Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Texture for Australia Day

Hello Everyone!  Can you believe January is nearly over --- that means back to school time for Aussie kids and of course AUSTRALIA DAY!  Do you have something special you like to do to celebrate our National Day?  Go to the beach, BBQ with friends, family or neighbours or perhaps you have the Australian Open Tennis or the Tri-Series Cricket in your sights?  I'm sure one thing we all agree on is that the kangaroo is an iconic Aussie animal!  In preparation and celebration for Australia Day, I've been using this sweet CandiBeans image called G'day Izzy to create a textured kangaroo.

I've started by stamping G'day Izzy in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.

Next I've coloured the Kangaroo with E11, E13, E15, E17 for a reddish-brown kanga.  I have coloured her a bit darker as you get better results if the colours are darker.

Note:  Only colour the part of the image that you want to texture!!  If you colour everything you have to be super careful that it's not all textured and we don't want Izzy to have a fuzzy face now do we!!

Take a Colorless Blender Various Ink refill and a piece of old toweling (such as an old washer), add a little blender solution to the washer (but not TOO much!).

Gently dab the damp cloth to the image where you want the texture to be.  Don't hold it there too long or the texture will be much stronger and spread further giving a whole different look - feel free to experiment on a swatch sample, but don't risk it on your image!

If you do happen to leave the cloth on there a tad too long, don't fret; simply colour your image again with your Copic Markers to smooth it out and try again.

NOTE: Colorless Blender Markers and Solution are colour MOVERS, so don't be surprised if some of your colouring happens to move outside the lines after you use this technique.  Simply tidy it up by using your Colorless Blender to push the colour back inside the line.  :)

Finish colouring your image!  I've used mostly Greens and Golds since they are very Australian!  :)
Hat/Stump - E30, E31, E33, E35, Y11, Y15, YR24, G40, G43
Dress/Shoes - Y11, Y15, Y17, YG11, YG13, YG17
Skin - E000, E01, E11
Hair - YR21, E33, E35, YR24
Grass - G40, G43, G46, E11

Make your card and send it to someone and make their Australia Day one to celebrate!

Happy Colouring
Kathy  :) Pin It


  1. Great tutorial Kathy, thanks for sharing this technique.

  2. Completely adorable Kathy, beautiful technique!