Even for those of us who love to color, seeing an image that requires a lot of coloring can kind of scare us. My approach is to "chunk it up" - identify chunks to color. To help explain my approach, I'm featuring images from Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy EZMount Stamp Set - The Boat House.
For color inspiration, I used the colored panel the image came on - one of the wonderful features of ordering sets from Crafter's Companion. I pulled out my color chart and the color wheel that I made to help me select the Spectrum Noir Marker colors for the scene. I stamped the images onto Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock.
Working within one area - defined as a piece of the scene where colors will be blended - I starting coloring with CT1, CG3 and JG2. I used a combination of direct coloring to the cardstock and also pallet coloring - scribble a darker color onto an acrylic block and pick up with a lighter color. As you lay the color on the cardstock, the color starts out as dark and a natural blending occurs as the marker returns to its lighter color. To see a video of this method of coloring, click here.
I continued with the same color pallet of the three markers to complete all the areas for that color combination.
Next, I colored the golden brown bushes using CT1, GB2, GB8, GB9, and GB10. TIP: in some areas, using a light touch, I dabbed in a darker color and then dabbed over it with a lighter color to create a little bit of texture.
Filled in more areas using a different combination of colors already in the scene: CG3, GB2, GB8, and JG2.
Added more colors. CG3, JG2, LV1, LV3, PP5, and PP6
I finished off the land with BG2, CG3, GB2, GB8, TN2, and TN5
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