Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #007 May 31st 2006
Gamsol Magic  
It's a distinctive look, and many of you have wondered how she does it. Using wax-based pencils and some mineral spirits, princessink shows us a "magical" method for coloring open images.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Gamsol or other odorless mineral spirits
  • Blending stumps
  • Prismacolor® or other wax-based pencils
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: naebird asked: "I saw in the SU!® catalog that you can use the ink refills to dye twill tape. I couldn't find any examples or instructions. I would love to try this for some bookmarks, but I am not sure where to start. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
    A: It's easy to dye twill, cardstock, metal rimmed tags, ribbon and fibers. In a small bowl, mix a few drops of reinker with some water. Your water/ink mix should completely cover what you're dyeing. Let soak for a few minutes until you have the look you want. That can take up to 10 minutes. Remove from water and let dry. If the color isn't dark enough, add more reinker drops and repeat.
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Kris Turner has a hint for the Painted Pearls technique. "One thing I learned over time is that if your "painting" hides the detail lines within an image (i.e., flower petals, lines in leaves, etc.), you can simply go over those lines with the Aquapainter while the picture is still wet to lift the color off the lines. It can make quite a difference to the overall look."

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