The Coloring Challenge Day 8 – Finally Finished

Finally finished my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils Hex Charts.
I started this project, you won’t believe it, in April 2020 during the 16th 30 Day Coloring Challenge.
The (empty) Chart is made by Sandy Allnock.
Here you can find her blog: http://sandyallnock.com/ and this is the site where you can purchase this and other Hex Charts:  https://art-classes.com/product-category/color-charts/

I learned during colouring these that some colours really turned out different on the different colours of paper.  So it wasn’t a waste of time colouring on other papers too.
What I also learned was that the Kraft and Black coloured paper from my stash are not papers I love to work on with my coloured pencils.
I didn’t love how the colours turned out on the paper and on the black paper it looks like I used chalk instead of coloured pencil. Something I will keep in mind in case I wanted a chalky look (LOL).
What I will do is when I want to use another brand of paper with my pencils I will print a Hex Chart on the same paper and will fill it only with the colours I use on that moment or wanted to use.
That takes a lot less time and I will see immediately how the colours are on that specific paper.

If you’re not familiar with Hex Charts, here is a blog post in which I talk about it in depth
https://henriettecreativelyhappy.wordpress.com/2020/04/26/day-20-of-the-30-day-coloring-challenge-hex-chart/

The Coloring Challenge Day 8 – Coloured Strips

In one of the earlier videos (I even think the video is from a few years ago.) made by Kathy Racoosin (aka The Daily Marker and organizer of the Challenges) I noticed that she had coloured strips in her tin/case with pencils.
I loved that idea and made them for in my Faber Castell Polychromos Colour Pencil wooden case.
So much easier to find my pencils in this way and to put them back at the right spot after using them

Although you didn’t mention it in the video because it wasn’t about that, I only saw it, I wanted to say thank you so much Kathy for this great idea!

Happy 18e Birthday

Once again my health has prevented me from posting my card a week ago, as planned, sorry for that.

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I stamped my Strawberry Swirl cupcake on to some copy paper because I wanted three cupcakes in two sizes and I only had one size. I scanned my stamped cup cake and in my drawing program I resized it and printed all three (the big one and two smaller ones).

I started this card with the idea to put the Giraffe I made earlier (see this post) on the front of the card. The inside I wanted to be a pop up card with cup cakes.
I had already started to colour the stamped cupcakes with my Polychromos pencils in different shades of pinkish reds and ochre. During the colouring I decided to make another panel for the front of the card because I didn’t know how to match the giraffe on the outside with the cup cakes on the inside.
Therefore I went through my stash of patterned papers and found two pieces of paper in pinkish red/yellow blending, what matched perfect to the cup cakes.
The stamps came out in a series and the Cupcake Pile Up stamp from the series was a great one to use on the patterned paper. I stamped and white heat embossed it double for a bolder look.

After I finished colouring the cupcakes I fussy cut them.
I stamped inside my top folded card 18 candles from the third stamp set in this series.
I coloured the candles with the same colours as I used for my cup cakes.

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The second piece of the patterned paper I glued to white cardstock and die cut letters for my sentiment.
I glued the word Gefeliciteerd (Congratulations in Dutch) in a half circle in the card.
I didn’t have a die cut that was large enough for my numbers so I printed them and cut them out of brown cardstock. I made two small slits in the biggest cupcake, put some glue just above the slits and put the numbers a little bit in to the slits and adhered them at the same time. Now it looks like they are in the topping.

I cut, folded and glued my pop-up elements on to the inside of the card and glued my cupcakes to them.
The pop-up elements are simple rectangles that you glue slightly before the fold line of the card with the smallest side and the larger side you glue on to the side of the card that opens up.

