Underwater Shipwreck

ForgottenScraps June 11, 2012 28
Underwater Shipwreck
This is Barbara and I’m excited to be here to share some tips on creating sun rays in the water!  With all the new underwater scenes that have been released this is something you’re going to want to try … and despite what the results look like, coloring the water is actually very easy and quick.  This picture-by-picture tutorial uses Underwater Shipwreck and I colored it with Copic markers.  I’ve mainly focused on the water portion but also included a few extra images for the rest.  Remember, any coloring medium will work so grab your favorites in blue, blue-green and green coloring mediums and let’s get started!!  😀

Before you lay down any coloring, figure out where you want your light source to be and place a cup or bottle there so you can have a reference to work with.  Remember to move your light source placeholder if when you rotate your paper!!  LOL  I usually default to my light source to the upper left corner so all my streaks in the ocean will radiate from that area.  They’re not all the same angle either which you can see in the first step below.  Once I set down that first layer, I tried to keep all my strokes in those same directions.  Sometimes I curved a little or went the wrong way – but that’s ok because in the end it will look fine.

Start with … B52

Below add… B93

Blend a little with … B00

Make pronounced streaks with … B52, B93

Now starting at the bottoms of the water use … BG11

Then add … BG15

(I should have made these strokes in the same direction as my sun rays but I just had to do a little more blending to fix it later on.  Plus I could argue that this is the direction the seaweed was growing.  LOL   I could have made the strokes longer if I had went the other direction – however, either way would work in the end result.)

Below add a little … G85

Blend the bottom ocean with and add more coloring in the sand … G00 (That’s G-Zed-Zed, Not “goo” as in goop.  He he he)

Add in Seaweed (YG93, YG97, G85, G82, G40)

Add more color from the bottom up with … G21

Blend that in with … BG11

Use the Blender on the Mast to clear it out a little.

Then in the water add more defined streak from the bottom with … BG72

Blend in the ocean with a little … BG11

Color in the Dolphins (N1-N9)

Dot in texture into the Sand (E51-E59)

Ship (E42-E49, T8) and Ship Window (N3, N4, N8)

(More notes for you… such a shame I colored up all that seaweed as I was rater fond of it.  If you want you can use a darker blue and color the ship in as a silhouette which would look fantastic!  However, I decided to bring out the ship upfront and went with the dark browns – but don’t worry, I’ll add more seaweed in later on.)

Add Algae and more Seaweed with … E81, E84, E87, YG91, YG93, YG95

For the Bubbles, use the Blender marker by resting it on the paper until a nice white circle is created; making big and small one depending on how long you rest the marker on your paper.

Coral (R02, R05, R08, R29 and V12, V15, V17)

Starfish (YR65, YR68, YR09)

Shellfish (BG10, BG01, BG05, BG57)

Fish (FY61, Y06, Y18, BG57, BG09)

Create reflection patterns from the sun with a White Gel Pen and tone down some areas with N1 if they’re too bright.  I did this on the Dolphins so the top part would be the brightest.  I added reflection patterns to the ship and seafloor too to help brighten up the image.  Then use the White Gel Pen to fill in the drawn Bubbles in the image.

One of the best aspects about coloring the underwater scene is it’s OK to get blue everywhere!!  As you could see, I wasn’t too careful on my coloring knowing that I could fix it later or use it to my advantage.  In this case, the little blue all over lends well to a water scene so don’t be too worried about it – just have fun!   As you might have noticed, I had a some blue scribbles at the bottom of the image left over from a previous image which I eventually blended out and moved on.  So see… no worries, just color for fun!  😀  Thanks for dropping in and I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial.

Make it Crafty – Underwater Shipwreck

Colored with Copic Markers

by Barbara (http://ForgottenScraps.blogspot.com)

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  1. Deonna B June 11, 2012 at 8:57 am - Reply

    This is Fantastic!!! What a wonderful scene and colored perfectly. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Carole June 11, 2012 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Brilliant tutorial, Barbara! Love every little touch you’ve used here, but particularly the green upward strokes from the sea floor which look fabulous, and the water reflections and bubbles, they all just make the scene pop.

