How To: Marker Underpainting with Gray

How To: Marker Underpainting with Gray


I know you have wood sheets in your craft stash. They are really cool, but really, what can you do with them? Wood sheets are one of those supplies that you buy on a whim, but when you get it in hand, you’re lost. Am I right? The good news is that they’re really easy to use in a lot of creative ways! Today I’m sharing just one – embossing with an embossing folder!

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supplies for marker underpainting in gray

You don’t need much to achieve great results. In fact, you don’t need anything special! Of course, if you need to do some shopping, I always have supplies linked below and at the end of the post. But, before you shop, be sure to check out my Crafty Sales page for any deals you can take advantage of at your favorite crafting haunts.

Image of basic underpainting with gray technique by Nicole Watt at Nicole Watt Creates

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steps to marker underpaint in gray

  1. Stamp image in hybrid or water based ink on X-Press It card or other smooth coloring cardstock.
  2. In areas where shadows will occur, add gray ink, using both a light and medium gray if desired to add an even deeper effect.
  3. Color image as normal with selected alcohol markers.
  4. Add additional gray in shaded areas to deepen the effect if necessary.

watch the technique tutorial

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