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View Poll Results: Which are your favorite ways to color? Choose as many as you wish.
Markers alone 57 31.15%
Marker with blender pen 17 9.29%
Regular pencils 14 7.65%
Regular pencils with mineral spirits or Gamsol 49 26.78%
Watercolor pencils 52 28.42%
Watercolor crayons 74 40.44%
Blender pen with reinker or ink pad 63 34.43%
Watercolor set and or H2O's 26 14.21%
Sponging ink 26 14.21%
Chalks or pastels 48 26.23%
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:01 AM   #1  
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Default POLL: What is your favorite way to color images?

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Old 02-18-2007, 07:06 AM   #2  
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I am still in the experimenting stages, so I don't know which one I like best yet. But so far these are the ones that I have tried.
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:11 AM   #3  
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um..mine is not listed, so can not vote. I like using the ink pads with an aqua painter
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Sorry hit the reply button to soon. Here are the ones that I have tried.
Regular pencils and OMS
Markers and blender pens
Watercolor pencils
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Old 02-18-2007, 08:07 AM   #5  
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I didn't even think about the aquabrush! sorry!
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Old 02-18-2007, 08:21 AM   #6  
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I hated to color until I got my Prismacolor pencils. Now I love it! I like using the watercolor crayons, too, but the Prismacolor method tops them all for me![IMG]//www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/images/icons/icon12.gif[/IMG]
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Old 02-18-2007, 08:24 AM   #7  
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My favorite, thanks to Yvette, is my aquapainter with reinkers, you get a way more intense color that way. If I want a softer effect I use my ink pads with my aquapainter.
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Old 02-18-2007, 08:39 AM   #8  
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I like how much control of the color you get my using pencils and gamsol. I used to love other methods until I tried gamsol and pencils - now I rarely use the other ones, just because the results I get with the gamsol.
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I love my watercolor pencils and watercolor crayons!
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Of those listed, I marked my 3 most frequently used.

But, there was an option that wasn't listed, and that is chalk pencils!

They are really neat to work with and combine the ability to maneuver into tight/small areas, but with the blendability of chalks/pastels! Very cool!

As for markers, you didn't say what kind of markers.

I have always used water-based markers, but, been displeased with the lines that occur. I'm going to invest in some alcohol based Copic markers, because I've heard so many good things about them, I think they'll be worth the investment because I do like working with markers a great deal, but want to avoid the lines.
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Dye reinkers and a brush and some water if using watercolor paper. Otherwise, it depends on the size of the image -- if small, markers. If large, watercolor crayons and a very small amount of water!
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it kinda depends on the set...
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Since trying it, my absolute favorite is Artists Grade OMS (can't find gamsol in Australia) & my trusty old Derwent pencils that I've had for over 20 years! If demoing then my next favourite is blender pen with inkpad/marker.
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For most of my cards I normally color with alcohol markers. The ones I use are tria's by pantone. The tria's actually have 3 different types of nibs contained in the one pen and come in a wide range of colors. As julie mentioned earlier in her post, with the alcohol inks you do eliminate the lines you often get with other types of markers. I have used them for about 5 years or so now and absolutely love them. The other good thing is you can buy reinkers for your tria pens which means you can then reinker them if you need to when the color runs out and of course if you want to you can use the reinkers for any of the alcohol ink techniques too.
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aquapainter and reinker in the pad lid.
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I chose blender pen with markers, colored pencils and chalks.
  • When I use my markers and the blending pen, I scribble the various colors into watercolor palette wells and then use the blending pen to grab the colors for a watercolor effect.
  • I use a blender pencil along with my colored pencils to blend the shades together.
  • I use a blending pen as well with my chalks for a watercolor effect.


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Depends on the image.

Large areas = watercolours.
Large areas when aiming for a dirty, shabby look = chalks.
Small areas = markers with or without blender pen or ink pad with blender pen.

It took me YEARS to realise I could combine techniques! I used to fiddle around trying to paint tiny tiny areas with a very fine watercolour brush... then I suddenly had a lightbulb moment and realised I could watercolour the large areas and fill in the details with markers.
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I just purchased the aquapainter and I am wondering if I can use it to dip in the ink pads? How do you clean it after use so it will not smear in other ink colors?
As for reinkers and aquapainter...do you dip it in too and paint?
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I marked 6-don't seem to have a preference!!!
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Reinker and water in the lig of my inkpad and watercolor brushes.
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It really all depends on what the image is that I am working with but I picked with the markers as that is the most frequent way I color. Love them!
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You missed my favorite way of coloring. I just use the ink in the lid of the ink pad with my aquapainter! SO EASY! Honestly I hardly use anything else!
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I guess it depends on my mood and what I am stamping at the time to what is my favorite. I also like the aqua painters.
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