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Nacho in Clean Color Marker

Sandy Allnock Nacho Clean Color Markers

Isn’t Nacho THE cutest dog stamp evah! He’s new from Stamping Bella…and I just adore his puzzled expression! I think I look like that a lot of times. Say whaaaa?

Coloring Nacho

I wanted to test out some things with the Zig Clean Color Pens….lots of you have been asking for more info on them and why certain things aren’t working so well for you. So today I have two more tips:

  • Try some coloring with large images, and see if that makes a difference. Coloring this large dog was much easier than some of the small images I’ve worked on.
  • See the video for some ideas of what happens to a few of the colors with water…that might help if you’ve had a couple surprises!

Check the video out below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Here’s a nice closeup of the texture when you don’t use water – and just how hard it is for me to stay in the lines, apparently!

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And the version with water and a brush – yeeep! More practice, ma! Nacho went ghost-like on this one. LOL!

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So as you can see – you aren’t alone if you’ve got a few challenges. I’ve been doing much more practice since shooting this video a few weeks ago (yes, I’m ahead! woohoo!), and I can definitely say practice helps. Keep on working at it, you can do this!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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#thehumanrainbow followup

Oh my gosh. The response to yesterday’s post has been so beautiful! Thank you! It’s been fun watching new creations just start to pop up on the hashtag #thehumanrainbow …..and if you need a sweet little ear worm – I found this La la la la la….a rainbow below! I love this lil gal! Please go to YouTube and leave her some love!

Today is the last day to pick up my EduDigis for 25% off – use coupon code 30DAY2 and be sure to go share your creation today on Kathy’s blog – she’s got over 350 added from the whole month on the blog and almost 8000 on Instagram…let’s top it off with even MORE for #thedailymarker30day!

 

 

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How to color ethnic skintones: #thehumanrainbow

Sandy Allnock How to color ethnic skintones

Today’s skintone tutorial is a tribute, following a weekend of funerals for the souls lost in the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. The sadness over this tragic loss is so deep, yet it has been such a blessing to see the love and forgiveness expressed by those who would understandably have been so angry; I’m inspired by their reaction, and I hope many more are as well. We can all use a little more unity!

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Photo from National Geographic – read the story here.

Coloring ethnic skintones in Copic marker

I’ve been wishing I could do something to change things – and realized that I do have a tiny bully-pulpit that I can use…not to lecture, but to encourage! In our crafty world, I can continue to share diversity in coloring…and ask others to join me. If we can help to change something as small as the colors we choose to use on cards – maybe we can have our own little impact on the world around us! Read more about my hashtag campaign later in this post.

Today’s skintone video is also in answer to many requests….I’m glad to know lots of folks actually do want to learn how to bring some diversity into their coloring. When I bought the Photo Bomb stamp set a while ago, I knew it was going to be perfect for a post like this. I also finally wanted to do a magic acetate card…they were popular years ago and I had never made one back then, so I finally got around to it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

If you’d like to print up your own blank sheet for reference….feel free to download below! I’m also adding the chart to my store HERE in the FREE section, so if you see it there – it’s the same thing as here, except the store has a ZIP file (which means you need to download it to a computer or to dropbox so it can expand it.) If you’re on a smart device (phone or tablet) you might like to download them below:

  1. Human Rainbow Blank (no Copic numbers in the hexagons)
  2. Human Rainbow Numbered (suggested numbers in the hexagons)

#thehumanrainbow project

So let’s see if we can start a mini-revolotion and begin including more ethnicities in our coloring of stamped images! I’ve already contributed to a hashtag #copicskin before (click HERE to see the whole hashtag),  but that’s just for Copic marker work…there’s a very small collection under #thehumanrainbow, and I think we could add a lot to it! Post pics of your creations, or photos of your group of multiethnic friends, or anything that helps to bring a little skincolor diversity to our world!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Hope you’ll consider adding to #thehumanrainbow!

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Magnetized Clean Color Pen Bookmarks

Sandy Allnock Clean Color Pen Bookmark

If your kids are anything like me when I was a kid – bookmarks make reading more FUN! And with a magnetized bookmark, the fun is amped up even more!

