Thursday, March 16, 2017

Roses



Hi Peeps! I have something quite different for you today.  I decided to stretch my horizons and take a class at Kit And Clowder.  It was a real challenge for me! I wanted to learn more about coloured pencil, and so I took Alyce's coloured pencil class for February, and these Roses were the image used in the class.  The image itself (uncoloured digital line drawing) can be found at Power Poppy and it is called, "Everything's Rosey".  I printed it very faintly so that the lines would not show (known in the rubber stamp community as "no lines colouring).  For this lesson, I decided to print it at approx 4x5 inches on my 5 x 7 paper.  Let me say this; paper is important.  The stuff I used was not meant to take the punishment I gave it, and the coloured pencils sometimes started tearing and disintegrating where I went over it too hard and too many times.  Next time, I'll get the proper paper before I attempt another one of these!
I have been asked how I did the background.  I simply followed (loosely) the instructions from Alyce in the class: layer, layer, layer, and with much time and patience, this is what I came up with.  I did stray a lot from the style of colouring Alyce shows in the class, but the principals are the same.  Just layer after layer to get the effect you want. 
 I felt it was important to include some of the cup colours and roses and leaves colours into the background.  When you do that, you bring in a sense of unity to the picture, by having some of the foreground colours included in the background. 


I'm beginning to create blackish areas using colour opposites; in this case, dark greens combined with dark reddish colours like Indian Red and Caput Mortuum. 


 I did use some black, but to be honest, by this point, it was not going down as black; it was rather, sitting atop all the layers and giving me a grey layer. I just went with it!


 I went over the cup again using some of the same dark blues I had used on the background, adding touches of those colours onto the "white" parts of the cup, to unify the picture some more.  It is always effective to use colours that are close to the white object, on the white object, since white reflects the colours that are surrounding it.  I also deepened the shading on the yellow parts of the cup.  For the finishing touches, I used black in the deepest parts of the shading on the roses - just a touch here and there, of black in all the shadows.  You can really see the difference in the depth those final touches make by looking at the previous picture as opposed to this one below. 
Thank you for looking!




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Whimsy Challenge: Anything Goes/ Easter

Whimsy has begun to run their Challenge Blog again, YAY!! 
This is my offering for the first challenge: Anything Goes, and/or Easter.  Every month we will have a new challenge, and you can either choose the Anything Goes theme, OR, you can let the "twist" inspire you to create something different.  Participants must use a Whimsy image OR Whimsy Paper to qualify and to enter. You can enter on the Whimsy Challenge Blog for a chance to win a $15 Gift Voucher for Whimsy Stamps.  AND, you can DOUBLE your chances if you enter again on the Whimsy Stamps and Inspiration Facebook Page!  So what are you waiting for, get your projects done and add your photo to the Whimsy Challenge Blog, or the FB page, or both, for your chance to win a lovely shopping spree from Whimsy Stamps! 
I have created a birthday card for a good friend.  I used my digital image called "Butterfly Friends".  My gorgeous background paper is by Tracy of Whimsy, from her "Buttefly Breezes 2" digital paper pack.  I love having digital paper - being able to print off as many sheets as I want is an incredible plus for someone like me! What's more you can size it how you like too.  It sure cuts down on storage problems too! 
I coloured her with Copics and added a bit of Polychromos pencils when I was done to smooth out a few areas. 
Coloured with the following Copics: 
Skin: E000, 00, 11. 21, RV91, 95 Blush: R30
Hair: E25, 55, 57, 59
T-shirt: V12, 95, (tiny bits of V28)
Shorts: E51, 53, V93, 95
Leaves and Grass: YG03, 05, 67, G40  
Flower center: YR12, 15, 27
Butterfly: V12, Bo1, FYG1
Sky: B0000 blended into G40
Thanks for stopping by today! 
God bless!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Coming soon! March 15! Would you enjoy a card/paper craft challenge that, if you enter, and use a Whimsy image or Whimsy paper, gives you a chance to win a 15$ voucher at Whimsy Stamps? Whimsy is starting up their challenges again, whoo-hoo!! Each challenge will start on the 15th and run for a month, so you'll have lots of time to join in! Every month will be super easy too, because each challenge is "Anything Goes"; and, for those who do wish to have a theme involved, we will have an optional "twist" to the anything goes, which you can either use for inspiration, or, just ignore - your choice! But, each project (with a Whimsy image or paper) that you enter gives you a chance at that prize so,... you have nothing to loose to join in, and a potential of gaining a 15$ shopping spree at Whimsy Stamps, so don't hold back! There will be a chance to enter using the Whimsy Challenge Blog, and/or also on the Whimsy Stamps And Inspiration Facebook Page  Be watching out for it starting this Wednesday, March 15th! And help us spread the word by copying or sharing this post, and adding the button above to your sidebar! Thanks!