Atlas Jar

Here is the last jar for this week, using the Atlas Jar Coloring Tutorial posted earlier this week. On this project, I used the Atlas Jar clear set from Whimsy Stamps and used elements from the Polka Dot Pals Imogen set to fill it. What makes this jar unique is the color is different from the rest being a blue glass instead of gray. Also, added color to the sidewalls of the jar give this one a bit more character.

Supplies Used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Post-It Notes Cover Up Tape 1-Line
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen

Whimsy Stamps:
Atlas Jar
Polka Dot Pals Imogen

Copic Markers:
0, BG10, 11, 23
E43, 44
R01, 02, 05, 12, 29
YG00, 11, 23, 21, 13, 17, 67
BV20, 23
W1, 3

Atlas Jar

This is another jar I colored using the Atlas Jar Coloring Tutorial that was posted earlier this week. I’ve used the Atlas Jar clear set from Whimsy Stamps and the fox is an element from the Polka Dot Pals Raden set. What makes this one unique is that the coloring the jar goes all the way to the edges which means the glass walls aren’t extremely thick. Also, I used electronics on this one to make some fireflies appear – just push the little fox.

Supplies Used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Post-It Notes Cover Up Tape 1-Line
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen
Pear Blossom Press EZ-Lights

Whimsy Stamps:
Atlas Jar (jar and grassy tuft)
Polka Dot Pals Raden (fox)

Copic Markers:
0, N1, 2, 3, 5, 8
E13, 07, 18, 19
YG00, 11, 23, 21, 13, 17, 67
BV20, 23

Atlas Jar

This jar was colored using the Atlas Jar Coloring Tutorial posted previously this week. I used the Atlas Jar clear set from Whimsy Stamps and filled it with elements from the Polka Dot Pals Atlas set. What makes this jar unique is the appearance of thick glass walls with variations in shading around it – plus the contents, of course.

Supplies Used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Post-It Notes Cover Up Tape 1-Line
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen

Whimsy Stamps:
Atlas Jar (jar and grassy tuft)
Polka Dot Pals Atlas (grumpy cloud and rainbow face)

Copic Markers:
0, N1, 2, 3, 5, 8
E43, 44
R01, 02, 05, 12, 29
YG00, 11, 23, 21, 13, 17, 67
BV20, 23
W0, 1, 3, 4, 5, 7
V12, 17
B02, 16
Y11, 19
YR09, 16

Atlas Jar

This is one of the cards I created using the Atlas Jar Coloring Tutorial I posted earlier this week. I’ve used the Atlas Jar clear stamp from Whimsy Stamps. What makes this project unique is the red lid, tag and the “Atlas Mason” words also stamped on the jar.

I don’t know why I put TWO tags on there for an empty jar. It sure would be ironic if I sent an empty jar with a blank sentiment. So do you have any suggestions to write on these tags?

Supplies Used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Post-It Notes Cover Up Tape 1-Line
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen

Whimsy Stamps:
Atlas Jar

Copic Markers:
0, N1, 2, 3, 5, 8
R01, 02, 05, 12, 29
BV23

Atlas Jar Tutorial

I’ve been able to create a tutorial to share on how to color a jar. This tutorial uses the Atlas Jar from Whimsy Stamps plus a few more elements from the Polka Dot Pals line that fill the jars. This is the smaller of the two jars available at Whimsy Stamps, the other is Mason Jar and is large enough to fit a character inside.

There’s a lot of tips so you can get the CliffNotes version and look at the pictures or stick with me and read the unabridged version. I’ll be posting cards I’ve made with these on different days.

Important things to keep in mind – I found that the jar concept can be simplified, which is what I’m showing here, but this is just the beginning. I think that creating different shapes around the edges with shadows and highlights adds visual interest and makes each jar unique. Adding colors around the edges too also makes them fun. So once you get the concept down, be sure to experiment with each new jar that you color.

STEP 1: Stamp the Atlas Jar first, then lay down a masking for the highlight. I used Post-It Notes Cover Up Tape that is 1/6″ wide. I arranged the jar’s reflection differently on each jar. The main reflection, and largest reflection, should be on the same side that your light source is coming from.

STEP 2: Leave the mask for the next few steps and begin by stamping your scene inside the jar on top of the mask. If the ink rubs off the masking easily then you will need to replace it with clean masking. I tapered the masking ends on the jars at an angle to help with the highlighting later on in the tutorial. I did this just by tearing it but you scissors would be a good tool too.
STEP 3: Take your darkest color to draw a ring around the jar. You can choose to leave a white reflection on the sides, top and/or bottom, or none at all. This white part between the jar edge and your coloring would indicate how thick your jar is and where more light would reflect through. In my example, the left one has that thick glass look and the right one has a thicker bottom and top. The colors I used in this step are N3 in the right, the middle is N5 and the last uses BG23.
STEP 4: Use a lighter color and start blending from the outside in. I made sort of an oval shape around the center with my blending to help the jar look roundish. The masking is still there so make sure not to hesitate in that area when you color otherwise the color will seep in through the underside of the paper. In this example I used N2, N3 and BG11.
STEP 5: Now use the lightest color and blend it out smooth. I used N1, N1 and BG10. You can also use the Colorless Blender 0 to help with the blending.
STEP 6: This is an optional step. I found that my darkest colors were blended out too much for my preference so I went back in and added the darkest color around the edges again.
STEP 7: Color the rest of the image. Again, be careful not to linger around the masked area or the ink will bleed through and your reflection will no longer be white.
STEP 8: This is also an optional step but a fun one to add. On this step you can adjust the jar as needed – you can add darker areas, shading more, shadows under the jar top or even colors reflected on the side wall. After this step, coloring with Copic Markers on the jar is done.
STEP 9: Remove the masking. Don’t you wish all steps could be that easy? You can see that the blue bleed a little on the right jar, top right. I like that shape so I’m going to keep it there.
STEP 10: Now is the time to add some white so grab your gel pen, gouache, Dr. Ph. Martin’s or whatever white you like to use. This is where I round out the highlight and add a few other reflections in the glass. Some things you want to keep in mind is that the white reflection of the jar would cover the image. If the white spot over your image is too “bright” then you can color in a faded version to help make it one cohesive image inside the jar. I did that on the left one.