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I made my sentiment Tijd voor taart! in Dutch which translates into Time for cake!  on my computer because the stamp I had wasn’t the right size and I wanted to have white letters on a black background.
And by adhering my sentiment with foam tape to front of my card I finished the card and I love how it all came out.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

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Used Materials

White cardstock
Do Crafts Stamp sets PMA907203 Strawberry Swirl, PMA907202 Cup Cake Pile Up
and PMA909200 Mix and Match
Pattern Paper
Versafine Ink Onix Black
VersaMark Ink for embossing
Ranger Embossing Powder Superfine detail White
Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils
Marianne Design Die sets CR1281 Mini Alphabet

Day 20 of The 30 Day Coloring Challenge – Hex Chart

I couldn’t post anything last week because my health got in the way and I have several cards that I’m working on but have to finish them before I can show them. What I can show although it isn’t done yet (that will take a while) are the Hex Charts I’m colouring.
Of course I have made for my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils a colour chart as you can see on the picture but a hex chart is different.

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The Hex Chart shows visually similar colours adjacent to each other, rather than numerically similar. It’s a visual organization of the pencil colours. That definition is written on the Hex Chart and the Chart is made by Sandy Allnock.
Here you can find her blog: http://sandyallnock.com/ and this is the site where you can purchase the Hex Chart:  https://art-classes.com/product-category/color-charts/
There are charts for different brands of coloured pencil and one for Copic Markers.
And when you are there, look around, she has awesome classes/courses as well
As Sandy recommended, I’m colouring on different papers. Use the paper and colours of paper you normally would use for your colouring. The following paper is what I used.
I love a real white paper, that’s my  Canson 1557 (110.5 lb). This paper has a light texture.
The off white paper is the Mi-Teintes (75 lb) and has more texture than the white paper.
My kraft and black paper are both unbranded, black I hardly use and the kraft is an experiment, both have no real texture.
With those four colours of paper I cover most of the colours and type of paper I use.
I will post the charts also when they are completed.

Hex chart

Day 22 – Power Poppy

When I saw this awesome image by Kathy Racoosin aka The Daily Marker I Immediately fell in love with it. I’m talking about the awesome Dahlia XL stamp set from Power Poppy this stamp set can be bought in clear as well as digital.
And if you hurry you can get these and other stamps (clear and digital) on a massive sale right now!! https://powerpoppy.com/

I start stamping the clear stamp with Distress Spun Sugar because I wanted a no line colouring look, also I wanted a light under layer with the same ink. Therefore I first stamped the Dahlia on masking paper and carefully cut it out.
I placed my panel in to my stamping tool and I used the flower mask as a guide of where to place my stamp, closed my stamping tool and picked up the stamp with my door for later.
After that I placed the outline mask on top of my panel and with a blending brush I lightly gave the flower some pink colour, it’s hard to see in the picture right below. I placed the picture again on it’s own, so you can see it a little better. After that was dry, which was almost immediately, I stamped the flower.

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I started colouring with my Polychromos pencils.
I had found an amazing picture of a pink with purple Dahlia on Internet and although it was a different Dahlia I used the same colour scheme.
I never had coloured a no line image before and the light in my craft room is not that good, so I decided that I only would colour this image by daylight and that amounted to one or two leaves a day.

After one and a half week I got an inflammation in my thumb joint. The inflammation wasn’t from the colouring but prevented me from colouring and it took a few weeks before I could colour again.
Although I had a deadline because I wanted to make this flower into a card for my sister’s birthday, I kept colouring slow but steady.
I loved colouring this beautiful image and saw it come to life under my hands, colouring petal by petal.

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When the flower was coloured I wanted to make a very simple background and thought of stamping wooden planks behind the flower in a blue colour. Fortunately I tried it first on a scrap piece of paper, neither the stamp, nor the colour I had in mind suited the flower.
After trying out several things on scrap I decided to just make some simple stripes with Distress ink on the background. Therefore I needed my Dahlia mask again.
Although I was scared that I would ruin my image I used painters tape, Blueprint Sketch ink and a blending tool to make the broad stripes.

Of course it’s always better to make your background before colouring. I think I would have gone mad if something went wrong with my coloured flower, it took me so much time and effort to colour it.
But in this case I didn’t know exactly what kind of colour I wanted for my background, that’s the reason I did it after colouring.

And then I had to decide what to do with my sentiment. Nothing I tried was great, luckily on the same time I got a post from the Power Poppy website with their weekly challenge, this time they had two sketches and on one of them I found the solution. I made two strips with a fishtail for the top of the card with
stickers in Dutch which translates into Happy Birthday.

