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You can create a beautiful watercolor look simply using the Tombow* Blending Pen. The blending pen is easy to use and the watercolor effect looks very professional. Here are two different ways to use the blending pen.
To get started you will need at least one Tombow* Blending pen. I prefer to have one pen per color family (one pen for reds and purples, one for yellows, one for blues etc). You will also need a Black Archival Ink Pad and Close to My Heart® Exclusive Inks stamp pads, stamps and paper.
1. Stamp your design using the Black Archival ink pad. Allow the ink to dry for a minute to avoid smudges and smears.
2. Take your Close to My Heart® Exclusive Inks stamp pad and with the lid closed, squish the center of the lid towards the ink pad. When you open up the ink pad, you will see that a little bit of ink is now on the inside lid. Pick up some of the ink in the lid with your blending pen.
3. Apply the color as you would with a paintbrush. Start on the edges where you want the color darkest and pull it into the design. Pick up more ink and add color as desired. That's it. This technique works well when you want different parts of the design to be different colors.
4. When completed, wipe your blending pen on a scrap piece of paper until the marks turn clear again. The tip of the pen may remain colored, but it will no longer contaminate other colors. To be safe though, use the pen only with colors in the same color family.
1. Stamp your design using a Close to My Heart® Exclusive Inks stamp pad instead of the Black Archival ink pad. For example, stamp a vine like N188 Great Vine in green ink.
2. Now, working quickly while before the ink gets too dry, use a blending pen to pull the stamped ink in towards the middle of the design. This creates a darker color on the edges and lighter towards the middle. This technique works best when the whole stamped image will be one color.
3. When completed, wipe your blending pen on a scrap piece of paper until the marks turn clear again. The tip of the pen may remain colored, but it will no longer contaminate other colors. To be safe though, use the pen only with colors in the same color family.
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