I have to say that this one threw me for a loop. My color is out of whack this last week due to being sick so I had to use all the little tricks of the trade to get her looking how I wanted.
When creating a card when I don’t have a particular layout in mind, I always fussy cut the image. This allows me the most amount of options for a layout, plus makes it easier to color. 😉 I usually fussy cut using my Silhouette Cameo, but the machine was also whacked out so I ended up fussy cutting (really close!) by hand.
My Copic Choices:
Skin: E000, E21, E13, R20
Hair: E21, E23, E25, E27, E29
Dress: R24, R27, R29, R59
Boa: C5, C7, C9
Pencils used: Carmine Red, Dark Red, Brown
Also: Clear Star Gel Pen & Wink of Stella Clear
Pretty big list there, right. Let’s take a top-down approach. Her hair is such a gorgeous curly that it can be daunting to color. I absolutely suggest breaking it up into sections and don’t over think things! On her front, I used my normal E21, E25, E29 combo with the E21 being a great highlight. However on the ponytail with those luscious curls, I went with E23, E25, E27 and E29. The E23 gave a great highlight, yet it still gives some shadow – afterall it is behind her head. 🙂 The E27 was a life safer for me. It allows E25 and E29 to actually blend smoothly, which is what I wanted. The image already has strands, so I needed a smoother blend to get in all the curves.
On to that gorgeous dress! For some reason my pleats were just not coming out right, so instead of over saturating the image, I decided to leave it be and come back in my pencils. This did two things – smoothed out the shading that I was after and two gave it a softer look, like a soft velour. I’ve used this technique before on my Bridgette in Love card from the beginning of November.
The boa is another area that wasn’t coming out right, so I stopped what I was doing and let it dry completely. I first laid down a rudimentary gradient in my cool greys, let completely dry and then came back in with those same greys and dotted it up. The effect is a great texture and the rudimentary blend isn’t even seen.
My last trick is also appropriate for a Celebration image – bling! I used my clear star gel pen on the boa to create big, gold dots, while my Wink of Stella, which has a finer glitter, would go on the dress.
The bling, a.k.a gel pen also went on the “Smile” chipboard. I didn’t need to color it first either, the base color of the chipboard was just perfect for the gold glitter to really sparkle. I did, however, use my same R29 and R59 to color the offset behind it – just to tie in with the dress.
Sometimes there are a lot of decisions while make a card or in this case just coloring up the image! I hope these tricks might help you in your future coloring endeavours. Don’t give up when an image isn’t coming out right – it is almost always workable. 😀