Saturday, January 20, 2018

coloring and curves

Are you taking part in Kathy R.'s 30 Day Coloring challenge? I'm trying to give it a go this time - maybe not every day but definitely intent on practicing with color mediums.

So I started with colored pencils. Perhaps you saw my first attempts on IG. Today I turned one of them into a card.

What did I try? Applying light layers of color, a light overall, then some dark (yeah, that's my problem... where to add "shading"), then the light again and then dark then light again. Hmm. I used "dark" around the stitched edges on these images and tried to keep Kelly L.'s tip to "shade where two things come together" in mind (like belly and leg, or head and neck).

What did I learn?
1. This is my standard 300g Folia cardstock. It's grainy. Plus I die cut the image first and I think my old cutting plates add texture to the paper. My result on the giraffe looks very grainy. Maybe I just needed more layers of color.

2. Note less graininess on the balloon - maybe cuz not run through my Big Shot?!?

3. An eraser can be used to lighten up an area. I did this to highlight cuz I cannot seem to keep an area of an image white/light when I'm in the coloring process!  Little area on his face and hooves.

4. I must research shading and highlighting. I know "consider your light source" in theory, but I have a hard time putting it into practice. Kinda like me and skiing... Anyhoo, any favorite videos on coloring for beginners?

Ah yes. As for the funky use of the waves die cut... it's new-to-me and happened to fall onto my counter and vaguely reminded me of a cage in a zoo. Giraffe. Bingo. That's how I roll, folks. Told ya, it's scary...

I'm playing at:
STAMPlorations - Stamps and Curves
Addicted to Stamps and More - #275
Die Cut Divas - Something New (my wavy die)
Dies R Us - Kids Card
30 Day Coloring Challenge
Hope your weekend is going well.


Neets B said...

Well, I think your giraffe looks great. I'll be interested to follow any comments on here as I'm still learning with my Polychromos too and struggle a bit with shading and leaving the lightest part. Lots of practice, eh! Good call with the die cut too! x

Darlene said...

OMG how adorable Maria! You did a great job! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Kids Kards’ challenge at Dies R Us. Good Luck and please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

Barbara said...

So cute! Thank you for playing along with us in the DIES R US challenge!
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Sherri said...

This is such a sweet, sweet card! Love the giraffe! And combining him with the dies made such a fabulous card! Thanks for joining our "Kids Kards" challenge at Dies R Us!

Valentyna Komisarenko said...

So cute! The background die-cut is absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing your card with ATSM!

nancy littrell said...

I think your pencil coloring turned out beautifully, Marie. Love why you added the die cut waves, I have added accessories for exactly the same! TFS your coloring journey. I also struggle with highlights/shading. Hugs..

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