Feather Blending

Hello Everyone and welcome back to another tutorial! Today we are looking at the Feather Blending Technique. Many people will say that this is the hardest technique to master, however I love feathering and I'm sure with a couple of simple tips you will too!  Mother Nature is a master at creating bi-coloured flowers - think Pansies, Irises, Frangipanis even Roses! Today's image is a Hellebore which can be a single or a variety of bi-colours, and today I'm focusing on a purple/green variety.



Step 1: Use a Copic Multiliner to draw a rectangle on X-press It Blending Card and then mark the 1/3 and 2/3 sections as shown.  Take two Copic Markers that END in a 0, 1 or 2.  It will be easier to use lighter colours (like a marker ending in 0) as this is easier to blend.  The very dark colours ending in 3 upwards are too dark and won't work. In this sample I've used Copic Y11 and YG11 - both ending in a '1' and since they are both a yellow based colour, this two will make it easier rather than using colours from opposite sides of the colour wheel which will muddy the colours.


Step 2: Start with the first colour (Y11) and flick it from one side of the box 2/3rds of the way across. The flicking action should leave a trailing edge not a solid edge. You can't blend a solid edge!!


Step 3: Next, take the other colour (YG11) and flick it from the opposite side of the box across to the 2/3rd line in the other direction. By crossing over the colours will blend through the middle part of the box. 

TIP: The flicking action is done by placing your brush nib on the paper and swipe across the page lifting as you go. (Top image)  A lot of people think of it like the action of ticking - it is similar, however inside of moving your marker down and flicking up (bottom image), you just go directly across. It's also MUCH easier to use the SIDE of the brush nib, not the tip. If you find that your feathering is very 'lined' then you are probably using the tip.


Here is an example of the colours I'm using in today's tutorial - YG00 and V20. Now these can muddy a little, so don't over do the flicking!


Try a pink and blue marker -here B00 and RV00, where the two overlap you will get purple!



Let's colour an image! I've used the Hellebores image by Power Poppy and coloured the leaves. I've taken YG00 and flicked out from the centre of the flower.


I've then flicked V20 from the edges of the petals towards the centre.


To deepen the colours, I've added some YG01 close to the centre of the flower and V22 in from the edges, but not too far - we don't want to lose the lighter feathering that we did earlier.


I've deepened the edges of the hellebore by adding an edge of V25.


Lightly blend your edge with V22 and V20 until you are happy with the results. Colour the rest of your image.

Copic colours used:

Leaves - YG00, G40, G43, G46, BV04, E21

Flowers - YG00, YG01, V20, V22, V25

Flower Centers - Y13

Glass - N1, BG10


Create your card!

Image from Hellebores and sentiment from Short Stacks - both by Power Poppy.

Hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial!

Posted By Kathy

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