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Old 02-16-2008, 06:22 AM   #1  
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Exclamation learning to color...how to tutorials and some

questions. I still consider myself to be 'new' to stamping. I've been 'collecting' for about 2 years now though. Other than visiting this site and a some time in a stampin up club, i haven't actually stamped all that much. I need to learn to color so that my work doesn't look like something my 5yo turned out. My first question is, did you just pick a look you liked and then practice with that till you got it down? or did you try lots of different things to find something you were good at and liked doing? and lastly if you know of any coloring technique tutorials out there, would love to see them. I am especially interested in watercolor looks for now. I have looked at some of the tutorials on here, I have tried the gamsol magic (once)...
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but I have a few tips.

Gamsol Magic is not the easiest technique to begin with. It seems to work great for other people. Not so good for me. Can't get it as smooth as I would like.... Easter Invite

Try an aquapainter -- little brushes that hold water in the handle. You can pick up color from any of your colored ink pads and then paint your image. Or you can pick up the color from watercolor pencils..... I don't polka!

A completely different method -- works better on intricate patterned images -- is to stamp with Versmark and the rub various colors of chalk over the image.... LOVE
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Tracy:

The best suggestion I have is practice, practice, practice. When I first started my coloring was ok at best. Over the years I have improved my skills simply by practicing and doing.
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Thank-you for starting this thread. Now I don't feel so bad because I too am not very good at coloring. It is the worst part of my cards. I also like the aquapen and have used that since my SU demo showed me. It is very easy to do but I still struggle to get my colors "right". Darn perfectionism.
The versa mark method sounds fun and I will try it next.
I guess for regular pencil coloring I will keep practicing!
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My suggestion would be to try a few different options and see what you like best and then practice, practice, practice! For years I mainly used solid stamps because I didn't like my coloring. I tried watercoloring, chalks, pencils, etc and didn't particularly like any of it.

But I seem to have found my coloring mojo (only took me 6 years!) I love the gamasol and prismacolor pencils (this techniques works with other pencils but the prismas really do work best...quality makes a difference). I do use chalks...but only on my House Mouse images (can't find anything else that I like for coloring them). Regular chalks smear but I bought some at a stamping expo last year that are "smearless" (they still smear a bit but not nearly as bad!)

Good luck in finding your coloring mojo!

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I've never tired Gamsol for blending, I guess you could say I'm stuck in a rut with using watercolor pencils and regular colored pencils. I love using Markers and a Blender pen or a Aqua Brush. I do own a Blender Pencils that I really Love to use.

Here are a couple that I have done using my Blender Pencil and Prisma color pencils, Tombow Markers, American Craft set two markers.


Sweet Skunk

Simple Thanks

Happy Spring

One day I will try gamsol. But for now I will stay with what I know.
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The best suggestion I have is practice, practice, practice. When I first started my coloring was ok at best. Over the years I have improved my skills simply by practicing and doing.
And then practice some more.... that's my downfall. Not enough practice.


I don't play the piano very well either.
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I'm a visual learner and found these coloring videos helpful.

This first one is great!
http://scraptime.ca/blogpage/?p=201

Although she doesn't do the wonderful shading, she shows good basic techniques:
http://scraptime.ca/blogpage/?p=244

http://scraptime.ca/blogpage/?p=86

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Debbie Gimbel who got me hooked on using prismacolor pencils and gamsol has a couple of books. That I got when I did a make and take with her at a convention several years ago, one is called Magic Colored Pencil and the other is Totally Useful Color Theory for Stampers. On the back of the book it says to email [email protected] but I have no idea if that is still her email. The first book is great for telling you how to use the stumps and gamsol, the direction to color in, for the shading and the coloring as well as if the gamsol should go down in a circular pattern or otherwise.

You can check out this site A Lifetime of Color
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Another vote for the Prisma and Gamsol. I'm a brand new stamper. Never tried stamping 'til I found this place...

