Tuesday, January 12, 2010

TIOT color challenge & some tips for ya!

this week Suzanne offered up a color challenge and the results are stunning i must say! we were to use aqua, coral and cream and here is my result:
I think this color combo is just dreamy! i used a patterned paper from Lily Kate by Basic Grey which is available at SCACD in 6x6 pads - my FAVE way to buy patterned paper! this pad is GORGEOUS - pastel shades of lavender, green, yellow, aqua - a perfect pad for upcoming spring projects! Susana also got these adorable little Prima mini roses in and they are JUST the thing to perk up the centers of my older style prima flowers. These are nice and sturdy too so they don't smoosh up and get mis-shapen. i used a corner punch to ccentute the corner of my main image panel and topped that with a two layer bow made with my trusty bow easy and another rose in the center.

My main image is done with the oh so shimmery Creative Inspirations paints:


The stamp is Forever Friends by Victoria Case and i think these little guys are just the CUTEST! now i know some folks out there are WIZARDS with paint & watercolors. i, however, am NOT. but i LOVE paint & watercolors :P SO i thought i would do a little mini tutorial to show you how i achieve some depth & contrast in my images when painting with CI paints.

Click on the picture for a larger view of the steps. First you will wnt to use wtercolor paper - i don't get naything over the top - just pad from Michaels will do. Stamp your image with Versamark and emboss with black embossing powder - this helps keep the paint from spreading out of the lines :) Choose paint colors on the lighter side and then get matching darker colored prisma pencils. Step 1 shows my pic with just the paint - i used a waterbrush and watered it down a bit so the color was somewhat pale. Then use your prisma pencil to add shading where you want a darker shadow in your image. in pic 2 you can see where i added darker red in the red areas and also where i added some darker aqua where i was painting aqua paint. I wanted to give you a good idea where i put the shading but it DOES NOT MATTER if you do the pencil before or after the painting - using the pancil over the paint does not affect the shimmer. the bottom 2 pics show the image (left) with just the paint and then (right) with some shading added with prisma pencils. the shading is subtle but it DOES make a difference in the overall feel of your image.

i hope you all have a fun and exciting day today!!

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Stampin Mindy said...

This image is so CUTE! I love the coloring and all those darling roses. The rose looks great centered in the bow. Lovely creation!

The Wired Angel said...

Great image.. great coloring. Thanks for sharing your talent and creativity! Hugs!

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