Friday, August 31, 2007
I decided to choose a simple image for part 1. A little later down the road, I will do a part 2 with a more complex image and background. As you can see, you need a decent watercolor paper, I use Biggie Jr. by Canson. It is cheap, 50 pg. for 10.00 dollars and I purchase it at my not so local fine art store. Not all watercolor papers are created equal in the case of marker watercolors. Some papers have the ink soak in too fast making it impossible to move the color! The second item you need is water based markers. I use Tombow and Stampin'Up! markers which are excellent quality and highly pigmented. Again bold color gives you bold results, and though expensive, these markers are worth it! Finally you need some good brushes and water resistant ink! I use artist quality sable brushes. These are mine from when I did watercolor. They are 20 years old and still going strong. I use small rounded brushes up to large rounded brushes, each one sized for different job's. I also use flat blunt tipped brushes for doing the occasional washes. Last my ink is Memories dye ink pad which resists smearing with water. I have Staz-on but use it rarely due to the habit it has of staining my rubber. In the picture you will also see a chart I have made with a scribble and a name and number of each marker that I own. This makes it easy for me to find the right color, The cap rarely gives a true representation of the color.
Before I start my initial coloring, I look at the image and try to determine what colors I will need. I usually choose 3 colors in each needed value. For instance the beak, I will use A light, a medium and a dark. I chose for this a pale yellow, medium orange, and a orange/red . All colors which are used to form each other.
I start by working in sections. It is often advisable when you start to do small sections at a time. This is because you may be more hesitant and take more time letting the ink on other sections sink in and become less movable. I start by laying down the lightest color in a scribble in the areas I think should stay lighter. You can also leave these areas blank to allow a thin wash of your darker color to cover.
I add in my middle color, following the contours and areas I think should be shaded.
Last I add my darkest color. It is now ready to blend. Because the area is small I will choose a small brush for the area. I make sure the brush is not so wet that it drips, but not so dry that the bristles become separated. I usually use the back of my hand to determine the wetness.
I work in a circular motion to get good blending. The circles I use are tight and controlled. My brush is held at approximately 45 degree angle. I hold lower down for control. I start in the light area, move down to the dark area, move back up to the medium area then clean off my brush so as not to darken my light value to much. I then take my clean brush and clean up the line between the medium and the light. Any mistakes can be fixed by adding a drop of water to the offending area, and soaking it up with a rag or Kleenex.
I blend it in with water, starting with the lightest to the darkest, back to the lightest and then cleaning my brush to blend the lightest into the white.
Last I need to do the hay. I pick colors which best represent hay, Yellows and Ochres. Darkest under the duck and out to the lightest. I use quick strokes or scribbles, I try to keep it loose and flowing.
After it is blended according to my earlier method I consider him ready to use. At this point I would either cut him out, or I would continue on to make a background. I will get more into that on part 2 of this tutorial.
Finally I photographed my method for organizing my watercolor markers. They are arranged in six color groups: earth tones, Yellow/oranges, greens, blues, violets, and red/pinks. It's not perfect but then I also have my chart to rely on to easily find the colors I want! I hope this helps out and shows you how easy this stunning technique is!
Stamps: High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Ink : Memories Dye Ink
Markers: Tombow: 553,946,026. Stampin'Up! Barely Banana, Ballet Blue, Ruby Red, So Saffron, More Mustard.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Stamps: House of Mouse, SU Itty Bitty Background
CS : Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa, Confetti, Saffron DP, Au Chocolat DP
Othr : Copic Markers, Faber and Castel pencils, Gamsol, Airbrush tool, Gold brads, May Art Ribbon, blending stubs, stickles.
The image was colored in with Copic markers, and then the frosting was accented with the Faber Castel Color pencils and Gamsol. I then stamped out a second image, colored portions and cut out the pieces that I wanted to raise. The heads and arms of each mouse is raised, a piece of the cupcake, and the candle which is lying down. Before adhering these pieces I created a mask and airbrushed the background. I then adhered the pieces with two thicknesses of dimensional. I used regular glue dots and 1/16" thickness dimensional which are great when you don't want the bulk of regular dimensional. Stickles were used to highlight the cupcake icing and then all the layers were put together. Enjoy and have a great night!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Stamps: My Favorite Things
CS : Sky Blue CS and DP, Real Red, Whisper White, water color paper, Au Chocolat DP
Ink : Memories black die ink, Ranger Adirondacks in Espresso
Other : May art Ribbon, Tombow Markers, SU markers, Spica glitter pens, Silver brads
Its been a while since I have used my markers. I've been so involved with my Copics that I have neglected my watercolor markers shamefully. I really enjoyed not having to work at lightening speeds. I hope you enjoy and have a nice evening.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
stamps: Lockhart Pencils, SU Baroque Motifs, Karen Foster snap stamps mini formal.
