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Creating Kindness Design Team Blog Hop October – Colouring

Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set is magnificent for colouring.

Creating kindness Design Team

Welcome to the Creating Kindness Design Team Blog Hop for October. My name is Cheryll Miller, and I am so delighted to hop with this fabulous group of artists each month. The theme of the hop this month is “Colouring”, colouring of any sort, using alcohol markers, watercolouring or pencils.  Our guest designer this month is the fabulous Cathy Caines. Her blog is In The Cat Cave. Cathy is a creative genius, be sure to check out her blog!

Watercolour Pencils

Today I am colouring with Watercolour Pencils. I realised I haven’t pulled my pencils out for ages, and the very large Magnolia Image from the “Good Morning Magnolia” stamp set just cries out to be coloured.

Good Morning Magnolia Coloured with Watercolour Pencils

I didn’t do a video, and sometimes you do need to see the step by step with colouring, so I have done a series of pics showing the process. I must apologise for the quality of the images. I promise there WAS NOT big yellow streaks across my paper! Some strobing with my lights!

And warning, this is the longest post ever, with lots of pics!! If you just want to get to the rest of the hop, then I will put the hop participants listing here as well as at the bottom of the page.

Blog Hop Participants

  1. Cathy Caines – Guest
    Designer – Canada
  2. Charlet Mallett
    – USA
  3. Tanya Boser
    – USA
  4. Lou
    Kitzelman
    – Australia
  5. Jenny Hall
    – USA
  6. Paula Dobson
    – New Zealand
  7. Marcy Denning – Canada
  8. Cheryll
    Miller
    – Australia
  9. Danielle
    Bennenk
    – Netherlands
  10. Jay Soriano – UK
  11. Sandi MacIver – Canada

Good Morning Magnolia

I started out by white embossing the large magnolia image from Good Morning Magnolia onto a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper. It is a larger piece than I will need, I will trim it down later. I did use my Stamparatus and stamped two layers of Versamark before white heat embossing, just to be sure the Watercolour Paper took the image really well.

Good Morning Magnolia Embossed

Next step is to colour each petal with Watercolour Pencil. I chose Flirty Flamingo for the first layer, working from the inside of each petal towards the outside edge. No need to be super neat, you are just applying some colour, which is a good thing because it is just a tad tricky to see where the edges of the image are!

Good Morning Magnolia Layer 1

Next up I added some Melon Mambo pencil over the top of the Flirty Flamingo pencil, more towards the centre of the petals.

Good Morning Magnolia Melon Mambo Colouring

The leaves are coloured in the same manner. I used Granny Apple Green as the first layer and Garden Green as the darker shading.

Good Morning Magnolia Colour Leaves Green

I coloured the centre of the flower with Daffodil Delight, the stem with Crushed Curry and the whole background area with Daffodil Delight. And now it is starting to look a little bit more flower-like, a crazy, pop art flower maybe, but definitely more flower-like!

Good Morning Magnolia Colour Background

Now comes the fun part, activating the watercolour pencil by applying water with an Aqua Painter or a watercolour brush. The lines of the flower will start to appear as the Embossing Powder resists the ink. Try to work the colour right to the edges of the petals.

Good Morning Magnolia Watercolouring the Flower

Colour up the leaves, centre of flower and the branchy bit in the same way, don’t stress too much if you “go outside the lines” … it just makes it look more “painterly” … well that is my excuse and I am sticking to it!

Good Morning Magnolia Colour the rest of the Image

Then watercolour the whole Daffodil Delight background, taking the colour up to and even slightly over the outline of the image to define the outer white embossed edge. And I am still not stressing about those bits where I have coloured outside the lines. It is a flower with Chakras!

Watercolour the Background

Once you have watercoloured the whole piece, it is time to add some shading. If you coloured directly onto the image with the watercolour pencils, because the paper is wet it will make harsh lines. One way to add more colour is to pick up the colour from the tip of the pencil with the Aquapainter or paintbrush and apply onto the image from there. If you are squeamish about picking up the colour directly from the pencil, you can also scribble some colour onto scrap paper and pick the colour up from there.
Here I am adding some Rich Razzleberry to give the centre of the flower depth.

Good Morning Magnolia Adding shading with Rich Razzleberry

This next step can be a little scary, but believe me, it is well worth it. Add a shadow around the flower with Basic Grey pencil, again picking the colour up from the pencil itself or from a scribbled patch of colour on scrap paper. Add a little bit of colour right at the edge of the image and then blend it out into the background. This helps define the outline of the image and makes it pop off the page.

Good Morning Magnolia ..
Adding Grey Shadow

And here is the finished flower and the shadow all around.

Good Morning Magnolia Watercoloured

And then, for better or for worse, I added some splatter by flicking my Aqua Painter across the point of the pencil. I used Crushed Curry and did try to avoid the flower. I did get some splatter on the leaves, which I just blended in so it wasn’t so stark.

Adding Splatter

Step away from the (watercolour pencil) buffet …

It was at this point that I stepped away from the buffet of watercolour pencils and dried the image with a heat tool. The embossing may “sink” flatter into the watercolour paper but that’s okay, it has served its purpose and the white outline remains.
Once dry, I did polish the image with a soft cloth to remove any colour that might remain on the white outline, which makes it pop just that little bit more.

There is not much else you need to do to this lovely image to make a card. I cut the panel to size, matted it with white card, and framed it onto a Basic Grey folded card. The addition of the greeting “Thanks” was all that was needed.

And here is the listing of fabulous paper artists participating in the blog hop this month. Be sure to hop right through all the participants for a bunch of really great ideas on using your Ink Refills.

Blog Hop Participants

  1. Cathy Caines – Guest
    Designer – Canada
  2. Charlet Mallett
    – USA
  3. Tanya Boser
    – USA
  4. Lou
    Kitzelman
    – Australia
  5. Jenny Hall
    – USA
  6. Paula Dobson
    – New Zealand
  7. Marcy Denning – Canada
  8. Cheryll
    Miller
    – Australia
  9. Danielle
    Bennenk
    – Netherlands
  10. Jay Soriano – UK
  11. Sandi MacIver – Canada

Some of the team members have prepared videos for you …. here is the video hop list:

Video Hop Participant List:
1. Cathy Caines – https://youtu.be/3r6WxiwV_YM
2. Tanya Boser – https://youtu.be/SsmE4fnIACE
3. Lou Kitzelman – https://youtu.be/W4FyT8FE8d4
4. Jenny Hall – https://youtu.be/HL_O6DrOcyI
5. Paula Dobson – https://youtu.be/QpO7GGEzZvM
6. Marcy Denning – https://youtu.be/0LBv5GNJHyQ

xxxx
Cheryll