Monday, September 22, 2014

Online Copics Class Day ONE

I love how the class really just begins with a beginning basic course so you can just practice.

Don't worry about staying in the lines, practice.  I made some booboos with my last two balloon groups.  I think I am getting tired, but I put the shadow where the light should show on the first balloons.  But I didn't give up on shading.  I found some colors I would never have put together, but found they were fine.

The boxes are demonstrations of what only two colors blended together can do.  I wanted the 2nd box to be sharper and it definitely is. I think something between the two boxes in darkness of color would be best.  But it sure was fun coloring!

I am so happy I could actually participate in coloring Day ONE on Day ONE.  Watching the videos several times really helps.  I think this class would be great for anyone.  You can still register at  I can't wait for day rwo.

Gus - No Muss, No Fuss

I think Gus is funny and kooky and just in need of a good joke.  Remember the color wheel?  Well, orange and blue are complements and that's pretty much what I used here.

Complementary Colors: Those colors located opposite each other on a color wheel, as orange and blue.  I love how this dude turned out.  Basic Color Wheel here.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Salted Card - Wet into Wet Technique

Sometimes you need a sympathy card.  The pink watercolor paper behind the notecard was painted with watercolor paint and sprinkled with Salt.  This is another watercolor technique I picked up this month at my watercolor class.  Totally FUN!

I brushed the watercolor paper with clean water, then picked up color with a very wet paintbrush.  I washed the color over the paper, keeping it fairly wet.  I had a choice of Epson salt or Kosher salt.  Kosher salt will make smaller dots on the surface of the paper. I hope you can see the dots in the paper that look like they might have been made with some kind of embossing folder.

The salt sits on the wet watercolor until the paper is dry.  You can just flick the crystals of salt off and voila!  Instant COOL background.  I glued the watercolor paper to the die-cut front of the card and then overlapped the front with a die-cut flower.

Closeup of the Epson Salted background

I am sorry I had to use it so soon after making this.  But it did turn out wonderfully.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Video Game Guy!

I thought this Bugaboo Digital gamer was fun and a bit crazy!  This is the first time I've ever used him.  And I wasn't going for a pink wall, but the color turns out a bit more pink than I thought it would.  Oh well, gamers really don't care about the walls around them.  That monitor is a bit small though.  I'm a gamer from way back and I thought this would be fun!

Have fun every day!
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Technique - Split Complementary:

Technique here is Split Complementary:
I used Red-orange the red orange color at the end of the word "Complementary" (find it on the color wheel and go directly opposite to the blue-green)   Blue and Green which are on each side of Blue-Green.  
Split Complementary Color Wheel  
Split Complementary Color Scheme is made up of three hues. First you choose your main starting color and select the two colors on either side of its Complementary color, which is what I did. 
You can see that no matter where you start, there will always be at least one Tertiary color in your selection. Tertiary colors are blends and will make your resulting palette quite sophisticated with an infinite number of subtle mixtures.  This color scheme is extremely popular with artists and designers.  Lots of other information at Color Wheel Artist.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Watercolor - Wet onto Wet Technique

Wet onto Wet Technique.  Brush your paper with clean water and paint directly onto a solid type of stamp with your watercolors.  Stamp onto your wet watercolor paper.   You may want to add a bit more color, which I did.  Clean your brush and pick up your background color and fill in around your stamped image, careful not to overlap.  Let dry and add whatever background stamp(s) you wish.  I added an open wire stamp to the right and a written background on the left and tied with a raffia tie and mounted on a dark brown note card.
This is such an easy card to make using a watercolor technique.  You would have no idea that the stamp I used is a flower image, well, maybe a little.

Enjoy the watercolor life.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Easy watercolor Wet on Dry Paper technique

I took a class on watercolor techniques at my local stamp shop, The Stamp Art Shoppe, in Roseville, California.  Susan, our teacher, also conducts Copic coloring classes.  She's super and a bit overwhelmed with a son's wedding in the near future.  We just love her.

Here is an easy peasy card because it is easy to make your colors go where you want them to.   Yes, this was no accident.  hehehe  If your paper is dry, your watercolors won't run out of control as much as a wet on wet technique.  Just a tip.  As Susn says, "it is easier to contain the color where you put it".  You put your wet media (watercolors blue and green) on the paper and tilt the paper so you get the drips and runs where you want them.  Now I wanted purple after I had the blue and green on, so that's what I did.  I added the purple, tilted the card and let it run.  I really liked the addition of a third color.  Let it dry and then stamp a large stamp to give it some cohesion and mount.  A ribbon here added some interest.

I didn't get the image stamped well here, but if I didn't tell you, you wouldn't have known it.  The happenstance of art!

I really do like the way this turned out.