The Secrets to Coloring Dimensional Flowers

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Hi crafty friends! I haven’t posted for a while so I thought I’d come back with a bang, or rather a very useful technique! Today’s post is all about flowers and it’s going to be long. Just sit back and relax as I walk you through my discoveries and tips¬†ūüôā

I started my cardmaking journey with a lot of critters, because obviously they are cute and I couldn’t resist them! Besides that, I also thought cards with critters can be very creative. Not that I don’t like critters anymore, I still love them to death, but lately I’ve discovered the beauty of flowers and leaves. I began to realize that to be an all-rounded artist, I have to be good at coloring everything. Or maybe I’m just getting older and beginning to appreciate Mother Nature more ūüėõ

For today, I want to share a recent unlock of my coloring skill that I’m really happy about! It took me like a year to realize my problem and really face it. Let me describe it to you. In the past, when I colored a flower image, I’d color petal by petal and I’d use the exact same color and shading on every petal. So it would end up looking like this. I made this card¬†last year so I thought it’d be a good example for comparison. I thought my coloring was pretty good back then, but now when I look at it, it doesn’t look very dimensional nor realistic. There’s not enough interest to it. Not to mention that my photography skill wasn’t very good at the beginning as you can see ūüėõ

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After studying the works of artists and trying out a few experiments, I finally figured out how to achieve more dimensional and realistic-looking flowers. Here are my results. So, how to do it? There are three things you must do in order to have results like this.

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First, look at references e.g. real flowers, photos of real flowers or references on the stamp set itself. I’ve used Altenew’s Peony Bouquet¬†Stamp Set for this example. There is an illustration on the back of the stamp set. I look at it, study it and identify the darkest and the lightest areas and all that in between. If you can replicate that in your coloring, I’m sure you are already halfway there!

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I used to think it’s not really creating if I have to reference something. Creation has to come from my head, right? NO! WRONG! Many artists study references when they draw and paint. Even the most abstract art style has to base on reality. Reference is so important to artists! So, there is nothing to be ashamed of to look at a reference while creating!

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Second, light source. In the past, I didn’t consider light source at all when I colored. I always started at the bottom with the darkest color and lightly move towards the top. It works most of the time, but it wouldn’t work for realism. Once I started to identify the light source, I actually can easily map out the darkest areas and the highlights, making it super easy to color each petal. Take this flower as an example. It’s from Altenew’s Beautiful Day Stamp Set. My light source is on the top left hand corner, hence the shadow would fall on the bottom right hand side of each petal or fold. You can see that in all of my petals. Try to color each petal a little different too because in nature, they are all different and imperfect, but once you look at them together as a flower, it would look perfect!

After the first round of shading, I would gradually increase the contrast by layering on darker colors until I am happy with the overall image, usually after 3-5 rounds of additional shading. Value is the key. It’s the third important thing. Don’t be afraid to use really dark colors at the darkest places. I know it can be scary! I’ve been there! But now I’m not afraid anymore and I’m using those dark colors more.

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For both images, I have stamped them onto Strathmore Drawing Paper with Versafine Smokey Gray ink and colored with Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils. I have the 36 color set. I like experimenting shadowing with colored pencils as I can have full control over the intensity of the shading. If it’s not dark enough, I can simply add on layers and layers as opposed to using markers (may not have the exact shade that I want). I also don’t need to wait between layers as opposed to using watercolors.

I ended up using both of the flowers on two separate cards. Here are some photos. I am loving this new artsy style! All supplies I used are linked at the bottom.

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For my first card with the pink peony flower, I went with a simple ink-blended background with a little texture from embossing paste over a stencil. The focus is still on the flower itself. I finished with a broad sentiment strip and some colored sequins to bring out the colors in the flower.

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For my second card, I went with a darker green background and some vellum clustered leaves to bring out the softness of the flower.

One last thing! Keep in mind that the more shadows you have in your flower, the more serious it will look. So if you want a more airy style, refrain from adding too much shadow.

