Hi everyone. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. My sinuses started giving me fits yesterday; I think it's because of all the spring trees and flowers blooming right now. It's got my nose tickling constantly which makes me sneeze, and then my nose drains so I'm blowing it all the time which has caused it turn a pretty shade of red and it's sore. Sounds attractive, doesn't it?
A lot of you have asked about my husband and how he's doing. Thanks so much for your concern. He is better, but he's not completely well. He finished his round of antibiotics, and still had stomach pain so the doctor has prescribed another round. Hopefully this round will do it in!
I have a card today that was a lot of fun to do, and I colored it with Copic markers using my new knowledge. I'm going to try to explain my color choices as I show you what I used to color with. First, here's the card
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I used the Squigglefly image The Wheels Are Turning drawn by Chesney Young, and I paired it with the sentiment Why Is Lingerie So Popular. The flourishes in the back ground are some clear Autumn Leaves stamps and they are stamped with black Memento ink.
I sponged around the edge of the oval with red ink, and I sponged the egdes of the flower petals with black ink. The leaves are punched with an EK success punch and the butterfly is from Martha Stewart. It's punched out twice and the top wings and folded up a bit. I didn't use any patterned paper on this card, so it qualifies for the Dare You 2 Digi Stamp challenge.
Okay, now about my coloring. Does it look different from before I took the certification class? First let me tell you that my sister Lynne Stansbery is a professional artist and she has told me several times that I don't do enough contrast in my coloring. When I was in Memphis for the Copic class, Sally Lynn (the instructor) told me I was too timid in my coloring - which I think is the same thing. So, with that being said I tried to apply a little more contrast. I think some of it just personal taste though too.
First of all, the colors I used for the face are these
I started off with the skin and used the E00 and used the YR00 for my next darkest color and the E11 for my very darkest. In most of the skin color blends Marianne Walker recommends on her I Like Markers Blog, the E11 is the second lightest. I just can't go as dark as she does and like the results. I used the R20 for the cheeks and the E04 for her lips. The B24 is her eye color.
For her shirt, I picked these colors
If you look at the copic color wheel you will see that in the reds that have the first number value as 2, there are R20, R21, R22, R24, R27,and R 29. The 20, 21, and 22 were all too pink for my red and black combo, so I went with the next three in line. I started off coloring the entire shirt with R24, then I used a little of the R27 in the places that had shadow and applied a little of the R29 in the places that have the darkest shadow. All of the colors were then blended with the R24.
Her hair was harder because I don't have all of the colors and of the browns I wanted to use I only had these two. E 27 would have been my preferred middle color.
To work around this I colored all of her hair with my lightest color E25, and then to add a little darker in the shadowed areas I picked up some ofthe E29 ink with my E25 pen and used that. The E29 was then used alone on the very darkest parts. You can make a color a shade or two lighter by doing that, or by added a grey - but again I didn't have a dark enough grey for this purpose. You can pick up a darker color with a lighter colored marker by touching the side of it directly to the marker tip, or you can rub your lighter marker tip against the inside of your darker marker cap (which is what I usually do), or you can even scribble some of your markers onto some plastic and use it like a paint palette and pick up color off of that.
Well, I hope that it's helpful to you to see how I'm choosing colors that blend together. Enjoy your Sunday, and do something extra fun to make up for losing that hour! Thanks for looking!