19 January 2016

Tiddly Inks Challenge

It's time for another challenge over at Tiddly Inks and this weeks theme is:
and here is my card
Image - Tiddly Inks Treasured Friend
DP 's from stash
Little B Thank you die
Chalk Ink - Warm Green, Hint of Pesto
Copic Airbrush
Body - G12, G28, G40, G43, G46, G82, T6
Wings - G12, G40, G43, G46, G28, T6, YG61, YG63, YG91
Horns/Claws - YR30, E81, E84, G43, G46
Background - YG91, YG93

For more inspiration from my fellow Design Team members and details of where to post your entries please click HERE

17 January 2016

Ahoy Matey!

I had a little fun with this one and decided to play around with my airbrush, something I've not done in a while!

Without further ado here is my latest creation for Copic Europe:

It was also a good excuse to play with my new crayons that my lovely husband bought me for Christmas: Caran D'Ache Neocolor II water-soluble.
The bonus with these little beauties is that they can be used both wet and dry.........I used them dry for the sand and wet for the sea spray/waves.....I loved how it turned out!!

The pirate image was coloured separately and then cut out with scissors and a craft blade before being mounted on to the sprayed background.

A little tip:
If like me you are rather pernickety about fussy cutting it is wise to always keep your W2 marker handy.  I use it to carefully and lightly go round the edges of my cut images, it ensures that if you are mounting your image on a darker background there won't be any annoying white bits showing, just nice clean crisp black lines!
Whimsy Stamps - Pirate Boy
Sugar Pea - Heart Journal Card Set die
Copic Airbrush
Caran D'Ache Neocolor II crayons
Bandana/Shirt - R22, R24, R29, B0000, N0, N1, N2
Waistcoat - E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, W2
Trousers - B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, R29, R24
Sword - E21, E23, E25, E27, E29, E49
Hair - E00, E11, E13, E15, E17, E18
Patch - W0, W2, W4, W6, W8
Face - W9, RV32, RV34, W1, W3, E0000, E000, E00, E40, V20, R30, R20, C00, C0, C1
Hook - C1, C3, C5, C7, C9
Background - B01, B02, BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07, BG13, E55

I don't know about you but when I use my airbrush I always seem to end up spraying myself, I had extremely inky fingers on my left hand where I'd been holding down my masking card - note to self to use more tape next time!
But atleast with my trusty cardboard airbrush booth I can keep my desk nice and clean!
(I cannot remember where I got it, sorry)

I hope this card inspires you all to dust off your airbrushes or go splurge on one and have a go; it really does give you a lovely background to showcase your stamped images and adds another dimension to your Copic colouring!!

Happy Colouring

4 January 2016

I challenge you to look back and see how much you have improved

I've lost count how many times I have read.....oh I wish I could colour like you, or I'll never be able to do that!!!

Well, my response is......YES you can!

But I promise there is no magic wand or trick involved!
Would it be as much fun if it were that easy?

Nope, you have to practice.....then practice some more!!

So I thought it would be fun to show you what my colouring looked like 4 years ago and compare it with what I am doing now!


Image: Fixer Boy by Mo Manning

Here is a closer look at my work from back in 2012, I'd been using Copics for about 18 months by this stage!

Unfortunately I didn't post a colour list back then, but I did include a tip on creating distressed leather

and here is my latest rendition of Mo's budding handyman

Ground - W0, W1
Dungarees - W0, W1, W2, W3, YR30, E50, E51, N1, N3, E53, E55
T Shirt - BG10, BG11, BG13, T0, T1, T2
Toolbelt - E11, E13, E15, E17
Hat - E30, E31, W0, W1
Hammer/Spanner - E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, C00, C0, C1, C2, C3
Tools - E93, E97, YR20, YR21, YR23, R21, R22, R24, W1, W2, W3, W5
Shoes - N1, N2, N3, B0000, W0, W1
Boy - E0000, E000, E00, V20, R20
Hair - E11, E15, E18, E21

Enhanced with Caran D'Ache Pablo's and Luminance pencils
Digital image printed at 20% opacity using Pages and Epson printer

As you can see my colouring has changed quite a lot in the past few years; I am constantly learning and improving.......and guess what

It takes time, no matter how many videos you watch or classes you attend.
Your colouring will improve the more you practice........... 

and please remember
never be afraid to share your work, be proud of what you've created!!


Happy Colouring in 2016