UPDATE! UPDATE!!! I'm so excited!!!! I tried it by first wetting my watercolor paper then swiping in a feather motion where I want color and whala!!!!! It works. I really like the results!!! Yippee! I was really hoping for good results and these are good for me!
I need to put a little disclaimer here the says "THIS IS JUST MY OPINION" haha! I have tested the new Distress ink markers and will let you know and see how things turned out. I hope you will make your own decisions, based on your preference.
Ok, first off....the other day I told you that I tried coloring the marker on watercolor paper and they do not blend anything like the refills. Next, I tried on a more smooth type paper, something I use for copics, and they barely bleed when I added water. I knew that he used the Specialty Stamping Paper in the video so I drove across town to a stamp store that had the paper and markers already. So I buy the paper for $8.99 a pack for 10 sheets right? It is basically glossy paper that is a matte finish. This paper is too thick to go through my printer and much thicker than my regular cardstock (so no digis with this paper for me). Once I am home, I try it out. It bleeds with Memento Ink, so then I tried Stazon Ink, no bleeding. I try several techniques to see what I can come up with. Now keep in mind, I am wanting them to work like distress inks so all my applications are directly to paper. I start on the inside of the flower laying down color and try blending out with a paintbrush. I lose contrast in my colors. I add more color to the center again and try blending out again, a bigger mess. Ok, let's try the pants.....I tried again and then figured it works better if I outline and then blend from the white space into the color instead of what I usually do of blending from color out to white. I add some Milled lavender for some shadows, which is what I usually do with refills, and you can see it doesn't blend into the other color well, it is definitely visible that it is a different color. You can also see places on this image that are outside of the lines, well, that was little oopsies when I was blending and thinking it was only water and it would get outside of the lines. The paper is very slippery and makes it hard to get rid of stroke marks. Oh and before I forget to tell you, ummmm, it does matter how long you wait, just look at the hat. I applied color close to the flowers and quickly picked up my brush and it still did not blend well. I still see harsh straight lines. You can color on a plastic palette and pick up the color with a brush and that is what I did for the watering can. I just added about 4 layers where it looks darker for shading purposes and barely blended to try and get it to look like a shadow. It is just sooooo pale!
Now this next set of pictures is of me swiping the color once and immediately taking a water filled brush and brushing over with a little water. I did them individually so no set time for the marker.
Boy, do I ever sound like a negative Nancy, but I sure would like to hear your take on them if you have had a good experience. Please give me the key, because as of right now I don't like them. I hate it when I think something is going to be a great idea only to find out it's not! Now if you are not into shading, then they will work just fine like regular markers do, but don't expect the deep shading that you can get with refills.
I would seriously love to hear what you think of them. I need a pick me up! haha!
Have a great day and hopefully better luck than me! Signing off and soooo disappointed!