What can I use to color my stamped images?
Lots of things! You don’t have to spend a lot of money to add color to your rubber-stamping projects (Although you can if you want!). You can use colored pencils or water-based markers found in many craft or variety stores. For those that like the challenge of new things, why not try blending chalks or iridescent watercolors found in many stamping or craft stores?
Coloring your stamped images is as easy as coloring with crayons in a coloring book. And in some cases, just as much fun to color outside the lines as inside them!
Let’s take a look at a few of our favorite coloring choices and the results you can achieve with them.
Colored pencils are widely available and come in a variety of colors and sets. A simple set of twelve pencils offers a wonderful palette of colors as they can be mixed or deepened just by coloring on top of another color.
The finished effect can be soft or vibrant depending on how much pressure you use while coloring your stamped image.
Blending chalks are great for coloring in your stamped images, adding shading, or creating backgrounds. These easy-to-use color cakes are available in small and large sets to suit any stamper’s needs. Blending chalks can be applied with sponge applicators, cotton swabs, or just your finger. Colors can be mixed easily.
Use a light touch for a soft effect, or apply chalk heavily for more intense color.
A set of water-based markers (also called watercolor markers) can be a stamper’s favorite coloring tool. These inexpensive markers can be found in many discount stores or craft stores. They come in a variety of colors and shaped tips.
When used alone, these markers produce rich colored images. When used with a wet brush or blending pen, these versatile markers can be used just like watercolor paints for a softer, muted effect.
Iridescent watercolors come in a variety of colors. They can be a dry cakes that you use a brush and water to mix into a paint, or they can be liquid paints that you use straight from the container. Of course, the best part about these paints is that they are iridescent. You can thin them with water to create a glittery wash over your stamped image or color your images with vibrant iridescent color.