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Coloring Easter Art Bunnies

It’s that time – an artist’s holiday, since we paint Easter eggs! And the bunnies are getting in on the game this year with a sweet set from Art Impressions. (PS There’s a one-day sale today – woohoo!) You can view my preview video below or just ‘hop’ on over to Ellen Hutson for the full show!

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Copic Coloring Diverse Girlfriends (with giveaway!)

Copic Coloring Diverse Girlfriends (with giveaway!)

HOW did Black History Month not only sneak up on me but also end up nearly running past me!? Typically I make a fuss over a couple of diverse colorings here and on social media, but it’s been such a crazy month with things going haywire (I think the website is finally fixed!!), I hardly knew if I was coming or going.

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And with this stamp set – I realized while recording the voiceover that I had made an oops – the “Sale” sign is on the INSIDE of the shop. As is the curtain on the door! ha! Well you can color the street on the outside if you win the stamp set, right? LOL!

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I didn’t add the colors onto the screen for all of it, but here they all are in their fist of glory:

Giveaway!

To enter to win one of the TWO stamp sets I now have, leave me a comment and tell me the first names of the four ladies YOU would like to color these as – I’d love to hear about your girlfriends! I’ll pick a winner at the end of the weekend and announce them on Friday. Good luck!

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Make a Unique Easter Card

Make a Unique Easter Card

This is a rather unique Easter card….in that it doesn’t look much like one aside from having chicks in it!

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I started by using my MISTI and some Eclipse tape to create a circle of chickies…are they playing….chick around the Easter egg? chick chick rooster?

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COLORING TIPS

The colors used are intensely barn-y ones – nice rich, warm colors in the foreground. Then soft, lighter colors for the distant farm and trees.

Creating the distance in the picture really does come from the color intensity difference – the contrast pulls the barn way out in front of the scene!

FINISHING TIPS

I tried all different colors for card bases, not wanting to make yet one more yellow card, but ya know….sometimes it just works! If it weren’t for Easter I might have gone with a dark brown, but I’m not sure I’ve ever made an Easter card with a brown base. Have you?

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First sketchbook of 2020 DONE – (flip through)

First sketchbook of 2020 DONE – (flip through)

I’m excited to report – my first book is finished already!?!? Usually the only time I get a full sketchbook finished in short order is Inktober, or sometimes World Watercolor Month. But already, in the first 6 weeks of 2020, I’ve filled up an entire sketchbook!

I don’t usually do flipthroughs, but here’s one for this sketchbook…

The class I did much of the drawing for is the 30 Days to More Confident Sketching class, in case you’re interested in trying it out. It’s a “drip” class – meaning if you sign up today at 3pm, your first lesson is available right away but lesson 2 will be open for you at 3pm tomorrow, and lesson 3 at 3pm the following day, etc. If you’re wondering if it’s hard/easy, go ask students in the Facebook group and they’ll be glad to answer for you- I’m seeing some fabulous work from lots of students!

How to Color a Sweet Shop Scene

How to Color a Sweet Shop Scene

In today’s video I’ll show you how to Color a Sweet Shop Scene with MFT’s new set – most is colored in neutrals, and I added lots of little reds and pinks for POP!

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I’m using Prismacolor Pencils – but you can do this kind of a card with another brand where you have warm and cool greys – most sets do. Watch the video, then see a few more tips written out below!

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COLORING TIPS

I wanted enough room to make a scene so stamped this on a 5″ x 5″ piece of Stonehenge.

  • Establish the darks, midtones, and lights on the important part of your image – for me, it was the mice.
  • Determine the light source – the window in the middle of the picture casts light on both mice, but in opposite directions.
  • Create a graphic shape for a counter behind the stamped image, allowing the “negative coloring” to establish the bright whites of the table.
  • The forward side of the table should be in mediums and darks – but can be warm compared to the cabinet colors.
  • Fill in the wall with grey, and add curtains.
  • Add a pop of colors on the table – don’t get too crazy, the pops of red are pretty sweet on their own!

FINISHING TIPS

I trimmed down my panel so it would fit on a card inside a 5×5 envelope since that’s what I have in my stash. I get my envelopes at Heinrich.

I kept the sentiment really simple – stamped it onto a pink that is the same as the layer under the colored panel, and layered THAT with the dark pink of the card base.

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How to Color a Yarn Heart

Let’s learn how to color a variegated yarn heart with Copic Markers —but first I need to ask: are you ready to start writing “2020” yet!?!? Yikes!

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I bought the You Warm My Heart stamp set by Paper Rose what feels like eons ago – and I have so many ways I want to color it! Watch out on Instagram for a short video with another idea! (I’ll link it at the end of this post once that goes live!)

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STAMPING TIPS

I wanted to keep this looking soft, which meant not using a black ink…so I put the stamp in my Mini Misti, and stamped it second-generation in grey ink. That means I inked the stamp, put in a scrap piece and stamped lightly, then followed that immediately by stamping on the piece of Neenah I wanted to color on; that made it lighter, which worked out great for this. I then let it DRY COMPLETELY – CP inks aren’t generally considered Copic-safe, but if you stick to a light color and let it air dry (heat setting will warp the paper so just give it an hour to dry.)

COLORING TIPS

With most coloring, I put down the main color first – whatever the base color of the yarn is – then adding a dark and medium to add dimension. In this case, thought, it’s just the opposite. Since I want to have consistent shading across all the variegated colors, I put the greys down to shade FIRST – rather than trying to shade each strand of yarn individually. Here’s where I put my shading, in case you want to try it once you get the stamp set:

I used neutral grays for the shadows but in all honesty – you can use whatever you like. If you’re using all warm colors, you can even use warm greys! I used the light E colors for the wood table.

For color selection, I found I startled myself with colors that were stronger; that made sense when I realized yarn is a natural fiber, so the strong bright colors will be a little jarring.

FINISHING TIPS

To complete my card and still keep it simple so as to feature the coloring and not embellishments – I trimmed the colored panel to 4″ x 5-1/4″ and popped it on some dimensional adhesive. I then stamped the sentiment in the same grey as I had stamped the image, and cut a banner edge with scisssors and popped it up too.

So if you were coloring yarn, how would you color it? Would it be variegated yarn or a single color? In Copic Markers or another medium? Let me know in the comments what your plans are, maybe I’ll try that sometime!

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