This & That Thursday, let’s experiment. 4

The Bloom Book color and create coloring book from Jamie Dougherty is a great book filled with images to invite color. BUT – what if I want to bring my mixed media world into my coloring world?

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Coloring pages experiment by KS

I have for you today an experiment of treatments to apply to the pages and how four coloring mediums reacted to the different surfaces.

In this video I used:


The untreated page with Gelatos in the top strands of hair, NeoColorII in bottom strands of hair. Colored pencil in middle blue flower and lower left leaf. Pitt markers in left and right blue petals and right leaf.

Liquitex FLUID matte medium

Fluid matte medium page with Pitt markers in top left leaf and bottom left petal in blue. Colored pencil in green leaf on the left and middle blue petal pointing up. Gelato was used on middle three petals, two green and one mixed in the center. NeoColorII was used for the large petal pointing up on the right.

Clear Gesso Page

The clear gesso treated page with gelatos in the tree foliage on left, blue petals bottom left and single leaf in center. Colored pencil bottom dark blue petals and leaf to the right of that. Pitt markers used on bottom right blue petals and right green leaf. NeoColorII used on the center petals and leaves.

Soft Matte Gel

Soft matte gel surface with NeoColorII on the left side sky and tree foliage. Colored pencil in the super light blue flower inside the left house and green foliage below houses. Gelato was used on the right side sky and tree foliage. Pitt markers were used in the bottom darker blue flower in the house and the bottom tree foliage as well as the drop.

Thinned out gesso wash

Using a very thin white gesso wash, NeoColorII were used in the upper left leaves and blue heart as well as upper right blue petals. Gelatos were used in the banner. Pitt markers used in the flower petals below the banner as well as the bottom leaf pointing up. Colored pencils were used on the blue flower and leaf in middle of the page below banner.

Here are the results in a table format for each medium, and my grading scale:


If there was something else you would like to see tested or tried or a result you want to know about, please feel free to ask in the comments below.

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About Heather Kraafter

First and foremost, I am a child of the One True King! I am blessed to be married to my best friend and was privileged to stay home and raise my boys. I began the Kraaft Shaak in 2010 as a way to experiment with crafting mediums and to teach others what I have learned and have come to enjoy it as my creative passion. Taking the 'show on the road' is my latest passion and each day is one step closer to that dream. Thanks for being a part of that journey too!

4 thoughts on “This & That Thursday, let’s experiment.

  • Blandine Leroux

    Hello, at first thank you very much to did this job for us ! please apologies my english in advance as I am a french wiewer 🙂 I agree with your conclusions as I tried some of those products. You seemed to love the fluid matte medium and finally you gave only a B on all sections ?? Did you ever tried watercolor paint or inks ? I like to mix several products on my pages but I have one problem and maybe you can help me : when you paint, ink, draw…. with water reactiv products and want to add another layers on (to make lavis i.e.) what kind of medium can you put on the first layer to avoid smurge, blendings…..? I tried hair fixative, mode podge, binder it doesn’t really work well. I really like your work and thank you again for sharing with us 🙂

    • Heather Kraafter Post author

      Thank you Blandine for your wonderful comments. I appreciate you watching and responding so very much.

      Actually, I did love the Fluid Matte Medium by Liquitex for the NeoColorII crayons and gave it an A across the board. It really was looked at by individual mediums as they were blend-able on that surface or not, how vibrant the color was and how enjoyable it was for me personally. I am looking for any suggestions to try in the next experiment – water color stix are on that list so far, and I may add my alcohol markers as well…got any others?

      As for fixatives, there are several on the market that work well with different coloring mediums – you really just hjave to know the product you are using…for example, if using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and you want those to not move, use his Micro Glaze product to fix it and then you can go over that with just about anything…a new experiment I think!!!
      Thanks for watching and being a part of the fun.

  • Nancy Waltz

    Thank You for making this video. My husband bought me some adult coloring books for Christmas, I have just been using the crayola colored pencils with Ok results but I never thought about sealing the paper first until your video. Purchased the Liquid Tex matte medium today can’t wait to try it for myself. Maybe you could try alcohol markers on the pages, Or maybe water color pencils if you have access to them.
    Thanks again

    • Heather Kraafter Post author

      Thank you so much – you are making me want to revisit these! I just may do that this month or next. 🙂

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