Here is the fifth card I made...colored with Prisma pencils and Gamsol

Here is another example


I've not had a lot of practice really...so it can't be that hard to learn.
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I think too what helps is to buy some wood mounted stamps where the labels of the image are colored. Begin mimicking what you see on the label. That will help you learn shading.
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A great magic pencil video tutorial - (be sure to check out lesson#2 - look at the link list on the right) There are other possibilities on the links on the right. Also, do a search for other stamping technique videos on YouTube. I would do it for you but I've got to get rolling. :-) A couple more videos (these are long): Watercoloring with ink pads: (he's doing a card and does the watercoloring about 4:50 minutes into it) [url]http://sbl.tvweekly.com/player.php?e5f06a204c6d7966942bf7c99ef99d4cy1818[/url] Watercoloring with an aquapainter type waterbrush: [url]http://sbl.tvweekly.com/player.php?98b81bd03fafa07c8149ed0619201834w1290[/url] Thanks to all those bloggers who post tutorials for us!
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This is the website that launched my love of watercolouring:
http://website.lineone.net/~peter.saw/tips.html

After that, any time I was in a bookstore, I would pick one book on how to watercolour and just sit there and study it. I also tried different watercolour papers and brushes. I learned to pay attention to how much water was on the brush, how much pigment to pick up, how wet the paper is before adding pigment, etc etc. YouTube, like someone else mentioned is also a great resource.

If feels as if I have been searching all my life for how to achieve certain looks, and when I discovered real watercolour pigments on real watercolour paper with good brushes...it was like I had finally found what I never realized I had been looking for!!!

Keep searching for the colouring technique you love the most, and when you find it, try not to skimp on the materials. It really, really makes a difference!
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I found this tutorial very helpful

http://moonlight-inker.blogspot.com/...l-part-1a.html

Hope you do too!
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We have several coloring tutorials in our resource section:

Coloring with Alcohol Markers

Coloring with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol

Coloring with Pearl Ex and Future Floor Finish

Coloring with Watercolor Crayons

Coloring with Watercolor pencils and Aqua Painter
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Beate's list is pretty comprehensive, but I did do this Prismacolor/Gamsol tutorial a while back on my blog...
http://kirstendubosque.blogspot.com/...requested
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http://kirstendubosque.blogspot.com/...requested.html
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Practice most definitely. I keep telling my daughter (6 yo) to keep a coloring book and crayons in the car for "those" times (waiting in restaurants, drs. office, etc.) and color while we wait to pass the time. Bingo! It hits me -- why not have Mommy keep some stamped images in a ziplock bag with some colored pencils (mostly duplicates of what is in my stamp room). While we're both waiting we can both color. It's been great practice whether I keep the image and use on a card or toss it (like it didn't turn out like I was planning). I found my coloring improved and actually keep it in my purse now so I don't have to go back out to the car to grab it.

We grow up and sometimes we forget to play or in this case COLOR. Just my two cents.

Have a terrific day and don't forget to play!
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I have recently posted a few Copic tutorials on my blog, though the techniques are universal!
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I just got home with blender stubs and baby oil. I'm kinda skeered about the chemicals so I figured I'd try the baby oil trick with my prismas. We'll see... wish me luck!
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where can you buy gamsol?
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I am subscribing to this thread to be able to come back and find all the links later - as I need help with my coloring. Thanks for starting this thread for all of us who are coloring challenged.
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I just ordered gamsol from this site:
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I searched the web and this seemed to be the best buy. Other sites sell it for less, but you only get 2 oz. as compared to the 16 oz. you're getting at allartsupplies.com.

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Can I do this gamsol/prismacolor technique on the GP cardstock from W-M or does it have to be slick cardstock like the whisper white? TIA for your help!
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Prismas & Gamsol works fine with Georgia Pacific White cardstock .. it just isn't quite as ultra-smooth feeling as a more polished c/s. However, the results are fine ... still striking.
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I just started colouring my stamps in the last few months. Like you after colocting for many years I'm now using the stuff I have. lol I bought a set of SU markers, a small box of water colour crayons and a small set of water colour pensils. Then I stamped the same immage several times on different types of paper (cards stock, water colour paper, etc.) and tried each different way of colouring on each different type of paper. then I desided what way of colouring I liked the most. I seem to like using water colour crayons with a paint brush to blend right now but I may change my mind later.

I hope you have fun trying out all the different techniques like I did.

By the way I can't seem to find Gamsol in our local craft store or stationary store. Is that the brand name? Can it go by a different name?
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By the way I can't seem to find Gamsol in our local craft store or stationary store. Is that the brand name? Can it go by a different name?
It is a brand name of artist's grade odorless mineral spirits. The brand I use is Grumbacher but others have reported the brand name of Mona Lisa as well.
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"Gamsol" is the brand name sold at www.inkyantics.com . It's their brand of Odorless Mineral Spirits. It's in a handy felt-top bottle which makes it easy to get your stumps moistened. You can also buy Odorless Mineral Spirits at Gina K's website. She also offers a very cool bottle additionally for storing the mineral spirits in a handy way for stump saturation. And honestly, I have a metal can of odorless mineral spirits here that I bought at Hobby Lobby. It's a pain to pour from, and it offers no convenient means of getting the product to your stumps unless you invent a way on your own. I know this is a short list ... but enough to give you a good idea.
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It is a brand name of artist's grade odorless mineral spirits. The brand I use is Grumbacher but others have reported the brand name of Mona Lisa as well.

Thank you so much. This helps a lot! Our local stationary store had odorless mineral spirits in a dobber bottle but I didn't know if it was the same thing. Now I can try out another technique.
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only at SCS could you find such a helpful group of tutorials displayed and shared. I'm putting them straight into a binder for reference, now how do you find the time to try it all........
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[quote=stampintoo;8795050]A great magic pencil video tutorial - (be sure to check out lesson#2 - look at the link list on the right) [/quote] This video & video #2 from Sue is wonderful... :p
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I use GP with my Prismas & Gamsol and I'm pretty happy with the results
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I haven't tried all these methods, but I love the Water Color Crayons. You can buy just one color family at a time if you want to try them. I have used the water color pencils before, but I like the crayons better. I haven't ever tried the mineral spirits and prismas - that looks cool.
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Beth at the Saltbox Studio has been showing some wonderful tutorials for different coloring techniques using Prisma markers and Prismacolor pencils. I am not joking when I say that I could sit and watch Beth color for hours! It is fascinating to see the process done by a true artist. I have learned so many helpful coloring tips from her. You can check it out at her blog:

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Here is a tutorial that I learned a ton from! I don't have copics so I used my Tombow markers with excellant results...and normally I don't color directly to paper because it seems so strong but after seeing this tutorial from Sherrie you will!

http://sherrie-cardcreme.blogspot.co...-tutorial
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My printer is now out of paper. Awesome sites and advice. Thanks for asking a good basic question. I was so disappointed when I finally made it to the bottom and that was it. Only one page of a good thing? That like only one box of chocolate.
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Here is a tutorial that I learned a ton from! I don't have copics so I used my Tombow markers with excellant results...and normally I don't color directly to paper because it seems so strong but after seeing this tutorial from Sherrie you will!

http://sherrie-cardcreme.blogspot.co...-tutorial.html
I'm so glad I could help you in some way with coloring....I find the more I use them the better I get.....practice, practice, practice!
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but I have a few tips.

A completely different method -- works better on intricate patterned images -- is to stamp with Versmark and the rub various colors of chalk over the image.... LOVE
I love this method but I'm wondering how long it took for the versa mark to dry. How fast did you have to get the chalk on there? Beautifull card. Thnaks for sharing it.
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