As you can see on the penultimate creation published on the blog, I started to colorize the polymer clay with the help of alcohol felts. But what are these little beasts? Felt, there is a large – very wide variety of simple coloring felt with a base to water through the paint pen (such as Posca for example), the watercolor felt or the alcohol felt . The choice is based on the use you want to make! The alcohol felt, which interests us today, is used by many artists, illustrators or graphic designers who appreciate its characteristics. Indeed, far from being a simple felt used to fill a surface, it allows a whole set of effects to give relief, light and even transparency to an illustration. With a felt using a water base, when you color a drawing, there is really no question of making gradations or color variations with a single felt and if we go back on the color, we is often found with darker marks, demarcations, features, which is not always pleasant.
I’m not saying that the felts with a base in the water are not interesting, they allow nice and pretty colorings for little that we use them with care. However, it is sometimes frustrating not to be able to dilute a color to make a shaded or gradient. What is possible on the other hand with alcohol felts if you learn to use it. Thus, with an alcohol felt, it is possible to make gradations with one or more colors very close. With a single color, you can achieve a more or less degraded solid area. All you need to do is pass the felt a first time and then iron some parts once, twice or three times to darken the desired places and thus create the gradient that you wish to achieve, without there being any sharp demarcation breaking the effect. With several pens, the principle is a bit the same, for example we take two shades of green close enough and we can, starting for example by the lightest, make a solid that can be darkened with the second green to create a gradient without demarcation.
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Today I’m going to talk to you about the markers and you will detail the different characteristics of the markers for artists or to draw that one finds in the Beaux-Arts. First, the name felt comes from the constitution of the tip of it. The tip of felt is originally made of felt, but today they are mostly made from synthetic fibers. The principle remains the same the tip is attached to a waterproof body filled with a colored liquid that will soak the felt and that will allow you to deposit the color on a support (almost all the time of the paper). Calibrated tip felts: The calibrated calibrated point markers have a specific gauge, it is indicated on the cap. Of course you have to be careful not to over-press so as not to lose the diameter of the template. Inside is permanent black ink from China that allows you to come back to work with color or watercolor for example without it drooling!
It is a bi-tip felt, with ink to water which is watercolor. It consists of a brush brush felt and a fine tip felt. Tombow felts are very elegant and very pleasant to work. This is a Faber Castell Pitt felt is a pretty nervous and short brush felt, with a nice permanent Indian ink too. There is a superb range of colors available. There is also the wide PITT felt to have a much thicker tracing. Promarker felt is a two-point felt with a beveled tip and another fine point. These are alcohol felts. This is special because the alcohol will evaporate, especially if you work on a non-absorbent medium such as the layer cardboard or paper rioult. Slowly evaporating alcohol will allow you to mix before everything is absorbed by the paper. It is therefore a felt pen very popular with graphic arts students and architects.