Friday, May 20, 2011

World of Color

eclecticPaperie and the E-Team are beginning another series of fun for you!  And to kick off all the festivities, we are joining the Stampavie DT team! 


Of course, as with any great party, there has to be goodies! Besides 10% off the Stampavie stamps that eP carries AND 10% off of the available preorders for the newest releases of Stampavie images,  5 random winners will be chosen from the comments left on the E-Team blogs and the Stampavie Blogs to receive a Stampavie image and some extra eP goodies!!  All you need to do is leave a comment on the participating blogs between today, Friday, May 20, and Sunday, May 22.  The winners will be announced on the eP blog on Monday, May 23.  

E-Team


Stampavie DT



Let's get down to to the fun stuff, shall we?!!

Today I chose to work with the Mo Manning image Swine Flu





I decided to color with my current favorite coloring medium Copics.  My favorite paper to use with Copics is Gina K's Pure Luxury, #120.  It's smooth surface makes for wonderful blending and if I so desire to make a one layer card, NO bleed through!!

I usually stamp images with Archival Jet black ink, but for this image, I used Memento Tuxedo Black.  Occasionally, I will find that when I am using the lighter shades (such as the colors used on Swiney), the Archival ink will smear.  I don't know why, even if I heat set it.  It doesn't always happen.  But it did for this image and I just went with the Memento Tuxedo Black.  No smearing!!

Now, I'm about to share my secret to coloring with Copics or any other coloring medium for that fact:  I have no set rules for coloring and just go with my gut instinct.  I don't worry about picking colors from the same classification (confession:  I can't figure out the Copic classification system!). I'm not afraid to mix colors or color families. Sometimes this means I have to re color an image.  That's ok with me.  It's an experience that I don't mind repeating.  I don't make a certain type of stroke with my pens.  Sometimes I blend, sometimes I like the harsh lines.  I DO try to remember where my light source is coming from, LOL! But have been known to mix that up too and usually, no one notices but me (unless I tattle on myself).

I don't follow "rules" for coloring.  I just go with the moment and COLOR. 

And because I just go with the moment of coloring, I usually will not share what colors I used for a project because I'm grabbing, hit or miss and in the end, really have NO idea which colors I actually ended up using!

I printed off a Copic Color Chart onto Pure Luxury card stock and filled in the squares with the markers that I do have.  This is always out when I color for a starting point as to which colors I might like to use.  I also usually start with my lightest base color and add the darker shading after.  I have to say, that the Mo Manning images are so wonderfully drawn and detailed, that shading is pretty much pointed out for you! Some of my shading on the tissues was lost in the photo, as it is so slight (but a detail noticeable in real life).




I really did intend to show a more step by step demonstration of my coloring! But, I got caught up in the "moment", and that quickly went out the window!!  I DID manage to keep all the markers I used for this image separate today. 



19 different markers were used for this project. I'm not kidding when I say I will grab, hit or miss!! LOL!

Other details on the card:  I had pulled out some design paper that I had intended to use on this card.  But one drawback of just going with the moment of coloring, is that very often, my finished product does NOT end up matching the colors I had intended to use!  I ended up pulling out some SU papers from my stash (I know that Almost Amethyst and Wild Wasabi were used.  The SU blue is unknown).  I also went back to  a basic of stamping, by stamping my own background.  I used SU's Blue Bayou on the unknown blue with the retired SU Print Pattern.  The image was die cut with Spellbinder's Classic Circles.  While the paper was still in the die, I carefully went around the edge with the pale lavendar and gray that I used for the floor shadows.  The base is 5 1/2" squre Pure Luxury.  Black ribbon placed at an angle in the corners makes this a pretty CAS layout. 


The main point that I would like you to take away from this project is Don't get hung up on what are suppose to be the RULES of coloring.  Go with what the moment brings!  

'Till next time.......................





44 comments:

Auntie Em said...

I love your no rules rule for colouring since it definitely works! I really like the background as well with the stamped pattern. Great card!
Thanks for sharing and hope you have a good weekend! :)

Linda R said...

I don't usually use a lot of color - this was inspiring as I don't use markers much either - thanks.denis

Frances said...

Agree with you, I usually stamp a few images at a time, and then begin to experiment with different color combos until I get what I like, also I only use Copics. Love what your final image came to, very nicely done. hugs, Frances.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Great get well card.

Cassie_lu said...

I think your coloring looks amazing and the card is greatt too

Bonnie said...

I don't even own a Copic marker as of yet. Most of my coloring is done with colored pencils and I'm OK with that. Very cute card!!

