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Copic Color Challenge March 2018: Spring Bokeh

Spring Bokeh Branch in Copic Marker by Sandy Allnock

Copic Color Challenge March 2018: Spring Bokeh

I’m excited to share my challenge creation today! Copic asked if I’d participate this month; they ask a bunch of different artists to make something with just three colors of the company’s choosing – and turn us all loose! Check their social media to see the rest of them all month long. And each month! You can participate too, they might share yours!

I decided to try some bokeh – which meant looking it up to get more info. First, it’s pronounced bo-ke. It doesn’t rhyme with bouquet. And it’s not bokUH either. It’s an eh sound – not a Fonzie “ay” but just the short e kind. Like if you were saying Kentucky without the ntucky! The effect is the soft blurring of spots of light in the background of an image; technically, it’s not those bright “shapes” that we often call bokeh – the shapes are not actually the bokeh, the bokeh is the effect. Photographers consider bokeh really beautiful when it’s a subtle effect, not jarring and “taking the stage” by being hard-edged shapes. So I learned a ton!

Mentioned in the video: I talked about the hex chart – you can get one HERE. And the Copic Jumpstart class is HERE.

I filmed two but only ended up with one for the video – this one suited what I had researched a lot better. I used Copic Airbrush first, then added leaves…. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Bonus!

My earlier version footage was eaten by my computer. Oy, right? Alas. But on this one I had added the extra blobs of colorless blender, which I didn’t like nearly as much after creating them, so there’s that! It won’t stop me from framing these two pieces as a diptych for our spring art show at church.

 

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Copic Kraft Pencil: Heart You

Copic Kraft Pencil: Heart You

I’m starting a series –  and I’m not sure how many it will be. But I’ve been having enough fun blending on Desert Storm colored cardstock, I think it’s worth exploring to see where it goes! Today’s is this cutte little kiddo with a valentine.. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Isn’t this just the cutest lil kiddo? I sure feel {{hearted}} by that outstretched hand!

Supplies

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Hamster with Mouthful of Pizza – Art Impressions

 

Hamster with Mouthful of Pizza – Art Impressions

Earlier this month I told you some stamps are in the “I JUST NEED TO COLOR THAT” category – this is one of them! (For hamster lovers, it might be a must-have.) And I stand by it – he’s cute as all heck! Especially with pizza….. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

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Better Together Bloghop – Airbrushed Heart

Better Together Bloghop – Airbrushed Heart

A collaboration between Hero Arts and Ellen Hutson birthed these tweet little birdies (haha!) – and I had to airbrush them into a sweet little heart. See the rest of the cards on the hop using the list further down in this post – many cute cards to come, I’m betting! I’ll have another card later this week on Ellen’s blog so keep an eye out! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Lots of shapes can be airbrushed behind images – and if you don’t have an airbrush, just use some inks and a blending tool! 

Bloghop

To celebrate the release, two randomly selected commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson shop! To enter just leave a comment on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog by 11:59 PST on January 28th. 

Hop starts here:The CLASSroom

 

Bible journaling video today

For those who participate in Bible Art Journaling – today’s is watercoloring God-rays!

Supplies

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Wintry, Watery Critters – TWO videos, new Ellen Hutson Essentials

 

Hello there! I have a double treat for you today…not one but TWO videos! These are the new release sets from Ellen Hutson…and if you color, you may want to give them a look/ One technique here is advanced, the other is a beginner background that anyone with a couple blue markers can do – hope you find something here to inspire you!

Wintry Critters: A Frozen Copic Blizzard – Arctic Pals

A while back on Instagram, I colored some bears in a blizzard….and the outcry for a video was huge! I kept an eye out for more winter critters, and wouldn’t you know it – Ellen Hutson just released these! The penguins are my favorite – which is yours? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The three colors used for the snow are B41, B60, and B000.

Watery Critters: Underwater Copic Sea – S’Whale

Coloring whales can be done simply – or you can get fancy and add water reflections. The backgrounds on these are SUPER easy, so beginners – don’t get intimidated! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Colors used for the water: B99, B97, B95, B93, B91; for the whales: C5, C3, C1, 0

And if two videos weren’t enough….my Bible Journaling followers may want to check out this week’s video – where I turned my nativity set into a page! Note that I don’t blog my Bible Journaling channel right now – so if you want weekly notifications, go to YouTube and click the little bell beside the Subscribe button so you’ll get the Sunday morning notifications in your email!

Supplies

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Magical Friday: Puppy Kisses for Santa

Magical Friday: Puppy Kisses for Santa

It’s almost time for Santa….so today I just wanted to share a little Magical Friday – it’s like a Magical Monday but on a different day of the week! Hope it puts you in the holiday mood! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And yes, that’s my lil Vienna!

