6 April 2017

Dog gone it!

I have been playing in my studio with one of this months new MFT stamps - "Four Legged Friends"

He's a little better behaved than my Westie, who has taken to digging holes in the lawn again!  She seems to forget she's white, so dirty paws and a grubby nose are a bit of a giveaway that she's been up to mischief.

For those of you who may like to give this a go yourselves here is the Copic list:

I made my own custom frame, cutting out some Copic card using the MFT Stitched Rounded Square die, randomly stamping it with paw prints from MFT Lucky Dog with MFT Hybrid ink.  I then proceeded to colour it with Copic markers......ta da!

Stamps: MFT Four-Legged Friend, Lucky Dog
Paper: Copic card
Colouring Medium: Copic markers
Tools: Misti, MFT Hybrid ink: Gravel Grey & Latte, MFT Stitched Rounded Square


I still have a few spaces left on Sunday 23rd April.

All class information can be found HERE

Well, that's all for today, back soon with more Copic colouring............

5 April 2017

Can you hear him roar?

Have you been following my progress on Facebook?  If not, don't worry here is a run down of what I have been up to over the last week!

Do you remember my recent Artistic Expression post on the My Favorite Things blog that featured a lion?  If you haven't read it, click HERE to see what I am referring to.

This image was calling to me from the moment I saw it!

Well, I bit the bullet, drew him and proceeded to start colouring him with my trusty Copic markers.......

It felt so good to be drawing again, something I intend to do far more in 2017!

As you can see he's coming along, a combination of delicate lines, dots and flicking........lots of flicking.  Ooh, those eyes......he came to life the moment I added colour to those stunning amber eyes!

But, oh boy, Copic markers, especially the E family have a nasty habit of going sticky, most noticeably when you have the lid off of a marker for long periods of time as I did whilst colouring this boy.  The alcohol in the ink evaporates, albeit very slowly and it alters the viscosity of the ink in the nib......basically it goes sticky.  To compensate for this I try my best to keep the markers full of ink so they stay as juicy as possible and whip out the brush nib and replace it if it's really misbehaving.  You can also use colourless blender to take the skin off an area that has gone shiny on your cardstock.......I lost count how many times I had to do that during this project.  It enables you to add colour again, but you must do this with care.

At this point, I did start to question why I hadn't chosen a lioness......way less hair!  Oh well, I had started it and I just had to keep going.

Here he is in all his furry glory!  It was a challenge, especially fighting the Copics, but I was not going to let a few mischievous markers prevent me from finishing this project.

I'd love to get my teeth in to another fine art project but I will have to wait until after my upcoming classes at My Favorite Things, Eustis, Florida.  For anyone coming........it's going to be such fun..........Copic, Cadbury Chocolate and an English girl with braces on her teeth whose speech on occasion can be quite comical!!!  Oh and of course I cannot forget my chicken mascot Ginger who is coming with me!

Pssst......my Saturday class has sold out but panic not, there are still a few spaces on Sunday 23rd April......so if this has inspired you to give Copics a go and you'd like to come spend 6 hours colouring with me, click HERE for details.

Copic Colours used:
E000, E30, E40, E41, E50, YR21, YR24, YR30, RV93, 
W00, W0, W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, W6, W7, 0

Thanks for dropping by the blog today, I hope you have enjoyed seeing my progress and I'll be back again shortly with more colouring fun!