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Sunday, 5 December 2010

Promarker Colouring Tutorial


Everybody has their own favourite way of doing things, including colouring with Promarkers. This is how I do it and I hope this tutorial is of some help to you. My card of choice is Personal Impressions ‘Premier Smooth White’. After many disasters and almost throwing my pens in the bin, I found this card and it’s never let me down. I will tell you which pens I used for this image, but of course, whatever image you choose and whatever colours you use, the technique remains the same. Remember too, that your image will dry lighter when it’s finished.

I chose to use Teddy posting his letter from The Crafty Pad Stamp Designs and
I changed the snowflakes to blue in Photoshop.

Step 1. Take your blender pen, and colour the whole area of the parts you want to remain white. Here it’s the top and base of the post box and the letter.

Then take a Tea Green pen and colour all around the edges. Some people use a light grey, but I find the Tea Green gives a paler finish and yet gives the white areas some bite.

Using SMALL, CIRCULAR movements and your blender pen, go over the edges of the Tea Green to erase the hard edges. Add a little extra Tea Green to the ‘corners’ of the snow and blend again. Don’t worry, your card will look a bit damp and speckled, but it will dry smooth.

Step 2. Now, we are going to colour the image using light and shade and hopefully, bring some form to it. Using Gold, colour the info label leaving a strip of white in the centre.

Next, using Pumpkin, colour a stripe down each side.

Then using the Gold again and your small, circular movements, blend the two together.

Add as much Pumpkin as you think you need and blend with each application. When you are happy with that, go over the whole area with the Gold.

You will notice that I have coloured the inside of the letter box. When doing bits where no light would naturally reach, use your dark greys. Personally, I find black too harsh, but that bit is down to you. I used Cool Greys 4 & 5.

Step 3. Using exactly the same technique (two colours) colour his hat and scarf. Remember to add the darker ink and blend where you need some shadow or shape. The more ink you have down, the easier the blending becomes. I used the same Gold and Pumpkin for his scarf and Turquoise and Marine for his hat.

Step 4. Now we are going to colour the bear using 3 colours. A useful tip is that when you have something quite large to do in the same colour but you have sections, do a section at a time. I did the face, arms, legs and finally his body.

Taking your Tan marker, colour his face leaving a patch of white.

Then, take your Caramel marker and colour in around the edges with a little more to the left side.

Using the Tan pen again, blend the edges where the colour meets.

Add more Caramel and blend if you feel you need to.

Then, take your Cocoa pen and again, colour around some edges with more to the left.

Now, blend this using the Caramel pen, but don’t cover all the first layer of ink.


When you are happy with your shading and blending, go over the whole area with the TAN pen.

Colour the rest of the bear in the same way.

Step 5. Now the post box. Our aim here is to make it look rounded.

Starting with a Poppy marker, colour the top of the box leaving your bit of white. Then use a Crimson marker to colour the sides and underneath the snowfall. Blend using Poppy. Add more Crimson and blend again.

Continue in this manner with the rest of the box. Because you are leaving a strip of white, even though the box area is large with no sections, you can do half at a time

Keep adding Crimson and blending so you achieve a real depth of colour and finally go over the whole area with Poppy. Then do exactly the same with the black areas using your dark greys. Start with no. 3 and then 4 and 5.

All that remains now is to ‘ground’ your image. I always use Cool Grey 2 for this and all you need to do is just colour some of the area where your figures/objects are standing. You can be a bit neater than me or cut the image out with a die removing any ‘rough’ edges of colour. You can also add extra highlights if you want to using a white pen. Hopefully, your image has form and your post box looks rounded. (this particular image would better suit a white ground, glitter or flock would be good with just a little shadow under the feet and box - the grey is just to show the effect of grounding).

The finished image ready to mount onto a card or other project.

1. Many people like to texture fur when colouring an animal. I use two different methods to do this.
The first way is to just dot your BLENDER pen around and the second way is to use light sweeping strokes with your BLENDER pen. Easy peasy, isn’t it?

2. How many times do you colour outside the lines? Annoying isn’t it?

Your blender pen comes into use again here.

Using the chisel end (or if a small area within an image, the bullet end) gently ‘push’ the ink with the nib back towards the image using small, light strokes.

The blender pen isn’t actually a blender. What it does is lift colour. Don’t panic, your image might look a mess and you might have to apply the blender more than once.

But, it will dry fine.

So, there you are. I hope you found this tutorial useful.


Debra said...

Thank you so much for this tip! I am saving this one :)

jules said...

thank you so much!

aqualeiga said...

That's great, thanks Lorraine.....I am still on a steep learning curve when it comes to using my Promarkers, with blending being the trickiest bit. :) Hugs, from Ali x

Stephanie said...

Great tutorial. thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [06 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Linda w said...

Thanks for the pro marker tutorial, just can't get enough of them at the moment. Love the tip for giving fur texture. Thanks for using your precious time for this, appreciated. Hugs lin

jackid said...

Thjanks for that I'm quite new to using promarkers so tips like these are just a life saver for me shading has never been my strong point
Jacki xx