So, what has me so excited? These extremely skilled crafters have been demonstrating a technique that I'd not seen before and the results blew me away. No black lines stamping! Paola, Jane and Zoe have coloured with Copics and, as my Copic colouring is pants, I wondered what would happen if I coloured with Distress Inks instead. The result was quite a surprise!
(sorry for rubbish photo - it's nearly dark here - will swap it for a better one tomorrow)
This is by no means the best painting I've ever done because it was rushed when I got in from work tonight but - Jane tells me that with the Copic colouring, the pink lines disappear altogether so you are totally reliant on adding tone and shade to get the definition - however, with the Distress Inks, the pink lines seem to ABSORB the colour of the ink you are painting with, hence the edges of the sunflower petals being (mostly) yellow (not a very steady hand tonight) and the leaf and stem edges being green, and Milton being shades of brown. You do need to think about what needs to be what colour - I could so easily have ended up with a brown edged stem - so I think I shall practice hard with doing the various section edges first before adding the colour wash.
Anyhoo, it was a venture into the unknown, and one I shall certainly try again when I've more time and had a decent sleep! Hope you don't mind me sharing the first results with you.
(Really struggling to get a decent photo - with all this grey cloud it's like midwinter
- he's painted on WHITE card, not blue)