Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
I got this stamp from a sidewalk sale at one of the local stamp stores. It's so cute! Yes, I bought it because it looked fun to color. Of course, I did.
The stamp is by Stamps Happen, Inc. and it's called Birdie.
I colored this with Prismacolor pencils. I'm ok with most of this image with the only part I don't like is the sky. I initially colored it with a lighter blue and then decided it needed to be darker. Instead of coloring hard, I left my coloring light-handed and it came out like this. Yuck. Inconsistent areas and I don't like the see-through areas.
Does anyone care what colors I used? Do you want me to list them or don't you care? I'm thinking of doing a tutorial on coloring an image. It would be a video tutorial. I'm due to make some more tutorials anyways.
Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comments.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This is my submission for the Garden Party Challenge this week. Here's the picture for the inspiration.
For this card, I used all Odd Bird Planet stamps: Banner Tree, 'Tis the Season, Priscilla Cane Cat. I used a little liquid applique on Priscilla's hat. The paper is from the Flair Christmas collection. I can't tie a bow for nothin', so I made a knot. It's crooked, I know, but by the time I got it tied neatly, I wasn't going to stress over placement. I need bow lessons again, I guess.
I colored these images with my Prismacolor pencils. I was going to use my Copics, but I could see my pencils getting lonely, so I thought I'd keep them happy before they threw themselves all over the floor. Hey, it's happened before.....
Thanks for stopping by. Stop by the Paper Garden and give the weekly challenge a try. It's fun!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I've been going a little crazy for Bombshell Stamps lately. I just got another 4 sets from them. Sa-weeeet! I call this card, 8-ball girl for obvious reasons. Where do I find a top like that and do they make it in bowling ball size? haha just kiddin'.
I've been practicing coloring my skin tones with my Copics. I think I'm kind of getting it. At least there is more than one color for her skin. Not all one color like I used to color. Trying to get the knack of shading. When I color, I imagine the light source and try to think of the image having three dimensions so I can apply the shading correctly.
I added some crystal lacquer to the little red hearts on the background and pop-dotted the Luck and Fate banner and the girl image.
As always, thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comments.
Our dad was a veteran. He was in the Korean war as a member of the US Marine Corps. What was the Korean war? I don't really know. What were we doing there? Keeping the north from invading the south? I'm ashamed to say that I don't really know. I don't really know what exactly Dad did in the Korean war, either. He never wanted to talk about it. I think it had something to do with explosives or demolition.
He did take a lot of pictures when he was there. Mostly pictures of his buddies hanging out in the barracks or eating or dressing up in kimonos or something. He looked happy in those pictures, but he never wanted to talk about his actual job.
So, to all veterans, Happy Veteran's Day. We honor you in all you do to keep our country safe and free. As the saying goes, "All gave some. Some gave all." Thank you to all of you. And to you Dad, I'm thinking of you today as I do everyday. I love you and miss you.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Sorry I've been gone so long.
I started playing with my coloring materials the other day. I was trying to decide which ones I liked best. The answer? It depends.
For this experiment, I stamped the OBP topiary three times for three different coloring techniques. I tried to use very similar colors for the pencils and markers.
Starting on the right, I used only my Prismacolor pencils. I blended pencils with pencils. No gamsol, no colorless blender. This is the way I like to color with pencils. It takes a long time because I go over and over the colors until I get it the way I think it should look.
For the center topiary, I used my Copics. I made sure I had plenty of ink on the paper so I could blend the colors. At one point, I put too much Forest Green on the topiary, so I used my colorless blender to lift that color off and expose the Apple Green underneath.
The topiary on the far left is by far my unfavorite. I used Prisma pencils and gamsol. I really don't use gamsol that much, and maybe that's why I really don't like using it, but I'm trying to give it a go for variety in my coloring. What I didn't like about it most was that I felt that once the color was blended out, I couldn't do anything with it - couldn't lighten it, couldn't add color to it, etc., without saturating the paper with gamsol and making the colors run outside the lines. Plus, using that blending stump makes my teeth itch. It's just weird.
So, it's really a close call between the Copics and the Prismas. It really is faster to color with the Copics and I like that. My projects get done a lot faster, BUT I just don't feel like I get the look of the blending that I want that I get with the Prisma pencils.
Which look do you like and why? Which technique do you use and why?
Saturday, November 01, 2008
You know how you find some card artist and you just love their layouts? Well, I love Jennifer's layouts, so I decided I needed to copy one.
Here is the link to the card she made and well, here is the card I made. I think mine is a reasonable facsimile, what do you think?
House Mouse image colored with Copics.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Better late than never.
When I colored this stamp with my Copics, I colored it in what I thought were Halloween colors. I love this paper. I don't think it's really Halloween paper (but maybe it is), but I choose to use it as such.
All these images are from Bombshell Stamps. There are some really cool stamps there. Click on the banner on the right side of my blog.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I joked with Johanna yesterday that maybe she should add this sentiment to her line of stamps.
Do you remember this sentiment? Here is the real story as told by Wikipedia.
I thought this card needed some sentiment on the front and my brain went to AYB for some reason. I used the white poster paint sharpie to letter the sentiment. It is the best white writer I've found yet. I got three different sizes at Dick Blick.
I colored the earth topiary with my Prisma pencils. I was just goofing around with them and this card just happened. I now own all the topiaries that the Odd Bird Planet makes.
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Friday, October 17, 2008
I kind of knew what image I wanted and I kind of knew what paper I was going to use. I think it's important to pick your image and paper at the same time or at least have a darned good idea of what paper you have. If you pick it out ahead of time, you can match your coloring to the paper. I know this isn't exactly newsworthy what I'm telling you, I'm just sayin'.....
By the time I finished the bookmark, I realized it was getting pretty big for a paperback book and I didn't want to make it any bulkier, so I didn't use the magnets, so I left it flat only attached it to the front of the card with the two spiral clips. I DID make the bookmark, so do I get half credit for CASE'ing Cathy's card? I'm not really asking. I'm just being silly.
Oh hey, don't you just LOVE this paper?? It's from Imaginisce. Let's Pretend collection, Sidewalk Chalk line. It may be discontinued, and in that case, I wish I had bought a ton more. It's loud and wild. Like someone I know.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
This stamp is by the Stamp Barn in Ottawa, ON. My friend, Jennifer, got it for me. When I saw the challenge this week, I knew exactly what stamp I would use. Don't you think this stamp fits the challenge? I love this stamp, but man oh man, it takes a LOT of coloring. I colored it with my Prisma pencils and THAT is why it took 6 hours to color this card. If I had used my markers, it would've been done a long time ago.
Well, I did try my markers, but it didn't look right. I'm going to send some images to Cathy and see what a Copic pro does with this image. Yes, Cathy, you have been warned. ;) Do you want some images, too, KH? I'd be happy to send you some you fantastic colorer, you!
Give the Garden Party Challenge a try. It's not so hard. You don't have to be a maniac like me and color for 6 hours. Just use the challenge photo as inspiration and give it your interpretation. Thanks for stopping by.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Do you love quilts as much as I do? See that gorgeous quilt there on the left? You have a chance to win it, but you have to hurry. The deadline is this Friday. Check out the Pigtails and Snails blog to see what you have to do. It's simple, really. Just leave a comment on her post. You can do other things to earn more tickets, too. How fun is that?