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Old 08-30-2010, 08:15 AM   #8
ilikemarkers
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Don't worry, you're just doing it wrong. It's not the paper, or anything like that, simply technique.

Start with the lighter color, evenly in circles like you did before.

Next, instead of putting a line of red on one side, carefully "flick" a little color in from one side towards the middle. Go about half-way into the shape. What the flicking does is it puts deeper color on one side, then less color as it gets towards the middle. Flick a few layers, so you don't see as many streaks in the red.

Next, come back with the first color and really soak it over the flicked area, from the middle, back towards the darkest edge. You should be able to see the dark red start to fade or wash out to the lighter color.

The problem you had, is if you only used a line of color there was not enough dye to blend. It also had too sharp an edge for a smooth blend. Try flicking, then let me know how it works.
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