Friday, September 27, 2013

A Lot of Coloring - Don't be Scared!

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

I added color to the water and sky with TB1 and blender. The sailboat is colored with LV1, TN2, TN5, and TB1. I used Double Sided Adhesive Foam Circles to pop up the sail boat.  The sentiment is from the set.

Crafter's Companion has had several new releases. For more ideas, be sure to pop over to the Crafter's Companion Information Blog, as well as visit the Crafter's Companion DT members.  You can see their latest designs by clicking on the names on the left side of my blog.

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