Magnetized Bookmark – with Clean Color Pens

The idea behind these bookmarks isn’t mine – I made these in a ministry eons ago, and thought of them when looking at that long strip of scrap left over when I trimmed down my 9×12 watercolor papers! I use lots of those scraps for color swatches, technique testing, etc – but I folded one in half and it reminded me of the bookmarks! Since it’s summer and kids need encouragement to read, maybe this is a little project you’ll want to do, too. The kids can even paint their own! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Sketches & Colors

Since we now have a bunch of small images on strips, what to do with them…..? I figured I’d share some CAS Sketches! The color panels on some of these were made by using other scraps of watercolor paper, and using the same Clean Color Pens on them so they’d be all matchy matchy! Below the sketches are pics of the pieces I colored – and in the captions the colors are listed.

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Sandy Allnock TGF Bear Tags
Clean Colors used: Bears 061, 060, 067 …Pink sweater 027, 024….Purple sweater 080,081….Honey 052
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Clean Colors: Nuts – 065 064, 060, 061……Squirrel – 066, 064, 091…Deer – 062, 061….Grass – 045
Sandy Allnock - Cuddly Thanks Tags
Clean Colors – Bird 032, 031 …. Tree trunk 096…..Fox 024, 070, 091

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Hope you enjoyed my little Scrap-Wrangler-inspired project…have a great summer of reading!

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Summer School…Class Updates!

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I think I have just a *few* handouts ready for classes. Is one of these going to be yours??

I picked up this giant stack of class handouts at the printer yesterday…woohoo! Yes, I try to do handouts for classes so the learning keeps going after you get home. Hope to see you! If you’re not in the area of any of my classes, scroll down in this post to find some fun online classes you can join in on.

Summer Classes Update

A few folks have been wondering what’s still available. Below is what’s available as far as I know…..see images and class descriptions HERE. I’ve crossed off classes that are already completely full – and a bunch of these only have a spot or two left, so call quick!

Tukwila, Washington – Impress (206) 901.9101

  • Thursday, July 30-6:30-8:30 Copic Coloring with Rubber Moon
  • Wednesday, Aug 5-6:30-8:30 Watercolor Flowers for Cardmakers
  • Thursday, Aug 27-6:30-8:30 Watercoloring Freehand Flowers
  • Thursday, Sept 3-6:30-8:30 Copic Techniques with Lawn Fawn

Lacey, Washington – Art n Soul (360) 357-6820

  • Saturday, June 27 10:30-1  Painting for the Novice w/Art Impressions class full
  • Saturday, June 27 2-4:30 Copic Watercolor with Bird Crazy
  • Saturday, July 18, 10:30 -1 Windows on the World Watercolor
  • Saturday, July 18 2-4:30 Shading 101

Savage, Maryland – Queen’s Ink (301) 497.9449

  • Wednesday, July 8th 6-9  Rainbow Copic Art Journal
  • Thursday, July 9th 11-2 Watercoloring with Rubber Moon
  • Thursday, July 9th 3-6 Copic Techniques with Lawn Fawn

Herndon, Virginia – Angela’s Happy Stamper (703) 657-2952

  • Tuesday, July 7th     2 – 4   A Copic Tour with Art Impressions     class full 
  • Tuesday, July 7th    6:30 – 8:30    Painting for the Novice w/Art Impressions
  • Friday, July 10    10:30 – 12:30    Watercoloring Freehand Flowers
  • Friday, July 10  2:30 – 4:30       Watercolor Florals for Cardmakers
  • Saturday, July 11    10:30 – 12:30    Take a Test Drive on the Lawn class full 
  • Saturday, July 11      2:30 – 4:30        Shading 101  class full

