A Splash of Color!

Hi all and welcome to another Inspire Me Monday!

Its Julie here and today I am going to show you a quick and easy way to add monochromatic color! As you follow along -- keep in mind -- there are a few steps, but they go very quickly and in the end, you have a piece that can take center stage on a card in minutes! Unlike some of the colored creations that I can work on for well over an hour, this look can be done in 10 minutes or less!

So, here’s the splash of monochromatic color that I want to showcase today.....

 Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Dye-based ink (I used Memento Rosebud)
  • Blender Pen
  • Water Brush
  • 2 complementary shades of Alcohol-based Markers
  • Acrylic Block

Let’s Get Started!

I started by stamping the largest Azalea image from the stamp set Azaleas in Rosebud Memento Ink. 

Using the Rosebud ink pad, “smoosh” (yes, that's the technical name) some ink onto a clean acrylic block. 

Using a blender pen, pick up the ink from the block and add color to areas of your flower.

Keep in mind, I didn't pick up the ink and color directly onto the flower. I usually colored a bit off on a scrap page so that the color would be a little more subtle. Here's a peek at my scribble sheet!

After I was done adding color to the flowers and branches, I used RV0000 and RV00 to add some shading around the outside of my flower. I think this adds a bit of depth!

Then, I had some fun with the left over ink on my acrylic block with a water brush. Make sure you squeeze some water out of the water brush so you have a very damp brush. I picked up the ink and then I took my finger tip and flicked/tapped the brush right below the brush, forcing the color onto the piece of paper. 

Depending on how wet your brush is, you can get different sized water splashes. On this one below, my brush was more wet. You'll see in my other card, the splashes were more fine. 

And here's one of my finished cards.....

Here's the other one!

Be sure to test drive different monochromatic color schemes! This one below is using Memento Sweet Plum with V01 and V0000 Copic Markers.

Here's a peek at Memento Teal Zeal with BG0000 abd BG53.

And here's what Lilac Posies looks like with the RV00 and RV63 Copic Markers.

I know I mentioned it before but gosh, what a fun way to add a splash of color -- using a variety of mediums -- blender pen, water brush and alcohol markers! Each main panel was finished in under 10 minutes! It actually took longer to put the whole card together than it did to color up my main image! 

Thanks for joining me today -- hope you give this technique a try and have a wonderfully creative week!



KimCreate said...

I love it! Will try!

Allison Cope said...

Stunning card creation Julie! Going to have to try this tone on tone technique! Awesome tutorial!

Katie Sims said...

This is just lovely, Julie! :)

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Julie, what a beautiful technique! It really gives such depth to your image! Stunning! And thanks for the step-by-step! Hugs!