It’s really not that¬†hard when you follow these three¬†steps when coloring flowers. Try it out and let me know if it works for you!¬†That’s it for today! I hope you understand what I was trying to communicate in this post. Thanks for stopping by and have a good week! ūüôā

Supplies:

  1. Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils 36 Set: Dick Blick
  2. Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  3. Altenew Beautiful Day Die Set: Simon Says Stamp
  4. Altenew Peony Bouquet Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  5. Altenew Peony Bouquet Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Altenew Remember This Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Altenew Evergreen Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Altenew Rouge Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Altenew Frayed Leaf Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. Versafine Smokey Gray Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  11. Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  12. Simon Says Stamp Fog Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp
  13. Vellum Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  14. White Embossing Paste: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow Stencil: Simon Says Stamp
  16. Simon Says Stamp Clustered Leaves Die: Simon Says Stamp
  17. Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die Set: Simon Says Stamp
  18. MFT Die-namics Single Stitch Line Oval Frames: My Favorite Things
  19. Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sparkling Sequin Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  20. Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Clear Droplets: Simon Says Stamp
  21. Pretty Pink Posh Wisteria Blossoms Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  22. Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Rose Gold Sequins: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  23. EK Success Powder Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  24. Versamark Watermark Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  25. Hero Arts Wagner Heat Gun: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  26. Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder: Simon Says Stamp
  27. Ranger Ink Blending Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  28. Ranger Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  29. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  30. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  31. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

Recent Updates

Hi friends! Long time no see! Most of you guys are probably wondering why I was so quiet over the last 3 months… ¬†Just to clarify, I am NOT pregnant haha!! The reason is I started working again. I now work at Nordstrom and my job keeps me busy! I like it a lot but it also means I only have free time on the weekend. In addition to crafting, I also need time to eat, meet friends, exercise and spend time with my family! I wonder how you all can do¬†it all! Some said it is time management. Well… maybe I suck at it now, but I hope I will get better! Please leave me some advice if you have any!

For those of you who asked, thank you so much for worrying about me and missing my cards! I will find time to create soon! Xoxo crafty hugs! ūüôā

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

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Merry Christmas crafty friends! I am so happy to celebrate Christmas this year with¬†Taheerah’s Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

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Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‚Äėhop with a twist‚Äô was dreamed up by¬†Taheerah Atchia¬†and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you‚Äôll never know where you‚Äôre going to be visiting next until you ‚Äėopen the door‚Äô!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!! Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

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Today is the glorious Christmas day, when Jesus was born and presents are opened. The happy spirit of the day inspired my card today. Here is what I come up with.

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First, I white heat embossed MFT Simply Snowflakes onto a panel of watercolor paper. I have used the MISTI Stamping Tool to get the exact placement that I wanted. Then, I watercolored the panel using my Schmincke Watercolor Palette. I have used Madder Red Dark, Translucent Orange, Translucent Yellow, May Green, Permanent Green Olive and Prussian Blue.

After that, I added in some shadows to make the snowflakes more dimensional. Of course I had to add splatters of colors and Perfect Pearl solution to add even more texture to the piece. I really LOVE water texture!!!

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When the panel was fully dried, I die cut it with SSS Stitched Rectangles Die and then mounted it with foam tape on a SSS Fog card base. The sentiment is from MFT Joyous Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set.

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To finish with a blast, I embellished my card with a lot of¬†Pretty Pink Posh sequins – Holiday Shimmer Mix, Winter Sparkle Mix,¬†Sparkling Clear Mix, Metallic Rose Gold 6mm,¬†Lavender Moon 4mm, Sunshine Glow 4mm, Strawberry Burst 4mm¬†and¬†Ballerina Pink 4mm. I went a little crazy on sequins but it’s Christmas!! It actually sparkles so much more in person!

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Giveaway:

It’s not a party without a prize Рand with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by My Sweet Petunia so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post Рthen head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

That’s it for today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Enjoy your Christmas! I wish you and your family a warm and cozy holiday! BIG HUGS TO YOU!

Supplies:

