Coloring Fair Skin Part Two

This is the second part of the coloring Fair Skin and Hair tutorial.

Part 1 of this tutorial can be found HERE.

Coloring Red Hair Tutorial

In coloring red hair we will be using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers TN7 TN6 and OR1.

Start by applying the darkest color, TN7 in the shadow areas of the hair.  Once all the shadows are drawn in, add a few small flicks of color further into the hair area.

The more of this color you add, the darker the final hair color will be. In order to get a lighter red I used very little of the TN7.

Next add in some of the TN6. Follow the same flicking motion as in the previous step, leaving spaces between the flicks for the next color.

Finish the hair with OR1. Use the same flicking motion as before, filling in the leftover white space. Also try to the keep some space between the “flicks” to allow the color variation to show.

After finishing with OR1,  go back with the Tn7 and darken up the shadow areas if needed.

Other Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers used on this project:  FS9 FS4 FS2 TN1 CR2 TN2 GG2 GG1 BT5 BT4 BT2 GB9 GB7 GB4 DG2 CG1 LG2

 

Coloring Fair Skin

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This tutorial will share how to color fair skin with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

For this example the following markers are: FS9, FS4, FS2, TN1, CR2, and TN2.

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The first step is to add in the shadow details with the darkest marker in the blend, FS9. The shadows will be around the sides of the face, under the hair, under the chin, on the outer edges of the neck and around her necklace.

At this point you can also draw in a nose if you’d like.

I’m coloring this as if the light source was to the right so the shadows will extend further on her left side since it farther away from the light source.

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Next take the FS4 and slightly overlap the previous color to get a smooth blend.

Extend the FS2 a little further out from the shadow areas but be sure to leave some white space for the lighter colors.

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Now add the FS2 just slightly overlapping where the FS4 ended and blending even further out from the shadows.

Repeat the step above with TN1, but this time extend the color over the rest of the face.

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Add some blush to the cheeks with CR2.

Start at the outer edge of the face and lightly extend it over the cheek area.

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Lightly blend the CR2 out with the TN1 until you are happy with the amount of blush on her cheeks.

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Repeat the FS9, FS4, FS2, TN1 blend on the rest of the skin areas. You can go back in and deepen any shadow areas that have blended out too much during the first coloring.

To add the freckles I just made tiny dots on the cheeks and around the necklace with TN2.

Stay tuned for part two of this tutorial, all about coloring red hair!

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Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjancic

Skin: FS9, FS4, FS2, TN1, CR2, TN2
Hair: TN7, TN6, OR1
Jewelry: GB9, GB7, GB4, Clear Sparkle Pen
Shirt: BT5, BT4, BT2
Eyes: DG2, CG1, LG2
Background: GG2, GG1, Blender Pen

Creating an Ombre Sequin Look

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This video tutorial will show you how to get a sequin look with an ombre color pattern. Not familiar with the idea of an ombre pattern? It means “the gradual blending of one color to another” and usually moves from light tints to dark.

Check it out in this video:

Spectrum Noir alcohol markers used in this project:

Skin: FS9, FS5, FS2, FS1, CR2, CR1
Hair: EB8, EB6, EB3
Reds: DR6, DR5, DR3
Dress: IG8, IG7, IG6, IG4, IG2, IG1
Balloons: GG4, GG3, GG2, GG1, Blender
Crystal Clear Sparkle Pen

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Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjancic

Creating Faux Enamel Embellishments

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This tutorial will show you how to make shimmering faux enamel embellishments to add to your projects.

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I’ll be using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers BO1, BO2, BO3, YG3, and YG2 along with the Crystal Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.

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After I colored the image in completely, I went over the whole thing with the Sparkle Pen. I was pretty generous with the amount of sparkle I added here.

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I left this to dry before I went on to the next step.

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I coated the entire image with Glossy Accents and let it dry overnight.

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The shine of the Glossy Accents make the shimmer even more visible and gives the flowers the look of an enamel embellishment.

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Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjancic

Coloring Light Blonde Hair

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Hair color combinations are one of the most popular tutorial requests we get here at Spectrum Noir! Did you know we have a whole section on the site dedicated to coloring hair with markers and/or colored pencils (see it here) and a downloadable hair chart featuring our alcohol markers you can grab for free as well (get it here).

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This tutorial will feature coloring light blonde hair with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers TN2, GB2 and TN1.

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The first step is to add the darkest color, TN2, in the shadowed areas of the hair.

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After all the shadowed areas are finished, add some tiny flicks extending from the shadows toward the highlight area.

Using less of this color will leave a lighter color, if you want the hair to be slightly darker, just add a little more of this color.

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Repeat this step with GB2 extending a little further into the highlight area.

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Repeat the above step one more time with the lightest color TN1 extending the rest of the way into the highlight area. If you fell you’ve lost some of the depth in the shadow areas you can go back in and add a little more TN2 in those areas.

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Other Spectrum Noir Markers Used: BT3 BT2 BT1 CR2
Image by Bugaboo Stamps, printed and colored on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock.

Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjancic

Coloring Mummy Wraps and Simple 3D Decoupage Tutorial

In this tutorial I will be showing you how to color the wraps on a Mummy with the EB markers and the Blender Pen. I will also show you a quick and simple way to add 3D decoupage elements to your projects to add just a little dimension.

