Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Feeling Retro!

Hello friends! We have just started with one of our most popular themes at Addicted to Stamps and More, "Make Your Mark": use markers or any other coloring mediums! I used Copics to color in the pretty image from The Paper Nest Dolls, our generous sponsor this week. I thought it would be fun to share with you how I colored the umbrella with a "sliding colors"-look... Remember I'm not a trained Copic user and no expert in any way, this is just FYI and for fun! The paper I used is smooth paper meant for color copying and it's really thin, only 100 g -I have to use it when coloring digis because my laser printer doesn't take any thicker paper- But when I'm hand stamping images for coloring in, I use 200 or 250 g card. Anyways, here we go!
The Copics I used for coloring in the umbrella: 

Y21, R02, YR07

 First I laid down my base color, Y21. It does not have to be perfect. The base coat starts to saturate the paper and helps the blending in next steps.
 After the base coat, I added my medium color which is R02. Can you see how I've flicked the color upwards from the corners? I try to lift the marker in the end with my wrist. 
 I take my Y21 again and start to blend the R02 using those flicking motions. Circular motions can also be used and I probably did use some circular motions with the flicking too -when blending, everybody has own preference I guess! 
 Now I add my darkest color, YR07, to the corners. You can see that all my flicks are not perfect, I didn't lift the marker properly with my wrist in the end. I'll solve it in the next step!
I now blend my YR07 with R02. I use the tip of RO2 to take some ink from the tip of YR07: now, when I blend with my R02 it has little bit of the YR07 in it and that makes mixing those colors is easier. After I've done, I scribble my R02 to a scrap paper to make sure all YR07 is removed from it. Using markers like this should not harm them -or it hasn't harmed my markers anyway!
 Time to blend with Y21 again. You can see that my paper is really wet now. I'll leave it to dry -I can make corrections after it has dried and I see the final result. So...
... Time to do it all again to the right side of the umbrella! All the same steps. :)
 I've now done both sides. There's too much of the yellow in the middle to my taste... I made more flicks with my R02  (from both corners to the direction of the center) and blended it with Y21 to make it more orange and less yellow. The coloring is still wet in this photo, you can see that the result looks a bit different in the final card. After my whole coloring was done, I cleaned the outlines with my blender pen, I had colored over the lines in some spots.

This is not my best coloring work ever (I should have done some more blending in the very center of the umbrella) but I wanted to show you how fun it is to use markers from different color groups and still blend them! I would love to get some feedback and advises! 

I'm off now, please join us at ATSM this week and enjoy the rest of the week, everyone! Thanks for popping by!

I'd like to enter the following challenges: Retro fun Inspiration Photo (colors) Fall All about fall Fall colors


  1. Hi Nonni. This is such an adorable image ... love the colors you've used. Thanks for the lesson on blending colors ... will have to give it a try. Loll xx

  2. What a lovely card, the image is lovely, thank you for joining us at whoopsidaisy challenge.
    Louise x

  3. great tutorial Nonni-one to keep. I love the retro theme.....adorable x

  4. Stunning Nonni, I love the colours used and the image is adorable x

  5. fabulous coloring Nonni!! What a great tutorial. I love the effect of the two color families. Terrific card! Hugs D

  6. A gorgeous card Nonni, love the image you have used. Thanks for playing along at Whoopsi Daisy this week, hope to see you next week. Hugs Christine x

  7. WOW! This is stunning, Nonni. How kind of you to include a tutorial too. Love the effect you achieved her - fabulous!… and thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Great to hear from you.
    xxx Asha
    Sunny Summer Crafts

  8. Gorgeous card, Nonni! Your colouring looks amazing and sweet sentiment too.

  9. What a sweet card! So pretty! Thank you for playing along with the CMC Copic Challenge!
    Danni-CMC DT

  10. This is a darling card and I really liked how you blended the umbrella. Thanks for sharing

    Mary Anne, Great Impressions DT

  11. Hi Nonni, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  12. Fun umbrella tutorial. You did a fabulous job. Thanks for playing along with us at Color Me Creative's Retro Challenge.

  13. Nonni, a very sweet card and i loved your instructions too!

  14. Very cute! Great tutorial. Thanks for joining us at the CMC challenge
    Linda. CMC-DT

  15. Fabulous presentation of this beautifully colored image................. Your design is marvelous and beautifully restrained...............Thanks for playing along at Whoopsi Daisy this week, hope to see you next week.

    (Whoopsi Daisy DT)

  16. Hi Nonni. Great colouring of this sweet image. Thanks for the tutorial. Love your warm autumn colours. Fab card. Have a great weekend. hugs Monika xxx

  17. A lovely card and fab colouring. Thank you for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy this week


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