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.
I hope you give this fun technique a try soon!