Thursday, 14 June 2018

Blending Experiment

I wanted to try out my new Pergamano blending pen and nibs to see how they would work with my Faber-Castell Big Brush Markers.  They are fabulous for fine detail and I discovered an unexpected bonus.
I started by gluing a piece of copy paper onto a #8 manilla tag.  The paper had been used to mop up ink from my blending mat.  Because the paper was printed on the back, some of the print shows through, but I don't mind as it adds interest in the background.  The paper was sealed with matte gel medium, dried and trimmed.
Next, I stamped the dream catcher from Linda's Dream dangles (Claritystamp) in Versamark ink and heat embossed the image in detail black EP.
Using the Pthalo Blue big brush marker by Faber-Castell,  I added a line of colour down each feather.  The Pergamano blender pen with a new nib was used to blend the colour out.  Because the surface had been sealed and was non-porous, I didn't need any sort of medium on the nib.  I added Cold Grey III to the ribbons and the outside of the dream catcher, blending with the same nib.  I found that the nib had picked up enough colour to add ghost shadows to the strings and centre of the dream catcher; an unexpected bonus.
The word 'Dream' from Word Chain 5 (Claritystamp) was stamped at the bottom of the tag in the same way as the dream catcher.
To finish, I added a sticker from the Small Talk book (Tim Holtz idea-ology) and shading to the word dream, using my Pergamano blending nib and the Phthalo Blue pen.  I think that I will be needing more nibs!
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