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! 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!
Good morning! So it’s been a few weeks since I made my first video, and boy, oh boy… am I humbled by the wonderful feedback I received. Thank you for such sweet, supportive comments, friends. I’ve been diligently working on my second video, and truth time… the following video is my third attempt at the same video haha!!! I’m so technologically inept that I had to refilm this twice. Yikes. Anyway, in this video, I focus on blending two shades of Zig marker together before using my damp paintbrush to create depth and dimension on a flower with a single layer of petals… using one of my personal favorites, the Hello Lovely stamp set from Concord and 9th.
In case you can’t watch the video, I start by heat embossing the beautiful floral spray image from Concord and 9th’s Hello Lovely stamp set into the corner of an A2 panel of Canson Montval watercolor paper using some White Satin Pearl embossing powder.. (If you’d like to hear my thoughts on why I prefer Canson Montval paper, here’s a link to my first video in which I discuss my reasons for this preference.) I love the pretty, pearlescent sheen that using the pearl embossing powder creates… so much prettier and more feminine than just plain white. It is amazing what a difference the shade of embossing powder can create. White embossing powder creates a much softer, more feminine look, whereas in my most recent post for Where Creativity Meets C9, the charcoal embossing creates a much bolder look. It never ceases to amaze how huge a part color plays in our projects! Fascinating!
As I state in the video, I watercolor the large central bloom with Light Carmine and Tea Rose. First, I lay down the Light Carmine, then use the tip of my Tea Rose marker to blend the two colors seamlessly, finally using my damp paintbrush to smoothly pull out the color and create an even fade. I added color to the smaller flowers using Sugared Almond Pink and Pink Flamingo. The three different types of leaves were colored with three different shades of blue-green: Turquoise Green, Persian Green, and Emerald Green.
The halo surrounding my floral spray is one of my favorite things to paint. Most of the time, I am persnickety about leaving blotches, blooms, and harsh water lines in my watercoloring, but with the halo, I want it to have a looser, almost imperfect look. To achieve this, I go back in with multiple layers of color (in this case, Shadow Mauve), letting my very wet paintbrush (instead of the lightly damp paintbrush I normally use with the Zig markers) go where it may to create pools of color in some spots, while also almost bleaching it in other spots.
For the greeting, I used probably my all-time favorite die series from Concord and 9th: Happy Card Frame dies with the Kind Add On die. I cut them from some pretty teal foil from a DCWV stack, then popped them up with dimensional adhesive. I stamped the greeting from Concord and 9th’s Kindhearted stamp set onto some strips of pale pink card stock, then popped those up with dimensional adhesive as well. The final touch was a few sparkly sequins scattered about the card front.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my second foray into video-making! This floral stamp is one of my all-time favorite stamp sets to color with, as you’ve probably noticed with the sheer volume of posts using this stamp set (lol!), but I hope I’ve given you a few tips and tricks to use the next time you pull out your Zig markers! Have a marvelous day, friends!
Good morning! Happy Monday! I’m here with you today to share something that is a little petrifying for me, but has been on my bucket list for quite a while…
I really hope you like it. I’ve had a few people (here’s looking at you, Donna! 🙂 ) request a video of my Zig marker coloring, and so this is my first attempt to explain why I do what I do. I hope it’s clear and maybe useful to someone!
In case you can’t watch the video or would like to have some written instructions on how to make the card showcased in the video, I started by heat embossing one of the peonies, a bud, and some foliage from Ellen Hutson’s Mondo Peony stamp set onto some Canson Montval watercolor paper with gold embossing powder. I then used Zig markers in shades of Light Violet, Purple, and Violet (and I explain exactly what I do with them in the video!) along with my damp paintbrush to add color, depth, and shading to my blooms. The leaves were colored with Turquoise Green and Persian Green Zig markers. After I had finished coloring, I fussy cut the flowers out, but you could easily use the dies and save yourself some time. 😉 I arranged my flowers in a little bouquet on an A2 card front, then picked them all up using the ever-helpful Press ‘n Seal so I wouldn’t have to fiddle with them later.
I have soooo many 6×6 (and 8.5×11 and 12×12…) patterned paper pads in my stash that I hardly ever use… it’s nice to know they’re there when I need a sheet or two, like the one sheet I used for this card! I trimmed down this black and white striped panel from a stack from Hobby Lobby and added a thin strip of fuchsia colored glitter paper at the bottom, then added several strips of dimensional adhesive. I adhered a piece of lavender card stock to my card base, then adhered my striped dimensional panel to it. After adding both liquid adhesive and dimensional adhesive to my peonies, I laid them down on my card base. My greeting is from Concord and 9th’s Kindhearted stamp set. I simply cut a strip of vellum and heat embossed the greeting using the same gold embossing powder that I used on the peony.
And that’s it! A fairly simple final layout for the semi-involved coloring.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my first foray into video making. It was definitely a process, and something I would probably never have even attempted if my friend Jess hadn’t pushed me (and guided me so well). I hope you will subscribe to my channel, because I have a few more projects up my sleeve! Hopefully, I will get more comfortable with the whole process and be able to create videos even more quickly in the future. Practice makes perfect!
Thanks for stopping by. Have a marvelous week!
Edited to add: I have had a few people ask about the Absorber that I use in my video to dab my paintbrush on. This is one of my most useful items in my craft room, and it’s economical, too! It’s basically a car chamois…. automotive types use them to dry their cars after giving them a wash. I use mine to clean my stamps off in addition to using it to dab excess water from my paintbrush. When you buy an Absorber, they are relatively large; I cut mine down into 4 squares and rotate them. I just throw them in the washing machine when they’re looking too grungy!!! I hope that helps answer any questions you might have! 🙂