  1. My Favorite Things Simply Snowflakes Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  2. My Favorite Things Joyous Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  3. MISTI Stamping Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  4. Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die Set: Simon Says Stamp
  5. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Simon Says Stamp Fog Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp
  7. Schmincke Horadam 48 Half Pan Watercolor Set: Blick Art // Amazon
  8. Schmincke Horadam Madder Red Dark: Blick Art // Amazon
  9. Schmincke Horadam Translucent Orange: Blick Art // Amazon
  10. Schmincke Horadam Translucent Yellow: Blick Art // Amazon
  11. Schmincke Horadam May Green: Blick Art // Amazon
  12. Schmincke Horadam Permanent Green Olive: Blick Art // Amazon
  13. Schmincke Horadam Prussian Blue: Blick Art // Amazon
  14. Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Shimmer Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Pretty Pink Posh Winter Sparkle Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sparkling Sequin Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Rose Gold 6mm Sequins: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Pretty Pink Posh Lavender Moon 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  19. Pretty Pink Posh Sunshine Glow 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  20. Pretty Pink Posh Strawberry Burst 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  21. Pretty Pink Posh Ballerina Pink 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  22. Ranger Perfect Pearl Powder: Simon Says Stamp
  23. EK Success Powder Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  24. Versamark Watermark Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  25. Hero Arts White Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  26. Ranger Clear Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  27. Hero Arts Wagner Heat Gun: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  28. Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  29. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  30. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  31. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

Hand Painted Ornaments Card

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Hi friends! Today I have a hand painted holiday card to share with you. I was itching to paint and I wanted to try something relatively easy. I was intimidated to try painting my own ornaments at home because they all have intricate patterns and swirls, maybe next time… LOL

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For my painting, I first used a circle die as a guide and drew¬†in two circles on a piece of Arches Watercolor Paper. Then, I drew in the ornaments’¬†tops. For the painting part, I followed¬†this and this video by Dawn from Wplus9. She is seriously amazing and I love the way she teaches! She makes it really easy to understand.

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I have used a recently¬†acquired watercolor palette from Schmincke and I absolutely fell in love with it. The full name of the palette is Schmincke Horadam 48 Half Pan Watercolor Set. This palette is the most expensive palette¬†I’ve ever bought and my wallet bled when I took the plunge. However, I made a promise to myself that I will seriously work towards my art goal so that “justified” my purchase ¬†ūüôā

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Back to my painting, I first used Sepia Brown for the shadows on the bulbs. Then, I painted in the stripes with a paint brush using Translucent Yellow and Madder Red Dark. I further deepened the shadows to create contrast by mixing these colors with browns and grays. For the background, I have used a wash of Phthalo Green. You can see in the photo that my palette is quite messy with dried paints everywhere, but I think it’s beautiful!! ¬†ūüôā

For the strings, I first drew in a line with a white gel pen, then I drew in a thin line discontinuously using a Copic Multiliner in Sepia. The discontinued lines create the illusion that the strings are shiny. They also add to the delicacy of the painting.

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To give the same organic look on my sentiment die cut, I watercolored it with two separate washes of of Madder Red Dark. Finally, I die cut the whole panel with SSS Stitched Rectangles Die and mounted it on SSS Fog card base with foam tape to finish.

That’s it for today. Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy holidays!

Supplies:

  1. Simon Says Stamp Nested Circle Dies: Simon Says Stamp
  2. Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die Set: Simon Says Stamp
  3. Simon Says Stamp Fog Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp
  4. Arches Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  5. Silver Black Velvet Round Brush Sz 8: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp // Amazon // Blick Art
  6. Schmincke Horadam 48 Half Pan Watercolor Set: Amazon // Blick Art
  7. Schmincke Horadam Sepia Brown: Amazon
  8. Schmincke Horadam Translucent Yellow: Amazon // Blick Art
  9. Schmincke Horadam Madder Red Dark: Amazon // Blick Art
  10. Schmincke Horadam Phthalo Green: Amazon // Blick Art
  11. Copic Multiliner in Sepia: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp // Amazon
  12. Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  13. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  14. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  15. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

 

Pretty Pink Posh – Birdies in Stocking

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Hello friends! Today I am sharing my last card for Pretty Pink Posh this year. I am very into drawing lately so I figured why not combine drawing with stamping?! To start, I picked something relatively easy to draw i.e. Christmas stocking and I stuffed some birdies into it ¬†ūüôā

Here is a close-up of my card. Please head over to the Pretty Pink Posh blog for more details!

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Supplies:

  1. Pretty Pink Posh Birdie Friends Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  2. Pretty Pink Posh Birdie Friends Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  3. My Favorite Things Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  4. Copic Multiliner SP 0.3 Black Ink Marker: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  5. Copic Multiliner SP 0.03 Black Ink Marker: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. EK Success Honey Bee Non-Stick Scissors: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  11. Ranger Ink Blending Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  12. Ranger Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  13. Antique Linen Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  14. Tea Dye Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Ranger Artist Paint Brush Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Gansai Tambi Watercolor 36 Color Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  19. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp