Someone pinch me. Am I dreaming?
No, I’m not.
I’m a guest on the Wplus9 blog today!!! *Insert all of the squealing and jumping up and down here.*
Good morning! Umm…. it’s the last day of 2017. HOW is that possible? It seems like just yesterday that I was packing up our holiday decorations at our old house and trying to decide where to put all of the kids’ new toys. This year has held many changes for me, both personally and in blog-land. We moved to a tiny town, which is somewhat isolated from the amenities of being near a larger city to which I had grown so accustomed. But we love our new house, and it’s really just perfect for us in our current season of life. My kiddos started school, which is somewhat liberating and also terrifying, because how are they old enough to be in school?! I also joined some new design teams and left some. I made my first videos. I really dug in to my coloring mediums and tried to improve in my accuracy and technique. I’ve been given some absolutely amazing opportunities this year, and I could not be more grateful for them. But…… I think 2018 is going to really knock the socks off of 2017, which is saying something!
Here are my top ten favorite projects from 2017! (Click on each photo to be taken to the individual blog posts.)
Phew! Thats a lot of projects! Looking over all of them, I’m happy to see that there are a few non-flower projects that made this list… even a few critters! I am slowly growing to love critters. They present a new challenge for me! I still love my flowers, in any and all mediums, but it’s nice to know that I can work with critters and actually like the results!
I hope you all enjoyed this little trip down memory lane as much as I did! It’s interesting to me to see how I’ve changed over the last year… different photography style, different coloring mediums, different style in general! (I don’t think my love of flowers and/or coloring will ever really go away though haha!) I absolutely cannot WAIT to see what 2018 brings! Some thrilling developments are in the works, and I am chomping at the bit to share them with you. Soon enough!!! Eek!
I hope you have an absolutely marvelous New Year’s Eve celebration and a truly wonderful New Year!
Good morning! Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We have lots of different Halloween celebrations in our town, so my kiddos have been excited about that all weekend… and it turned cold just in time for all of the parades and trick or treating…. Boo. I have a pretty watercolored card for you today; I sneaked the main floral panel during the last Daily Marker 30 Day challenge and turned the panel into a card last week!
For this project, I wanted to focus on the absolutely gorgeous image from Wplus9’s Kind Soul Stamp set (SSS|EH). I’ve used this stamp set with colored pencils before, and but it looks completely different using watercolors. I started by stamping and heat embossing the main image with super fine silver embossing powder onto some Arches Cold Press watercolor paper (DB|SSS).
Next, I watercolored the image using Rose of Ultramarine, Moonglow, Cerulean Blue, Deep Sea Green, and Naples Yellow Daniel Smith watercolors. I added a halo around the edge of the florals using Payne’s Gray. I trimmed the top and bottom of the watercolored panel and mounted it on a piece of A2 sized navy blue card stock.
For the greeting, I used an older Wplus9 die set: Hand Lettered Thanks (SSS|EH) and the coordinating stamp set (SSS|EH). I die cut the sentiment once from silver foil card stock, then again three more times from regular white card stock and stacked them all together with liquid adhesive. I added the sentiment strip on regular white card stock and popped it up with dimensional adhesive.
Well, that’s all for me today. I hope you have a marvelous week, friends!
Good morning! It’s October. Holy moly, has this year gone by fast! The speed with which this year has moved has made me forget that Christmas is less than 3 months away, and I need to get a-crackin’ on some holiday cards. I have purchased some absolutely beautiful holiday stamps recently, so I will be getting busy with those ASAP. First up, however, is the absolutely stunning Christmas Rose set from Wplus9. These bouquet clusters just beg to be colored with pencils, and I was more than happy to oblige.
I started by stamping the main floral image from Christmas Rose onto some Toned Gray paper using white pigment ink in order to do a little no-line coloring. I then colored the beautiful hellebore and poinsettia blooms in shades of pink and purple using my Prismacolor pencils. Anytime I color on paper that isn’t white, I use the technique that I demonstrate in this video. Basically, I start by laying down a layer of white pencil, then add my colored pencil over the top of the white, then blend it all with my blender pencil. The layer of white pencil beneath the color really helps the colored pencil to pop off of the page.
