Basic Pleats with Illustrator Markers

I just love the new Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers! This tutorial I will show you a simple technique for making pleats and shaded regions.

I will use two sets of three markers from the Vintage Blue and Brown Orange specter to color this image in a surprisingly interesting colour combination of orange and blue.

Gather your markers

This image has been coloured with:
Skin: Rose (FS1), Dusty Pink (FS2), Portrait Pink (FS3), Eggshell (FS8), Ivory (FS9), Pale Tan (TN1), Honeydew (TN2), Cream (FS6)
Hair: Green Grey 1 (GG1), Green Grey 2 (GG2), Green Grey 3 (GG3),Green Grey 5 (GG5), Honeydew (TN2)
Coat: Smoky Blue (VB1), Vintage Blue (VB2), True Blue (TB4), Ice Grey 2 (IG2);
Scarf: Vanilla (BO1), Mango (BO2), Green Grey 2 (GG2), Green Grey 3 (GG3), Green Grey 5 (GG5) Gold (GY3)
Fox: Dusty Pink (FS2), Eggshell (FS8), Ivory (FS9) Pale Tan (TN1), Honeydew (TN2), Green Grey 2 (GG2), Green Grey 3 (GG3), Green Grey 5 (GG5), Vanilla (BO1)

Create pleats on the Coat

If you are beginner it’s better to start with the widest portion of the image (here it is the coat). I usually go and cover it with the lightest shade – VB1.

It is just a basic coat so it doesn’t have to be perfect.

The next step is to mark the deepest/shadiest regions with the darkest shade – TB7.

Then I widen the shade with the middle color (VB2). The trick with this step is to blend in and out the three colours together.

And all that is left is to take the lightest shade and blend all together from outside to the inside of the pleat.

Colour the Scarf

The same four steps we can use for the scarf  with the lightest (BO1) – all over.

Marking the deepest regions with the darkest – BO3.

Blending them out with the middle shade – BO2.

And smoothing everything together with the first colour – BO1.

If you are not satisfied with the result yet you can repeat the final three steps over (and over) until you you like it or you can add some grays (here I used GG3 or GG5 on the scarf) to emphasize the shades.

Complete the image

Finish colouring as desired!

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Tutorial credit: Kalina Pavlova

Create an Outdoor Scene

This tutorial will share how I created this fun camping-themed outdoor scene. My husband and I enjoy camping and doing things with the kids outdoors, so I thought this was the perfect idea behind a sweet card to give him.

I started with a simple piece of the Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock cut to 4×5-1/4. I usually use this size for all of my card panels I create.

It’s a little smaller than the card size, which is 4-1/4×5-1/2 folded down. It leaves a nice thin border all around my main panel.

Create the Night Sky

I started off applying ink with a craft sponge in a swirling motion. This will create my night sky.

After I apply the lighter blue, I come in with a darker blue and craft sponge blending them together. I go back and forth using the lighter and darker blue to blend them until I achieve the color I like for my night sky.

It did dry a bit darker than what you’ll see above, which is exactly what I wanted. Keep in mind that I’m going to cover up the bottom portion so you won’t see the uneven color at the bottom.

Since this is a night sky, I applied some spray mist in white and flicked that on to my night background. I dotted on some larger “stars” with the end of the nozzle wand.

Open up the bottle and load the end of the nozzle wand with the paint. I tap on that to flick the dots on to the background. Let this dry completely before moving on.

Colour the Clouds

The next step is to stamp the clouds and the camper onto the Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock.

Tip: As you can see, I used a piece of scrap that I had in my stash. It helps to keep smaller scraps of the cardstock in your stash for small images like these.

After I stamped them, I used a glitter pen and lighter grey color from my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers to create the depth in the clouds.

Use Spectrum Noir Markers to Palette Blend

For the green on the camper overhang, I chose two different greens. The darker of the two is quite a bit darker, so this is where the palette blending method comes in handy.

  

Take your darker color and use the broad end to color a swatch onto an acrylic block.

What you’ll end up doing is taking your lighter color and picking up that darker color from your block and use that to blend together on your paper.

As you can see, the green isn’t as dark as it actually is if you were using the color straight from the marker.

I did this for the brown on the door and the aqua for the top of the camper.

It’s a great way to blend your colors!

I colored in the chevron pattern and the remainder of the little elements on my camper with the Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.

Next, I cut out the clouds and camper leaving a thin white border around each of them.

All the elements are complete, and I can start to assemble the card.

I freehand cut the green hill at the bottom of the card. I glued that down and will use the foam adhesive to adhere the clouds and camper the card. The sentiment was stamped off the side to allow placement for the camper. I laid it out before I stamped the sentiment to maker sure it was going to fit where I wanted it

And here is the finished card again:

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Supplies:

  • Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers: GG1, CT2, GB5, DG2, DG3, IB1, FS5, CR1, BGR1, GR5, BT1, BT5
  • Memento Ink: Nautical Blue & Tuxedo Black
  • Versafine Ink: Onyx Black
  • Mister Huey’s Spray Mist
  • Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass
  • Sweet Stamp Shop, Campout Stamp Set

No-Blend Shading with Spectrum Noir Colorista Markers

Create gorgeous effects with shading

Are you looking for a quick and easy way to incorporate shading into your coloring? This tutorial will show you several ways to add shading without blending when coloring with your Spectrum Noir Colorista Markers.

