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Coloring Striped Clothing

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.

8 Comments on “Coloring Striped Clothing”

  • Elaine Burnett November 13th, 2012 1:33 pm

    Fab tutorial Hazel, love that image, super cute xxx

  • Sharon G November 13th, 2012 1:49 pm

    Great tutorial and the close up pictures are really helpful.

    Sharon x

  • Sue B November 13th, 2012 5:06 pm

    Fab tutorial Hazel… wonderful colouring and the photos and instructions are just perfect!!

    Big Hugs
    Sue xx

  • Croms November 13th, 2012 5:45 pm

    Super tutorial with a fabulous image Hazel. Congrats xx

  • Princess November 14th, 2012 9:31 am

    Sure appreciate the steps. I am enjoying my Spectrum Noir markers!

  • SharonP November 14th, 2012 11:51 pm

    Great tutorial , your colouring is fantastic! You have inspired me, I really want to get my accreditation too!

  • Laurie November 15th, 2012 2:27 am

    Fabulous tute, love the idea of leaving the lightest area White until the last coat – learnt something new today rhanks Hazel
    Hugs Laurie xx

  • Aletha Jane November 15th, 2012 3:39 pm

    Great tutorial, Hazel! That is the same way I color hair. You explained it very well, and your photos were excellent. Thanks for sharing. And congratulations on being GD!

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