I adhered my panel to a slightly bigger card base from dark blue cardstock with 1 mm. foam tape and with 0.5 mm. foam tape I adhered the two sentiment strips on to the panel.
And that finished this card and I totally love how this card turned out.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

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Used Materials

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Power Poppy Clear Stamp Dahlia XL (also available as digital stamp set)
Masking paper
Distress Ink Spun Sugar
Distress Blending Brushes
Polychromos Pencils 101 White – 119 Light Magenta – 125 Middle Purple Pink – 133 Magenta – 194 Red Violet – 129 Pink Madder Lake – 123 Fuchsia – 127 Pink Carmine – 225 Dark Red– 263 Caput Mortuum Violet – 109 Dark Chrome Yellow
Caran D’ache Luminance 001 White
Tombow Mono Zero Eraser
Kum Automatic Long Point pencil sharpener
Ranger Craft Sheet
TH Stamping tool
Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch
Distress Ink Blending Tool
Painters tape
Dark blue cardstock base card
Doodey Text Sticker DD1422 (Dutch)

The only card for The 30 Day Coloring Challenge!

Begin this month I was so  enthusiastic to start the 30 Day Coloring Challenge, unfortunately I was admitted to the hospital twice. The last time for a lung attack of which I am now recovering in a rehabilitation centre.

With a few craft supplies that I have here in the centre, I wanted to make a card for a birthday girl. I hoped that I could finish it before the challenge is over and I could post at least one card. I decided to draw the images myself. The recipient hobby is  genealogy and we bought her a book she wanted for this. That’s why I draw on this card a family tree, books and because she love tea, a big mug of tea.

I coloured everything with my Zig markers and FC Polychromos pencils.
The sentiment on the card is written with a silver gel pen and the shadow with a blue coloured pencil.

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Rose All Day card

I finally finished my card with this beautiful Power Poppy image and
can post it now the birthday girl received it.

I used a blue metallic cardstock for my base card and cut it slightly bigger
than the panel with the image. But only on the sides .
I glued the panel on top of this.

With a Dutch text stamp, which means a nice day, I added my sentiment.
I stamped it with Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, what is the same colour as the
Pencil, although I coloured that one with Distress Ink Salty Ocean.
The Oxide ink gives a better  stamping result than the regular Distress inks.
I used this Oxide colour to make it look like the text was written with the coloured pencil.

That’s it, I so love this beautiful image and I know for sure that I will use it often.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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Used Materials

Canson Mixed Media Paper 98 lb
Power Poppy Digital Stamp Set Rose All Day
Distress Inks:
Abandoned Coral – Squeezed Lemonade – Worn Lipstick – Wilted Violet – Twisted Citron – Mowed Lawn – Grand Espresso – Peeled Paint – Forest Moss – Pine Needles – Tea Dye – Hickory Smoke –  Black Soot – Fossilized Amber and Salty Ocean.
Derwent Coloursoft pencils for the image; I used colours out of the same colour group and/or a shade darker than the ink.
Polychromos coloured pencils for the shadow around the image, I used 235 Cold Grey VI and 233 Cold Grey IV
Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens black fineliner XS
Metallic Blue Cardstock
Distress Oxide Salty Ocean
Marianne Design Stamp set EC0096 Eline’s Vintage Text NL.

A little Kathy magic and some shadows.

I finally finished the beautiful Power Poppy image, it took longer than I hoped but life and very warm weather got in the way.

As I mentioned before, (see here and here) this is a digital stamp set by Power Poppy and I have printed it on Canson Mixed Media Paper with a laser printer. If you print with a laser printer you are sure that the lines won’t bleed when you use Distress Ink and water, like I did for this image.

Working in several layers requires some patience because the previous one has to be dry before starting the next layer.
If there is anything I learned from Tim Holtz about Distress Ink it is that “wet on wet blends and wet on dry layers”, what is also true for most other mediums used with water. Therefore I worked on several flowers at the same time. With such small flowers and the way I coloured them the drying time is not very long.
When I wrote this post I noticed that I had forgotten to take a photo when I finished using the Distress ink. Hence a photo where I am half done, so that you can still compare it with the next photo.

