Colorful Popcorn Bears

I thought I would share some different color combinations for coloring Popcorn Bear or other bear images you may have.

For this tutorial I used Lovely Bubbly from Crafter’s Companion.

You can see my tutorial for the actual coloring technique of Popcorn Bear HERE.

This is traditional Popcorn Bear.  I colored him using TN1-TN2-TN3-TN4

This is Platinum Popcorn Bear.  I colored him with BG5-BG3-BG2-BG1

For the third Popcorn Bear I made a darker version of traditional Popcorn by using TN8-TN7-TN5-TN3-TN2

Here is a dark brown Popcorn.  I colored him with EB8-EB6-EB4-GB10

Finally, here’s a golden brown Popcorn.  I used GB10-GB8-GB7GB2 to color him.

I finished coloring the image using:
Green: CG4-LG3-LG2-CT1
Red: CR8-CR7-CR5
Label: EB1-EB2

Here is a card I made with one of the finished images.  I stashed the other colored images away for when I need to make a quick card!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that your 2013 is off to a fabulous start!


Color Focus: Pale Hues

The Color Focus for this week is the Pale Hues.

Be sure you take a look at all of the tutorials covered so far: BluesYellows, Purples, Browns, Turquoises, Pinks, and Warm Greys.  Each one shares how to color a complete image with just the six pens included in the set; downloads are available for each tutorial as well.

Six different light shades make up the Pale Hues set.  They include TN2, FS2, FS3, FS6, PP1, and EB2.  The pens come from the Tan (TN), Flesh (FS), and Earth Brown (EB) color ranges.

These pens allow you the flexibility to use them on their own for numerous applications, or combine them to create a fabulous pastel image.

I began by coloring the bear with TN2.  I was not concerned about proper coverage or blending in my first step.  Once covered I went back, working from the left side of the bear, and began to lay down more color.  You can darken the colors significantly by simply adding more layers of the same shade.

I used a small circular motion when coloring, to add texture.

I repeated the process several times – always beginning on the left side of the bear and coloring toward (but not all the way to) the right side.  I alternated between the small circular motion and a quick, flicking one To provide texture quickly and easily.

I used just two different pens on the flower petals, PP1 and FS6.  I colored each petal first with a layer of PP1.

I went back and colored from the flower center toward the edge (but not all the way) with PP1 again.  Then I used FS 6 to add a bit more color closer to the base of each petal.

I repeated this process on all of the flower petals; the centers are colored with FS2 and FS3.

I finished coloring my image by adding EB2 to the flower stems.  On its own EB2 is a much browner color.  Once I added a few layers of it, especially when contrasted directly with the pale hues, it took on a greener hue.

I completed the card by adding coordinating paper and buttons.

I hope you are inspired to get your Pale Hues out and color! We encourage you to share your work over on our Facebook page.

Happy coloring!

Perfect Color Match Paper & Ribbon

Spectrum Noir alcohol markers are the perfect solution for making your own perfectly matched designer paper, ribbon and other embellishments!

Here in this photo I used BT4 and wanted to feature that color in my card design.  My paper was not the right color tone.  I colored my BT4 marker right over the already printed paper and made a custom matched background paper.

 Now for a few tips on highlighting the bear for that dimensional look.   I just added my darkest color (shading) in the areas that are furthest away from the light source.

In addition I always make sure that when I want a piece of the image to pop and look like it is in front of another item, I always color dark on the lower or back part of the image as I did here for  the muzzle.

On a cylinder shaped image, I normally put my highlight (lightest color) in the center of the cylinder and the shading or darker colors on the area furthest from my eyes or the light source.

The duck’s head is a sphere or ball shape, so I put the highlight in the center which is the closest area to the light source or my eye.

I hope you found this tutorial educational.  Please come back for more inspiration.

Tutorial by: Jennie Black

October Challenge Inspiration: Flowers

We shared a new challenge on the 15th of the month.  This time, our focus is flowers!

To play along, you simply have to create a project (colored with your Spectrum Noir markers) that has flowers on it.  You can color a floral image, use flowers as an embellishment, use patterned paper with flowers on it, or color an image that just happens to have a small flower or two!

Here is a bit of inspiration from our design team, to get you ready to color:

This was colored by Kristine Reynolds.  She used these pens:

Flowers: PP3-BP3-BP1
Leaves: DG3-DG2-DG1
Fur: TN4-TN3-TN2-TN1
Duck: OR1-CR1-GB1-CT3-CT1
BT1 outline

I colored this image, using these pens:

Large House: Roof: BGR1, BGR2, BG23; House: IG1, IG2, CR3, Blender pen
Small House: Roof: IG1, IG2, OG1; House: FS4, BG3, GB8
Rock Wall: TN1, TN5, TN6
Trees, Shrubs, Mountains: DG1, DG2, DG3, DG4, CG2, GG1, GG2
Flowers: CR8, LV2
Street: EB1, EB2, GB8

I hope you’ve gotten a bit of inspiration, and can play along in our challenge!  For more details and to see what this month’s prize is, please visit our challenge page.

