Hello! Today I have a number of pictures to share from my latest coloring experience. I’ve been wanting to color the Joyful Lilies digital stamp from Power Poppy ever since it was released last month. However, it didn’t print well the first time, which has nothing to do with the digi and everything to do with my printer needing a cleaning cycle. So I left it lay for a while and then finally printed it again, this time in a very light bluish-gray so I could practice again with no-line coloring. It’s a lot of coloring and there are certain things I might try differently with the smaller details next time, but this is how it turned out:
Below is the print in the early stages of coloring, and the Copics I used. The black wasn’t used in the image at all, but I’ll explain in a moment.
The brown Tombow marker was used to make a tiny dot in the center of each Forget-Me-Not (blue flowers). I’m thinking I should have used a Tombow for the skinny green Forget-Me-Not foliage. I will generally use the fine tip of a water-based marker to do tendrils when the image is finished, but I didn’t here and wishing I had. Alternatively, I could have used a sharpened Prismacolor pencil for the fine details. The flower stamens and pistols would have been a good place for that, but it doesn’t look too bad, I guess. The white dots on the Forget-Me-Nots were done with a Signo Uni-ball white gel pen. Other details:
- Printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. Hand cut frame made with Prima Fairy Flora designer paper.
- Petaloo flowers. Removed the hard, bumpy centers and replaced with dark green Flower Soft in an effort to keep the card lump-free and mail-able with one postage stamp.
- Cheery Lynn Small Exotic Butterflies #1 w/Angel Wings. Cut from the Prima Fairy Flora paper.
The black-printed image served as a helpful guide when doing the no-line coloring, but I didn’t want to waste it and thought it would be interesting to color it at the same time using the exact same colors. See the bold difference:
I used BasicGrey Eva designer paper for this one. When I’m no longer crazy about one of my old designer paper collections I’ll still use it whenever possible, but cover up most of it. I cut the Memory Box Estate Fence (retired) in white, but that’s where the black Copic marker comes in – the white was swallowed up by the image. Easy enough to change it.
I made a background of sorts for the bold lilies, and while it shows up nicely in real life, it barely shows in the photo above. You can see it better in the photo below. I scribbled Copics in the colors shown on an acrylic block – one color at a time – then spritzed with 90% alcohol and smooshed my paper into it. Where I felt the color was too dark I simply spritzed the alcohol onto my paper. Doesn’t hurt the digi image. The green speckles are courtesy of a retired Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp and were added after the coloring was completed.
Well, that’s enough from me for one day. I need to hurry out to the garden to finish a job before the rain starts this afternoon. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, I hope it’s a pleasant day for you. Thanks so much for visiting!