Hi crafty friends! Today I have the pleasure to be part of the Useless Trinkets blog hop and you should have arrived here from Gloria. If not, no worries: I have the complete hop order at the end of the article.
This hop is celebrating the release of new free digi stamps by Useless Trinkets, a.k.a Jessa Feig, a German artist who draws amazing images to color. You have seen me use her free digis in the past here. For this release, please meet Gustav, the flurry monster, and Harriet.
I have a new video for you with focus on techniques: it’s quite a bit longer than my usual videos, but I was cramming three different cards into it and I hope you like it. In the video, you will learn how to color fur (again) – I am showing you two different color schemes, just to emphasize that this technique is the same no matter which color or medium you use, and then I am showing for the first time how to color with a medium new to me, chalk pastels.
I intentionally kept the monster cards clean and simple because I wanted to keep the focus on Gustav. For the technique I showed you, it’s good to have Copic Markers (or any other coloring markers or pencils) in multiple shades of the same color. As you could see, I went from very dark to very light in both color schemes and this difference allowed me to create the “layered fur” effect.
Interestingly, the technique I am using for fur is one I learned originally to add folds to a dress. No kidding! Check out the coloring classes by Kit and Clowder, it’s where I get all my skills from.
On Instagram, I had seen quite a few coloring artists use a ton of white dots and scribbled stars for a “glitter” effect and I thought I’d try that myself. On my blue Gustav, I kept it simple with just the dots, but on the red monster, I added the faux stars and it really looks like he’s sparkling like crazy.
The sentiments are from the German store “Dani Peuss” and I have just bought a whole ton of them. I had been struggling to find great German sentiment, but they have a (growing) fantastic collection that really suits any purpose.
My third card is still clean and simple, but I used a new-to-me coloring medium: chalk pastels named Carbothello by Stabilo, which have kindly been sent to me by Stabilo to try out. I wish I would have done it sooner, I really like them. They are very different from my other color mediums, and I am just beginning to use them, so I am learning as I go but I hope the few tips I shared in the video will help you in case you want to give this medium a try.
What I like especially is how they become quite opaque on kraft if you just add enough layers. That makes coloring on kraft a lot of fun. In parts, it’s easier than Polychromos or Prismacolor pencils because you don’t have to work so hard in getting the color on the paper, but since these pencils are basically chalk, they pose their own challenge.
As is the property of chalk, the lead always crumbles (crumbles, not breaks!) a bit, so you have to be super careful not to smear the medium around if you accidentally wipe your hand over it. Since the medium is also super soft, the pencils don’t stay very sharp long, so coloring super small areas might end up being a challenge.
What I absolutely love, though, is how nice I can blend the colors, especially once I have a few layers down. In addition, adding a highlight after the fact is super easy as these pencils are opaque and adding white on top of something will lighten that color. It’s just real fun, and I have enjoyed using this medium tremendously.
I hope you liked my projects, and that I could give you some helpful tips in the video. Don’t forget: these adorable digi stamps are free to download here. To get even more inspiration, please hop along to Katrin and Lisa and the rest of the team!
- Jessa – Useless Trinkets
- Birka – Mit Herz und Schere
- Gloria – Creepy Glow Bugg
- Julia <– you are here
- Katrin and Lisa – Project Cupcake
Have fun! Cheers!