MATERIALS LIST for this project
  • Watercolor paper (hot press or cold press with fine grain surface) or suitable printmaking paper such as Domestic Etching
  • Rubber stamp
  • Stamp positioner (more information)
  • Water-based markers. Brand names might include Tombow, Marvey, Impress, Crayola, etc.  (Although this technique a very suitable to use with markers, watercolor paint can also be utilized for a more archival work.)
  • Spritzing or misting bottle
  • Water-based white paint and small watercolor brush (#1 or #2)

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The watercolor paper is stretched to insure as smooth a working surface as possible. (Water will warp most all paper, but more so if it is not stretched.)

Water-based markers are applied to the rubber stamp. A fine misting of water is applied to the stamp to break down the detail inherent in the rubber image. This watery image is then place on the paper. Before it dries, the rubber is sprayed again and another diffused image is place on the paper. In this case, the images are tilted up and down to suggest movement and overlapped to suggest depth.  NOTE - Do not add more color to the rubber during this process as the decreasing amount of marker will contribute to images that appear to recede into the background.


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After this first series has dried, we can focus attention to a particular image (or parts of an image) through the application of darker and more vibrant colors. In order to overlay these adjustments exactly onto one of our first diffused images, a stamp positioner is used. Selected portions of the stamp are inked with darker and/or stronger color and again diffused with water. The overlapping of these new colors will cause our attention to be further be drawn to that one particular image.

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After this has dried, we can now make final adjustments using, in this case, very dark and also very intense colors.

After the entire piece was allowed to dry for several days (to insure a flat smooth paper), it was signed, matted and framed and is now ready to be hung.


Note the shaping of the eye from the middle step to the last. 
The white of the eye in step 2 was shaped using a darker color on the bottom to suggest a shadow and then faded up. It was also created using a complementary color to the greens in order to attract attention. The black dot in the center was added to create the iris, with a white highlight added for effect.

copyright 2017 Fred B. Mullett