I finally got around to using the Sugar Pea Designs Fall Foxes stamp set that I got last year. I am still in love with those cute foxes, and the thin lines of the images – because that just begs for a no-line coloring attempt. I’ve been so inspired by Emma Louise Ireland – I’ve been following her for a while on Instagram, and decided to finally get out some kraft cardstock and try this myself.
As I keep saying: layers are the solution to all things pencil coloring. I have a whole bunch of coloring videos showcasing this technique, so I won’t explain it here in detail again. Suffice to say, all my coloring skills came from a lot of hard work, and taking the classes by Kit and Clowder. Alyce is a wonderful teacher and I am still so grateful for everything I’ve learned from her.
One word of advice I’d give you: if you’re using a very light ink on kraft, trace the shapes (or areas you need to color) with a very light colored pencil right after stamping. I didn’t, and days later, when I wanted to finish the leaves, I could barely make them out. The MFT Grout Grey ink, which is fantastic for no line coloring, had dried and therefore lightened, and had seeped into the cardstock. That made it almost impossible to see anything anymore, so be smarter about this than I was 😉
I thought a while about how to stamp the sentiment – I was tempted to use a dark brown ink, but then my eyes fell on my beloved Delicata Gold ink pad and there was no other decision possible anymore 😉 For some tiny accents, I used various Nuvo Drops, but very sparingly as to not distract from the coloration. I used mainly my Polychromos pencils, but for the white, I like to reach for my Caran d’ache white pencil as it’s more opaque on colored paper. For sharpening my pencils, I love the T’Gaal sharpener.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired!