I know that the coloring on Ginger is a bit off – usually raccoons are colored the other way around: the area around their eyes is dark and the forehead is light. I tried that, but let’s just say that you should appreciate my artistic license. My first coloring attempt looked rather scary!
I also went with very bold colors on the pumpkin because I knew that my background would be light. I needed contrast, otherwise the focal image would get lost. I encourage you to experiment with your markers or pencils to find out which colors work well together to create deep shadows and still leave bright highlights. It will give your coloring great dimension.
For the background, I die cut a few leaves with Lawn Fawn dies and then used my Kuretake watercolors to apply a very light wash. I am still learning to not overdo it with the color, but once you’ve internalized that you can always add more with watercolors, it’s easier to start out with just a little color. I knew that the focus should be on Ginger, so I had to take care to now darken up the background too much.
I added some gold spritzes to my card base by flicking against a brush loaded with gold perfect pearls and then mounted the leaves with glue. I also cut a few tiny leaves which I left white. They are a great contrast against the gold and you can just make them out by the Pretty Pink Posh sequins peeking out from underneath.
I hope you enjoyed the video and the close ups and got inspired to create some fun clean and simple fall cards yourself. Catch ya again soon!