How's it going?
Good I hope.
It's been a bit crazy around here. I had some training for work Monday then when I went to work Tuesday someone called off sick. Hello unscheduled 16 hour shift. ugh.
At least it was Day shift into Afternoons. Nights into Days is the worst. It's like you're a happy little vampire thriving in the dark and then someone tells you that you have to spend eight hours in the sun. AND drive home after your sixteen hour shift when other people are on the road which is the worst thing ever. Ever.
I'm going to stop chatting now because there are a ton of pictures in this post and you don't want to spend sixteen hours here.
Make It Crafty does these month long challenges which are really awesome for people who like to color. I am people who like to color. I also just finished three coloring tutorials that the owner Zoe created. I bought the coloring techniques, light source and techniques behind creases and folds e books. I loved them. They are so reasonably priced and I really learned a lot.
The other thing I wanted to talk about is background with Zig Clean Color markers. A few of you have emailed me regarding them so I wanted to share how I used them.
For this piece I wanted my light source to be at the top center.
I put my markers direct to paper concentrating my lightest colors in the center working out in a triangle. I added a bit of darker color onto the bottom and a lot of it onto the top sides. I added water in a downward stroke from top to bottom. After each swipe through I rinsed my brush and picked up clean water for the next swipe through. These clean colors run like crazy because of that your brush soaks up tons of pigment. If you didn't clean your brush in between you will transfer all that dark pigment up to the top making your entire background one shade.
I dried the paper after I added the water but wasn't happy with the result. It's pretty but I wanted something more vibrant. I decided to layer the color and use less water.
Scribble it on again. Swipe it in a downward motion cleaning the brush in between strokes.
Yes! Finally happy with it.
I had some images I practiced some techniques on already colored so I turned them into three cards.
I'm playing along with the mixing color families challenge using this card. Side note: I used this as a practice piece and THEN decided to put it on a card. What does that mean? I fussy cut it. FUSSY. CUT. Freakin' nightmare let me tell you. Don't do it. Do. Not. Just recolor it. It will be better for your card and that bleeding ulcer you don't yet have.
Other than ripping my hair out of my head and saying every word that makes you super unlady like in the best kind of way I really love the way the card came out. The sentiment is from WPlus 9's Happy Mail.
The next two are some simple coloring for the Crop It challenge. Enjoy!
Of course if you have any questions about the last two let me know. I just know this is already super long. I'm happy to answer your questions if you either email me or them in the comments :)
Thanks for visiting!