Coloring Social Media Princesses

At the risk of designating social media as royalty – lol – I used the logos of some favorite social media logos for my card today – as well as a bit of inspiration for a little coloring in #thehumanrainbow !

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Video

This video is my ode-to-Van-Gogh! I recently went on a virtual tour of the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam….despite knowing a lot about Van Gogh before the tour, the thing that struck me in seeing his work chronologically was the vast differences between his styles. Almost like he changed on a dime when moving from northern to southern France! Which gave me permission to just go for it with this card even when it started heading a different direction despite my attempts to mentally redirect it! Check it out…

The pressure of the pencil did get away from me – it made for denser color (more dense? Is that more gramatically correct?)……but man was it hard! And it made my white pen turn tail and run when I tried to add the stars.

And that left me going to my trusty Watercolor Grounds for the stars! You can do something similar with acrylics; depending on the quality, sometimes paints don’t absorb color from beneath the way a white pen does. Give whatever you have at home and see what works!

Supplies

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Inspiration: 18+ Coloring Human Rainbow Skin/Hair Tutorials

Inspiration: 18+ Coloring Human Rainbow Skin/Hair Tutorials

My campaign to promote #thehumanrainbow – encouraging crafters to color multiple hues of skintones on crafty projects – has been going on for years now – just a few of the projects are collected here.

The first posts are all in Copic – at the end are just a few in colored pencil. I clearly need to do more in pencil! Click on any picture to get to the blog post with video!

Note that while some of these videos may say the Human Rainbow free charts are here on my blog, they’ve been moved into one set now over on my teaching site HERE.

Where it all began: the first Human Rainbow video

Transforming Twirl Anya’s ethnicity

Color a Realistic Afro in Copic Markers

Coloring Girlfriends + free downloads

Color all the stamps – onesies

Alter a stamp for African boy hair

How to make cell phone greeting cards

Color your friends!

Warm and Toasty, Stamp Anniething

Friends Forever

Fairy Flutters

Copic Hex Chart

Copic Coloring Diverse Girlfriends

Custom DIY Patterned Paper + Plant Lady

Choosing colors: Fall Friends

How to experiment with the human rainbow

No-Line hair and masks

Solidarity among the human rainbow

Colored Pencil

Coloring the Human Rainbow in colored pencil

Adventure Calling

INSPIRATION CATEGORIES:
Coloring the Human Rainbow – in colored pencil!

Coloring the Human Rainbow – in colored pencil!

My tutorial today using Adorable Adventures is over on the MFT Stamps channel…..but of course it’s right here for ya!

Some color combos to try…

Supplies

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Color a Realistic Afro in Copic Markers

Color a Realistic Afro in Copic Markers

I’m excited to be able to say I’ve colored this image up in a video – after having posted a version on social media and getting a gajillion requests for a tutorial. ha! Thanks to DigistampAtelier for having such awesome images for us to buy and print and color!

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This is a rarity – a realtime video! I’ve also got some blathering toward the end about my little dream of changing the industry for the better with changing DTs just a bit. Hoping to inspire some Black crafters to get out there and share their work and apply for teams!

View on YouTube.

One night while watching tv, I printed out the Afro girl digi quite large – and oh was it fun to get into the hair! I love a good hair challenge and this offered a great one. This piece ended up sent as a gift to my Pass the Brush guest – see more about her later in this post!

The final card, printed card-sized; there’s less detail in the hair due to the size but it still worked pretty well! If you’re trying to “learn” an image, sometimes a large version helps to work on technique!

Pass the Brush event!

I’m excited to be one of the hosts for “Pass the Brush” tomorrow and Friday, the 16th and 17th! A group of artists got together to celebrate diversity and hand over our instagram for two days – and Pam will be my guest doing the takeover! We had some FUN and silly zoom meetings – you’re going to love her! Find Pam here:

Supplies

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Solidarity Among #thehumanrainbow (bloghop!)

Solidarity Among #thehumanrainbow (bloghop!)

Hello – and happy Saturday! Yes it’s a bonus video here on the ol blog, and it’s for a special cause. A group of crafters got together to put together a hop to fight racism! It’s something that’s not just a fad around this blog as you probably know…I’ve been coloring the Human Rainbow for over a decade, and trying to get others to do the same. Even with a free chart to help get started Copic coloring diversity! I’ll link to the chart at the end of this post, so keep your eyes peeled.

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I chose to use an image from Mo Manning’s site – she has AWESOME people digistamps! I picked up a bunch and have been coloring them for the last few weeks on social media, and this one is perfect for this hop – both cheery and carrying a message of unity!

View on YouTube.

Wasn’t that fun? I loved using colors from the darker skin to add depth to the lighter one – it really ties the colors together nicely while allowing each to have very different skin tones.

If you’ve been wondering where all the Copic markers and reinkers have gone – because I get asked all the time (I have no insider knowledge!)…..Copic was planning to let everyone run out of the OLD reinkers and come out with new bottles in spring. Then, well, Covid happened, and like everyone else, I’m sure they got thrown off their game. I expect sometime later this year we’ll see them become available again.

FREE HUMAN RAINBOW CHART

You may have seen the single page chart around, but there’s a “pack” of charts in the human rainbow collection!

Bloghop info was falling apart with broken links so has been removed to limit frustration.

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The Human Rainbow: Hair + Masks

The Human Rainbow: Hair + Masks

For those who’ve followed along for years, you might know I’ve been championing the coloring of the full range of people — changing stamps to make them into what we want to color! In the times we’re in, I’ve had so many requests to revisit the idea – so I’m sharing some no-line coloring today.

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If you haven’t tried coloring anyone of another hue, you might want to go download the free Human Rainbow Chart Collection – you’ll get my colored versions as well as blanks you can color yourself:

Watch on YouTube

I first stamped all the people, starting with the ones in front, masking them, then adding each behind. For most I didn’t even worry about stamping the bottoms of their legs and feet since I was just going to extend them off the paper anyway. Whatever stamps you use, be aware of “head size” – if you need to you can adjust some of them to have more hair, less head. lol.

You can also stamp them and just wipe off the hair or mouth portions to be able to draw your own in without the lines to impede you. If it’s a light enough ink though, it’s not a worry. Even the little kids could have masks added on top of the color – but know that if you want white masks, that’s nearly impossible to make it look good if you don’t reserve the white space.

Don’t forget the bald-is-beautiful types too!

There are SO many individual faces and hairstyles to color – just use Google for ideas! Type in the kind of person you’re looking for – race, gender, age, even specify long hair or braids. And adding the word mask may end up giving you party store sites, so that’s only sometimes helpful, but if you’re looking for images of people in masks, look for either protests or reopening photos. Lots of both are out there. On a less complex image you can add patterns to masks.

VOTER REGISTRATION

It’s important to make your voice heard at the ballot box – no matter your perspectives, get your vote in! Lots of states have been purging voter rolls, so I make a habit of always checking 2-3 months before a local/state/federal election, then again 6-8 weeks ahead. My state has all vote-by-mail all the time (they switched to that just as I started working at home and was going to volunteer to be a poll worker! bummer), but you’ll want to check on what your state’s requirements are for voting this fall; many will have alternates to allow people to have options if the Covid pandemic causes danger for people being out in public.

There’s a SUPER easy website that takes 30 seconds to check your registration; note that you need to put in your legal name, I tried with “Sandy” and scared myself when it couldn’t find me! lol.

Go to Vote.org, all you need is to click on “check your registration” and enter your name/address/phone/email – it’ll let you know!

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