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Paper Piecing and Coloring

I would like to show you a combination of two of my favorite techniques – coloring and paper piecing.

If you are new to “paper piecing”, the first thing you have to do is to select a proper image. There must be big parts like clothes that are easy to cut out and are not overlapped by hands, hair or something else.  In this Saturated Canary image the dress and boots are perfect.

We will start by printing the whole image on the white coloring paper and then the selected regions on two different patterned papers. If you are stamping, just stamp on card stock and then on patterned paper.

I chose dark turquoise and ochre to be my main colors. We start with coloring the face, the hair and the other parts of the clothes that are not going to be covered by the paper pieces. (The colors are listed on the image below).

The next thing we have to do is to add some shades and dimension to the printed clothes. You have to have in mind that the different designer papers soak the marker’s ink differently; it’s good to try it on an unused piece like I did.

Trying out the colors is very important because the original hue of the paper combined with the marker’s ink usually changes/darkens the color.  As you can see on the white coloring paper I did the shades on the pants with BGR4 and BGR5, but on the blue paper I used lighter hues – BGR1 and BGR2.

When I’m ready with the shades I use the blender pen to gently smudge the outer edges of the colored regions into the uncolored designer paper.


Then it’s time to carefully cut out the clothes and to try them on.

Most of the work is done but you can see on the image how on the outer rims of the cut out parts the white core of the paper is unpleasantly visible. The final step is to CAREFULLY go around those parts with a black pen.

Then adhere the blouse and the boot-tops and your perfect autumn fashion model is ready. (Here, because the image is with simple outlines, I cut it all out and paste it on a different background.)

I hope you give this fun technique a try soon!

11 Comments on “Paper Piecing and Coloring”

  • Tricia November 22nd, 2013 3:52 pm

    That was awsesome
    Thank you for showing
    I thought you did it all by color
    You are very talented
    Love it!!!!

  • Irene November 22nd, 2013 3:58 pm

    This is an awesome technique. I have never seen this done like this before and I love it. Thanks

  • cher November 22nd, 2013 4:14 pm

    thank you for sharing will try this later xx

  • Pauline November 22nd, 2013 6:00 pm

    Brilliant – will look forward to giving this a try out 🙂 x

  • pauline margaret November 22nd, 2013 7:09 pm

    I done this at a workshop i went to didn’t realise what it was called though ,
    Love it Thank you

  • Jackie December 3rd, 2013 9:26 pm

    What a great tutorial, and a great job. thanks

  • Spring April 4th, 2014 12:10 am

    So neat! Time to try out paper piecing and shading now!

  • Ruth April 29th, 2014 5:01 pm

    WOW! This is so beautiful! Love it!
    Thank you for sharing!

  • Whaddy July 1st, 2014 5:51 am

    This was beautifully done , I will try this !!
    Thanks for Sharing !

  • anishany September 3rd, 2014 1:19 am

    love it!!

  • Sherrie Johnson March 17th, 2015 3:12 pm

    Absolutely wonderful tutorial! I’m just starting out with coloring images. Actually…my set of Spectrum Noir will be delivered today! I have used a few odd SN markers that I have just to try it out. I love what you’ve done with the paper piecing. Gives me a whole new goal…thanks for taking the time to post this 🙂

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