I'm the Guest Designer over on the TAC Savvy Blog today!

Happy almost Friday!  First off, I would like to thank Mischelle & The Angel Company for asking me to be a part of this fun & excitement-building month of stampiness  { that would be "happiness" with stamps ;) }  You should definitely bookmark the TAC Savvy Blog... there is a lot of February Fabulousness going on over there!

Disclaimer:  this is one LONG freakin' post... so get comfy :)

Today I will be showcasing the stamp set Sunshine.  And I know what you are thinking... 
 ... yeah, right... The Mistress of the Macabre will be working with a sunflower and a happy sentiment?!

{insert loud thud here}

I'll wait for you to pull yourself up off the floor & back into your chair...

Hi!  Welcome back, and yes!  It's true :)  The moment I saw this set I loved it.  And the first time I colored one of the images, I loved it even more!  These particular images lend themselves to be easily used with a large range of coloring media... and you know I loves to color ;)  So today I'm showing you how the same image looks using three different coloring techniques.

First up, the good ol' standby:
Prismacolor pencils and mineral oil 
blended with artist blending stumps
I ACTUALLY made a video of this technique and edited it... but even after cutting it down (and very choppy, by the way) it is still like 9 minutes long.  Oi.  Me thinks no one has THAT much patience to watch a technique video, so I didn't upload it :)

When I color with Prismas & MO, I tend to work dark to light... similar to when I color with Copic markers.  I make sure that I leave some white areas so that I can just swipe over them to wash them with a bit of color to create natural color highlights.  This is a more realistic highlight rather than just leaving an area completely white.  Sometimes I also use the white Prisma to further blend... this particular pencil doesn't give you an "in-your-face" wash of white, but instead is very subtle.

Pencil colors used:  Mineral Orange, Goldenrod, Yellow Ochre, Light Umber, Jasmine, White (petals)
Dark Umber, Dark Brown, Tuscan Red, Light Umber, Goldenrod (center)
Kelp Green, Olive Green, White (leaves)

Next up:
Lyra Aquacolor Crayons and the Niji Waterbrush
When I hosted my very first FunShop before becoming an Angel with TAC, these Aquacolors were my first half-price item :)  Love love LOVE them.  And the Waterbrush makes life so easy.  These two items together make you feel like you can be an artist... silly, I know... but it's true.

Notice that this image is much lighter... in color and in the feeling of it overall.  It is much more blended, but the depth is also more subtle.

When using watercolors, you can use a wet-on-wet technique for subtle shading or transparency, or wait for the colors to dry between applications for a bolder & more opaque look.  I used both of these techniques here.  Again, I worked from dark to light, and used similar shading/highlighting nuances as when using Prismacolors with MO.

What I like most about Aquacolors, is that you truly have a limitless color palette.  You can mix so many colors, add black to make it darker, add water to lighten... on and on.  And BONUS... you can color directly to rubber stamps, mist with water, and stamp your image to create a wonderful watercolor silhouette.

Did you know you can remove watercolor paint from paper?  Simply empty your brush of all pigment and wet the area you want to whiten, lifting off the color from the paper & swiping it off on a towel.  This may take several passes, and you want to be careful of over-saturating your paper, but it works.

Aquacolors:  13082, 13083, 13084, 13004 (petals); 13075, 13092, 13076, 13080, 13083 (center); 13074, 13068, 13070 (leaves)

Ok kids.  The last technique covered today:
Copic Markers
Yeah... you knew that one was coming :)  I'll admit it.  I was one of those people that said I would NEVER get into Copics because they are too expensive... and they're "just markers".  I've been eating crow ever since.  I'm hooked.  Let me put it into perspective for you:  I used to be a craft store clearance aisle girl.  I would buy all of this sale stuff thinking that I'd eventually make some cool altered items for gifts, etc.  Ya' wanna know where all that stuff is now?  Yep, on my shelves gathering dust or in the boxes marked for the garage sale :)  

This is what I do now:  I still fill my cart with those sale items, but then I count up how much money I would spend on, let's face it, junk.  I then figure out how many Copics that would buy, and I put it all back.  I save that amount of money and put it toward buying more markers.  :)
Yes... yes I do.

Ok, enough story time...  onto the last bit of coloring goodness for today  :)

As you've gathered from reading THE FREAKIN' NOVEL that I just wrote above, I'm one of those people that color dark to light when using Copics.  I think I use less ink in the long run, and I don't worry about over-saturating my paper (which then leads to ink bleeding outside the image).  If you compare the three sunflowers showcased, you'll notice that this one is by far the boldest & richest in color, detailed yet blended, and the most realistic (in my opinion).  I'm sure that the card details (lace, pearls, etc.) help in swaying my mind, but if you focus on just the flower itself in each instance, you can see what I'm sayin' :)

I used a stippling (dots) technique for the center, feathering (flicked lines) technique for the petals, and the usual blended circle motion for the leaves.

Copics:  YR24, YR23, YR21 (petals); E59, E29, E09, E25, E35, 0, YR23 (center); G99, G94, G82, 0 (leaves)

So if you made it all the way to here without getting too bored, I thank you!!  :)  I will continue to see if I can figure out the whole video-tutorial thing, and if I do I will post it on my main blog, FosterDesignHouse.  I plan on making tutorials for many more techniques, so you may want to check back :)  And be sure to come back to the Savvy blog for more February Fabulous-ness all month long!

 ****edited to add:  I FINALLY got the Prismacolor blending video uploaded to YouTube... and it's a long one :)  You can view it below or HERE on YouTube.

What do you think?


Angela K said...

Such awesome-ness!! You rock, as usual!! :)

Andrea C said...

Wow fantastic tutorial. I was thinking about getting some prisma colours now I defo will. Your voice does not sound how I expected it to. You sound all sweetness and light haha. Oh dear xx

Chelsea said...

Wow .... I love that you colored these with 3 different mediums ... And a VIDEO .... Wow! FABULOUS!

Anonymous said...

Awesome Video, Love the use of different mediums, especially as you used some of my faves, love prisma colours and aquacolours.
Wonderful Cards, great post:)

DonnaMundinger said...

WooHoo chickie! FAB tut! Love your sweet voice. Waiting for a BWAA HAHAHAHAHA, though. Wouldn't that have been a hoot? Your coloring is fab. Maybe I'll pull out my pencils this week. xxD

Danni said...

You're a rockstar!! Love all your creations and will watch the video when I have the attention span to do it..LOL--it's lunch time...

BTW~ are you going to seminar?? I hope so as I am going with Michelle and would love to get to meet ya!

Anna said...

Barb, wonderful coloring on all of them. You rocked this set. And I loved the idea about the clearance stuff, and just buying markers instead! I like that mentality!

kssdesigns said...

The detail on all these projects are just amazing! Nicely done!!

Amy Kolling said...

Ok Barb, this trio of cards is nothing short of AMAZING! Seriously, I LOVE that first CAS sunflower card. The Scor-bug detail was the perfect touch!! That is my favorite card!

Chris said...

I have to pick myself up off the floor...AMAZING! I just finished watching your video and I am so thankful that you posted it. Wowser did I learn alot today. BTW, your cards are fantastic!

PS. You do have a sweet voice as some one mentioned, it was neat to hear you speak...that is the one drawback of knowing someone only via blogland!

Alexandra Lundgren said...

I love the video! Thank you!! I need to pull my other mediums back out. I only use my markers now and need to give equal time :)

AmethystCat said...

"there you go kids!" Love it! You rock, my friend. You rock!!! the video is fantastic - the coloring is out of this world and you are fabulous!