Monday, February 15, 2010

Crafty Secret's Color Challenge!

The gals at Crafty Secrets are going to show you various ways of adding color to your images! The girls are going to give you some step-by-step instructions on how to use different mediums. My medium of choice today is using my Copics. I placed all the instructions on my pictures and then realized they may be difficult to read.......so I will just write them again here. : ) I used this beautiful image from the Seasonal Friends set.

I always pick out my papers and embellishments first. I think it is easier to color your image accordingly, rather than the other way around.

When I use Copics, I find that Momento Ink works best. Just my opinion of course! I tend to pick 3 shades of one color. A light, medium, and dark shade.

I outline the perimeter in the lightest shade, then go back over it with the darkest shade. Why you ask? Placing the lightest shade down first will allow the darker shade to "move."


Take your medium shade and pull the dark color towards the center of the image. But be sure to leave the center untouched. Take your lightest color and finish dragging the darker colors in towards the center. If you want the center even lighter, use the blending pen to take away some of the color.

Sometimes, I will go back and add a bit of darker pink to the corners and "shadows." Then drag it out again with the medium or light color.

Add your touches of green to the leaves......since the area is so small I don't worry too much about blending.

I colored her skin and added a bit of pink to her cheeks and created shadows under her chin and neck.

For the sun, I did the same technique as her dress. I outline the sun with the lightest yellow, go back over it with the darkest yellow, use the medium yellow to "drag" the colors towards the center. Then finish dragging the colors with the lightest shade of yellow.


Again.......I chose 3 shades of blue for the cloud......light, dark, medium.......


I used 3 shades of brown for the dirt........

2 shades for the grass........

Here is a cool technique to add texture to the dirt and grass........grab a bottle of blending solution and an old rag.

Pour a bit of the blending solution onto the rag........and dab the grass and dirt......

Cool eh?

I added some Stickles to the flowers for extra texture and glitz........

I hope that made sense! If not, feel free to e-mail me...... : ) I am by no means an expert, and I know many people color in different ways......it's just this way has worked well for me!


Be sure to check the other tutorials and projects from the design team!
Have a WONDERFUL MONDAY!!!!

23 comments:

Brenda Brown said...

Thanks for the instructions Michele, so very useful and I love the effects you get with the pens. The whole card, when finished, is so effective with great colours that go so well together. Now to try it myself..... Thanks again. Bxx

Vicki C said...

Okay Michele.. looking at this.. I realized exactly why I am so itimidated to color!!! lol This is gorgeous!

Pam said...

So pretty Michele, great texture tip!

Crystal said...

This is beautiful, WOW thanks so much on the texture tip!!! Your tutorial is fabulous and love that crochet flower!

iluvmybugs said...

Thanks for the great tutorial Michele..your card is beautiful!! My Copics should be arriving in a week or so and I can't wait to get started!!!

Terry

trendyscrapper said...

This is simply amazing great job.

Julie said...

Gorgeous, Michele! Beautiful coloring, and you talk us through it so well!

Jan said...

Love the colors and coloring on your image, just gorgeous!

Marisa said...

Love this card. You make it so easy to color with Copics with your step by step instructions.

Cheryl said...

this is brilliant hun love how you have shown it all so wonderfully detailed with a stunning card at the end of it hugs cheryl xx

Velta said...

This is just beautiful Michele...Your instructions were perfect!! Love your use of texture!!

Cynthia said...

Thanks for the step-by-step coloring tutorial, Michele. I really enjoy using my Copics and it's always great to pick up some tips. Your card is lovely!

Heidi Blankenship said...

Michele, your card is so Beautiful! Fantastic job on your coloring and the tutorial was wonderful!!

Riet said...

What a beautiful card Michele.

Hugs Riet.xx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

u seriously amaze me....this is gorgeous! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Melissa S said...

Beautiful image and coloring! Thanks for the lesson!

M

Jocelyn said...

I just got my first set of Copic markers and thanks for the how to's!!!!!

Your work is amazing and that blending is beautiful!!!

Have a great day!!!

Allison said...

Wow...going to come back here later when I have time to color and test your suggestions! Thanks for writing this up...gorgeous image and creation!

Cindy Haffner said...

Very BEAUTIFUL.

Kristin said...

Wow! Beautiful coloring! I want to start using the copics but its quite intimidating. Thanks for the step by step details!

Melisa Waldorf said...

I just love this set and the little dollie flower you added is just perfect!

1CardCreator said...

Thanks for all the wonderful tips! You did a great job explaining in your tutorial. Take care, ~Diane

Bev said...

These are AWESOME! Thanks for sharing....you are so talented!!