For each step of the tutorial, the area in reference will be highlighted with a blue circle. The Colorista marker colors used for this tutorial are Leaf Green and Pear Green.

Learn the technique

Begin by coloring a base layer of Leaf Green. It’s perfectly fine if some areas end up a little darker than others, this will add some natural shading. Let this area dry for a few minutes.

Proceed to color alternating sections of the leaf with the same color, Leaf Green. This second layer will build upon the first layer and will become much darker. If you wish to, you can let this dry and and then color over these areas again to make them even darker.

For the next leaf, begin by coloring alternating sections with a base layer of Leaf Green.

Color in the remaining sections using Pear Green. This will give the illusion of shading while adding a pop of color at the same time.

The final shading method will again begin with coloring a base layer of Leaf Green.

Using Pear Green, color on top of the Leaf Green in each alternating section. This will create a deeper shade of green with a mixed hue of both colors. Have fun playing with different combinations of colors layered on top of each other to see what new shades you can create with your Spectrum Noir Colorista markers.

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Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Project Details:
Spectrum Noir Colorista Exquisite Florals Premium Marker Pad with colourable glitter
Colorista Markers
Leaves – Leaf Green, Pear Green
Flowers – Rose Red, Nectarine, Gold

Creating a Sunset with Spectrum Noir Markers

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Creating a beautiful sunset background is quick and easy with Spectrum Noir markers! This tutorial will show you how to do just that, by hand. You can then use whatever stamps you’d like for creating a scene – no additional colorign needed! This technique is great for making quick scenes, multiple cards, or for highlighting a silhouette image.

The following colors are used in this example: GB5, TN5, OR2, TN3, OR1, CT4, CT2

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Beginning with the CT4 marker draw the shape of a half sun.

Blend from CT4 at the outside edges to CT2 in the center.

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Add CT2 to the outside edge of the sun then extend color out a little further with CT4.

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Using GB5, fill in a rectangle shape surrounding the sun just up to the edge of the CT4.

This shape measures approximately 7″ x 3″. You can make yours any size that will suit your project.

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Add TN5 over the top of the GB5 at the outer edge on three sides.

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Add OR2 over the top of the same 3 sides extending the color past the TN5 as shown above.

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Repeat the process using TN3 extending in past the OR2 a little bit.

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Next color with OR1 over the whole background up to the point of the CT4 yellow.

Use the OR1 to blend the background colors together, keeping the stroke direction of the coloring horizontal.

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Use the CT4 marker to blend the edge of the background into the CT4 around the edge of the sun.

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Use GB5 to do a final blend of the background colors all the way up to the edge of the sun, again keeping the coloring strokes to a horizontal direction.

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The final piece will look similar to this. Each one will be unique!

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On a piece of acetate, stamp some scenery elements using Staz-On Jet Black ink. Use stamps that are reversible so that the stamped acetate can be turned upside down to have the ink on the underside. This will help prevent the stamped image from being scratched after assembling. Trim the acetate and the sunset background to the same size, attach the acetate (stamped side down) over the background using brads.

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Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Project Details:

Spectrum Noir markers: GB5, TN5, OR2, TN3, OR1, CT4, CT2
Spectrum Noir UltraSmooth Premium White Cardstock
Acetate
Paper punch
Brads
Staz-On Jet Black
Stamps used: Stampscapes Lakeside Cabin and Stampscapes Pine Row

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

Spectrum Noir Colorista Glitter Paper – Coloring Lilies

We’re joining in on another blog hop today, to get ready for the exciting launch of our new Colorista range of adult coloring products in the UK!

Check out this fabulous video tutorial, then read on for all the hop details (and see how to win more prizes!):

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Spectrum Noir’s new Colorista line of adult coloring goodies offers several different paper finishes, including the beautiful, shimmery glitter paper. Certain parts of the design are pre-finished with a shimmery glitter that can be colored on, and the Spectrum Noir Colorista alcohol makers are the perfect companion for these papers. Learn more about Colorista by clicking here!

This video tutorial will show you how to color beautiful flower petals using the Spectrum Noir Colorista alcohol markers on the Colorista glitter paper.

The Colorista glitter pads add just the right touch of glittery goodness to your Spectrum Noir colorings.

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Project Details:

Spectrum Noir Colorista Pre-Printed, Pre-Glittered card base
Spectrum Noir Colorista alcohol markers
Pinks – Rose Red, Hot Pink, Blossom
Greens – Forest Green, Leaf Green, Pear Green
Yellows – Gold, Canary, Lemon

Now for the blog hop fun! Want to win an assortment of Colorista goodies? Make sure you leave a comment everywhere you go… the winners from each blog will be announced on the Crafter’s Companion & SN Facebook page on the 9th Sept & the overall winner will be announced by Sara LIVE on Hochanda at the top of the hour on launch day! Be sure to join in on the Watch Party fun by clicking here.

