Oxide ink with blending brush – colouring technique

Today I popped into my local art and craft shop (just around the corner from my house) for an impromptu class. It was a wonderful one-on-one for a class I had missed previously. Denise and Sharon (from the Scrappers Village) showed me how to stamp and colour images using those blending brushes and oxide inks. The result is simply amazing. 🙂

chameleon card blending brush oxide ink technique
I started by stamping the gorgeous chameleon onto watercolour paper, along with a few embellishments such as the leaves. I also stamped the chameleon onto a card front where I wanted him to be. I then made a round mask covering him where I wanted a separation between the colour and no colour. The packing on the stamp (which I used as inspiration for colours) showed a black background with white around the image, but we thought a yellow would be good to match the chameleon.

I coloured him with pinks, purples, greens, yellows, and reds. I also added a few touches with a white gel pen, and then fussy-cut him out so I could stick him onto the card. the circle was a plate I traceD with a pencil, and then drew in pen – freehand – and then added the second line and the detail to make him stand out. The yellow is 4 colours of yellow and brown sort of blended from lightest (inside) to darkest around the edges, and I really like how it turned out. I also used some of the smaller images from the stamp pack to make the doodles, as well as a baby chameleon, and two mosquitoes for them to eat. Then I stuck him on using foam tape to give him some dimension. Of course, I also added some bling and white gel pen on his spots and the bug wings.

Such a lovely class, and a really cool technique to add a chalky finish with lots of subtle colour changes. I am going to try watercolour next. Watch this space…

Happy Easter to you all, and if you are travelling, please take care and come home safely.


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