I am sharing a step-by-step tutorial for creating folds in dresses. I really do think it creates a fantastic effect, instead of having a flat colored image.
I have used the ‘Belle of the Ball’ stamp from Crafter’s Companion. The folds on her dress are created with JG1, GT3 , GT2, and GT1. I then used just a little touch of the blender pen to highlight.
Here is the step by step process I used to color this image:
1. First use the lightest color, GT1, to define where the folds will be. The image already has a guide where they may be but you can add a few of your own if you wish and or extend them.
2. Then if you are happy with these go over with the darkest color JG1.
3. Using the mid tone GT3, start next to the darkest tone and color more of the white card in. Leave white on your image though as this will create the highlight.
4. Then with GT2 color next to GT3, all the time moving more into the dress area.
5. Then repeat the process with GT1 going over your original lines.
6. Color next to this with GT3.
7. Then again next to this with GT1. The aim is to create layers of color that will build up the intensity each time.
8. Back to the darkest color again.
9. Then the mid tone:
10. Then GT1:
11. And next, JG1 again:
12. And then, a bit of GT3:
13. Then color over the white space with GT1 and this will leave the highlights.
14. To complete I have used the blender pen very sparingly to highlight the white areas slightly and then to finish I have used added depth over the darker areas with JG1.
15. Then color the hair and rest of the image as you wish. I’ve listed the rest of my colors used below.
The full list of colors used are:
Dress & Gloves; JG1, GT3, GT1, Blender, GB1, LY3, LY1
Hair: TN3, TN4, TN8, GB10, EB3, EB4, DR7, IG7, Black
Tiara, Earrings and Pearls: GB1 & GB3
Fan: GB1, LY3, LY1
Face: FS2, FS3, FS9, TN2, CR3, CR4