Color Focus: Warm Greys

Next in our weekly look at the individual six pen sets of markers is the Warm Grey color family!

If you’ve missed any, be sure to have a look at the Yellows and the Purples.  They are also available as downloads, to assist your coloring at home.

The six pens available in the Warm Greys set all come from the Brown-Grey (BG) color family.  Included are BG1, BG2, BG4, BG6, BG8, and BG10.

These six colors are a wonderful set of warm grey hues; paired together they can achieve an amazing variety of colors from white to black.

To create this project I began by stamping my image in black ink on white card stock.

Beginning with the hat on the snowman, I colored the entire area using BG6.

I added BG8 at the outer edges, flicking my bullet nib towards the center of the hat; I repeated that with BG10 (not going quite as far as I did towards the center).

To finish the hat, I went back, starting at the edges, and used BG6 again.  I repeated this whole process for the hat on the bear.

The scarves were colored in much the same way.  I began by coloring the entire scarf with BG4.  I used BG6 at the outer edges, flicking towards the center.

I repeated that with BG8, going back over with BG4 to smooth the colors out.

The final picture above shows that I used the same process for the scarf on the snowman.

The bear and snowman came together very quickly, with only three pens.  I started by going around the outer edges of the snowman using BG1.  I took care to flick outwards towards the center in some areas where I wanted more shading.

Next, I added BG2 along the outline, right over the BG1.  I went back in with BG1 and colored over top of both existing color layers in a circular motion, to add a bit of softness and texture.

I started the bear with an all-over layer of BG1.  I used BG2 and BG4 along the outline, and went back over them both using BG1 in a circular motion (to add texture).

To finish the image I used BG1 and BG2 on the fluffy edges of the hats.  The little duck is colored with BG4 and BG6; the hat is BG6 and BG8.

I added a small bit of ribbon and a sentiment stamped on a banner.

I hope this tutorial inspires you to color an all-grey image soon!  We would love for you to share your coloring results on our Facebook page!

Color Focus: Yellows

We are bringing you a new feature on the Spectrum Noir blog!  Each week for the next twelve weeks, we will feature one set of our markers, and share a project made with only markers in that set.

Once we have featured each color family, we will move on to the larger twenty-four marker sets to round out the collections.

From our FAQ page:

Standard set of 72 pens is divided up into 12 sets of 6 pens.
Each package contains pre-matched color tone families with several blending possibilities.  The individual packaging allows a colorist to build their collection to fit their coloring needs and budget.

When a colorist collects all 12 of the standard packages of 6 pens, they will have a total of 72 pens.  There will be several colors in every color family, which is generally sufficient for most crafters. (No duplicate colors).

We will start today with the Yellows.

The set of yellow markers contains several colors from the CT (citrus) range, one from the GB (gold brown) range, and one from the OR (orange) range.

Together these markers work to create a lovely complement of yellow hues.

To create this project, I began by stamping my Popcorn the Bear image in a light brown ink.

Focusing on the bear first, I colored the entire surface with CT1.  Next I used CT2 to add shading, working from left to right.

I did the same thing with my CT3, I just did not go as far towards the right as with my CT2.  I did not worry about the distinct difference in the colors at this point, as I knew I would be smoothing them out in the next step.

To blend my yellows together, I went back with my CT1 (working in the opposite direction this time, from right to left) and added another layer of color right up to the edge of the CT2.  While that was still wet, I used my CT2 marker (starting from the left, or darker side) to flick the color outwards.

This provided me with both a smooth blend and a good contrast in the shading.

I colored his satchel next; I first colored the entire thing (blanket included) with CT3.  I added CT4 in the areas of the satchel that would be darker, as well as the strap.

Using GB5, I again darkened the shaded areas; I also added color to the top flap of the satchel.  I repeated the process with OR1 (and used both GB5 and OR1 to color the edges of the blanket as well).

I used CT4 to blend them all together (not pictured above, but it can be seen below in the final project photo).

I used CT1 and CT2 to color the pencils and ruler inside the satchel; CT2 and CT3 were used for the apple on the right side of the image.

I left my completed card rather simple – just a bit of yellow checked fabric tape and some flax twine.

I hope you are feeling inspired to use your yellows to create a fun project!  The six markers available in this set are really quite fun to work with.

Popcorn Bear Christmas Tag

I am going to share with you how to color an image with Spectrum Noir markers on a different type of card stock or paper than usual.  My project features a manila office folder; I created a tag, since tags are a very popular thing to make these days!  They are an excellent holiday gift.

This is what my completed Gift Tag looks like, using the Popcorn Bear Winter Wishes set (available from Crafter’s Companion USA and Crafter’s Companion UK).

I began with a plain manila tag and spritzed it with ink sprays.  The ghost effect on the background was created by spraying water through a snowflake plastic stencil.

The color of the tag shows through just a bit so I wanted to duplicate the background color on my main image.