Supplies

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Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Advent Calendar Extravaganza…

is THE festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

Sugar Pea Shepherd’s Lantern

I owned a couple Sugar Pea stamps I found at an LSS in the midwest a few years ago…but hadn’t shopped at their store yet. (My bad, eh!?) When Taheera told me they were the sponsor for “my” day, I wanted to use their stamps – and I was delighted to see what’s offered in their shop! I bought the lantern die and little shepherd stamp, thinking the shepherd-in-a-lantern would be like my fox-in-a-jar obsession (ha).  I didn’t really look to see if the shepherd would fit INSIDE…but I’m actually glad at the way it worked out in the long run anyway! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Don’t forget to add a treat to the inside of your card! 

Another coloring of the shepherd image I finished last night…I made it a girl, too!

Sugar Pea Giveaway

It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Sugar Pea Designs so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

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R2C Day11: Magical Monday – Freezing My Jingle Bells Off!

Magical Monday – Freezing My Jingle Bells Off!

It’s been a while since I shared a Magical Monday video….since we’re getting close to Christmas I thought it might be fun to just have something cheerful to watch and sing along with! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Today’s charity

….is a lot of LOCAL charities. Since the video today is all about being brrrrrrrr cold, I’m giving to help women and their kids stay warm and dry! I donated to a homeless shelter here in my town called Fusion – a friend of mine’s Mom started it, after she’d had an experience of domestic abuse – talk about finding a way to give back! I suggest you look for a small local shelter or service group near you. If you don’t have money to give, go donate some time making food, cleaning, whatever they need! And please don’t let this be just at Christmastime….they need help year round!

Supplies

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R2C Day2: 12 Designers of Christmas – Snowbird Chickadees

I’m Sandy Allnock – otherwise known as “honored to be one of Honey Bee Stamps’ 12 designers of Christmas” this year! Be sure to watch the blog and follow along with all the others too!

12 Designers of Christmas – Snowbird Chickadees

When I saw the little Snow Bird set (ok it’s a big set, but with cute little birds!), I knew exactly what I wanted to do – make them chickadees! I made a few cards, and videotaped one of them; all three use the same colors though.

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Construction for the ornament card below: Diecut the pieces, and stamp image on the round circle. Pop it on dimensional adhesive on ornament card base created by hanging the edge of the die off of the fold when diecutting. Add ornament top with dimensional adhesive.

Construction for the ornament card below: Stamp image on card base; add snow curve cut with Hill Borders. Cut background shape from acetate and attach to back of frame using Be Creative Tape; put thin strip of dimensional adhesive around the frame to build up space to create shaker. Add Ice Chips Glitter.

Construction tips for globe below: Stamp image on main shape, add Hill Border snow shape. Cut background shape from acetate and attach to back of frame using Be Creative Tape; put thin strip of dimensional adhesive around the frame to build up space to create shaker. Add Diamonds. Attach base of snow globe.

Hope you’ll try out cards with chickadees – or snow globes and ornaments! And I truly hope you’ve made great progress on your Christmas cards….get busy addressing them soon!

Today’s charity

I’m making donations each of these 12 days of Christmas, just to keep that “shopping rush” from making me feel all gross inside…giving keeps my heart soft and my mind thinking of others! Since today’s card has birds on it…I’m giving to the Audubon Society. I used to do fundraising events with them many years ago when I was in San Francisco; I belonged to a sailing group who taught people to sail, but also did these fundraisers; we’d let the local Audubon Society collect donations from their members, and we’d take them out on the San Francisco Bay to do birdwatching on the water! We’d “raft up” for nice potluck lunches with other boats in the event, and it was a great way to meet some wonderful people who care about our feathered friends.

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Scene Tip: Creating a frame of trees

A FEW REALLY IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. YouTube subscribers got an early look at this video when it posted early – whoops!
  2. I still have a bunch of winners who never claimed prizes….the list has been updated HERE.
  3. Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday….please give a little something to a charity you care about! I’ll be giving to some causes that need some help right now: Puerto Rico relief, Saving Elephants, and since the CHIP program still hasn’t been renewed for kids – I’m going to give a chunk to St Judes. That’s just the start of my favorite season of giving…..on my posts for the first 12 days of December, I’ll highlight a charity and give to them that day. Feel free to pitch me your favorite in the comments on this post!

Scene Tip: Creating a frame of trees

One tip for a really easy scene: create a frame of trees around the focal image. Trees don’t have to be hard – scribbles can appear to be trees even if they’re not really perfectly done! Color a night sky with dark trees and you’ll convince the viewer; they’re looking at your image, not the background. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The same idea can be done in a blue color scheme too….

Supplies

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