Learn how to use Colorless Blender solution to create watercolor effects in your backgrounds. Enjoy this fun tutorial from Jennifer Dove, a member of the Copic Art/Design Education team!
"A lot of people ask about different ways to create fun backgrounds. I thought I would start doing a few tutorials showing different techniques. For this tutorial I am going to show you how to use an alcohol filled water-brush to create a fun background. I discovered this technique while experimenting with my Copics in 2012 and it has been my favorite technique to play with ever since.
You can use this technique to color on papers you might not have tried, or ones that aren’t as user friendly. Try using this technique with Copics and watercolor paper to achieve a watercolor look. The possibilities are endless! The technique works well whether you are drawing your own illustrations or using one already drawn for you. I chose to use a digital stamp from powerpoppy.com for this example."
Keep the water-brush in the same spot while feathering the bristles. Once the bristles are feathered out, begin to work outward away from the image in a controlled, side-to-side stroke until the ink is off the bristles and the color fades into the white background.
If you are seeing brush strokes, you will need more solution in the bristles; it should flow smoothly when done correctly. Some strokes are fine because the next step will partially smooth out the imperfections.
Get out the texture rags and the Blender Solution. I like to use both burlap and terry cloth. Old wash clothes work best. Hold the rag with the Blending solution on the color closest to the white for about 3 seconds, then work your way around the image. Do this anywhere you want the texture to be. If you want heavy textured look use burlap, for a softer look use terry cloth. Once you have achieved the look you desire you can stop, or continue to add more color to the background. I chose to use YG11 and BG34 to compliment the image I was using.
You can apply all the desired colors and then texture, or alternate texture and color application. Each has its own look.
It takes a little practice, but it's not hard to achieve a beautifully colored background. You can do this technique with an image that has been colored as well, but it stands a higher chance of having the colors bleed into the image or texturing in the wrong places. The good news is it is just paper and ink. Have fun with it!!