NOTE: Each of these jars is a little different so I encourage you to play around with the elements – the color of the jar, the thickness of the jar (like the left jar, would have white between the edge and the jar’s contents, the shading), the jar’s reflections and also the shapes around the jar’s edges will all make your own jar unique and interesting.

Supplies Used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Post-It Notes Cover Up Tape 1-Line
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen

Whimsy Stamps:
Atlas Jar (jar and grassy tuft)
Polka Dot Pals Atlas (grumpy cloud and rainbow face)
Polka Dot Pals Raden (fox)
Polka Dot Pals Imogen (mushroom and worm)

Copic Markers:
0, N1, 2, 3, 5, 8
BG10, 11, 23
E13, 07, 18, 19
E43, 44
R01, 02, 05, 12, 29
YG00, 11, 23, 21, 13, 17, 67
BV20, 23
W0, 1, 3, 4, 5, 7
V12, 17
B02, 16
Y11, 19
YR09, 16

Victoria Here’s The Dirt

We have a special collaboration post today and coloring challenge to share. Special thanks to Ann from Stamp Anniething for sponsoring this event and to Denise from Whimsy Stamp for supplying the other images to make it complete.

A few of us got together to challenge ourselves in coloring and we hope this inspires you to join along too. The rules were basic… (1) use a Stamp Anniething character, (2) the jar from Atlas Jar, and (3) to incorporate coloring water using Creative Color Placement techniques. Then (4), I added a personal objective onto myself to see how a Polka Dot Pals add-on face would work on these characters.

Following are details on my project but also make sure to visit everyone else and see their amazing projects. Everyone’s project is unique and totally fantastic!!

JENNIFERANNSTEPHENMINDY

I started off by stamping the character and the elements on my card. I used a light no-lines color ink so I didn’t worry about masking anything except for the face area which is described further on. There were even a few things I stamped on there that I never colored too – but I don’t think you’ll spot them. Once everything was stamped, then the Creative Color Placement began.
I sketched out the hippo beanie hat on scratch paper to figure out how I wanted it to look. Some stamp companies don’t like it when stampers add pencil marks or black fine-line marker to their images. But I already knew that Ann, and Denise for that matter, was completely ok with this so I lightly sketched the hippo hat onto my project. Otherwise, I would have to start coloring in the hippo without any pencil guides to satisfy the other company’s criteria. Which is what I did for the water puddle, grumpy cloud’s mouth and the rainbow since they didn’t have a lot of detail. I also gave this character a new hair dew (patterned after another Stamp Anniething character) and did this so the hat would “fit” better.
My original concept to incorporate water was to have a giant storm contained in the jar with lightning, thunder and lots of rain. Then the sky outside the jar would have a somber look after a heavy rain storm but with tidbits of a rainbow poking through with sunshine. Yea, that didn’t happen. What resulted was something a lot less dramatic so I felt I had to add another water element and colored in the puddle of water. My overall idea is still there but you’ll have to imagine the stormy ambiance yourself.
The face is a stamp element from the Polka Dot Pals Syeda set. Before stamping the character, I used a cotton swab and wiped off the ink on the original face. This gave me a blank canvas and I chose to use this Polka Dot Pals add-on face stamp. It’s a nice fit so I think any of the add-on faces would look great. If you read this much, then thank you and I hope this project inspires you to color some today. Thank you to Ann, Jennifer, Mindy and Stephen for playing along. Cheers!

Supplies Used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Lawn Fawn Jellyfish Ink
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen
Ranger Stickles Glitter – Diamond
Post-It Cover Up Tape 1-Line

Stamps:
Victoria Here’s the Dirt (character, watering can, flower pot)
Polka Dot Pals Syeda (face, flowers, clouds)
Polka Dot Pals Atlas (rain, grumpy face, cloud)
Atlas Jar (jar)

Copic Colors:
N1, 3, 4, 5
R02, 05, E07, 08, 09
E00, 01, 21, 31, R02
E23, 25, 29
E70, 71, 74, 77
Y11, 15, 26, YR31
YG11, 13, 21, 23, 17, 67
B000, 01, 02
BV20, 23, W8
C1, 3, 5
R30, 21, 43
R02, YR21, Y11, G12, B12, V12
YG11, BG10, BG11, B000, B01, B02, V000