Orange, California – Stamp Fever  (714) 974-3552

  • Thursday, August 13  6:30 – 8:30 pm  Watercolor Painting for the Novice
  • Friday, August 14  3:30 – 5:30 pm  Shading 101
  • Friday, August 14  6:30 – 8:30 pm  Watercolor Painting for the Noviceclass full 
  • Friday, August 14  10-12   Watercolor Florals for Cardmakers                             
  • Saturday, August 15  10-12 Shading 101 class full                          
  • Saturday, August 15  1-3  Coloring with Lawn Fawn
  • Saturday, August 15  4-6 Watercolor Florals for Cardmakers  class full                
  • Sunday, August 16  10-12  Coloring with Lawn Fawn
  • Sunday, August 16 1-3 Freehand Watercolor Flowers

PS I’m still not confirmed on Boston or NY, hang tight!

Learning at home instead?

30daysaleI can’t get to everywhere in the nation…but you can learn online! Don’t forget that my EduDigis are on sale 25% off through the end of June – just use coupon code 30DAY2 when you check out! You get digital stamps to print out, as well as pdf instruction about a Copic color family. You’ve seen the Betta Fish, Crabs, and Cosmos colored in video, and the others eventually will be too….so you can color along!

Some classes I’m teaching or taking:

  • Online Card Classes Copic Class – I can honestly say it’s the best $35 you’ll ever spend on your markers! Even if you’r only considering getting started, you’ll find out a lot about how to shop for the colors that’ll suit you best.
  • FREE (til July 10) WordPress class – I’ve signed up since it looks like Bree has tons of good info even for a non-novice like me. If you’ve wanted to get started – this should rock!
  • Craft with May –  Click on this link for an automatic $5 off any purchase of $15 or more…a special deal for my readers onlyl! May has lots of online classes – she’s more of a mixed media gal, so wherever I leave you yearning to get inky, she’ll get your fingers covered in color! I signed up for her 2014 Art Journalling class, and I’m bracing for the ‘letting go!’ Eeep! Pray for me! (hahaha!)
  • Watercolors with WOW – I signed up for 6 months worth of Anna’s online school, and I am stoked to get painting! Here’s her teaching style if you need a little convincing (I could just listen to her talk and be a happy camper!) Watch it below or click HERE to see Anna on YouTube.

I hope you take some time this summer to learn a little something new!

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Watercolor Flower Series #8: Vintage Flowers

Sandy Allnock Watercolor Flower Series 8

More in the Watercolor Flowers Series?!? No way, right? YES way! This one is way out of my comfort zone, too!

Vintage Flowers

The Watercolored Anemones set from WPlus9 is a set created from a watercolor painting by Dawn (see it below the video), the owner of the company; she created it so we could all use our pigment inks and make watercolor-looking flowers with layering the stamps. But I wanted to see what would happen if they really had some watercoloring….so I tried it! Watch the video below, or check it out HERE on YouTube.

The brush I used is THIS one, and the paper is THIS one. Here’s Dawn’s painting:

And that Gold Crackle Texture Paste!? Be still my beating heart! I’m thinking Christmas cards…oh man. I may buy a couple jars of that stuff in case you guys buy it all, it is soooooo pretty and shiny! (PS the paste may be out shortly here…but you can try here too!)

Sandy Allnock Watercolor Flowers Series 8

SUPPLIES

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

I think this card was well worth all the attempts to make it work….what do you think?

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Magical Monday: Copic Coloring Sand

Sandy Allnock - Copic Coloring Sand

It’s SUMMER! Woohoo! My toes are starting to lose the winter mildew that’s so common in the rainy Pacific Northwest…and earlier than usual since it’s been so warm! That inspired me to get out my Lawn Fawn Life is Good set to color up some sand castles. I may not get a real beach vacation but I’ll take a virtual one!

Copic Coloring Sand

For this card I did some fun little masking first – I stamped the sand dunes and put the castle and lighthouse behind them. Enjoy the video below or click HERE watch it in HD on YouTube!

The crabbie in the hammock is totally my favorite part of the card! His little glossy shine along with the shells – they just take the card up a notch!

Sandy Allnock - Copic Coloring Sand

SUPPLIES

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Hope you get a little beach time – on a card if not at a real beach! :)