Friday, June 20, 2008

Simple Bricks

I'll talk more about the differences between markers next week, when I'm back from Seattle, meanwhile, it's been a few days since I showed a cool technique, so here's a fun one.

For those of you who haven't taken a class from me, this is one of my favorite, simple techniques, and is great for making a quick patterned background for a small area.

First, start with a streaky colored area. In this case, since I'm going with bricks, I am choosing some orange/browns and layering them sort of randomly, but still all streaks are in the same direction. Why did I streak with a few colors? It adds a pleasing, uneven but similar color to your overall brick pattern.

Next, using the chisel end of a colorless blender in any marker style, touch the angled side down and hold it there for a few seconds. The browns will get pushed out in the same shape as the marker tip. If you hold the tip too long in one place the spot will get round and fuzzy, so practice to get the ideal "brick". Good paper will help keep these edges crisp as well. Be sure to lay your bricks in the direction of the streaks, so you'll get more of a consistent color to your bricks.

Remember, in good brick-mason style to stagger your rows of bricks. Also, the colorless blender will make lighter colored bricks. If you want darker bricks, then try a color that is similar to the colors you first streaked with, but still a few numbers lighter on the last digit. This assures that you're pushing out the color already on your paper. If you use a dark color it just covers up your pretty undercolor. See how the E31 leaves more muted bricks than the blender? Either one looks good though. Make an occasional brick darker for even more artistic effect.

This technique can get tedious over large areas, but it is great when used for a limited background, or if you want to make a brick path, house, or other element of a larger picture. Debbie Olson sort of used this technique to add bricks to a Thomas Kincade stamp by Cornish Heritage Farms once (sorry, it was a while ago or else I could give you a link).

The background for this butterfly stamp was colored in the same manner, except I used an assortment of streaky pinks/light purples to make my base coat (R22, RV11, V12, V01 and maybe a few others). Then I used the blender pen in a random pattern to give a confetti look to the streaks. Experiment with different color combos, and holding the chisel tip at different angles to get different patterns. Want a woven sweater? Use the point of the chisel for an even finer effect and layer it in the same way.

Image: Butterfly stamp by Karen Lockhart Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Cardstock Markers for butterfly: V15, R39, BG72

29 comments:

Lynn Mercurio said...

Oh what a great tip. Thanks so much!!!

Just Painting Around said...

I was just rolling an idea around in my head of something I wanted to do and was trying to figure out how. This is it! Thanks so much for sharing right when I needed it!

Sandy Knecht said...

That is a terrific tip. I would never have thought to do that. I'll try it on my scenic stamping. Thanks

Paula said...

This is a very cool technique! Thanks!

Swr4him said...

So many great tips! What colors in copic markers would be equivalent to Red-Orange on the Color Wheel? I am trying to make up triad combination with YG and BV. Thanks again.

marianne walker said...

A good deep Red-orange would be YR07 or YR09. R08 is really close to either of these colors as well.

Lori Barnett said...

This is totally cool! I tried it like 5 times already :) AND....my hubby used to be a mason for like EVER! So I though he would think this was pretty cool. So...I showed it to him and he was like "cool" ??? I wanted to smack him!! ha ha. Cool?? just cool??? IT'S WAY COOL! Another "MEN" moment ;)

Build Mitra said...

Thank you for your post. This is excellent information. It is amazing and wonderful to visit your site.
best building hardware suppliers in Vijayawada

best kitchen sinks providers in Guntur

kitchen sinks providers in Vijayawada

doors and windows suppliers in vijayawada

Build Mitra said...

Thank you for your post. This is excellent information. It is amazing and wonderful to visit your site.
sand suppliers in Guntur and Vijayawada

retail cement suppliers in vijayawada

basic building construction material suppliers

construction material suppliers in vijayawada

Build Mitra said...

Thank you for your post. This is excellent information. It is amazing and wonderful to visit your site.
sanitary ware suppliers in Guntur

Wall tiles suppliers in Vijayawada and guntur

wood suppliers in vijayawada

Best AAC lightweight blocks in Vijayawada

Ogen Infosystem said...

