Color a realistic bunny (Polychromos pencils)

Color a realistic bunny (Polychromos pencils)

I love little storybook images….and I love pretending I’m in a Beatrix Potter book with sweet little critters! I used a bunny I saw recently in a park as my inspiration to use browns and greys together, and provide some colored pencil tips along the way.

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

I kept the design out of the center of the card…the rabbit is about in the middle but her scene is off-center both horizontally and vertically. The bow helps pull the eye that direction too, and all that white space provides rest for the eyes.

Colors used….all Polychromos:

I used the same pencils on the inside, but left the mouse more brown in the fur, and used the purple for the dress and yellow instead for the flowers. Writing a sweet little “thanks for being a patron!” note right beside her will be perfect!

5 Dogs in a Boat: Friendship Card

5 Dogs in a Boat: Friendship Card

How could I RESIST a stamp with 5 dogs in a boat?! With encouraging sentiments!?!? I just had to have it! And color it up. There might be a few more colorings coming in the future, this is a fun little stamp from Penny Black!

I tried something the other day, I posted a link to this stamp set on social media while there was a flash sale on at Ellen Hutson. I didn’t expect it to sell out completely in just hours!? It’s also out of stock elsewhere – only 3 were left at Amazon when I checked. I guess it’s popular! You can click the “notify me” button in Ellen’s shop and once it’s restocked you’ll get an email.

Since stamps often fly off the shelf within just hours of my videos going live, I’ll occasionally start posting secret peeks like that on Instagram and Facebook, just to give social media followers a chance at first “dibs,” not just the early YouTube watchers who always get there first. I hope this makes things a little more fair for everyone to have access to the stuff I’m using.

And on that note – I have a bloghop video coming tomorrow, and then on Monday – I’ll be using THIS set. Just to give blog-only-readers first dibs on something too!

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Okay enough of all that mumbo jumbo. Let’s get to the coloring! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I used Polychromos pencils – but you can of course use any brand you’ve got at hand. Here are the colors:

As always I love coloring dogs to look like mine…so V and G are of course going for a boat ride!

The reflection in the water can be SUPER simple…I see lots of folks figuring out mirror stamping, but it’s a heck of a lot easier to have just a little color reflect below the boat and call it done, isn’t it? LOL!

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.

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