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Author: Kalina Pavlova
Kalina Pavlova

Hello! My name is Kalina Pavlova and I live in a beautiful city of Varna (Bulgaria) on the Black Sea coast. I’m 36 years old and I have two small boys that fill my day with laughter and excitement. My job is very demanding and I chose crafting as my “art-therapy”. As long as I can remember I’ve been spending my free time sewing, embroidering, knitting and making jewelry but it was 3 years ago when I discovered card-making and it became my true passion. My cards usually tell a colorful story covered with lots and lots of flowers and different embellishments. Last Christmas I got Spectrum Noir markers as a gift from my family and I spend days and days in coloring fun until I grasped the shades and different techniques. Two months later the Spectrum Noir team accredited me as a Colorist and today I’m proud to be invited as a designer among such a talented group of ladies. My cards and other crafting experiments you may find in my blog called “KalySto”.

28th Feb

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 - Read full post [...]

20th Dec

Quick & Easy Christmas Tag

Short on time this festive season? This tutorial will give you an idea how to use pre-colored images on an easy Christmas tag and utilize another thing that there is always an abundance of in any crafter’s stash –  scraps of patterned paper. The materials you need are: – a colored image – tag base - Read full post [...]

26th Oct

How to match the wrapping paper with your card

In this tutorial I’ll show you a quick and easy way to make a beautiful gift set. I love to match the wrapping with the card on which I write the birthday wishes on. That’s why I always keep a pack of simple kraft paper in my stash because it’s very easy to be modified. - Read full post [...]

15th Aug

Coloring a Watermelon Slice

What is your favorite thing about summer? The sweet and juicy watermelon is one of my favorite fruits and in this tutorial I’ll show you how to color a slice of it with the Spectrum Noir Markers. My image is called Anna Belle Sweetness from Tiddly Inks. I’ve colored the skin with TN2, TN3, TN4, - Read full post [...]

16th May

Doily Shaped Card

This tutorial will show you how to make one of my personal favorites – a doily shaped card. Shaped cards are really fun and easy to make, and provide a fun element to handmade papercrafts!   The materials that are needed are pictured above. The only two really necessary things are a doily shaped die and an - Read full post [...]

30th Mar

Using Spectrum Noir Markers in Art Journaling

This tutorial will show you several different ways of using Spectrum Noir markers in your art journal pages. Recently I have been dabbling in the colorful and infinite world of Mixed Media Arts, and using my markers has made it so fun and easy! I made the background here using tissue paper, white gesso, some acrylic - Read full post [...]

4th Mar

Quick Background Around Your Image

In this tutorial I will show you a quick and easy way of making beautiful background around your colored images. I chose this sweet little image from Tiddly Inks and I colored the skin (FS2, FS6, FS7) and hair (GB6, GB7, GB9). The next steps are the clothes and the little hearts with (BT2, BT4, - Read full post [...]

19th Feb

Creating Multicolored Hair

In this tutorial I will show you how to make a beautiful multicolored hair. I use this technique often when I make fairies and other magical ladies but it can give an extravagant effect on other projects as well. I used this drawing (called Keep In Faith from Ching-Chou Kuik) because every strand of hair - Read full post [...]

24th Aug

Coloring Pink Baby Skin

Coloring light and/or pink skin tones can be tricky. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to easily color baby’s skin with the pink-ish shades of the Spectrum Noir flesh-tone family. Don’t you love the sweet little babies and their chubby arms and legs? I usually start by marking the most shaded/deepest regions with just some dots - Read full post [...]

3rd Aug

Blonde Hair Coloring with Spectrum Noir Markers

In this blonde hair coloring tutorial I’ll go “back to basic” and show you a simple way to color blond hair with Spectrum Noir markers. You can use it as a groundwork for all types of hair and I’ll even give you a couple of ideas how to upgrade your skills. I used the sweet digital - Read full post [...]