Sunday, 17 January 2016

We Love 2 Create - Colouring with Pan Pastel

Today is challenge day over on the We Love 2 Create blog, which is all about Pan Pastels and getting lovely and creative with mixed media!
Head over there - you can win Pan Pastels, one of my fave products on the planet.

Today I'm sharing a make I made a while back - now I'd love to say I finished this but the truth is it is still in this same, original state! ie about 15% done!
To explain, this is one of my colouring pages from the Colour Therapy 1 Collection. I sent this off to a specialist printer online and had it printed off as a GIFREAKINGANTIC A1 poster (this only cost me about £13 which I thought was a bargain)...
And then I decided to colour it in with my Pan Pastels. I LOVE the result! The paper is heavy but quite shiny and smooth because it's a poster print - I was a little worried the pastel would just dust right off but it seems to love this paper - so vibrant!

I used my Sofftt Tools to colour this - they're just the right size to get in the details with it being a large piece, and enabled me to get some lovely smooth swishes of colour down nicely...to give you some perspective on the size those leaves are about 5 or 6 inches long and the flowers are about 3 or 4 inches wide LOL...
I'd love to say that there was a whole lot of artisticness gone into this but I must confess I just let the paper and the pastel do the work here really...
What I really adore about pastels is the ability they just seem to have to mix themselves which makes really unique colours...I'm so lazy I dont really worry about colour contamination because you actually CANT contaminate the pans anyway, so I just work away with one or two tools and just let it happen. It seems to give a real depth to your colour when you work this way. I think where many amateur crafters often go wrong is they dont have the confidence to add enough black, where an artist can instinctively recognise that the more light and shade there is the more depth you can achieve...
This poster is so huge I really want it to go on my Living Room wall but I do need to find time to work on it some more yet. If I had space I'd mount it on the wall and have it as a WIP and work on it every time I passed but that is never gonna happen in this shoebox of a house!

Anyways, make sure you head over and join in the blog - anyone can enter and you could win some pan pastels!

See ya soon! xx

Saturday, 16 January 2016

K = Kraft/Black with Lyra Rembrandt Polycolour pencils

Today it's a new challenge over on the Lyra Rembrandt Polycolour blog - havent picked up my pencils since before Christmas so this was a challenge to restart the colouring this week!

We have lovely prizes so get over there and join in - what are you waiting for? go on!

This image called HERE WITH ME from our sponsor on the blog is completely stunning, I love it! I decided that the image was such a standout piece I didnt really want to overdo it and wanted to just add tone to really emphasise the beauty of the artwork, so I literally just coloured this with a Black pencil. Yes, Black only, then I blended it with the Light Grey - you know that awful really light dirty grey you thought wasnt useful?  I use it all the time for blending where I want to add just a touch of colour, it's great for blending into white. Finally I just used Dark Sepia in some strategic points - hair and skin and just the tiniest flick was all that was needed....



See you soon! xx

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Winter Blues with Graph'It

Time for a new challenge over at Graph'It this week and the theme was Winter Blues with 2 colour palettes for the DT to choose from.

I love East Wind images, the sponsor this week and when I saw this one called Blow Kiss Lucy Loo (get it here) I immediately wanted to do her in really ice tones so the perfect combo was the one above on the left for me...
Colours: Skin - 4120, 7210
Red 5240
Blues: 7220 with 7110 over top to make it muted for the mid teal colour
Dark blues: 7195, 7185, 7180, 7165, 7220, 7240
9400 grey

So pop over to the challenge and join in - there are 3 sets of prizes up for grabs and lots of time to enter!