In my craft stash I found an ordinary office folder that was the exact color and weight for coloring.  I stamped Popcorn Bear on the folder with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

I started by coloring his entire face with my lightest color, TN3.  You will notice that the ink appears a bit blotchy on the folder; I realized as soon as I started adding layers and blending that the blotchiness went away!

Next I used my EB4 marker and added the darkest shadows in small flicking motions (to mimic how fur grows).

Then I added TN7 just inside the EB4, still using the flicking motion.

The image is rather large, so I added a third color of shading (TN5).  I still followed the flicking motion outward, trying not to overlap the colors very much.

Finally I went back with my base color of TN3 and filled in the rest of his face.  I continued to make small flicking motions outward, repeating this process until the entire face was colored.

I was very happy at this point that the folder held up to so many layers of color!

After I finished coloring the rest of Popcorn in the same manner , I colored the wreath.  I started with the berries and ribbons using DR5, DR3, DR1, and CR8.  For the greenery, I colored the entire space with my CG3 and tried to leave some negative space where light would show through the boughs.

I then went back with my CG4 and went over the boughs that had textured lines.  I used a flicking motion for this part.  My final step on the wreath was to add more CG3 on parts of the large leaves.

Here is a closer shot of Popcorn after he has been colored.  I added some white highlights to the berries and filled in his stitches with white as well.

Here is the full list of the Spectrum Noir colors that I used:

EB4, TN7, TN5, TN3, TN2, TN1, DR5, DR3, DR1, CR8, CG4, CG3

I hope that you will try using your Spectrum Noir markers on a new paper or medium and share the results with us.

Tutorial by: Cyndi Bundy

Furry Popcorn Bear-Part 2

On my last tutorial I showed you how to color Popcorn Bear.

This tutorial  will show you how to color the rest of this image.

To begin with I chose the patterned paper that I wanted to use.  I lay the patterned paper on my Spectrum Noir Coloring Chart to find the colors that best matched my patterned paper.

You can print this chart with the colors all ready on it here.  But I prefer starting with the blank one and coloring it in with the actual markers.  It just gives me more confidence in the actual color of each marker, as colors may vary every so slightly depending on the specific card stock you use.

Once I figured out which markers matched the colors in the patterned paper I got started coloring the rest of the image.  I usually try to start a shade or two lighter than the ending color because it is a lot easier to add color to an image to darken it than it is to take color away.

I started coloring the packages with the lightest colors.

I colored the top box with EB1, the second package with DG1, the third one with BT1, and the last one with GB1 and DR7 for the bow.

In the second panel you can see where I added GB1 to the top box (and EB3, BT3, DG2 and CR7 to the dots) I added DG4 to the second box, BT4 to the third box, and GB6 to the bottom box.

In the third panel I blended the colors together with TN1 on the top package, DG2 on the second box, BT2 on the third box, and GB3 on the bottom box.

I colored the duck and the envelope and here is the final project again.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Furry Popcorn Bear – Part 1

Recently, Linda featured a great tutorial on coloring Popcorn with dots which you can see here.

I am going to share another way to color the fur on Popcorn bear.  I used Party Time Popcorn bear for today’s project.

I started off by stamping the image with Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink.

Then I colored all of Popcorn bear with TN1 marker.  For the second step I went in and flicked TN3 in the direction of Popcorn’s fur.  Then I went in and flicked on  TN2 to the image.

Finally I came in with TN1 to blend it together.  I was careful not to blend too much because I wanted the fur flicks to be visible.

Here is my final project:

On my next tutorial I’ll show you how I colored the rest of the image and share how I figure out the colors I use for my cards.  I hope this tutorial helped you feel inspired to get started coloring fur.

Be sure you have taken a look at our Christmas in July blog hop, for a chance to win a great prize!

How to color in fur

I know some people struggle to color in fur, so I thought I would do a little step by step tutorial giving you another option on how to get a fur effect. It’s very quick and easy to do, using a Popcorn Bear Stamp with my Spectrum Noir Pens and Neenah card.

First, stamp your image.

Step 1

With chisel tip color TN1, cover the whole area. Don’t worry about it not looking smooth.

Step 2

With fine tip color TN2 add dots all over the area. Try to get different sized dots if you can, that does help.


With fine tip color GB6 start and do more dots around the edge of image. Stay around the edges not quite going into the middle area. You are now building up shape and some depth.

Step 4

With color TN3 add more dots to the area you have just been in but don’t fill all the area, leave some gaps.


With fine tip color GB8  repeat the steps above, making sure the area your working in is closer to the outer edge of image.

Step 6

You’re nearly done; With fine tip color BG2, dot randomly where you think the darkest parts might be.

Step 7

Then with TN1 and chisel edge, lightly go over the entire image. This will act as a blender for you, don’t over do this part though or you will lose some of your dots…

Here’s the completed image.



Do give this a go, it’s great fun and remember, dots are not just for backgrounds !