Nice Blog, Visit for the best SEO Service and Website Designing and Development for your business.
Website Designing Company in Delhi

Mutual Fundwala said...

For the best Mutual fund Investment and for the best Mutual fund Schemes Visit Mutualfundwala.
Mutual Fund Advisor
Best Performing Mutual Fund

Y and H Cargo India said...

For the best Mutual fund Investment and for the best Mutual fund Schemes Visit Mutualfundwala.
Freight Forwarders in India
Logistics Company in Delhi

Spin Gurus said...

For best sound and audio engineering course visit our website spingurus.
sound engineering courses

Mobile app development company in Gurgaon said...

Are you searching for a professional Web Designer in Toronto? Appslure is a Toronto Web Design company and your best choice for web design, Thanks you for very nice its sharing
Website development company in toronto

Pooja Rao said...

Bali Honeymoon Packages From Delhi
Bali Honeymoon Packages From Chennai
Hong Kong Packages From Delhi
Europe Packages from Delhi
Bali Honeymoon Packages From Bangalore
Bali Honeymoon Packages From Mumbai
Maldives Honeymoon Packages From Bangalore

Pooja Rao said...

we have provide the best fridge repair service.
fridge repair in faridabad
LG Fridge Repair in Faridabad
Videocon Fridge Repair in Faridabad
Whirlpool Fridge Repair in Faridabad
LG Refrigerator Repair In Faridabad

Pooja Rao said...

we have provide the best ppc service.
ppc company in gurgaon
website designing company in Gurgaon
PPC company in Noida

Pooja Rao said...

Rice Bags Manufacturers
Pouch Manufacturers

TeknikoGlobal said...

Thanks, you guys that is a great explanation. keep up the good work in your granite blog.
Mobile app Development Company in Noida

bestieltscoachingindwarka said...

I feel happy about and learning more about this topic. keep sharing your information regularly for my future reference. This content creates new hope and inspiration within me. Thanks for sharing an article like this. the information which you have provided is better than another blog.
Best IELTS Coaching in Dwarka sector 7
IELTS Coaching in Dwarka sector 7

bestieltscoachingindwarka said...

British Council Delhi
Difference between IELTS and PTE
IELTS for UK

Chiến SEOCAM said...

乐趣和快乐将来到你身边。再见

Phối chó bull pháp

Phối giống chó Corgi

Phối chó Pug

Phối giống cho Pug

Designer said...

Có lẽ cần phải trải qua tuổi thanh xuân mới có thể hiểu được( cách dạy con học toán lớp 1 cho trẻ ) tuổi xuân là khoảng thời gian ta( dạy trẻ học toán tư duy ) sống ích kỷ biết chừng nào. Có lúc nghĩ, sở dĩ tình yêu cần phải đi một vòng tròn lớn như vậy, phải trả một cái giá quá đắt như thế,( phương pháp dạy toán cho trẻ mầm non ) là bởi vì nó đến không đúng thời điểm. Khi có được( Toán mầm non ) tình yêu, chúng ta thiếu đi trí tuệ. Đợi đến khi( Bé học đếm số ) có đủ trí tuệ, chúng ta đã không còn sức lực để yêu một tình yêu thuần khiết nữa.

Unknown said...

If you want to break you marriage so you will do this Dua to break unlawful marriage

seocom said...


شركة عزل خزانات بالمدينة المنورة
شركة تنظيف خزانات بالمدينة بالمنورة
شركة تركيب طارد حمام بالمدينة
شراء اثاث مستعمل بالمدينة المنورة
شركة تسليك مجاري بالمدينة المنورة
شركة تركيب غرف نوم بالمدينة المنورة

Mobile app development company in Mumbai said...

Mobile app development company in mumbai

Pardeep Mengi said...

Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job Man,Keep it up.
uk education consultants in delhi
ielts coaching in gurgaon

creative web solution said...

Get the best nursing services baby care services medical equipment services and allso get the physiotherapist at home in Delhi NCR For more information visit our site

nursing attendant services in Delhi NCR
medical equipment services in Delhi NCR
nursing services in Delhi NCR
physiotherapist at home in Delhi NCR
baby care services in Delhi NCR