30 January 2012

Make it Crafty Red Challenge

Make it Crafty
"Shading Reds"
(Adding depth with darker shades)

"Gumnut Flower Girl"
available here

Now the big thing to remember about reds is their tendancy to bleed, so a light touch and good cardstock is essential.

I guess the question most people have is "how to add depth to my reds?" 

You can do this by choosing deeper shades of yep you guessed it red, but this doesn't always achieve the desired effect.  For this project believe it or not I used green!

Many moons ago I learnt about "Complimentary Colours" and here is a basic colour wheel to show you that the complimentary or opposite colour to red is indeed green!
So to create shadow and depth in my picture I used BG93 and BG96 to tone down my reds and create both depth and shadow.  I myself am still experimenting with this and discovering which complimentary Copics colours work well together.

If her dress had been green I could have used a suitable shade of red to add depth, try it yourself, it sounds mad but it really does work.

Ooh and before I forget, I applied the same principle to her skin, because flesh tones are sort of yellowy-peach I tried BV31 and by jingo it worked too!

Another tip, crikey I'm full of them today! This one relates to the Gumnuts.  Now, I hadn't got a clue what a Gumnut was let alone what it looked like so I did what I always do - I Googled! 

This is one of several images I snagged from Google to assist me in getting the colours accurate
Having an image to refer to not only ensures that you select the right colours but you notice things like the white vein that runs down the centre of the leaves......easily overlooked if you guess!!

Talking of guessing - if you've never tackled ruffles as on her skirt before look that up too. OK you probably won't find something exactly the same as the image but having a picture of something similar in front of you will help guide you as to where shadows fall etc.

Before I forget here is the Copic list (yes I remembered this time)

I do hope this has been of some help to all of you who use Copics - give it a go and I look forward to seeing your entries over on the Make it Crafty Gallery where you will also find some amazing examples from my fellow teamies.

In the meantime I'm going to enter this little girly into the following challenges:
Crafts for Eternity - Clean and Simple
Crafty Anns Challenge - What's new Pussycat (new technique, new digi)
Cute Card Thursday - You're a gem
Digi Doodle Shop - Anything Goes
Moving along with the times - Blooming Marvellous

Crafty Hugs


Joey said...

Oh my gosh Jane, thankyou so much for those tips! guess whos going to get colouring practise in now! lol. Your colourwork on this is absolutely stunning! Joey xx

Alina said...

this is stunning, Jane!
hugs, Alina

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Just stunning! Your colouring is fantastic!

Thank you for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Ann Whitfield said...

Your colouring is absolutely awesome Jane and this has to be one of the best colouring tutorials I've ever seen! I'm so glad you joined us at Crafty Ann's and I hope you will again for the next one starting on Friday.
Ann x

Always with a Sentiment said...

Hi. This is fabulous, and your colouring is just brilliant. Love it.
Thank you for joining us at MAWTTa and good luck.
Love Sandra xxx

Dawn said...

Wow beautiful Jane! Thank you for the coloring tips! I will have to try them. Hugs my friend!!

Michele Spera said...

Beautiful job! I love the added pearls, just perfect! Thank you for joining us at CCY

Debora said...

Amazing! Wow! Thanks for the color chart tip.
Glad I found your blog.

Dania said...

Jane thank you for the tips! Just perfect. Enough to experiment with no so much as to overwhelm. You artwork is perfect and it now can be found on Pinterest as I pinned it there. I'm curious to see how many hits you will get on the blog.

angelwhispers said...

My word Jane this is just amazing the shading is just fabulous and thank you for your great tips but I still don't think I will manage it!! lol

Love this digi she is just beautiful! Chanelle xxx

pinky said...

Wow this is just amazing, your shading is something else! Thanks for joining us at C4E this week.

Deb said...

wow, this is absolutely stunning Jane, your colouring is amazing, I have a lot to learn from you!
Many thanks for joining in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge!

Delphine said...

Well I think you know too what I think of your creations and how much I love your work, Jane:-)! This is totally breathtaking!!!
Thank you so much for all your tips, always very helpful! Have a lovely day! Hugs Delphine xx

Lelia Pierce said...

Yeah, wow! This is stunning. Some day when I grow up I wanna color just like you! :O)


Denise said...

OMG what fantastic colouring. Love this card.
Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges this week xx

Crafteezee said...

Wow girl you rock!
Hugs Tracy x

Morti said...

You've been referred to on a WOYWW post this week (thanks to Deb)) - come on over and join the fun at www.stamping-ground.blogspot.com

Gorgeous colouring, by the way, and I TOTALLY get where you're going with the complimentary colours for shading...

Mina said...

stunning colouring Jane...great tutorial for Copics
Mina xxx

Carole of Brum said...

Hiya Jane. Green to shade red? Wow, I'd never have even thought to try that one, thanks for more tips, I'll have to give that one a whirl. Such a lovely colouring job, your shading is a joy to behold. CoB

Marevka said...

Чудесная открытка!

Genevieve said...

Wow! Your colouring is fantastic!
Thank you so much for all your tips, always very helpful!

michele said...

Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

Jani said...

Wow, this is so stunning!
Jani x

Pauline said...

Wow, this is just amazing! I found your blog via Pinterest, am now your newest follower!
I use Promarkers, but I'm guessing the principals on shading here would apply? I'm going to give it a go! Thanks for sharing!