Markers

I use markers quite a bit on my cards. They add dimension in shadows or can "ground" an image so it doesn't float away. You can add borders or divide a card into multiple areas. I also use a fine black marker to go back and redefine eyes after I color an image in - sometimes they disappear otherwise.

Adding Shadows

  • You will need: Medium/Thick gray marker (I use Pantone Tria marker in Cool Gray)
On

Use a marker to add shadows on a stamped image. This can add a lot of depth and make it more interesting.


Around

Add a small line to one side of your stamp image. This will make the image appear to be walking by a solid surface, like a wall.


Behind

Add a small line on the ground behind the image. This makes it look as though the light source (like the sun) is in front.

If the image is something that walks make sure the gray line touches their feet. This will "ground" the image.


In Front

Add a small line on the ground in front of the image. This makes it look as though the light source (like the sun) is in back.

If the image is something that walks make sure the gray line touches their feet. This will "ground" the image.

Adding Lines
You can use lines for lots of things, like adding borders, diving a card into parts or giving an image something to walk on.

  • You will need: Very fine black marker (I use a Pigma Micron 01 or 005)


Drawing something other than straight

I've enlarged the example to the left so you'd be able to see a little better.

  1. Line 1: Is just a "straight" line.
  2. Line 2: I've just broken the straight line up with a few little dots.
  3. Line 3: More dots to break up the line.
  4. Line 4: I've used a little squiggle.
  5. Line 5: Another type of little squiggle.

Grass

Draw short quick lines in clumps. Start from the bottom and pull up. For "whispy" grass change the pressure of pen, start to pull it away from the paper as you line goes up.


Putting it all together

Murrie has places to go and he needed something to walk on to get there. I've combined a line, some dots and a couple clumps of grass. Hopefully he'll get where he's going soon.

Sample cards using this method:

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