In a Facebook message. a new colorist asked me which medium is best for coloring animals like dogs and cats. (And of course, it depends!)
The new Anita Jeram designs from Colorado Craft Company were too perfect a chance to show the comparison. They are SO DANG CUTE. #justsaying
So in today’s hop, I’ll show you three ways to color the same stamps, and you can decide what YOUR priority is!
BLOG HOP PRIZE INFO IS LATER IN THIS POST
Tutorial: Advice for new artists – coloring mediums for dogs and cats
Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!
Not high on my recommendation list for new colorists, because, well, they’re expensive, and it takes getting a few trios or pairs before much can be accomplished. By the time you spend on that, you might decide that maybe you didn’t really like the look or the process anyway. But if you’re totally attracted to the look and you have a budget? Go for it! I have a few free charts with suggested colors to start with here.
Then get yourself some Neenah cardstock and either stamps with a Copic friendly stamping ink or a multiliner (Copic friendly) pen, and get busy making art! Then there’s always a Copic Jumpstart class that might help out too. A hex chart is a help too!
Though it’s a favorite medium for me, it’s tough to learn if you’re trying for realism; loose splashy color is fine but once it comes to mixing, water management, etc, it can be rough going. Don’t go buying a gajillion tubes to get started though – folks who have palettes with 36 or 48 colors paint no better than someone with 6! Learn to mix from the start and you’ll save yourself hundreds of dollars in $10+ paint tubes. Daniel Smith has an excellent set of 6 essentials colors – 3 warm, 3 cool. Simple. In the Watercolor Jumpstart class you’ll learn some basics of mixing colors and make charts to show yourself how to achieve colors without buying lots of tubes. (Later you may want particular colors for ease of painting or techniques – but don’t start out buying them all!)
Also start with good paper. I know it feels counter intuitive and you want to save money. But honestly, it’ll make a difference in your practicing. Decent brushes for beginners are the Silver Brush Black Velvet line, try a round 4, round 8, round 12.
#1 recommendation: Colored Pencil
The new artist wanted to know about dogs and cats — and realism. So this is one of several reasons this is my best recommendation. The subtlety you can get, the fine points with a good sharpener (handheld or electric) – much to be said about them!
Pencils are something we’ve all used since we were children, so holding a pencil requires no special training. You can get a lot of colors without spending a ton (I recommend Prismacolor – a good artist brand, and has the best neutral range for animals). Colored pencils are also adaptable – trying out blending solutions and powdered pigments can give you lots of options inexpensively to achieve a lot of effects.
The Colored Pencil Jumpstart class is another that teaches color theory at the start so you get a good footing. You’ll learn about solutions and stumps and powdering your pencils – lots of techniques that’ll send you off on a coloring adventure. Pick up a hex chart here.
Pattern Stamping Class
The class I talked about that teaches how to make stamped patterned paper with Art Impressions Watercolor stamps…..it’s so much fun! Distress inks and stamping in the Pattern Stampinc Class.
The rest of the CCC release!
I didn’t have time to fully develop cards, due to lots of unforeseen things coming at me this week (watch the Superpower or Thanks videos for more on all that. Remember that purchasing using my affiliate links also helps with the goal I’m working on, I appreciate your help in meeting it!)…..but I did find a little time to at least color up the images! Tap on any of them to enbiggen.
I expanded the tree, there’s just something about not “finishing” a scene that makes me crazy 🙂
Again, expanded the background. Also changed a cat into a raccoon, eliminated the picnic basket.
This tree NEEDED to be bigger, and darker, so the birdhouse took the stage. Imagine Pink Panther theme music!
WELL LOVED CATS
Here I pictured Tsuki and Punch out by the pool, chilling out! I may need to add a scene to this one before mailing it.
BEST IN ME DOG + STAY PAWSITIVE
I combined two stamp sets, with the dogs stamped partway off the page.
You can imagine their conversation! They often are chasing and wrestling – then suddenly they’re both sitting very very still catching their breath, giving each other the stinkeye. It’s so hilarious!
Something to note on the grasses: I colored the mass of greens first, and the greens stopped a bit low—the grass in my back yard is in desperate need of mowing, so I added some tall and going-to-seed blades of grass to bring the level up higher. Which looks more like what my puppers are doing when out in the grass!
Check out all the creations in the hop…..with 2 giveaways! The commenting for the contest will end July 12th at Midnight eastern time and will be announced July 14th on the CCC blog.
- One complete bundle or equal value gift card to one winner. The winner will be randomly drawn from orders placed that use a designer’s affiliate link.
- Giving away one stamp set on MY blog. CCC will randomly select the winners from the comments and will notify winner.
The bloghop list:
What would YOUR best recommendation be for a new colorist?
Think about someone brand new – needing to buy everything AND learn everything. Do you agree with me? Disagree? Why or why not? Leave me your feedback, I’d love to hear your answer!
- Colorado Craft Company New Release
- Colored pencil:
- Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class
- Prismacolor pencils
- Prismacolor Hex Chart
- Polychromos Pencils
- Polychromos Hex Chart
- Stonehenge Drawing Paper Pads: AMZ – BLICK
- Tea Strainer https://amzn.to/3f6si87
- Gamsol Blending solution https://bit.ly/357eHKq
- Blending stumps: Blick – AMZ
- Blending stump sanding block
- Use any ink to stamp with; just let pigment inks dry well first.
- Fadeout No Line Ink, Ink On 3
- Watercolor Jumpstart Class
- Daniel Smith Watercolors Essentials set of 6
- Squeeze paint onto a white tile from the hardware store ($1) or a Whiskey Painters tiny paletteif you neeeeed to throw money away, lol
- Arches Cold Press Pad
- VersaFine Ink Pad, Onyx Black, waterproof
- Fadeout No Line Ink, Ink On 3
- Sharpie Ultra Fine, waterproof
- Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #4 BLICK • AMZ
- Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #8 BLICK • AMZ
- Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #12: BLICK • AMZ
- Alcohol markers:
- Copic Jumpstart Class
- Free recommended color charts
- Copic Markers
- Copic Hex Chart
- Sketchmarker Brush Pro Alcohol
- Sketchmarker hex chart
- Olo markers
- Olo marker hex chart
- Neenah Cardstock, Solar White 250pk
- White Signo Uni-ball Gel Pen
- Copic Multiliner
- Alcohol-marker-friendly stamping ink
- Fadeout No Line Ink, Ink On 3