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Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers used:
Owl: EB7 TN7 TN5 TN3 TN2  Beak: Tn6 GB5
Wraps: EB2 EB1 Blender
Owl image is by Kitty Bee Designs.

Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjancic

Flamingo Coloring Tutorial

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This tutorial I will show you how to color a flamingo with a bit of realistic feather texture with the Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.

For the flamingo I will be using markers DR6, CR11, CR8, CR7, CR5, CR3, CR2, GG5, GG4 & GG1.

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To color the legs, add some GG5 in the darkest shadowed areas. Next add in some GG4, extending the color a little further out.

Repeat with the GG1 extending out even further to cover the rest of the leg area.

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For the flamingo body I will be using mostly the CR family of markers, but am adding just a tiny bit of DR6 to really deepen the shadowed ares.

Using very small flicks add some DR6 to the ares with the darkest shadows- under the scarf, in the folds of the wing, around the bottom of the belly.

Use this color sparingly, you can always go back in and add more, but you don’t want the flamingo to look red when it’s finished.

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Next I came in with the CR11, again using very small flicks. Only add this color in the shadowed areas, extending just slightly further than the DR6.

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I repeated the steps as above with the CR8 and also added some color into the shadows and folds of the tail feathers to start building up some dimension there as well.

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The next color I added was the CR7. This color is quite a bit lighter and will start giving the flamingo the pink color.

Using the same flicking motion I added in the CR7, extending much further than the previous colors.

Repeat this step with the CR5 and CR3 extending each color further into the white area.
After you’ve gone through all the colors,  you can go back and darker up some of the DR6 and CR11 shadow areas to give them even more depth.

The image used on this card is by From the Heart Stamps. Additional Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers used are EB3, EB2, EB1.

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Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjancic

Coloring Bricks With AquaBlend Pencils

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This tutorial will show you how to color bricks with the Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils (Clay, Charcoal Brown and Black Umber).

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For the first step we’ll be using the Clay pencil. First you’ll add just a little color to the left side of one brick.

Using a small paintbrush dipped in water spread the color across the rest of the brick.

You will only need a small amount of water. A little goes a long way here.

Repeat this step for the rest of the bricks. You can vary the amount of color you put down in each brick to give it a more natural look.

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Next we’ll use the Charcoal Brown to add a little more depth and detail to the bricks.

Add a smaller amount of this color to the left corner and use the brush to spread it across the brick.

You can vary how far out you spread this color and add some random lines and additional spots of this color to make it look like there are cracks and bumps in the bricks.

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Last we’ll go in with the Black Umber and repeat the same step as above.

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On this image I decided to lightly hand-draw in more bricks to fill in the background, but this step would be optional.

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Additional Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils used on this card : Ebony, Brunette, Apricot, Coral, Wheat, Wild Orchid, Damson, Iron Grey, Midnight, and Blue Cypress.

I also used the Clear Sparkle Pen on the flowers. The image is Bernadette Girl by Unity Stamp Company.

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Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjanic

Coloring Baby Skin With Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils

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In this video tutorial I will show a quick and simple way to color baby skin with the Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils.

To color the skin I used the Coral and Soft Red AquaBlend Pencils.

For the rest of the image I used Charcoal Brown, Ruby, Fossil Grey, Aegean Blue and Deep Blue. I also used the Clear Sparkle Pen on the Bunny after I colored it with the Pencils.

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Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjanic

Coloring Blue-Gray Hair

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This tutorial will show you how to color blue/gray hair. I will be using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers in the following colors:

BGR1, BGR3, BGR5
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IG1, IG3, IG7

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The image featured in this tutorial is “Grand Couple” by Some Odd Girl.  

Color in just the shadowed areas on the gentleman’s hair with IG7 (using very small flicking motions).

Tip: use very little of this color if you want the hair to be more gray than black.

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Repeat the same step as above with IG3 and extend the flicks a little further into the highlight section.  

Do the same thing again with IG1 and this time extend it all the way through the highlight area of his hair.

Leave some small bits of white between the flicks of the IG1 if you want the hair to look even lighter or shinier.

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Using the BGR5 color in the shadowed area of the lady’s hair with the same flicking motion used before.

Her hair is a little longer so the flicks are a little longer. Again just a little bit of this dark color is used so that her hair appears more gray than black.

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Add TB2 using the same flicking motion. Extend it from the shadowed area all the way through the highlight, leaving just a few small bits of white paper showing through.

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Add in BGR3, flicking toward the highlighted area and extending them a little further than the BGR5.  

Repeat this step once more with BGR1.

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You may see that some of the darker shadowed areas have been a little diluted by the other markers. If you want to darken them up again, just repeat the first step with BGR5.

You can use the same technique to color in the eyebrows as well.

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Since gray hairs often have an almost silver shine to them I added just a tiny bit of Clear Sparkle Pen to her hair just to give it that little bit of shimmer!

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Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers used on this card:
FS2, FS4, FS9, TN4
BGR5, BGR3, BGR1, TB2, IG7, IG5, IG3, IG1
CR7, DR7, DR6, PP5, PP4, PP2
DG3, CG4, CG2, LG5
GB6, GB4, CT2, TN7, GB10, GB8, EB2
Clear Sparkle Pen

Tutorial Credit: Mari Kocjanic