After coloring the image, I die cut the “merry christmas” from the Wplus9 Christmas Tag die set from some white linen card stock, which I then covered in some Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen. (Can’t really see it in the photo, but the letters are SO sparkly.) I trimmed a small section away from the bottom of the penciled panel to create a peek-a-boo panel with some shimmery magenta cardstock behind it. I popped up the penciled panel using dimensional foam adhesive, then added a few sequins on the whole piece to add a bit more sparkle.
Well, there’s one holiday card down! I have maybe 7 already in my stash, so I reeeeeeally need to get cracking haha! How’s your holiday card stash?
Have a fabulous day, friends!
Good morning! I have been a little silent on the blog over the last few weeks… went out of town, then had some visitors, then my kiddos caught a bug… it’s been so crazy that I haven’t had time to finish editing the colored pencil video that I peeked on Instagram almost two weeks ago! After my company left this weekend, I was determined to get this video finished and uploaded for the beginning of this week. I think they’ve given me a few of their germs (joy), so if I sound a little sniffly and scratchy, I apologize!
Today, I wanted to focus on my favorite technique with Prismacolor colored pencils: coloring on colored card stock. I really adore how beautiful and vibrant the color is on the colored card stock when you have a few tricks up your sleeve. Check it out!
Well, what do you think? I’ll be honest…. This technique is not for the faint of heart or for someone in a rush, especially when you have a fairly large image, as I did here. I had to be very succinct with the amount of time I spent on each petal in the video, as I was trying to keep the time on the video as close to ten minutes as I could, but coloring this image was most certainly a labor of love. If I’ve glossed over something in the video that you’d like explained more fully, please don’t hesitate to ask!
If you can’t watch the video, here’s a brief overview of the project and the technique.
To start, I stamped the image using Papertrey Ink’s white pigment ink, which I find to blend more smoothly with pencils than other white pigment inks. Next, I move petal by petal, first coloring the petal with the white Prismacolor pencil, then going over the top of the white with my colored pencils. (For the anemones, I used Deco Pink 1014, Pink Rose 1018, Pink 929, Process Red 994, Pomegranate 195. For the morning glories, I used Scarlet Lake 923, Pale Vermilion 921, Sunburst Yellow 917, Canary Yellow 916, Lemon Yellow 915, Cream 914. For the leaves, I usedGrass Green 909, Prussian Green 109, Apple Green 912, Spring Green 913, Yellow Chartreuse 1004.) After I had laid down my color over the white layer, I used my blender pencil to blend the colors seamlessly. I find that the white layer really helps keep the color from sinking down into the colored card stock and getting lost. Adding just the slightest touch of black after all of the initial blending helps, as well, to really make the shadows pop.
For the morning glories, I have found that their shading is a bit backwards. Where I would normally have the darkest shading towards the center of the flower and lightening as it reaches the outer petals, with morning glories I start with the lightest shade in the center of the flower and blend outwards towards the darkest shades. I used the same technique of adding a white layer beneath my yellow and orange pencils, then blending with the blender pencil.
After I stamped the greeting from the Kind Soul stamp set and heat embossed it with white embossing powder, I went back with my T-square to add some white lines about 1/2″ from the edge of the penciled panel. When I have a fairly detailed and meticulously colored image, I like to keep the rest of the card fairly simplistic so the focus remains on the coloring! I used my T-square and white Prismacolor pencil to create a frame around the edge of the panel, then added a few sequins to add some texture. Finally, I mounted the card on a black A2 sized panel and mounted it on my card base.
I hope that seeing this technique in action, even if only briefly, has made clearer my technique when using the Prismacolor pencils to color on colored card stock. I know I’ve tried to explain it in blog posts before, but it’s really something that you almost have to see to fully understand. I hope I’ve explained things clearly. 🙂 It’s such a fun technique; I’d love to see what you create if you do try it!
Well, that’s all for me today, friends. Have a marvelous Monday!