11/03/2017

ZIG art and graphic twin colouring tutorial

I've been playing around with some ZIG art and graphic twin pens by Kuretake for a few months now and have been trying out different techniques and styles with them. I've found them most fun to use when treated like water colour paints. I scribble a little ink from the brush end of the pen on to an acrylic block (the kind used for stamping with clear stamps) and then apply the colour from the block to good quality card stock with a Pentel aquash water brush pen.

This cute girl image stamp is from a set called "You're so special" which is part of the Secret Garden range from Hunkydory. I've stamped her on 350gsm hammered texture cream coloured card with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and set the card aside to dry fro a few minutes. Here is a step by step picture showing how I have coloured her in.
 434 Apricot for face, arms and legs with a the tiniest touch of touch of 230 Pale Rose Blush on the her cheek.
10 Lemon Yellow for highlights on skirt, main colour for the flower and butterfly
 4 Orange for the top and bottom of skirt petals, vest, shoes, detail on butterfly and outer edges of the flower petals
 24 Scarlet red for the toadstool tops
 2 red for depth of colour on toadstool. little details on flower petals and the butterfly
73 sand for highlight on her hair and toadstool stalks
73 Sand to built up detail in her hair
77 Deep Brown for hair tips and crown area and 56 Mid Green for the grass and ground

It takes a bit of practise to work out how much water you want to add to the pen ink on your block but it is possible to create interesting details with just 1 colour depending on how many layers you paint and how much you dilute the ink. Also it is worth noting that you need to wait before painting adjacent sections as the new ink will bleed in to damp areas of your image.

Happy colouring, Jolene x

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