Dove Blender - Blending Techniques
Blending Techniques with Watercolour Pencils & Blending Techniques with Markers
Helpful Blending Tips
1) Place several short strokes of any Water Based Markers colour onto a white styrofoam plate or a plastic palette. Using the Dove Blender, pick up the marker colour with the tip and apply it to the stamped image.
2. Some paper requires The Dove Blender to prep the area first before applying color. Simply take your Blender with no colour on it and colour the desired area to be coloured first. Then take your Blender with colour to the desired area. By Prepping the area this allows one to apply various marker colours to blend directly onto the card
3. Before changing colours, wipe the blender clean on a scrap piece of paper. Be careful not to pick up to much color. If there is to much simply wipe the blender tip on a scrap paper before coloring the image. The tip may look discoloured, but if you rub the tip on scrap paper and it is clear, then it is clean.
4. When working with a intense color, take the Dove Blender right to the tip of the marker to lighten. By touching the tip of the marker with the Blender, the marker colour has transferred to the blender tip will be lighter in value.
5. For a realistic blended look, layer color on top of color. For example start with a marker colour of light purple and then add a darker purple or blend colours on a palette, then apply to your image.
Blending Techniques with Watercolor Pencils and Chalks
6. When using Watercolor Pencils, take colour you are going to use and make a palette by scribbling a little of each colour on a scrap piece of paper with all the colours. Then take your Dove Blender and pick up the colour and apply to your image. Hint start with lighter colors first. When you are done there is no fixative needed because the blending medium in the pen does it for you.
7. When using Chalks you can apply a little to the area you are colouring, or use a applicator and take the Dove Blender tip to pick up the colour, then apply to image. You also can take the blender tip right to the chalk color. When you are done there is nofixative needed because the blending medium in the pen does it for you.
8. When using Watercolour Paint take the Dove Blender or a brush with the Dove Blending Fluid directly to the colour or use a palette, and then pick up the colour, and start colouring your image. When you are done coloring, the blending medium in the pen or the Blending Fluid on the brush will make your work Permanent when it is allowed to dry.
9. When the Dove Blender becomes dry, simply pull the end cap off and add several drops of the Dove Blending Fluid in the pen. Be sure you only add drops, not fill the pen to the top.
10. When the Dove Blender tip becomes frayed, simply pull the nib out and replace it with a new one. Hint moisten the nib with some blending fluid so you can start colouring right away.
Blending Technique on Embossed Images
- With the tip of your water based markers, lay a hint of colour on the actual embossed image.
- The embossed lines serve as a palette, making it easier to move the colour,
- thus eliminating a hard line created by the marker.
- Working in a circular motion and in small areas, use the Dove Blender to pull the colour into the open area of the design.
- When this process is completed a light application of colour will appear on the image to prevent the colour from appearing too washed out, continue to add more colour using the marker and the Dove Blender until the desired depth of colour is achieved.
- Start with lighter colours and then gradually add darker colours.
- Limit the colours being used.
- Three basic colors differing in intensity, plus variation in value, will give life
- and interest to a stamped image.