Tuesday, August 22, 2017

various ink on a gelli-plate

Hi Everyone, it's Miranda here.

Did you know that you can use your Various Ink on a Gelli-plate? This technique is really easy and fun.

What do you need?
An alcohol based hand sanitiser
A Gelli-plate
Several colours of Various Ink
A Brayer
Derwent Inktense blocks and a small grater

Put a thick layer of the hand sanitiser on your Gelli-plate.

Take three different colours of Various Ink and add a few drops to the hand sanitiser. To blend the colours a litttle more you can move the Gelli-plate a tiny bit around.

Use the grater and a colour of the Derwent Inktense blocks and make some crumbs on the Various Ink. Put a sheet of paper on the gelli-plate and make a print.

 And this is the print you'll get. I really love this grungy background technique and adding some Inktense crumbs really adds some extra depth.

The next  two photographs show you some of the backgrounds I created using this technique.

I decided to use two of the backgrounds in my art journal to create some pages.
I coloured some fabulous images by Vera Lane Studios. In the next photographs I will show you in detail how I have coloured one of the images. The other images are coloured in the same way.

For the skin add a thin layer of E50.

Next use the BV00 for shading.

Add a layer of E00. This will make the cool shadow look a bit warmer.

Then blend all the previous layers together with the E0000.
I might decide later to add some more W1 and BV00 to make the shadows darker, but I normally will do this after I coloured the rest, becaue otherwise you might make them too dark.

Use B04 for the dress. 

For the darker parts add some B09 and B39. Blend all colours together with the B04. 
Use the same colours for the eyes. 

The hair was quite a challenge. It was just one big area. So I started by adding a thin layer of Y13.

Next layer is Y19, a little bit darker. 

Add some YR24  and W1 for more depth. 

For the blood and the scar I used R14, R59 and B39.

And this is the finished page using the Various Ink Gelli-plate background and the Vera Lane images (Alice in Wonderland). 

And this is another page I have created in the same way as the Alice in Wonderland page.

I hope you have enjoyed my post and that is has inspired you to get crafty.

Have a great day.

Miranda x

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mermaid Love

Hello everyone! It's Delphine here today! I hope you like mermaids as much as I do because my card today is about mermaid love! The image I chose is called Mermaid Sparkles by Make it Crafty. 

As always, I coloured the skin first, using E000, 00, 04, 11. I considered the light source was coming from the top left corner of my image.

For the fin, I used an aqua/purple combination - I just love these colours! The aqua colour was done using BG09, 11, 13, 45, 49 and a bit of C7 to add more depth. The purple is my all time favourite combo of V09, 15, 17.

Then I moved to the last part of the image, colouring the leaves in BG72, 75, 78 and a bit of C7 again, the star in Y11 and Y26, and the hair in 100 black, C7, 9 and BV04 for the highlights. I then fussy cut my mermaid. 

Because the mermaid is sitting, I wanted to add something for her to sit on, so I picked a Make it Crafty Scribble Circle Chipboard Frame. I wanted silver and gold for the frame to go well with the blue and used my BV20 Copic to colour it - a grey colour with a bit of violet as in the image. I then used Faber Castell Texture pens to colour the golden stars and the pearl circles. I also covered the whole frame in Star Dust Stickles to have a lot of sparkle - sorry, the photo doesn't show well.

I glued the frame to a piece of Bo Bunny DP, put my mermaid on foam squares to sit on the frame, added a Make it Crafty Heart Chipboard coloured in R37 and did a few "pearl" dots with my texture pen. Here is a close up on the image and summary of all the colours used:

Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, R20
Hair: 100, BV04, C7, 9
Fin: BG09, 11, 13, 45, 49, C7, V09, 15, 17
Leaves and star: BG72, 75, 78, C7, Y11, 26

That's all from me today! Thank you very much for your visit, have a fab day! Hugs,
Delphine xx

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I'm always here for you!

Hello everyone it’s Sandra from Portugal.

What do you think of these two lovely mischievous pandas? Kind of remind me my younger boys: they always get along great when they have an opportunity to misbehave.

The image is a digistamp from The Paper Shelter, called “Team Work”.

I had to colour it and ended up turning it into a friendship card.

I started by outlining the die cut shape I would be using in the end, setting some boundary to the image so I could know where exactly to colour the sky and ground.

I then designed the ground with YG01 (layer for grass) and E43 (layer for soil). 

I used very fine flicks on an upward motion, from earth to sky, from lighter to darker greens allowing some drying time in between to avoid blending: YG03/25/17/67. I finished the grass flicking again all over again with YG03. 

To colour the soil I dotted E81/84/87 and then E44/47 and some E43 all over it to smooth it all a little bit. To colour the sky I layered B0000 three times.

For the bamboo sticks, I picked YG67/25 and 93 (to dull it in the end), with YG91/93 in the junctions. You can see the upper right bamboo piece with just YG67/25, it's so much brighter than the other ones:

And compare it with how it looked like after I toned it down with YG93:

I coloured the leaves  with YG67/25/23 and some YG95 at the leaves tip.

To colour the pandas “white”, I chose W00/0.

I coloured their "black" with N3/5/7/9. I then used R20/21 for the tongue and R20, E93/95 to finish their paws. But I guess YR61 would work great for the paws too, I just figured it out after I did the colouring.

 And finally the tree, with no leaves, was “asking “for a dull brown, so I chose E43/44/47/49.

I die cut the finished work:

And then assembled it onto a kraft card:

Here is a full list of all the markers I used:

Grass: YG01/YG03/25/17/67
Soil: E43/E44/47/81/84/87
Sky: B0000
Bamboo sticks: YG67/25 /91/93
Bamboo leaves: YG67/25/23/95
Pandas: W00/0,  N3/5/7/9 and R20/21 E93/95

Tree: E43/44/47/49

I hope you like it!

Have a great summer!



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Dream catcher

Hi Copic lovers; welcome to Copic Marker Europe Blog.

For my DT inspiration, I made a Dream Catcher for my little one using a Saturated Canary image (....She doesn't sleep soooo good so I tried this Indian Catcher to see if this works.....if not....well it's a pretty hanger no???)  using the "no lines colouring technique" again.

Yes; I love this technique to colour so much. You can check how to do it on this Blog's Tutorials.

This is the finished project, but after that, you've got  step by step pictures on how I coloured her as always.

I started colouring her skin with my favourite combo using E0000, 00, 21, 11, 13 and a bit of R20  for the cheeks.

I drew over the eyes in GREY Copic Multiliner.

For her hair I first mark the darker areas with E18 but I did it BY SECTIONS.

Then E15.

...and I missed a couple of pictures on colouring her hair, but I did the same steps in the long section of her hair.

My final marker to colour her hair is E13 for lightest areas....then repeat steps until you're satisfied and you've got the desired depth of colouring.

Her dress colouring in steps, using YR24, Y21, YR31 and YR30 from darkest to lightest marker.

Then repeat, repeat, repeat these steps to get the desired depth of colouring.

I went a bit pinky for her lips with E04, RV55 and RV52 and I drew over some zones of her hair in SEPIA 0.3 Copic Multiliner.

Finally I coloured the feather in greens using G94, YG63, 61 and BG13

Here is the list of markers I've used:

Skin: E000, 00, 21, 11, 13
Lips: E04, RV55, 52
Hair: E18, 15, 13
Dress: YR24, Y21, YR31, 30
Feather:  G94, YG63, 61, BG13

Hope I've inspired you.
Thanks for getting to the end.
Have a nice day all.
Elena F.