  3. colleen June 11, 2012 at 11:05 am - Reply

    THUD! This is awesome!!! WOW – I just love the way you colored the water! Thanks for the tutorial.

  4. Trudie June 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Wow…. It may only be 5 o’clock in the morning here but I really want to go and start following this tutorial now!! I know I don’t have all the colours so I will be playing with what I have but I can’t wait. You make it seem so easy!! I love the fact that for this to work properly the colouring itself needs to be fluid and not to pin perfect. This is definatly something I shall be playing with. Thanks so much Barbara. xx

  5. Sara H June 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Oh wow!!!! This is amazing! Super beautiful colouring, I can´t take my eyes of it! Thank you for the tutorial!

  6. franz June 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    FANTASTIC Barbara! Your colouring is from an other world!

    Hugs, Franz.

  7. Gea June 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks very much! This is really helpful. I really want to try this myself now!
    Hugs Gea

  8. Tracy June 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Wonderful! So talented!

  9. Mapowska June 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Wow! That is fantastic!!!!

  10. Paola Levi June 12, 2012 at 2:31 am - Reply

    PHENOMENAL!!! absolutely sublime, i had seen someone else do an underwater coloring scene and have wanted to try this, now after the tutorial i may need a more live approach like a youtube tutorial though. JUST LOVE IT!!

  11. Shazza June 12, 2012 at 3:20 am - Reply

    this is so fantastic!!

  12. Marie June 12, 2012 at 3:47 am - Reply

    Stunning. Really lovely colouring. Looks really fabby.
    Love n hugs

  13. Tracy June 12, 2012 at 5:20 am - Reply

    Pick my jaw up off the floor. Wow Barbara this is just awesome!
    Hugs Tracy x

  14. Embossing Queen June 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tutorial Barbara. I looked at your finished image and thought wow that would be hard to do. I now need to do some stamping and play with colour just to convince myself it is as easy as you make it sound!

  15. Jane June 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    How ever many hours did that take you BamBam, certainly a labour of love!

  16. Maria June 13, 2012 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    I’m in AWE BamBam!!! Hugs, Maria

  17. Julie June 14, 2012 at 2:38 am - Reply

    Outstanding!!!! I have been trying to figure out how to get this effect, and your tutorial is just what I needed!!! Absolutely fabulous!!!

  18. Tammy M. June 15, 2012 at 6:07 am - Reply

    Absolutely stunning! Thank you for showing all of that! WOW!!!

  19. Lora June 17, 2012 at 4:55 am - Reply

    Thanks for the easy coloring directions. It looks great!

  20. Ea Christiansen June 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Oh my God how gourgeous… Love it! I really have to give these rays a try :o)

  21. Norma June 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Fabulous tutorial. I’ve never colour an underwater scene–frankly I wouldn’t know where to start. This is just great. Now I have a guideline. Thanks so much. Appreciate this.

  22. Dona September 8, 2012 at 6:24 am - Reply

    WOW!!!!! Beautiful. Now I have to go and get an underwater image or 2 to try this out. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  23. Gretchen September 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your amazing tutorial. I will have to give this ago. Thanks for sharing.

  24. FiLoMa September 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Thanks for a great tutorial. I really must try your technique, it looks like a lot of fun. Cheers FiLoMa

  25. KRAFTY KAREN November 5, 2012 at 5:14 am - Reply

    Absolutely fabulous honey… I made my first card using this technique just now… smiles… not as good as yours obviously but I’m still very happy with it! :))

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us all.xx

    (p.s. you can find my card here.. )


  26. Leah Crowe November 6, 2012 at 6:17 am - Reply

    WOW WOW WOW.. a friend shared this link with me for underwater scenes.. absolutely fantastic walk through.. I can’t wait to try this sometime. Thank you!

  27. Kraftylittlebox November 11, 2012 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Wow this is completely awesome! Thanks so much for sharing, can’t wait to try this technique, Klair xx

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