Last week/weekend, I had a wonderful, colorful, awesome experience at the Chicago CREATE Mixed Media Retreat. One of the most valuable things I learned was how to read a color wheel. You'd think as much as I love to color, I would have figured that out by now and be using it! :o) We made one in class with our watercolor paints. I decided to create one with my Spectrum Noir Markers.
Next, I used my SN color chart to pick out the marker colors to match the 12 colors on the color wheel, noted them and colored. I used the fine tip to outline the section and the chisel tip to fill in quickly - makes it a quick project. Took longer to write this post than color it in. hehehe.
NOTE: the circled numbers on my SN color wheel correspond a color family. I labeled my original color wheel with a unique number for each color family. It is consistent across all the methods of my coloring, i.e. markers, water coloring, Twinkling H2Os, acrylics, etc... I learned that in my color theory class with Jacqueline Newbold. Great tip!
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Next, I stamped the bike image from the set onto water color paper, sprinkled emboss powder and heat set. I colored them with the the re-inkers. I dropped color onto a pallet and used a paintbrush dipped in water to apply.
My design today features images from one one of Sheena 'A Little Bit Magical' sets. This fabulous doorway and mushroom are from the Enchanted Doorway set.
I stamped the images onto Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock for Alcohol Markers and colored them with my Spectrum Noir Markers. I used a combination of direct coloring to the cardstock and also pallet coloring - scribble color onto an acrylic block and pick up with a lighter color. As you lay the color on the cardstock, a natural blending occurs. To see a video of this method of coloring, click here.
shroom top: CR5, DR3, DR7
shroom base: EB1, EB4
I stamped the doorway image onto design paper, stamping off first.
I used a white gel pen to add back in the white dots on top of the shrooms and also added more grass and ground with JG2, EB1.
Butterfly #1CT2, OR1, OR2 - traditional Monarch butterfly colors. I dropped color and let it spread and blend by itself. TIPs: (1) I used a scrap piece of gloss card stock under the images to catch any extra color. It also acts as a base that you can pick up gently to tilt your butterfly so the colors run together. (2) You only need a small amount of ink - a little goes a lonnnnng way. If you drop more ink than you want, dip the corner of a clean a paper towel into the area you want to pull color out.
Butterfly #2DR3, GB4, TB6 -I spiced the color up a bit and also spritzed a little alcohol to help the blending.
Butterfly #3LV1, PL1, PL3 - spritzed a little alcohol to help the blending.
After they all dried, I inked up the butterflies with a watermark ink pad, sprinkled ultra thick embossing enamel over them, and heat set. I then repeated for high gloss finish.
Background #1.. To create the background layer I started with a design I created using my Gelli Plate. You can see how I did it here. Here's what the base looked like:
Next, I cut a section and used a combination of inks, including some rich LUXE color (available soon at Crafter's Companion), daubers, and found items (including a pizza box plastic thingy [which I did wash before using :o) ]) to add color and more design elements.
Background #2. It also started with a design from my Gelli Plate.
I used more luscious LUXE inks and also another image from the Sheena set - just inked up a small part to add pops of black.
Background #3. I started with the scrap piece of high gloss cardstock I used to catch ink from the butterflies, spritzed it with alcohol and dropped in more color - DR3, LV1, PL1, TB6. I was a little heavy handed and dropped more color than I intended - this is how I discover tips to share. :o) When I was pulling up color with my paper towel, I started dabbing and found I liked the texture it created, so I dabbed a lot. I know, it's looks kinda funky now, but stay with me!
I cut the portion I wanted to use and ran it through my eBosser with the 5" X 7" Embossing Folder - Circle Background. Next, I slid a LUXE wedding dress ink pad across the top so the color would catch on raised design. It got a little color the pad, but that's ok. I wiped of the color with a paper towel. White ink is ready for the next project.
On the inside of each card, I added a strip of design paper to match the outside. To adhere the butterflies, I used Collall's Tacky-Glue in the center, allowing their wings to be free.
No waste! I'll save all the design pieces I did not use today for other projects!
Shout out: The butterfly technique was inspired by something I saw over at Deanna's Creations.
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. We have two new members this season Tenia and Leah - and they are awesome!!
To add color, I used Memento ink pads - applied with a stylus and little brush point tools. I dig how vivid the ink is on the glossy cardstock.
After coloring, my next step was to plan the layout. I trimed the tiger layer and black layer to their final sizes. I then used a ruler to draw in a pencil line for the frame, thinking about how much of the little scene will show. I then cut out the center section with a craft knife using a metal ruler as a straight edge.
I placed the frame over the colored scene and drew a very light pencil line inside the frame. I cut about 3/4 of an inch wider than the line to allow for adhesive. I added some subtle clouds in the sky with a cloud template made from a scallop die. TIP: I start on the template and pull into the sky, using a light touch to avoid blotches of ink.
I sponged color around the frame to tone it down and used a black water based marker to edge the inside and outside of the frame.
For finishing touches, I darkened his pupils with a black fine liner and added a white highlight with a white gel pen. I really dig his intense look. I heat embossed a word stamp from the In The Wild set.
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I love this huge tree with all the details of the branches.
I created the background first. I droppedSpectrum Noir Ink Refills onto Ultra High Gloss White Cardstock and blew it around with a straw, spritzing alcohol to help blend and move color. I did the grass first and then added the sky, allowing the colors to run together and leaving some white spaces. I blew in a horizontal direction, which created some abstract cloud formations. This is a fun and forgiving technique. If you are not happy with the results, you can spritz more alcohol and blow the color around more.
After it dried, I inked up the tree - lightly inking the ground. I dabbled off some of that ink from the ground with a paper towel. I wanted the black on the ground to be subtle so that the SN ink remained vivid and did not get covered up. TIPs: If there are any areas that do not get a solid imprint, use a cotton tip to dip in ink pad and fill in black ink. When I trimmed my image, I turned it face down so I would not get any lines in the ink.
NOTE: be sure to work in a well ventilated area. the smell of the alcohol can sometimes be strong.