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Reactive Inks + Colored Pencil With Koi Bunch

Feb 25, 2022 Lydia Fiedler

Hi friends! I have been on a colored pencil kick lately, so I thought I'd bring that to the blog today.

Koi are one of my favorite types of stamp images, because in real life, there's an endless variety of colors and patterns on koi, so you really have limitless coloring potential. At our botanical garden, there is a long, winding koi pond where you can see hundreds of these beautiful fish in all sorts of wild colors - my favorites are the ones with grey and black on them.

Today I thought I'd show you an easy trick for making your koi from the new Koi Bunch set look like they are under water.

First - use a blending brush to blend Splash and Pool Party Reactive Inks all over a card panel. You do not want this to be smooth - you want color and tone variation to give the look of water.

Next, stamp the koi in Contour Ink - this will react with the Hero Hues and give you a light outline to follow. 

Finally, color them with colored pencils - I used Luminance.

You'll notice that even the white spots don't look totally white, they are faintly blue from the ink underneath, which gives you the illusion that the fish are beneath the inky water on your card. I added a few little highlights with a white gel pen here and there.

Here's a closeup of some of the fishies. So fun and relaxing.

The sentiment is also from Koi Bunch.

I hope you have a great week!

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CM591 Koi Bunch | Hero Arts
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3 Responses

Linda Crowley

Linda Crowley

February 26, 2022


Cindy Graham

Cindy Graham

February 26, 2022

Great tips on this technique, Lydia! Thanks!

Melissa SunshineHoneyBee

Melissa SunshineHoneyBee

February 25, 2022

Wonderful tip shared about blue panel & water coloring of the Koi fish.
Just rcvd email that my Spring Stamp Along Bundle is out foir delivery.
“Sunshine HoneyBee”

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