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.
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.......................