Hello everyone. First off, apologies for everyone waiting for the next installment of the Inktense Colour-A-Long. We are having a glitchy problem with our rendering software which is causing a problem with some of our longer videos. We will have the next part out as soon as it is resolved. In the mean time I have another mini tutorial for you.
I have been asked quite a few times how to go about creating a black background in a colouring book. I’ve seen a lot of different techniques used by others that have been quite successful: gel pens (a LOT of gel pens), acrylic paint, acrylic ink, Indian ink, markers, thick dense layers of black pencil, pastels etc. So I decided to look for a way to create good, dense black backgrounds with the minimum of fuss which would work for almost anyone on most types of paper. This is a video of what I came up with. (Note: The book used was Millie Marotta’s ‘Tropical Wonderland. Remember to always test each technique on a back page of your book before committing it to your colouring page.)
What you will need are:
A black pencil… a good budget priced one works just fine. I used a Faber Castell Classic.
Two black Faber Castell Pitt pens; one a ‘big brush’ with a fat brush shaped nib (you can find them at craft stores if not at art stores.) and a ‘b’ style with a thin brush shaped end. Both use the same Indian ink.
Coat the background with a layer of black pencil. You don’t need to go dark, just try to keep it even.
Outline the black area with a Pitt Pen ‘B’ brush… the finer nib. That’s so you don’t go outside the lines when you use the big brush pen next.
Fill in the rest of the area with the big brush pen. If it still looks too patchy to you then wait ten minutes or so for the ink to dry then add another layer.
Finish off with some gel pen stars for a starry sky. 🙂
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I tested a number of different markers for this purpose and I found I preferred the Pitt pens because they are Indian ink and thus set permanently when dry. If you use anything water based over the top it shouldn’t reactivate it. Als the Pitt Pen ink will not bleed through white gel pen if you want to add bright white stars. I found Tombow and other water based markers did leaving the stars looking a bit grey. If you don’t intend to add white gel pen over the top and you aren’t using any other water based medium that could go over the black then a black Tombow over the black pencil will work brilliantly as well.
And here is the video if you want to see me do it in real time: