Markers are multipurpose when it comes to coloring stamped images. They can be used for both coloring in the images created and bringing vibrant shades to designs, whilst some markers can also be used to ink the stamp itself. This post will outline how to perfect your coloring of stamped images with the help of Chameleon Pens.
- The different ways to use your marker when stamp coloring
- What should I color my stamps with?
- Why Chameleon Pens are one of the best
The different ways to use your marker when stamp coloring
You can use your markers in various ways to create awesome stamp coloring masterpieces. There’s no right or wrong way to color these in, they’re all yours to experiment with. Try vibrant colors, different shading gradients and even patterns to make them truly unique and stand out. They can be used in many different ways to:
- Color in outline stamps.
- Add fine details and patterns to stamps that aren’t colored with markers.
- Pens with slow drying inks can be used to ink the stamp itself.
- Why not try inking your stamp with different colors for an exciting multi-colored effect? This is guaranteed to give your work that truly unique feel.
What should I color my stamps with?
As we said earlier, there’s no right or wrong way to color in your stamps. It’s completely up to you and what you feel comfortable with. Plus, you’re likely to lean towards your strengths and go with that technique. But, why not challenge yourself and pick up something new along the way? The most common products to color in your stamps are:
- Embossing powders
As with anything, the better equipment you buy, the more likely it is that you’re going to see better results. Our preferred method of coloring stamps is with markers. Chameleon Pens are brilliant and the results you can achieve with them are incredible.
Why Chameleon Pens are one of the best
Hold on a second… Before we move onto why these pens are one of the best for coloring stamped images, it’s important to know what inks are compatible with these innovative marker pens.
You may be thinking “why’s this so important?” and “does it really matter?” but using the wrong inks can result in absolute disaster for your stamped images.
Solvent or alcohol inks are not compatible with alcohol based markers like Chameleon Pens. For best results, we recommend to use Memento dye based ink pads.
Or if you want to just color your stamped outline, then Memento dye based inks are great and come in a variety of colors. If you don’t own Memento dye based inks then pigment will do but make sure you use embossing powder and heat set it to stop it from smudging.
NOTE: You need to apply heat to the powder to set it before you can layer over the top.
Image by Ilina Crouse
Dual tip pens rule
Chameleon Pens are equipped with two different nibs on the opposite ends of the pen. One is a Bullet Nib and the other is the Japanese Super-Soft Brush Nib. These pens work best for coloring stamped images as their fiber tips deliver ink in a truly consistent manner. Their flexible nature allows you to determine the thickness of lines and patterns with added or reduced pressure.
The Japanese Super-Soft Brush Nib works like a paintbrush to give thick and thin lines where desired. It has a tip that tapers to a fine point which means that intricacy and delicacy is no problem for this brilliant nib.
The Detail Pen
Has your stamp not caught the paper right in places and left gaps? Well, not a problem. Use our Detail Pen to fill in the bits that your stamp hasn’t quite reached. You won’t be able to tell the difference.
The Blending Pen
Coloring outside of the lines is pretty elementary stuff, yet we still all do it. And if you deny that you don’t stray out from time to time you’re only kidding yourself. With our Blending Pen, you can lift the excess ink right off the page and nobody will ever find out.
Permanent and fast drying ink
Chameleon Pens are alcohol based which means they dry rapidly. That’s perfect for coloring in stamped images as it rules out any possibilities of smudging and ruining your work. Whilst this makes it ideal for coloring the stamps, inking the stamps isn’t possible with alcohol-based markers.
Create your own unique blends
Chameleon Pens are equipped with an innovative Mixing Chamber which makes blending colors easier than ever before. And even better, you only need one pen. Save yourself from lugging round tons of pens by simply popping the nib in the Mixing Chamber for however long you desire and then the pen’s ink will start to dilute to different gradients of our impressive colors. Create hundreds of tones from just 50 pens.
Mastered stamp coloring? Well... What next?
So, you’ve mastered stamp coloring and now you’re stuck for something new to dive into. Well, luckily for you we’ve created a technique guide that includes new art forms ready and waiting for you to get stuck into. Not only new art forms, why not brush up on your weaker techniques and color like no other with Chameleon Pens?
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Title Image by Ilina Crouse