CS : Petals and Paisley DP, Rose Red DP, Cool Caribbean, Wasabi
Ink : Ranger Adirondacks Black
Other : Winter Mini ribbon, SEI Brads, Copic markers, Airbrush system, Sewing Machine
The layers are adhered with Crystal Effects. There is sewing along the front cover, The image was colored with co-ordinating Copic markers, then a mask was made and the airbrush applied.
I hope you enjoy my first attempt at Altering DVD tins. Cheers and have a nice day.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Stamps: Karen Lockhart Lighthouse and sentiment, SU Flannel BG, SU By Sea
CS : Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Bordering Blue, Real Red, Whisper White, Very Vanilla
Other : Embroidery thread, Copper Brad, Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder, Copic Markers, Air
airbrush attachment, Photo corner Quickutz, Piercing tool and mat.
The cross stitch is done by hand, I pierced the paper and then sat and embroidered. I think my husband thinks I'm going loopy. The coloring was thoroughly enjoyable, I played with the shadows and light. I hope you enjoy looking and that you have yourselves a great day.
Friday, August 17, 2007
This first lady bug card is almost a total case from Andrea's lady bug card .
I just tweaked it a bit and changed some stamps and colors. I used Carte Postal for the background, Pick a Petal for the bug, and Stem sayings for the trail and greeting. Stem sayings is embossed and the colors used are River Rock, Wasabi, Black, Rose Red DP. Ink colors are the same except that I sponged with Caramel.
This next one is showcasing the cracked glass technique. Once again I drew on Adrea for inspiration. I loved this card that she did. I wanted to get the same feel with my own touches. The colors used are Natural, Wasabi, Groovy Guava, Rose Red DP. Ink colors are the same except I added Caramel for sponging. The set used is Pick a Petal.
The last project is a little box that I downloaded from Splitcoast. I used the Very Punny set (because I still have some to sell to customers) and the Pick a Petal for the topper. I accidentally used Pomegranate for the top bug when I should have used red. I didn't have time to fix it but will get my customers to use the red ink to match the ribbon. The bottom bugs are colored with Blender pen and markers.
I thought that I would share this with you so that you can see what i have been up to, but also to give you an idea of my struggles and also the kind of day to day stamping I do for my business.Thanks so much and have a great day!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I am a big fan of the House of Mouse images! I find them so whimsical and cute! They recently had a sale where when you buy three you get one free. I decided to add a wee bit to my collection.
Stamps: House of Mouse, Lockhart sentiment
Paper : Close to Cocoa, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Whisper White, Basic Grey DP, Unknown
Ink : Ranger Adirondacks black, Basic Brown
Other : Copic markers, Faber Castel color pencils, Prisma color pencils, Dazzling diamond,
ribbon, copper brads.
To color these images, I usually use a mix of media. In this case i started with a base of Copic markers, in a variety of Earth tones, and Blue greens. There is a touch of the red family used on the cheeks and ears. I then went over all the areas with the color pencils. I use short strokes on the fur to simulate the texture of real fur. I follow the shadow lines using colored pencils in a deeper shade of the same color. I highlighted the toothpaste with glitter. The edges are inked with Ranger Tea dye distress ink using a sponge dabber. A little extra touch of piercing was added to the right corners of the card using Ornare piercing template. I find it adds a little touch of interest.
Thanks so much for your interest, and enjoy!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Anyhoo for anyone who is interested in knowing, my vacation was great except for one great flaw..................I could not stamp! I had some great new stamping products, but no where to stamp. My sisters stamp room was under renovations headed by my husband, and her husband. Argggg, talk about miserable timing. My dad's house of course has no stamp room. Well there is no place like home, I can't wait to stamp some more, that means more stuff to upload when we get the darn camera sorted out!