Monday, October 10, 2011

"Passion For Purple" Marvy Le Plume Permanent Markers Blending Tutorial by Leigh S-B

Hey Blockheads!
By now you've heard quite a bit about these new alcohol-based permanent markers called Le Plume Permanents by Marvy!  I posted my review on them on Sunday which you can read here if you missed it and now I'm back today with my first Blending Tutorial called "Passion for Purple"!

In this tutorial I'm showing you how I went about colouring the Goth Girl image I used on my 
"Miss Purple Poison" card and you can see the full tutorial for my card on my Blog.

I used four Le Plume Permanent markers from the Blue Violet range for this tutorial:
BV733, 736, 738 and 739.

Stacey and I worked together and came up with these nifty Blending Sets to help make things easier for you.  The Blending Sets give you a running start by taking the guess work out of which colours blend well together and ensure you start building your collection the right way right from the get go.  The Blue Violet Blending Set is now available from Blockheads Paper Arts and consists of BV733, 736 and 738.  My tutorial includes BV739 but it's not absolutely necessary to have the darkest shade at this time but if you really NEED to add BV739 to your set then please contact Stacey Dunning at Blockheads for more information.

So let's get started!

Stamp the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto white cardstock that is suitable for alcohol-based markers like the Le Plumes and Copics.  Blockheads Paper Arts also now carries Neenah Solar White which is the recommended cardstock for all your Le Plume/Copic needs.

Step 1
Start by colouring in the areas with the lightest shade, BV733.

Step 2
At this point I've decided my light source is coming from above and to the front of the figure.
Lay in the first level of shading with BV736 which is a slightly darker shade
of purple. 

Step 3
Blend the two colours together by going over all the areas again with the lighter marker which is BV733.

Step 4
Lay in the next darker shade of purple, BV738.

Step 5
Blend everything together again with the lightest marker, BV733.

Step 6
Repeat Step 2 - 5 again on the dress and shoes and apply more of BV736 and 738
and blend everything together with BV733.   The folds in the dress have now taken shape and the figure has a sense of depth and dimension now.  I then moved onto her stockings.
Colour the white areas with BV736 and then lay in the shadow areas down the inside of both legs with BV738.  I didn't do any blending of these two colours because the sharper edge gives a better impression that a shadow is being cast.

Step 7
 Now this is where I start working with the darker of the 4 markers, BV739.  You can quite easily use BV738 or even black for these areas.  If you use BV738 instead just lay in the colour and then go over the same areas again a few more times.  This is what's awesome about alcohol-based permanent markers, you can go over the same area again and again and the colour gets darker each time.  So you can definitely get away with only 3 colours for now and get similar results!
Colour in the hair, the platform shoes, the cane and the black sections of the stockings with BV739.

Step 8
 Colour in the rest of the hair and blend over BV739 with the lightest marker, BV733.  At this point I could have added more shading and depth to the hair with BV738 but I went with BV739 which you'll see in the next step.  I also used BV733 on her gloves, corset and petticoat.

Step 9
Draw in some hair detail with BV739 and leave it as is.  There's really no rules, it's just a matter of personal preference really so you just go with the look you prefer!

Step 10
I filled in areas of the tuft at the top of her head with BV736 for more colour variation.

Step 11
I used Prismacolor coloured pencils on her skin and face details.  I then added the background and edged the deckle cut with a Prismacolor coloured pencil too.

Step 12
For even more drama I edged the deckle cut with a Black Prismacolor coloured pencil and finished off my Goth Girl with white highlights.  I used a combination of a white Gelly Roll pen and the new Marvy Le Plume White which is an opaque water-based marker.

She's pretty stunning decked out in purple head to toe isn't she!
And that concludes my first tutorial on how to blend with four Marvy Le Plume Permanent markers.  I hope you enjoyed it and that I've provided some insights into how to go about creating some awesome blends and giving your stamped images dimension with shading and shadows.  My tutorial also shows you how much fun you can have with just 3-4 markers.  Just start your collection by picking your favourite colour or the colour range that you find you use the most in your stamping and then select the Blending Set that will work for you!  The Blending Sets provide an inexpensive way for you test out the markers without breaking your crafty budget and allows you to have beautifully coloured images straight away too!  It's that easy!

If you're a Copic fan or are considering starting your own Copic collection then Blockheads has you covered too coz they're now carrying the Copic Sketch range and you can follow all of these Marvy Le Plume Tutorials with your Copics too!  Stacey has provided a Comparison/Substitute Chart so you can use the equivalent colours in your projects.

Stay tuned coz I have more Marvy Le Plume Permanent Tutorials full of tips and tricks to come!
Happy Stamping!
Leigh S-B

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