Louisiana Belle said...

There are "rules" for photography, too, but great results can be achieved by breaking those rules, oftentimes. Great job on this latest project!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Oh thanks for the words "Go with the moment and color" !! that would have to be me. Not one of my favorites.
Your card is so cute. Great job of coloring too. Thanks for showing the array of markers.

Broni said...

Your "Swiney" rocks, Starla. And I've always been one to mix color families too. I'm glad I'm not the only one that goes with my gut!

creativearts said...

Great coloring and I have noticed the smearing with the Archieval ink so when using copics, I automatically stamp with Momento. Great card.

Sylvia said...

You're to fun, Starla! No rules coloring, what does rules coloring mean anyway? Love your card, this is a funny and cute image!You did a marvelous job coloring this piglet, now I just hope you don't have to send this card. Have a wonderful weekend, enjoy your being back in blogland, my friend!

Colorado Crafter said...

Great card!!! I love your idea of going with the moment! I don't feel that I'm "artistic" enough to be using Copics or even my Prismacolor pencilas, but I enjoy doing it and so far I think my coloring is pretty good for a non-artistic beginner!!! LOL!! And hey! I'm having fun!

diane (cookiestamper) said...

The background you used makes this a great masculine card! cute!

Jan said...

Poor little swine!! What a great use of color and image. The background is great and doesn't detract from the main image. Thanks for the inspiration.
Jan

kathy2eggs said...

Serious, when did coloring get so structured....oh yeah...I can't remember!!! LOL...love your little card, it's very cute...just what a teenager likes...and I'm sure she'll appreciate it. I love coloring with my granddaughter (age 5) she just goes with whatever she can get her hands on at the moment.

Andrene said...

Just had to laugh when I saw this!! Adorable. Would love to know what sentiment you would use with this card. Super job and awesome coloring.

Shannon said...

I don't know who you people are that can afford the Copic pens, but more power to ya. I love this swiney flu card, it's so clever. And there's no doubt that you colored it in amazingly. Great job!! Thanks for sharing and for inspiring.

McStamper said...

Great coloring - love the image.

kathy/North Carolina said...

This card is a riot! I so appreciate your encouraging words on coloring. I find it is really hard to do, but I keep on trying. Maybe if I relax and have more fun with it???? Your stamped background rocks!

Dee in N.H. said...

Ha! Love your card and as a timid colorer, I really appreciate the advice!

Will said...

Love your swine flu card! Great coloring!

allgolf111 said...

I love this theme and how you colored the stamp.

Karen said...

Like your no rules advice. Cute stamp too.

Kittie said...

Starla, your coloring on this little piggy is perfect. I had to laugh that you wrote you have no system for chosing colors. Same with me. Darling card!!!

Latrice said...

This image is awesome! I think you so awesome on coloring this. All those little tissues are perfect.

Lynda said...

What a cute image and your coloring is terrific.

GLENDA BROOKS said...

I used to always color with Copics, mostly I don't like tying to blend them. I just don't have the knack for making it work. I have a whole basket full but would rather use Distress Inks. Your creation is wonderful, love the image and your coloring is perfect!

Janet L. said...

You may not use rules for coloring, but it surely works for me. What a cute and funny image and a great card!

bethann said...

so funny, my DD loves pigs so i always think of her when i see a pig

Sandy said...

what a great card for get well's I love your colors but am dismyed noone uses anything else besides copics, I'm not rich so cant afford them

Mrs Ham said...

This is a great card. I love that image.

scalder said...

Okay, you have way more patience than I do...19 different markers? However, the end result is GREAT!!! Now that little piggy looks just like I feel, I think I need this stamp:)

Joanne O'Brien said...

I loved the way you colored the swine flu image! I don't go by "rules" either! I think I really need this stamp!

Pat K said...

Your coloring is simply great,love your style!

Bonnie said...

Poor bunny. Hope he feels better soon. His clothes look good though.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for thge insights on the Copics:) It helps! http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

Linda Carson said...

LOL! Your "hit or miss" looks fab!

Susan said...

Thanks for the inspiration!

Linda Duke said...

LOL...you are so funny, I don't follow any coloring rules either :) I think it's better when you do what feels right to you and what you are coloring. Great card... Let's Skype.

Gerri Herbst said...

Beautiful colors!

Sue D said...

Very funny card and thanks for letting us know it is ok to break the rules!

princesskitten said...

He is just magic - I break all the rules tto - well I try too

Di said...

Delightful Mo Manning image. You did a great job coloring this image. Very cute card.

Sylvia said...

Where is Starla?