This is a special post from one of the very talented Accredited Colorists, Hazel Thompson. You can see her lovely work on her blog.
Have you taken a look at the Accreditation Program yet? It is free, and available to everyone!
I love taking an image and then adding the colors to make it come alive. I adore using my Spectrum Noir pens and am proud to have become an Accredited Colorist in October.
My tutorial is about how to color “stripey” clothes.
This is the way I do it and I hope it helps you with your coloring. I like to make the clothes look like they are actually fabric and not just an image on paper.
I printed out a digital image from Rick St. Dennis Called Euro Clown Troupe onto Neenah Solar White Cardstock from Crafter’s Companion. I find this the best cardstock for blending.
I first color the lightest red area using the color DR3. I leave a small gap white for my lightest area.
I now color the second red colour. I have chosen to use DR6.
I color partway across the first red so they are blended.
I now use the DR7 pen and only use a small amount of it for the edges. This is my darkest area on the outfit.
I now go back to my DR3 and blend all of the above coloring in and colour over the white area I did not do to begin with. I repeat the process again.
Because the ink is wet now the blending is much easier.
I leave my ink to dry now as an extra precaution against bleeding into other colors. This only usually takes about 5 – 10 minutes.
Next I have colored the “White” area in the same style with Ice Grey pens.
Starting with IG1 again leaving a small gap for the whitest area to be highlighted.
I then use IG2 coloring partway over the lightest grey. Next again the darkest colour for the edges – IG3.
I colored over the whole area in IG1 to blend it in. I repeated the process so the colors are blended well together.
Finally I did the other little fellows.
The other Spectrum Noir Pens I used were:
Skin: FS1, FS4 and CR3
Boots and Frills: DG1 and CG2
Balloon: DG1, CG2, and CG3
My papers were all free in the Crafter’s Inspiration Magazine, available from Crafter’s Companion.
I hope I have inspired you to get playing with your pens and stamps!
And a litte about me:
I’m Hazel Thomson (Didos in Blogland), a mum of two boys from the East Coast of Scotland. I have crafted in one way or another all my life. I seriously took up cardmaking about six years ago and love it. I enjoy all aspects of cardmaking but my favourite is coloring.