By request: more Underwater Mini Classes!

By request: more Underwater Mini Classes!

I’ve been asked again and again if I’d ever put together Underwater Scenes in Colored Pencil or Watercolor….and I finally made time to get both assembled! They’re the mini classes, and intermediate level – it’s recommended to take the Jumpstart class for that medium, but if you have equivalent experience, rock on!

Watch the trailer below or click HERE to see it on YouTube:

To get to the classes, click HERE for all three….or individually on their photos below!

Toucan Friends Card

Toucan Friends Card

These 3 little toucans in the Catherine Pooler set are such good and encouraging buddies – they needed to sit on one big long branch! Coloring them up with my Prismacolors was so relaxing and easy!

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

The Prismacolor Pencil hues I used…..

All it took to make that happen was to use sticky notes to mask off the ends of each bird’s branch – sometimes the leaves if that was easy – then stamp flowers and leaves in the middle. I used a black pen to draw in any areas that didn’t meet up.

Drawing an Open Tulip – Copic Marker and Pencil

Drawing an Open Tulip – Copic Marker and Pencil

I’m not usually a flower-colorer….but the realistic Loving Tulips stamp from Power Poppy inspired me to also create a sketch of one of the last tulips of the season. So sad they’re going away but I’ve taken lots of pics to keep working from! There’s a card a little later in this post.

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So pretty….I think I captured that tulip and all my love for it! The pencil made the colors pop more than the Copic marker did. Marker tends to die just a little on drawing paper. (This is in a Sketchbook I usually use for pencil work.)

If you’re interested in learning to color tulips yourself, there’s an advanced Copic class for that! It’s Timeless Tulips….

Card

Such elegance in just this simple stamp. Even the text is designed beautifully! Once I get up in the morning I’ll post a 1 minute speed coloring of this over on Instagram !

The list of Polychromos colors used….

Don’t forget to add a special treat by decorating the back of a card!

Jellyfish Party

Jellyfish Party

Here’s another of my crazy fine art pieces – inspired by a stamp! I recently did some shopping over at Hero Arts, and I knew I needed to try this one; I am absolutely mesmerized by jellies! I’ve taken sketchbooks into the dark rooms at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to try to capture their essence. Yep I’m that weirdo! So today I’m drawing one with a bit more light than usual. It’s lots of layering of color with white on the top – same technique to use on the card shown below.

NOTE: You may have heard about some awful lawsuits going on among craft companies – instead of letting it make you mad, let it guide you to be a help! I believe in companies like Hero Arts – Aaron is a force for good in the industry, and to support him, I shopped directly for some goodies in his online store at full price. That’s our best tool to support companies we love – so go out and spend a little to help keep your favorite companies – and our industry – flourishing!

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

A jellyfish like this could be framed sideways or vertically. And the cool thing is no one but me would know if it looks like a real jellyfish, so whatever you create would be just fine!

This was a practice jelly. I might get stuck in a loop and keep drawing more! I really like this Fabriano sketchbook – nice heavy paper and you can see just how bright the colors come out on it. Comes in a couple sizes too.

You can make your own cool transparent jellyfish card – using a background stamp! This one from Hero Arts is pretty fantabulous – whether you color them all or just a few.

It’s a cling stamp so you need to have no pad in the MISTI. I stamped it with Versafine on regular black cardstock – it’s non-textured like the Fabriano I used in the big jellyfish drawing.

At an angle you can see the stamp lines and color them….a person looking at the card wouldn’t really notice them.

I used the same process for these jellies, adding four blobs of light into one of them, since I saw a jellyfish that looked like that at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

An Exercise in Shading

An Exercise in Shading

I never thought shoes would be a ton of fun to color…until I saw these. Then I thought they would be fun – and would be a great way to practice my pencil work and shading all at once!

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The Prismacolors used….and the jars I keep my little cotton balls in are on Amazon…

I spent enough effort on the coloring that it seemed unnecessary to do more with the card design than add a diecut sentiment.

More info on the Casting Shadows class is HERE

Two Swing Sets: Simple Pencil Coloring

Two Swing Sets: Simple Pencil Coloring

Sometimes we make coloring a lot harder than it needs to be – too much panic about colors, shading, scenes, etcetera! In today’s video I’ll provide a little peptalk for the coloring-challenged….because if coloring stresses you out, you’re doing it wrong!

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This simple card – one layer – shows just how simple a scene can be. Little additions like the placement of the image and a haze of grass…not a ton is needed to create a super sweet card.

Just for a little fun and unique-ness to the card, I trimmed a little from the front panel, letting the inside show through…and then created a haze of the color of the girl’s dress to coordinate with the picture.

PSST: If you need pics to pin, the second swingset video is over at MFT – and it’s a Copic #humanrainbow video!

Click HERE to see it on their blog!

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