Saturday, October 23, 2010

Autumn Harvest Ride

Hi Precious Peeps!
How are you enjoying fall these days?  I feel like I missed a lot of it because I was indoors recovering from pneumonia.  I am all done with that now, thank you Jesus.  And thank you to anyone who prayed for me! 
 I have also missed making cards and blogging though, and it is good to be back!
You may or may not have noticed that I draw a lot of horses (no duh).  I happen to be of the opinion that they are the most beautiful of all the animals God made.  I have always been fascinated with these creatures, and have been drawing them since I was a kid.   My favourite ride at the fair was the real pony ride, but the merry-go-round, aka carousel came in at a close second!   Here is another one of my carousel horses (a digital image I did for Whimsy sold here) to celebrate the fall harvest and Thanksgiving time.  Here in Canada, we already had our Thanksgiving weekend, but I know our neighbours to the south still have that weekend coming up in November.  
I enjoyed playing with shadows and light on the Clydesdale's body to make it resemble the true muscular form of a work horse!  I studied photographs of these beautiful creatures to suggest where the light and shadows would go. 
The blender pen came in handy in this case, to lighten up areas that needed to have that shiny appearance, suggesting areas that reflect a lot of sunlight.  I loooove my blender pen for that purpose!  Makes my job a lot easier!
I have coloured Autumn Harvest Ride with the following Copics (get ready, its a long list, lol!)
Horse's body: 
E07, 08, 09, 19, 49 plus blender pen to highlight
Horse's muzzle: 
E50, R00, R20, W1
Horse's fetters (fluffy white lower legs): E50, W00, 1, 3, 4
Pole, harness and bridle: 
I started off making it blue with B21 and 23, but decided to change it to more of a blue-green by adding Y11 all over it.
Green summer squash: 
G28, 29, 40, Y11
YR15, 16, 18, 00, 23, Y35, 38, E37 in the deepest shadows
Red apple: 
R35, 37, 89, blender pen in the highlight
Metallic buckles on the harness: 
Y11, YR21, 23, Y28
W00, 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10
I added some very thin lines with a Copic liner pen in the mane, plus in the fetters, just to add more of a texture to the hair. 
I used some B0000 around the horse, but also I added some blue, yellow and pink pencil crayon to the background, and blended it with Turpenoid (odorless mineral spirits).  I was careful to use them only after I was finished with the Copics.  Never use Copic markers on top of pencil crayon! The alcohol will melt the wax of the pencil crayon, and it will collect on the tip of your marker, eventually clogging it. 
I also used some Distress inks and sponged them on the background while it was still in the Spellbinder die. 
The sentiment is by Raindrop Echo Designs and it is also a digi, found here at Whimsy Stamps.
Here is the complete card:
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Sundays With Crissy - buttons and bows (the wooden leaf is actually a button!)
Copic Creations - Colourless Blender Technique (used to get the highlights on the horse's muscular structure)
Paper Playtime - Pumpkins or spiders
Basic Grey - Autumn/Harvest Time (the orange bg layer and the distressed green mat layer are both Basic Grey papers)
Daring Card Makers - Autumn Leaves
Creative Belli Blog - Pumpkins and Fall Sketch
Stamp Something - Digi day
No Time To Stamp? - Count Your Blessings  (I am thankful to have my health back and for the harvest of blessings in my life - they are abundant for sure, too many to count!)
Paper Garden Projects - Holiday card.  This one is for Thanksgiving (no duh)
Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit!  I hope you come again.
God Bless!


  1. This is the most amazing colouring I've seen, the way you created the muscles is completely realistic, this is what sets a true artist apart, wow absolutely amazing!

  2. Oh Wow, Wow! This is stunning. Your colorig is just amazing. Thanks for playing along with Paper Garden Projects Friday Fun.

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous Crissy! I love the coloring, just perfect and I absolutely love Clydesdales too, fantastic work!

  4. I just love this card. The colours are so nice.
    Greetings Miranda

  5. So wonderful card crissy,I love the image and the colours.
    So beautiful papers.

    Hugs Riet.x

  6. Hi Crissy - hope you're well!!
    Awesome card, love your beautiful image, stunning colouring and your background is amazing!!
    Fabulous colours and papers.

    So glad you shared this with us at bot Basic Grey and Copic Creations.
    hugs Heather xx

  7. A stunning card! Thanks for joining in with Daring Cardmakers.

    Lynda xxx

  8. Absolutely beautiful image and coloring! Thanks for playing with us at Paper Playtime! :) Janis

  9. Oh my gosh, Crissy, he's so beautiful! I live within a few miles of Busch Gardens and loved going to the stables to view these beauties. They are magnificant!

  10. WOOOOWEEE GF this is BEAUTIFUL!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this creation Crissy!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!

  11. Wow this is stunning, your horse is beautiful and fantastic colouring too, love it and thank you so much for your very nice comment on my card :)) Hugs xxx

  12. WOW, realy amazing coloring. It looks so real.

    ♥, moi

  13. Oh Wow! wonderful job highlighting the muscles on the horse - just beautiful!
    Thanks for playing along with the Paper Garden Projects 4th Friday Challenge.

  14. Oh this is stunning! I LOVE this image and your coloring is amazing - so realistic. I just have to pull out this digi and give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration! hugs, Angela

    ps. Sorry to hear you've been ill!

  15. Hi Crissy and I'm sorry to read that you've been so ill but very glad that you're better now and felt like colouring your beautiful carousel horse which is fabulous! Love how you made him look so real with the muscle tone and everything. So good to visit your blog and catch up and I hope everything else is good for you. Big hugs, Chris x

  16. so beautiful Crissy!
    Thank you for joining in @ Creative Belli and Paper Playtime!

  17. Stunning as ever Crissy!!! fabulous job with this GORGEOUS image!

  18. Hello Crissy, WOW!!!! This is absolutely Stunning, I love all the horse images you make and your coloring is jaw dropping!! You are amazing!!

    Big Hugs,

  19. How fabulous and creative! Wonderful coloring and your card is just beautiful. I have miniature horses and they are just super....horses are wonderful friends! Thanks for playing along at Paper Garden Projects!

  20. WOWZERS, Crissy! My mouth literally fell open when I saw this beauty. You never cease to amaze me with your talent. I've never seen a more beautifully colored horse!! Wow. REALLY Awesome job on this challenge! So glad you could join us at Copic Creations!! hugz, Mary

  21. Can I say something very quietly - this is so far my very favorite of all your carousel horses! I love the peaceful and somehow a little sad feeling I get from him and also the strength and endurance just oozing off him. He reminds me of the horses I met in my childhood - they were all good, strong, trustworthy, good-natured working animals, cherished by their owners and very affectionate. So I look at your horse and fight the urge to sneak him a hefty slice of bread, just like I did when I was a kid. :)
    Thank you for your wonderful art!

  22. This is gorgeous girl, I love your coloring, it's perfect!