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After finishing all the colouring with my Distress Inks, I used what I call the Kathy Magic.
From Kathy Racoosin, @kathyrac or The Daily Marker, I learned to darken the nooks and crannies and to use coloured pencil to add more depth in the flowers (or any other image).
Kathy uses a black marker for the nooks and crannies most of the time, but that is something I didn’t dare. So I used dark pencil colours that matched my flowers or colours in the same colour group.

And then came the scary part, adding shadows around the whole image. I used pencils for that because I didn’t want to do it with my Distress ink. I was to scared that the dark ink would bleed into my image and   ruin it. Instead of black I used two of my darkest cold grey pencils.

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When I finished the shadows I didn’t see them much and decided that I would go over my image lines with a XS black fineliner. And then my bouquet of flowers came to life again and I did see a hint of the shadow, just enough to give it a little dimension.
Next time I will colour the shadow before I colour the image, just like a possible background. This way I can’t ruin the colouring of my image.

The photos below are the same but with different light.
The used materials are under the photos and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Klaar

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Used Materials

Canson Mixed Media Paper 98 lb
Power Poppy Digital Stamp Set Rose All Day
Distress Inks:
Abandoned Coral – Squeezed Lemonade – Worn Lipstick – Wilted Violet – Twisted Citron – Mowed Lawn – Grand Espresso – Peeled Paint – Forest Moss – Pine Needles – Tea Dye – Hickory Smoke –  Black Soot – Fossilized Amber and Salty Ocean.
Derwent Coloursoft pencils for the image; I used colours out of the same colour group and/or a shade darker than the ink.
Polychromos coloured pencils for the shadow around the image, I used 235 Cold Grey VI and 233 Cold Grey IV
Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens black fineliner XS

 

Sending smiles across the miles

Today I finished my decorated envelope I made especially for a card which I want to send to a friend who lives on the other side of the ocean. I got the idea to decorate the envelope when I received the mail from Hero Arts with the National Craft Month Challenge,  Dressing Up Envelopes.

I have a rule that says that I don’t post a card on my blog until the person for whom it was made has received it.
So the card is inside the envelope and I don’t show it now.

Envelop 1
I used the gorgeous digital image from Power Poppy. Unfortunately the digital stamps come only in jpg.format (no png.) so I had to remove the background first before I could place the flowers how I liked.
I also removed the heart of the flower in the front because I wanted to draw a smiling face on it.

After printing the image including the sentiment in  brown, I thought black would be too harsh, I coloured the flowers with my Polychromos pencils.
After colouring I added with a Artist Pitt Pen the eyes and the smile in the heart of the flower. To finish it I added a little white dot in the eyes with my gelly roll pen.
I closed the envelop with a sticker from Jennifer McGuire with her slogan “Share handmade kindness”.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Envelop 2

Used Materials

Envelope
Power Poppy digital stamp “Kindness Is The Way”.
Faber Castell Polychromos pencils : 101 White – 102 Cream – 107 Cadmium Yellow – 108 Dark Cadmium Yellow – 111 Cadmium Orange  – 121 Pale Geranium Lake – 188 Sanguine – 283 Burnt Siena – 263 Caput Mortuum Violet
Faber Castell Pit Artist Pen Black Fineliner
Sakura Gelly Roll pen White

The gorgeous digital stamp is a free download at Power Poppy, https://powerpoppy.com/
You can also learn for free, to colour these beauties at Kit and Clowder,  https://www.kitandclowder.com/

The Daily Marker Challenge Day 22

I have finished my Kit and Clowder Juli 2018 colouring class that I was started for  The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge. It was a lot of work but with almost every day a bit of colouring it was finished quicker than I thought it would be. And I am so happy with the result, it’s always great to see something grow bit by bit under your hands and see it becomes as you had in mind.
For me the challenge was drawing in some parts of this image, the rock wall and the shrubbery/foliage. This isn’t necessary because there is also a image where it’s already drawn in. Also the colouring of the black suit, colouring something black isn’t that easy as it seems to be.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

K & C class Juli 2018 2
Used Materials

Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils
Canson Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Kit and Clowder Class July 2018
Image You and Me by Tiddlyinks