Thursday, October 20, 2016

Copic Must Haves - Lavender

Yes, another must have!  Copic just released the new color in the Multiliner family.  Welcome Lavender!!  I find that I don't have enough purple in my life.  I rarely use that color for cards and so this was even more challenging for me to step outside my normal color palette.

Using a reference photo from the web I drew this simple outline of the onion flower.  How can you go wrong with big fluffy balls of flowers.  One day I will find a field of these and take photos.  I must put this on my bucket list (yes, it is the simple things in life that make me smile)

Once I had my rough sketch I grabbed my delicious new .3 and .5 lavender multiliner and outlined them all to create the base of the piece of artwork.  I mainly put lines around the darkest areas as a reference.  Next I used BV000 as the base layer of the flowers.

The next step was to create depth.  Using the YG03, 17 and 67 I colored in the stems (I started with the green because I love them so much).  Adding the layers of the purples was very therapeutic.  I wanted to make sure the lightest colors were prominent so i left a lot of the BV000 showing through as I scribbled in V17, 15, 12 and BV11.  I added BV29 in the farthest shadowed areas and used the BV11 as the cast shadows.  POOF you now have pom pom flowers!  The multiliner texture still showed through the blending of the other colors used.  The lavender multiliner color tone is similar to V17 if you need a reference color.

I added B00 B000 B0000 for the background to complete this piece.  I was going to make it into a card but for now I will keep it as a little art piece.  I can almost smell the fragrance of the onion.
The multiliners are now available to purchase and can be found HERE.  They come in 4 sizes: .03 .05 .3 and .5.  You also have the option to buy the set of 4 in a pack and it can be found HERE

For those purple lovers this is definitely something you must have in your art tools.  Even if all you do is doodle and take notes.  Super fun and YUM!

-Jenn Dove

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Winter Chickadee

I love birds and this one brought a smile to my face.  Something about fresh snow and a happy bird warms my heart.  Here is "Chickadee in Barberry" a fresh digital release from Power Poppy.  I felt like coloring it all monochrome blue with some reverse color pop (the background).   Once again so simple and with a touch of glitter makes the perfect Christmas card.  Did I mentions it was a quick too?

B91 B95 B97 B99
E57 Alcohol Painting

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Color of The Day 224

***Please note that I color using the lightest color first, dark, medium and back to light.  I only slightly blend the edge of the last color placed.  Then add the shadow. 

If you miss one of the combo's you can find it on the side of the blog labeled "Color of The Day".  Please realize that your computer screen and printer can change the way you see it or how the colors print, but if you try it yourself you will get some fun combos...promise!

Also, feel free to pin them.  I ask that you do not sell them printed out, do not place them on your personal blog but rather link to mine.  These are for personal use only.   Leave me some love if you want to see more!

Thank you to all my followers and fans from all over the world.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Copic Must Haves - X-Press It Glue Pen

You know the moment when you have something all planned and it goes wrong in an instant?  Yes, I had that moment.  I bet you can't tell by the outcome of this card, right?

I was working on this card and was just finishing off the coloring stages when my little one grabbed my chipboard frame.  Before I could utter the word "!NO!" it was torn in two pieces.  Looking down at that cute face with those little round curious eyes looking up at me.  She was so pleased that she had just made two pieces from one object?  How could I be mad?  To her it was cool!  Ok, time to think quick, no time to come up with another idea.  AHA!!  I bet my medium tip X-press It Glue pen would work I tried it and it DID!   It produced just the right amount of glue without "gooshing" out and making a mess.  When all glued back together I just quickly colored over it with a blue marker to bring the colors all together.  

Project rescued!

I will make sure I have one on hand for all emergencies!  It comes in 2 different nib styles (medium and wide).  To use all you need to do is push the tip and the glue will start to flow.  When you need more in the nib just squeeze while pushing the tip down and it will fill the tip up again.  This is great for so many projects!  I also glued the coffee cut embellishment together using this glue.  It worked perfect because it allows a little movement once the pieces were placed together giving me time to position just right.  I love the end is all back to normal and so is my frame!

Acid-free / Xylene-free
Clear drying
Dual application
Permanent / temporary
4mm Medium Tip or 8mm Wide tip

Other Items used:

Monday, September 26, 2016

Copic Must Haves - Shadows & Shading

Sometimes you come across a book or place online that has some invaluable information.  If you are struggling with the light source, shading and shadows within your coloring I would highly recommend this book by Marianne Walker called "Shadows & Shading".  
In this 52 page bound book you will receive information on:

1.  Understanding different kinds of light source
2.  The differences between shading and cast shadows
3.  How to properly color a variety of objects from simple to complex
4.  Shadow color theory

The great thing is it in in a language you can understand.  Meaning, it is not all techy and hard to understand.  The pictures even make it easier.  This is perfect for a beginner or anyone that just doesn't quite "get it".  For $14.95 you get to look smarter and feel a lot more knowledgable!  I have one...DO YOU?

You can find this book now HERE