Hello crafters! Purple Onion Designs has a sale going on – check out the blog post for details! Some of you might have already seen today’s video as it went live unintentionally a few days ago and it took me a few hours to realize it. My move (finally done!) had me literally brain-dead and I have no internet, so this completely slipped through the cracks. Anyway, I bet there are some of you who have not yet seen the video, so here it is! (I had to re-upload it to schedule it for today, so your previous comments are lost – sorry!)
The technique I am showing you is all about going the extra mile. That means: you don’t have to go extreme like I do here, but combining coloring mediums can give you amazing results in terms of texture and depth. The first one to make me aware of this was my crafty friend Marika Rahtu, who combined Copics and colored pencils. I’m starting out by stamping out a scene – I actually had this idea while in bed and as you can see on the watch I’m wearing, it was really just before midnight when I got up and had to put this to paper.
I am using Inktense pencils for coloring, but you can use any watercolor medium as a substitute. It’s just great to blend to white – I feel I can do that best with anything that dissolves with water. My first layer wasn’t about really deep shadows or details but about adding a base color that I could then build upon. At this stage, it’s very important to leave enough space for your highlights since they will offset the shadows we’ll deepen up later.
Next, I grabbed my colored pencils – I prefer Polychromos, sharpened with a Dahle Rotary Sharpener – and added in my details and shadows. As I have shown you before, the secret to success with colored pencils is to work in layers. You have it easier with this particular technique today, though: you already have a base color, so you don’t need to worry about coverage. With the pencils, I personally have more control and can therefore apply them for much finer detail.
When I thought I was done, I asked my crafty friend Keren Baker for advise because I felt the card was lacking something. Lo and behold, Keren’s genius pointed out that the mouse felt flat against the rest of the scene so I added a “halo” around her to make her stand out more. What are crafty friends for?
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired!
Purple Onion Designs has a summer sale! You guys know I LOVE their stamps, and was delighted to be invited to their Design Team as it means I get to play with all of them all the time!
Now YOU can get your mittens on all the stamps you’ve always wanted at a super low price! The sale runs from July 22 – July 31 and all stamps will be 25% off!!!! And that even applies to the stamps which are already reduced in price!
Now, if you want to call me an enable – do so! I’ll proudly accept responsibility for your shopping spree (just not for the bill).
When you are stocking up on Purple Onion Designs stamps, don’t forget they are unmounted rubber stamps so grab some Tack and Peel for your acrylic blocks or some EZ Foam Mount so you can start using those stamps right away.