Hello Crafty Friends!
It's time for a Friday Road Test!
Today Lolly has a play with the 'Colour My Craft' washi tape from our November Kit, trying different colouring methods........
When I opened the November kit and saw the washi, I said it looked like something I could color on. Well, I've never tried to color on washi, so I thought, "Why not? Let's do this!"
The washi is so cute! It is a collection of vases and jars with a crafty theme -- perfect for this month's theme of "My Crafty Friend."
I was thinking that if this colors well, it would be a great idea to color the washi to match project colors.
To get started, I cut six sections of washi and placed them on a sheet of Neenah white card stock.
I'm pretty sure I could have come up with three more coloring techniques from my stash, but these six seemed to be the most obvious to me.
First off, I tried Copic markers. I knew that permanent markers would work so why even "try"? :)
I thought the Copic did great. They colored smoothly without streaking, though the colors are a bit muted on the washi tape. The lighter colors of markers don't even show up on the washi, so the trick is to use a bolder color than desired.
The next ones I tried were Prismacolor pencils and watercolor pencils.
These applied to the washi in a similar manner -- not well at all. The colors look okay, but the washi is the wrong texture to grab or "hold" the pencil color, so it felt like I was trying to color on wax. Of the two, the Prismacolor worked much better. When I applied water to the water coloring, it did well and stayed within the bounds of coloring, but it was an overall disappointment with the difficulty of application.
Next, I tried oxide inks and gelatos.
The oxides win. the color applied smoothly and blended perfectly. The end result was a professional-looking washi! With the gelatos, the color wanted to streak and not lay down a smooth color.
And, finally, I tried chalks.
I think this was the big surprise for me. The chalks were vibrant and applied well. I used a cotton swab, but I recommend using a sponge for even color application.
Here's the completed chart:
I realized afterward that I should have used similar colors for the oxides, gelatos, and chalks, to give a better vibrancy comparison. My final impression is that if I want to color the individual images, I would use the Copic markers (alcohol markers), but if I want the look of a color wash, I would go with the oxides or chalks.
This is a fun washi and fun road test.
You can check out the process HERE.
Thank you for coming along on this road test, my crafty friend!