Thunder and Lightning, Very Very Frightening

Debbie P August 2, 2012 8
Thunder and Lightning, Very Very Frightening

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 Last year the Make it Crafty gals set a challenge to colour lighting. Now I have to say it scared me when I read the challenge and I had to think long and hard about HOW to start. As I often tell people drawing is NOT a skill I can lay claim to – LOL. So how to create lightning????? I finally figured out a way so I thought I’d share it here with you.

  Google is my friend – and I’m sure many of you can relate! I started the challenge by googling lightning images and finding  one which I saved to my computer. Print out the picture to the size you want.

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Using some tracing paper trace the lightning – this does NOT have to be accurate – no-one will know where your original picture looked like and it’s just used as a guide. You can orientate the lightning to suit your picture – in the picture I coloured for the original challenge I down-sized the lightning and pointed it upward – see below….

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 You’ll see I finished the lightning off with some yellow in this picture – it has ALWAYS annoyed me that I took this extra step and you’ll see I don’t use it in this version! Now back to our lightning….

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 Transfer the lightning onto your colouring medium – use a soft pencil as you want to erase this line later. I start with the lightest colour to “set the scene”. Make sure you place this as a border around your lightning line as you want to leave the lightning area white.

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 Gradually build out the colour and blend slightly. I find it easier to flick my colour towards the lighter colour as I’m fairly heavy handed and the hard edge where I start will be covered by the next and darker layer.

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 Keep adding your colours and blending lightly as you go. Then go backwards from darkest back to lightest to keep blending and adding definition to your lightning forks.

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 You don’t need to get the the blending completely smooth – but you can see how much better it looks with a little bit of work.

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 When you are happy with the result erase the pencil marks and there you go – lightning! And don’t you agree it looks much better without the yellow?!?!?!

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8 Comments »

  1. sharon August 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    very nice! thanks for sharing… I kind of like the yellow.

  2. Sandra P August 3, 2012 at 1:03 am - Reply

    Hi Debbie! Oh I liked the yellow, but I think it looks good without too! This challenge scared me a little. I have not yet tried it. Thank you for showing us how it can be created! hugs Sandra

  3. Zoe - Make it Crafty August 3, 2012 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Wow – fabulous Debs!! Love this!

  4. franz August 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    This challenge it’s really hard, i think, but you have had a great result i think!

    Thank you for your tips!

    Franz.

  5. ForgottenScraps August 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    This looks fabulous and your tutorial is excellent! It’s brilliant and really breaks it down so it’s not so scary 😀 Love how it turned out and so much better without the yellow, your right! Such a fun creation too!!

  6. Linda Simpson August 19, 2012 at 1:50 am - Reply

    I have never thought of doing lightening on a spooky card before and your tutorial is brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing. I am new to the blog but will be back and have become a follower too.

    Hugs
    Linda UK xxx

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