When I saw these colors, I decided I really wanted to try no-line coloring of the Stampin' Up! Good Morning Magnolia flower. Now, no-line scares the heck out of me as you have to add all of the shading and detail by hand and I generally rely on those being included when I stamp normally. However, since taking coloring classes earlier this year (prior to my little accident!), I decided it was time to try to put some of those learnings into practice. I loved the idea of blending the colors from the Just Add Ink challenge into a pink magnolia... I know these particular magnolias are supposed to be white... but :-)
I began by stamping the image onto Neenah Solar White #110 card stock. Not the best card stock for pencils as there is so little tooth... but I didn't think about that until I was half-way through coloring the image :-) I used my new Ink on 3 FadeOut ink. It provides just enough color that you can see the image when you start to color, but it totally disappears and takes on the color of the inks. Pretty amazing.
I used my new Caran D'Ache Luminance pencils. These are my favorite pencils, but they don't come in a lot of colors. Luckily, they do have a dusty rose color, which I thought was perfect to replicate the Rococco Rose. I used a dark green, with various layers of coverage to get shading and light on the leaves. I also added a little of the very dark purple to add a little more dimension to the leaves.
Here's a closeup of the coloring:
Even though the Neenah Solar White has "no tooth", I was surprised by how many layers of color I could actually get onto it.
Normally, I would add a shadow to the image, but I had spent so long coloring this image, that I really didn't want to risk messing it up ... so this time, it goes without any background shadows :-)
Here's my full card - where the front panel was popped up onto a Blackberry Bliss card base.
For some reason, my camera does not do well with purples, and never quite seems to give me the depth of color that is on the real image and I have no idea what I need to do to fix it! However, I think you can see the two colors blended together.
I really do love this image and it is a joy to color. As I said, without the lessons, I would have never tried this out and, I have to admit, I was very nervous about taking it on and wasn't sure it was going to work out. half-way through, I was pretty convinced I was going to throw it out, but remembered one of the things from the lesson..... don't judge a piece until it's finished! I'm glad I did work through it, as I do like the finished card. Still lots of room for improvement, lots of room, but am pleased that I did take on the challenge.
The Flower Challenge is a new challenge to me, but one I hope to join regularly. It's rare that I get time to play with many challenges, and am glad that I was able to play along with the JAI challenge, too. The colors really are so pretty.
I'll be back tomorrow with ANOTHER challenge card I made this weekend! In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
- Stamps: Good Morning Magnolia - Stampin' Up!
- Card stock: Neenah Solar White 110#. Blackberry Bliss - Stampin' Up!
- Inks: Inks on 3 Fade Out. Caran D'Ache Luminance pencils