Friday, November 23, 2012

Robert Jackson Digi Challenge - 2nd Entry

So short and sweet -- hopefully helpful -- didn't think I would get this one done, but I did.   It's Dionne Warwick.  I used Promarkers and Copics.  After coloring her face and hair, I didn't want to practice on a fur technique (which I think is what she usually wears) and take the chance of messing it up, so I used glitter on the collar. 

One other thing...I have been buying the fine tips for all of my Promarkers. 

Can you see how close you can get in those tiny spots!  There's a little overflow, but I pushed it back with the blender pen.  You can see on the top one that I was able to keep the four earrings looking like four earrings rather than a blob.  Of course you may not have that problem. 

The fine tips are not very expensive.  These are metal tips,  not nibs.  You get three in a pack for about less about $2.38.  I've been buying 10 a month until I get them all done.  I love using them, and you only have to pop them off when you need a regular tip, and pop them right back on, no need for nibs and tweezers.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Robert Jackson Digi Challenge - Black Girls Rock

My latest challenge entry.  I happened to catch this program called "Black Girls Rock" about a week or so ago.  Some of the ladies featured I recognized, some not.  It was very interesting and inspiring to see the accomplishments of these women.   I was particularly impressed by Janelle Monae so I chose her image to color.  I used Promarkers and Copics.

There are several more of these digis available on Robert Jackson's website.  If you want to participate in the challenge you can head over to Scraps of Color for details.

If you'd like to get the digis for coloring or because black history month  (February) will be here before you know it, go here:

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Framing and Chilling

I've been trying to get my Cricut to work with me and get some Fancy Frames cut out.  The ones that cut are way too big around and in the opening.  So I've got to fiddle around to get them the way I'd like them to be.  I only want the entire frame to be 5x7 including any decorating or trimming.  So far this one is the best, but it's way too big for my purpose, 8x10.  It's a nice frame and mat, so I'll be keeping it and using it.  There's literally no instructions with this cartridge, just choose the height of your picture.  Most of my pics are 4x6.  With these instructions, I get an 8x10 frame and a 4x6 opening.  I'm trying real dial size and relative dial size.  If any of you have any tips on using the Fancy Frames cartridge, please share.  I'm doing trial and error now.  TIA

This is my entry for this week's Creative Freebie Challenge over at Outlawz. 

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Robert Jackson "Anything Goes" Challenge Entry

Just posting my entry.  One of several pieces I've been working on. 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Erasing the Shine

Hi, guys, 
Thought I'd take a minute to post.  In an earlier post, I mentioned that you could eliminate the shine you get with copic marker buildup with an eraser.  I'm all about learning how to clear up oopsies.  I chose a white eraser, but a clean pencil eraser will work, too.   Here are some pics. 
Strong (Bright) Light
Low Light
Please notice that only the shine is erased, not the color.  The color remains the same.  HTH (Hope that helps).

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Creative Freebie Challenge Entry

This is my entry this week in the Outlawz Creative Freebie Challenge.   Tried to apply some of the things I've been learning from my new book.  I used Copic Markers for this one.

 That hair took a lot of time.  (Doesn't it always.) 
So much coloring fun.
In the bottom one, top right-hand corner, you can see the shiny buildup from the markers.  I used E99.
This sometimes happens with the darker, deeper more saturated colors.  I was able to use an eraser to remove the shine.  And go over again with the darkest color afterwards.   Great tip. 

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Freebie @ Dearie Dolls and a Coloring

I've got two images to post today.  The first is one by Dearie Dolls.  Dearie Dolls is new on the freebie digi scene, but I've got probably 50 of her digis.  She's very generous with them.  They are cute, fun-to-color images and covers a wide range of subjects.  You're sure to find something tempting to color.

 Photographed a little dark.  Light source for the image was the sun in front and up.

Tried to put texture in the scarf.  Wanted warm and fluffy.   Attempted to use BV23 for shadows.  Didn't work too well.  Lots more practice needed to get comfortable with this technique.

Poor Snowman!

Of course there will be more Dearie Dolls colorings.  In the meantime, why not stop over and see what she's got.  You can even go back and get the older ones.

 This one is from Bing. 

Bing has lots of free digis.  But there's a problem.  It's not always easy to see who created the image so that you can credit them.  For instance,  this image was created by Marianne Walker, but I only know that from the small printing on the image.  So please take an extra step and try to identify the creator of an image.  Sometimes you can recognize a person's work.  Even then you've got to check it.  I'll see an image that I think is Saturated Canary's only to find it's somebody else.  Since the images are made available without charge, why not  take that extra step to find the creator of the image to credit.

The coloring on her is pretty good.  I tried a new combination for blonde hair.  I have such a problem with blond hair.  This one may have worked had I not mixed up my markers and put on the wrong caps.  I used my mid color as the lightest color, and it all ended up a yucky mess.  Tried to "fix" it.  (You know me.  Always trying to fix oopsies.) LOL  If you look closely you can see only two shades in her hair, the dark and the medium, maybe a tiny little light on the very tips. 

On goes my Copic journey.  I'm so glad you all are here to share it with me.  I got new Promarkers this week, so I'll be playing with those this weekend.  My 7-year-old crafting buddy will be visiting, so I have to put away my Copics.  She likes to color with whatever I'm coloring with, and I'm just not having it with my Copics.  :)  So we'll be doing Martha Stewart and Bic Mark-It markers. :)
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