered version is done with blending markers and a Sharpie. It’s a small painting, and a fun project to do when you really don’t have a lot of time but you want to create. It’s something that a teacher could do with a class or a family could do together or you could do with friends. It’s fun and easy and there is very little mess to clean up when the project is finished.

It’s B Day!!!

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