Great Catch

For my project, I’ve used Annabel Haines’ fur tutorial and colored up this raccoon. I’m always impressed with her textures and would love to color like that someday. So I’m learning, practicing and learning more. I’m getting there. The stamp is Great Catch, a retired set from SugarPea Designs.

I enjoy coloring on Balsa wood with Prismacolor Pencils. They go on smooth and blend well. The only down fall is that once all that color is built up, it’s near impossible to add anything else. So planning the colors and layers is important.

Supplies Used:
Balsa Wood
Tsukineko Memento Ink London Fog
Prismacolor Pencils
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen
Sharpie Black Pen Fine
Echo Park Jack & Jill 6×6 Paper
Chipboard Embellishments (sentiment)

Copic Markers: (to color the chipboard)
Y32, YR15, 27

Stamps:
Great Catch from SugarPea Designs

Going Catty – Scaredy Cat

I’ve been studying Annabel Haines‘ style on fur because she does an incredible job. In fact, she does amazing on all her projects with added textures and details. So over the years, I’ve been working up the courage to give it a try. I practice here and there but this was the first time I’ve gone full furry on an image. It was good first attempt but I still have more to learn. The image I used was a retired Scaredy Cat rubber stamp which is now available in the Going Catty clear set by Whimsy Stamps.

Annabel has a fur coloring tutorial which shows step by step on how she colors the fur. It’s a great tutorial and is a lot easier than how I did mine. Plus hers turns out better so take your tips from her. 😀
For those who were looking for an eye tutorial on the dragon… well, here it is. Even though this is with colored pencils and not markers, the idea is the same. (1) First, the image’s eyes are usually white (if stamping on white paper) or you should color them white. (2) Then, since eye are not actually pure white, I add shading around the edges to make them look found. On a person, I add shading going from top down. But on this image, and the dragon image, I really wanted the eyes to bulge so I went with a round shape for shading. (3) Next is to color the irides. I like to have some dark at the top and light nearer the bottom. For this image and the dragon, I chose to have one large and one small. (4) The final step is to add black for the pupils and white for the highlight.
My coloring plan was to lay down a base of color for the cat, which you can see on the left side, then add all the fur texture, which you can see on the right. It worked ok but after having so much color down with the pencils, it was very difficult to get a sharp noticeable line for the fur. In some areas, especially the lightest and white areas, it didn’t look like I was adding any coloring at all. For the white, I decided to add more details with the white gel pen. Did it work? Eh, I’m not sure.

Supplies Used:
Balsa Wood
Lawn Fawn Jellyfish Ink
Prismacolor Pencils
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen
Sharpie Black Pen Fine
Echo Park Jack & Jill 6×6 Paper

Stamps:
Scaredy Cat (retired) but now available in Going Catty at Whimsy Stamps

Bunny Found One

Welcome to Day 3 of the Whimsy Stamps March release week countdown. We have some more adorable images to share with you today, ones that are perfect for spring and Easter. Today I have a project that shows Bunny Found One and Farmhouse Shiplap Background

Although, it’s difficult to see the background stamp – I thought the color I chose would show up more then I ended up covering most of that paper anyway. I goofed when I stamped the Bunny Found One and didn’t press evenly to get a full impression so that’s why the daffodil flower is missing – but waste not want not and I strategically placed a gem and movement lines where it showed up the most.  Lost of mistakes but I pressed on and you wouldn’t have really noticed if I didn’t spill the beans.

I then colored it using my Prismacolor pencils on soft Balsa wood. I colored it in rainbow colors similar to the Ty plush toys that we have so many of around the house. Then since the bunny was so colorful, I changed the egg to be a chocolate egg. The sentiment is Make it Crafty a chipboard embellishment.

Polka Dot Pals Jane

Here’s the project I’ve been working and showing sneak peeks in the LMMS Facebook group. I’ve used Polka Dot Pals Jane rubber stamp from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and stamped it on Balsa wood.  Then I used my Prismacolor pencils and and worked on the kitting and linen textures I’ve seen Annabel use on her project.  She’s been an inspiration!

I’m entering this into the Make it Crafty challenge for “adding extra details” to a stamp and I’ve used the Rainbow Clouds chipboard embellishments.  I’m also showing this for the Anything Goes challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps, of course.

This is what Polka Dot Pals Jane looked like before the knitting…

http://www.littlemissmuffetstamps.com/Polka-Dot-Pals-Jane_p_1313.html

 Now after knitting, (and a face) here’s what she looks like…

This is a face that I added myself.  However, if you’re not that confident or want to add a face quickly, then you can try the Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces which make it a cinch.
 

Mason Jar Snow Globe

Many of you have seen this already but now here’s all the details plus a ton of pictures. This image was inspired by the coloring challenge with Zoe and Jennifer to color a snow globe. Other than using markers, pencils and white, the challenge was open but the idea was to study the way items reflect in the globe. I decided to go with a mason jar instead of a traditional globe but the challenge was still there.  Here’s the end result…

For this project, I used the following rubber stamps – and how I used them you’ll find below:
Art Impressions Stackers Penguins
And newly created direct from this challenge, and special request by a fan, you’ll find the Mason Jar Snow Globe digital from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.
 
The coloring medium was Prismacolor Pencils on Balsa Wood. The Balsa wood is soft and has a lot of texture which makes it smooth to color on. When you start coloring the first couple of layers, make sure they are light and don’t press hard.  Because the wood is soft, it’s easy to make a valley which will be difficult color around. With each layer of color, you can press a little harder – by time you’re to the end, you can easily press and create smooth blending.
 
STEP 1: My first step was to stamp the Mason Jar twice so that I could create it upside down. The original jar’s lid has the perspective of being on top so I couldn’t just flip the jar around. I first stamped the bottom then inked part of the top and stamped it under the jar.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
 
STEP 2: Next, I inked part of the Stackers Penguins to include just the top four penguins. Then I used the Spring Fence and stamped a portion of it on either side. I didn’t bother with masking and about how messy it was going to look because I knew the pencils would cover any lines I didn’t want.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
STEP 3: If just the jar wasn’t enough, I sketched in some elements too!  The words Ball Mason on the partially on the jar and the twine and jingle bells around the lid. This will help me bring in some color from outside of the snow globe.  This will be the challenging part to figure out how those colors will reflect in the jar.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
STEP 4: I started with the bells because they were calling to me and often red it one of the colors that can be daunting. And it helped me set the tone for the rest of the image.  I then used white to help fill in where I wanted the highlighted ares to be on the surface of the jar.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
STEP 5: And then… crazy enough, if the challenge wasn’t hard enough, I threw in a background. These are suppose to be pine needles like a wreath or something back in the distance and sort of blurry.
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STEP 6: I then brought in some of the green to reflect on the jar and around the edges. Plus in the background I added light green. I didn’t add any details showing through the jar because it would be distorted from the liquid.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
STEP 7: Sorry about jumping on this step – sometimes I get carried away and forget to take a photo! Here I added yellow to the star plus the highlights on the penguin. I colored the fence and added snow around the base and tops of the fence. I then colored the penguins’ feet and noses.  Lastly I started on the scarves and hats.  Each color, I added a little of it to the jar edges and to the jar’s lettering.  I know I really jumped – because I did the blue background portion as well.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
STEP 8: Below I finished the hats with white trim and then the penguins in black and white. I thought I had too much color in the jar’s wording so I tried to add some more white back in.
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STEP 9: On this step, I colored the twine and the jar’s lid. At this point, I feel it starting to come together but I’m still struggling with the jar’s reflections. I’m not sure how all these colors are going to reflect but I kept going.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
STEP 10: I added ground and shadows to the ground. Then I started to blend the white in the jar. I also blended around the edges of the jar and add some more white and color in areas. I also added more gray shadows around the base.  This is the last of the pencils.
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STEP 11: For the snow I used, Liquitex Gesso paint. This was to create the snow flakes and also give my white areas the extra highlights.  The Gesso white was much brighter than the pencils so it helped. I added it to the jar’s wording plus the streaks of white reflecting on the jar.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
STEP 12:  After the Gesso dried, I used the Copic T4 and T2 to add some shadows. It’s a bit risky to get the markers dirty but it was just what I needed. This is where shaded some of the snow flakes around the bottom, just on the outer sides. I also added a little shadow behind the bells, twine and lid.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)

The last step is to make a card, of course. I kept it simple since the Balsa wood canvas was already very large and I didn’t want the card to be gigantic. Hope you like it and feel free to ask me any questions. 

You can also color this Mason Jar Snow Globe and join the challenge!

Polka Dot Pals Lirienne

It’s day two of the Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces!
Be sure to the LMMS Facebook group each day for more and our honored guests below!
Jennifer Dove (Honored Guest)
Marion Lones
Tina Pavlovic (Honored Guest)
Janice Wilson

If you’re just tuning in, check out the previous post on all the release details and then pop into the LMMS Facebook group to catch up on everything. Today you’ll find tips on a second way to use the Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces in case alignment is a bit jittery.

For my project, I used Polka Dot Pals Lirienne and stamped her on Balsa Wood.  However, before I did that, I wiped the ink away from the pupil of her eyes.  This truly gave her a blank face!  LOL I wanted to do that so when I used the vampire face, the eyes would have an eerie glow to them. 

This is also a technique you could use if you had trouble aligning the eyes or if you wanted to use them on another type of image.  The easiest way to do this is to use a cotton swap.

I then colored my image using Prismacolor Pencils.  The skin tones were more grayish and white colors for a nice vampire glow.  The eyes and lips I did in red because I really wanted it to stand out and the white highlights help give it a finished look.  Coloring on Balsa Wood is my favorite way to use my pencils as the texture is very soft.

The rest of the card was put together with a bunch of odds and ends. Gesso was used on the back decorative paper and Make it Crafty Chipboard are some of the embellishments. I also used the metal dies Just Saying and Mini Alpha & Numbers Cutters from CC Designs.  Lastly for a bit of a fun element, I suspended the sentiment with an Action Wobbles Spring.

I’d like to share this into the following challenges:

Always Fun Challenge #30
Artistic Inspiration Challenge #189
Aurora Wings Challenge #59
My Creative Scoop Color Inspiration Link Up #27
Crafting from the Heart #181
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenge 1744
Use Your Stuff Challenge #286

Polka Dot Pals Lottie

Little Miss Muffet Stamps is sponsoring Graph’it Challenges today and the theme is “Anything Goes.”  For my project I used Polka Dot Pals Lottie and changed her appearance a little with Creative Color Placement. 

This was colored with Prismacolor Pencils on Balsa Wood.  I forgot what my original goal was for this girl but she ended up being a raccoon girl instead.  I had fun coloring with colors I don’t normally use, and in places I don’t normally put them.  The blue hair was good for the season and complemented the purple well. 

Hope you enjoyed this project and pop on over to see all the other gorgeous creations from the Graph’it team.  Have a great weekend! 

Jr. Hatter Jocelyn

There is a fun new challenge over at Little Miss Muffet Stamps that is sure to fix one of your projects – or better yet, create a project just for us!  😀  The theme is “Spring Colors” and I’ve dragged out my colored pencils to join in on this one.

The image I used is Jr. Hatter Jocelyn from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.  I’ve stamped it on Balsa Wood with gray then colored it with my new Polychromos Pencils.  I also used Make it Crafty dragonflies chipboard embellishments.  The rest of the card was put together with odds and ends from around my crafting space.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you get a chance to come craft with us! 

Mermaid and Mason Jar

I was able to take some time out today and color up an image that has been on my wish list for quiet some time.  🙂  Why I put these two together?  I don’t know other than I wanted to color this mermaid and this jar so why not together.  LOL  These images are Sweet November images from CC Designs and were colored with Prismacolor pencils on Balsa Wood

This was a good challenge for me to try coloring metal and glass.  She is swimming in distilled water – that is instead of murky water although there is some color reflection that I’m not sure if it looks like murky water or just reflection on the glass?  Then after it was completely finished, I went back in a smeared straight lines to help it look like she was inside the glass instead of out in front.  That was a scary moment but I’m breathing ok now.  🙂

Thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend!