In this month’s newsletter I contrast the uses of the Blender Pen and the Aqua Painter. But words can’t adequately describe how differently they work — only experience can! But I wanted to show you the differences. In both examples, the image was stamped with StazOn Jet Black ink on Whisper White card stock. I squeezed the lid of the closed Classic ink pads to form a “pool” of ink inside the lid. Ignore the smudge in the the top left of each photo; something on the glass of my scanner!
This was colored with an Aqua Painter. Although the tip of the Aqua Painter is not as fine as a Blender Pen, the water is easier to use to move color around the image.
This was colored with a Blender Pen. Note that the ink coverage was splotchier. and although I thought I had thoroughly cleaned the tip of the Blender Pen (by wiping back and forth on my grid paper), there was just a bit of pink that appeared in my shadow.
What other factors affect the success of your water coloring?
- Practice! Everyone gets better, and my stampers who “hated” to color now love it. (I was one of those!)
- How much water you use with your Aqua Painter.
- Whether your Blender Pen is sufficiently “fresh” (I’m not going to tell you how old mine are; they seemed kind of dry to me).
- The kind of paper you use — Water Color Paper can be fairly saturated with water, Whisper White and Very Vanilla will pill with too much blending using either tool.
Remember to store your Blender Pens horizontally so both tips stay moist. I store my Aqua Painters tip-down so that the bristles stay moist.
The completed cards: