Saturday, September 29, 2012

I'm sharing the 4th leg of the Girlfriends Relay Challenge at Scraps of Color's Robert Jackson Digi Group Challenge.  Since I was "Thinking Pink", I decided to use my image to bring awareness to breast cancer and its treatments.  The colors should be much brighter.   I need to work on my camera settings and see what I've accidentally changed.

We should be working on the 5th and final leg, but we're not.  This past week we got word from Robert that the death of two of his close family members is imminent.  Having faced the tragic loss of my son, my heart aches for Robert and his family, and we have sent our prayers for the peace of God to be of comfort to them all. 

There's a substitute challenge for this week at SOC.  If you'd like to check it out, here's a link.  Take a look around while you're there.

This second image is by Anne Fenton over at the Outlawz Creative Freebie Challenge.   I surprised them by making a girl.  Still "Thinking Pink."  Like SOC there's lots to see over at The Outlawz.  So here's a link.  

For both of these challenges, you are provided a "free" image to color for the challenge.  I put it in quotation marks because you have to join SOC and/or Outlawz to get the "freebie" image.  To get the next image you have to participate in the previous challenge.   Free?  Hmmmmm.  I'll let you decide. 

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tilda Giggling in my Garden

So how do you like the new look?   I used one of my photos for the new header and included a mugshot :)  I wanted to fix things up for all of you I've gotten to know over the past three years.  I'm so glad you're here.  Your friendly faces are so inspiring.   So I've moved you up where I could see you right off instead of scrolling to the bottom. LOL

I have so many photos I've taken and all kinds of ideas for them that I really need to set aside some time to do something with them.   Some of them are really pretty and would look really good in frames.   Maybe I'll show one here from time to time.

This is Tilda Giggling.   Isn't she the cutest thing with her cozy jammies and socks.  I used copics for her.  Been working on hair coloring.  I used E17, E18, and E19 for her hair.  The color is a reddish brown brunette, really pretty.  

Can you see my highlighting?  Suzanne Dean mentioned that she uses a white Sharpie paint pen for highlighting.  I was just about to order the opaque white paint from Copic, so I bought this instead.  Takes a little getting used to, but it's the best thing I've found yet, even my Signo pen.  They are not very expensive, and you can order them online.

I'll try to remember to name the markers or giving the colors that I used for the posting.   I do write them down.  Since I'm focused on coloring and not projects, giving you the names of colors and what techniques or tools I've used should come easier.   When I use a freebie, I will give you the name of the artist and a link to their website for you to grab it if you want. 

Let me know what you think of my blog's new look.  Good or bad  -- not much I can do about the mugshot :) -- this is a place of learning.  I've gotten better with Copics and I've started using Promarkers, so watch for my oopsies and what I've learned from my experiences.  

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Thursday, September 13, 2012


Can't believe we're just about mid-September already.  Been coloring with my 
Promarkers and coming up with ideas for the upcoming weeks.  Two of my favorite things are coloring and freebies to color.  I love freebies. 

Nowadays I'm not too sure what constitutes a freebie.  There are artists who share their high-quality images totally free.  You don't pay anything, and a lot of them don't even ask you to buy anything.  If you like it, grab it, and use it,  just don't give it away to anybody else; direct them to the artist's site to get it.  And it would be really nice to leave a comment and come back and share your creation with the artist.

If I have to fill in a form with all my vital statistics, then I don't consider that a freebie.  So many folks want you to put the "freebie" in your cart, which means you will have to set up an account with a password and sometimes a mailing address.  Hmmmmmm?  Do I really want it that bad? Usually not.  I pass.

I'm concerned about the future of black and white line drawings being available for coloring.  It's amazing what you can do with technology today, and many folks are using technology to create some amazing papers and images for scrapbooking and card making that are already colored.  Beautiful stuff indeed.  But for me, there's nothing like paper, pencils, crayons, and markers.   Are we about to lose another art to technology? 

As a colorist I want to encourage the few black and white line artists to continue to share with those of us who look forward to their next freebie to color.  When I post an image, I will give the name of and a link to the artist and/or website where I grabbed the freebie.  I use a system to try to make sure I give credit to the right person. 

I used Promarkers to color this image.

Anyhoo, this is a card I made for a challenge over at Scraps of Color, a network showcasing African-American paper crafters.  These challenges have been so much fun.  We're now into week two of a five-part Robert Jackson digi group Girlfriends Challenge.  To get the image for the next week, you must post a project for the current week.   Here's a link for their challenge.

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