Today I’ve been having some fun with Derwent’s Graphik Markers. I picked these up on a special from the Cumberland Pencil Museum on a recent trip back to the motherland (UK), original home of Derwent products and I’ve finally gotten around to playing with them. These markers are so much fun to play with, they had them on demo at the museum and there are so many techniques they can be used for. They are fine line paint pens and are waterbased so they can be used for watercoloring. So of course that’s what I did!
To create the card you see here, I used only two of the markers (#06 and #12). I spritzed a piece of Strathmore 500 watercolor cardstock with water, focusing on a diagonal up through the middle right to left. I then proceeded to ‘flick’ the markers at the paper. This pushes the ink out and brings it out in drops that then react with the water beautifully. A little spritz here and there helps to push out the pigment and guide it to where you want it. They also blend wonderfully.
For some added glitz I also added some drops of Heidi Swapp’s shimmer mist in Gold and pushed that around with some more water. When dry I flicked on some further gold drops, because you can’t have too much sparkle 🙂
I wanted to keep the card super simple so I simple stamped a sentiment by The Ink Road stamps in Versafine Onyx Black Ink over the top using my MISTI (I stamped it about 5 times for a nice black crisp image) and added a tiny gold glitter heart (die cut with the Simon Says Stamp Tiny Hearts die) to finish.
I created a video of the whole process which you can view on my You Tube channel here:
I highly recommend these markers if you can get them. I did hear that Derwent were going to retire them so if they are still available while you’re reading this I’d recommend grabbing a set – they’re fab!!!