Sunday, September 28, 2014

Copics, sharing Online Class Homework + a card

Today I am sharing some of my homework from an Online Card Class.
All about Copics.
I've had a set of copics for ages but I've not been using them very much.
I've truly always been intimidated by this type of coloring....

The online class is really awesome.
I have already learned a lot - now I just need to practice, practice, practice......

Day 3: Shading with Grey
This was really difficult but I think with more practice and getting to know good color combinations, this technique would be useful. I like the cup, but my umbrellas were a disaster :)

Day 4: Shading & lights
I've always found it difficult to know where to put the shading but we learned some very handy techniques in the class and here I am sharing a few of my practice results.
This first one is creating texture with the flicking technique. Also very much used for hair. I really like this technique very much. 
(sorry for the blurry part of the photo - the colors used are E02, R02 & YR04). I used the same greens as for the yellow flower image.)

This next one is regular shading with the light coming from the left.

Day 5: Hair & Skin
And finally a few practice results with traditional brown & black hair. I must admit, I cheated a bit with the black, as I did not have a black copics marker, I used a distress ink marker for the black strokes.

The skin coloring is really difficult - I think I need some more skin colors AND more practice!!!

 Also practicing hair and skin on this ballerina. I dropped too much wink of stella glitter on the lashes :-(

And finally sharing a card I did with a favourite old owl stamp from Hero Arts. I wanted to practice coloring on real stamped images. I accidently dropped some ink on to the top of the card, so I had to cover my mistake by this chalkboard-like speech bubble.... :-) And with the direction of the shading I probably should have reversed the speech bubble, oh well!

Oh happy Sunday!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Salvaging - time for a tag :-)

I have been trying out a range of different water color techniques lately...
The results were very different and I haven't really been able to finalize anything for a full card yet !

Anyway, I made this gift tag out of one of failed background pieces. I couldn't throw it away and I think it looks okay on this tag, eventhough it does not really have the watercolor effect, I was looking for. The white stars impressions in the background is made with a Tim Holtz stencil. 

I stitched on some vellum stars with silver thread and emsembled the tag with an extra die cut on the back,  to hide the stitching. It makes is nice and sturdy, too!

Hero Arts Find Joy Stamp Set, MFT stitched tag die, MFT stars die, Tim Holtz Water color paper, Tim Holtz Stencil, Distress inks (shabby shutters, evergreen bough, mustard seed, ripe persimmon, festive berries), Sequins & gems.

What about you do ? Do you try to salvage failed pieces as well?