In the US? Don’t worry, you can watch Hochanda online or on catch up at www.hochanda.com.

Crafter’s Companion UK
Laine Webb
Lis Murphy
Nicole Bretherick
Jodi Clark
Alexia Misso
Giovana Smith
Spectrum Noir (you are here)
Annie Wills
Jo McKelvey
Bianca Shervington
Lori Barnett
Dana Warren
Sara Davies

Want even more inspiration and ideas?

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Color Clothing Folds with Spectrum Noir Markers

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Red is a very popular clothing color and it is very easy to create dimensional looking clothing folds when coloring with Spectrum Noir markers. This video tutorial will take you step by step through creating beautiful clothing folds using the red colors DR7, DR6, DR3, CR7 and CR5.

Project details:

Colored with Spectrum Noir markers:
Skin – CR4, FS9, FS5, FS1
Hair – EB8, EB3, TN3
Dress – DR7, DR6, DR3, CR7, CR5
Suit – IG10, IG6, IG5, IG4, IG3, IG2
Shoes – True Black, IB10, IG8, IG6, IG5
Eyes/Shirt – TB5, TB3, IB3, IB2
Ring Box – TB5, TB3, IB3, IB2, IG10, IG6, IG3
Lips – DR3, CR7, CR5
Leaves – JG6, JG3, CG4
Flower – BP7, BP5, BP3
Digital Image – “The Proposal” from Scrapper’s Delights
Corner Dies – Die’sire Edge’ables Beautiful Bouquet die set
Background floral prismatic paper from Sara Davies Signature Collection Together Forever
Edges airbrushed using Spectrum Noir marker True Black

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Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Spectrum Noir Aquatints – Flowers and Background

This video tutorial will show you how you can color your die-cut flowers to match your background perfectly! Make them into a stunning but quick card using your Spectrum Noir AquaTints.

For this tutorial I have used the Pretty Pastels but think how stunning they would look done with any of the other sets too!

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This fifteen minute video tutorial will show you just how easy it is:

I hope you enjoyed the video! Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Supplies used:
Pretty Pastel Aquatints – 39, 05,25,35
Sheena Douglass – A Rosy Outlook die
Crafter’s Companion watercolour card (in the US, Spectrum Aqua watercolour card)

Tutorial credit: Claire Simpson

Tile Stamping with Spectrum Sparkle Noir Pens

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This tutorial will show how to use small shapes as tiles, stamping an image and then blending with the beautiful Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens.

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Materials used:

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens, Spring/Summer 12 set – Cosmos, Moonstone, Pink Champagne, Clear
Diamond Press – Die Cutter
Diamond Press Starter Pack Stamp Set – sentiment used
Diamond Press Nesting Dies Collection
Sheena Stamping Card
Crafter’s Companion Co’redinations Card – Pastels
Collal All-Purpose Glue, Collal 3D Glue Gel
Sheena Douglass stamp Set – A Little Bit Sketchy from Crafter’s Inspiration Issue 7
Clever Cut Paper Trimmer

I just love the simplicity of this design and with the Diamond Press system being so user friendly I can see lots of variations on this theme!

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Tutorial credit: Sandie Gough lives in the UK with her husband and 8 children. She over 15 years craft experience, teaching, demonstrating, facilitating/designing art therapy sessions and you can find out more on her blog.

Spectrum Noir Sparkle: Watercolor Floral

This step by step tutorial shows how depth and shading can be achieved when watercoloring with the new Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens.

If you haven’t yet seen the pens, they’re the new glitter pens in the Spectrum Noir range, that contain a fine glitter micro-pigment. The flexible nylon brush tip means you can apply the colour to your projects accurately and without mess. There are 18 colours in the range, plus a ‘Crystal Clear’ glitter topcoat that can be used over other mediums too.

In this tutorial, just one pen is used to show that the Sparkle pens are not just for adding ‘sparkle’ but they can be used to colour an image start to finish.

Don’t forget you can pause and replay parts of the video or color along in real time.

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Once finished I added a little distress ink around the edges to focus the eye to the image and a simple raised frame. I just love the flowers in the new Spectrum Noir Sparkle Rubber Stamp range and I think they are just perfect for note cards when we need to let someone know we are there.
Materials used for this tutorial:
Spectrum Sparkle Pens – Solar Red
Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Sparkle Stamp Set – Floral Delight
Crafter’s Companion 300gsm Watercolor Card
Embossing Powder – Stampendous Frantage Shabby Green
Paint Brush, Paper Towel, Craft Heat Gun
Sheena’s Stamping Card
Distress Ink – Blueprint Sketch
Basic Mat and Layer Die’s for frame
Collal Tacky Glue & Collal 3D Glue Gel

Share a card or other project you make using this tutorial with us on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram (#spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua) or on Twitter (@SpectrumNoir)! We’re also on Pinterest so tag us there as well for a chance to get re-pinned to our Colorist Creations board! Please feel free to leave your comments below, we very much appreciate reading them.

Tutorial credit: Sandie Gough lives in the UK with her husband and 8 children. She over 15 years craft experience, teaching, demonstrating, facilitating/designing art therapy sessions and you can find out more on her blog.