Polka Dot Pals Fern

This was so cool! In the past, I’ve enjoyed coloring with my Prismacolor pencils on kraft paper but I came across a card by Sandy Allnock that achieved the same thing except with Copic markers. What? How was that done? Turns out, Neenah comes out with a Desert Storm color that works the same way as their white that I like to use. It wasn’t more than two seconds after discovering this that I purchased my own pack to play with.

My project started with using a few sets to create a scene using the Polka Dot Pals from Whimsy Stamps. This one used the character, fence and flower from Polka Dot Pals Fern combined with the insects and mushrooms from Polka Dot Pals Imogen. Lastly I added the face from Polka Dot Pals Khadija. Everything in the foreground of the scene was masked and the fence was added.
It took a little while to get used to the way the paper worked. Unlike the white, the Desert Storm shows dark when it’s whet so often times I would have to wait for that area to dry before deciding to color more or not. It wasn’t a problem on larger areas such as the fence and hair but the smaller areas took a little more patience.
I wanted to add white but wasn’t sure how that was going to work. I first started with some water based white and a brush but the paper seemed to get too wet and I couldn’t see what I was doing. So I ended up using a gel pen and giving a stark highlight in the direction of the light source. I think it works but next time I’ll be interested to find a softer way to add white – in hindsight, pencils seems like the obvious choice so that will be my go to next time.
For the card, I kept it simple and was lucky to find a decorative paper that matched. I was worried about that so I consider that a gold-start find. Since there wasn’t a lot of white, I stayed away from white embellishments or white in the paper least it would provide too much of a contrast.

These are the Copic markers I used:

E70, 71, 74, 77, 79
E40, 41, 42, 43, 44
E000, 30, 31, R12, E04
YR30, 31, 24, 27
R11, 12, 14, 08, 27
R0, 1, 2, 4, 7
YG21, 23, 25, 67
YR20, 16, 18
E30, 31, 35, 57

Neenah Desert Storm 80# Cardstock

These are the stamps I used:

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