Are you getting spooky yet? If not, it’s about high time because next week is Halloween!
Today, I decided to combine lots of glitter, an awesome die from Pretty Pink Posh, and a super cute digi stamp from Tiddlyinks for a spooky but loveable Halloween card over at the Colour Me…! challenge.
You can see step-by-step instructions in the video, but I want to take the opportunity to talk a bit about my coloring style with Copics. I usually color dark to light, and I think the majority of people goes light to dark. Why am I doing it in reverse?
When you color light to dark, you usually start out by putting down one layer of the lightest color first, then add the dark tones and go back to light. I personally have three problems with this:
- first, if I’m not using Simon Says Ultra Heavy card stock I get bleeding because of the many coats of color in some places.
- Second, because I’ll go over the lightest areas at least twice (base coat, then blending out), it never turns out as light as it could.
- Third, I often misjudge the space I need for highlights and don’t have enough left.
By starting with the darkest color, I define my shades areas and I only add a bit where I’m absolutely certain the darks are going to be. Then I’m blending it out into my second and third color, but on the first pass I leave some white space instead of coloring all the remaining space with the lightest color.
On my second pass, I make sure that the darkest and middle color blend well, and by now I have a “base coat” down so that blending is easy. When I then move on to the lightest color, I have enough white space left to make sure I have true highlights. You can see this process best with the bat and the robot’s coat.
Also, here’s another trick: if you’ve bee frustrated with the “messy twine” technique, cheat 🙂 I could usually tangle up the twine just fine, but before I could glue it down, it had disintegrated in a true (uncontrollable) mess. So now I put down a bit of glue in the area that will be hidden and use that as a help to make sure the twine remains where it’s supposed to go.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the video and my coloring tips – let me know what you think: I absolutely love reading your comments!
- Tiddly Inks Robot Holidays
- Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 1 dies
- Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Blush
- Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Blush
- Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Orchid
- Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Amethyst
- Simon Says Stamp Sketched Alphabet
- Stampin Up Black Glitter
- Copics: W9, W6, W4 and V09, V06, V05, and N5, N3, N1, N0