Undertone Skin Coloring

I am going to share how I achieve a green undertone with pale skin coloring on Flora from the Toread line.  This is another fun way to color skin on many stamps that portray a mythical fantasy-like image.

You can easily achieve the effect with just a few markers.

The markers you need for this tutorial are: FS1,EB1,EB2,DG1 and blender

Step 1: Lay your undertone first with DG1, preferably where your shading is more likely to sit.

Step 2: Lay FS1 right on top of DG1 to add more depth.

Step 3: Add EB1 around the edge lines of the skin.  Adding EB1 will help tone down the brightness from FS1 and keep all the other colors well muted.

Steps 1 and 3 are working on the undertone of the skin.

Step 4: Use DG1 to bring the undertone back.

Step 5: Puling inward with FS1, color toward lighter area (center of face).  After you finish this, with a steady relaxed hand, do the “tip to tip” technique with FS1 and blender in a circular motion of highlighted areas.

Step 6: Lay EB2 around the edge lines to cast shadows.

For Step 4 through Step 6: each time you lay a color you want to move to the next shade to color over less of the working area (such as the highlighted parts).

This is the final result and I made an option of flicking small marks around the skin to add a realistic effect with CR3.

I hope my method was useful and easy to understand.  Happy coloring!

Spectrum noir recipe:
Skin: FS1, EB1,EB2,DG1,blender
Hair: EB1,EB2,BG5,BG10,LV2
Horns: 1G1,1G2,EB2
Eyes: TB1,TB8
Stems: LY1,LG1,LG2,DG1,DG2,JG1,JG7,BG3,PL1,CT4
Dress: BT4,BT5,GT1,BGR4
Leaves on dress: LG5,CG2,FL3
Flower band: TN1,FL2,LG5,CG2

Color Focus: Turquoises

Have you been following our in-depth look at how to color a complete image with one set of six pens?

Next in the series of Color Focus tutorials is the Turquoises set of pens.

Make sure you have a look at the other tutorials in this series: Yellows, Purples, Warm Greys, and Browns.  All of the tutorials are available to download as well.

The six pens included in the Turquoise set of markers includes BT1, BT2, BT4, BT5, BT7, and BT9.  The letters BT refer to the actual color, which is a blue-turquoise.

These six markers combine to provide a broad spectrum of blue-turquoise possibilities!

I started my project by coloring her outfit with BT4.  Next, I used BT5 to add shading where I thought it was appropriate.

I added a bit of BT7 for more shading on the outer edges and just under the belt area.

Using BT4, I colored over the original layer of BT4 and a bit of BT5.  Remember that the lighter colors have a higher alcohol content in them, and therefore will take away some of the darker color.

If you take out more color than you want, just add some back in with your mid-tone color (here, the BT5).

I started her hair by coloring with BT5.

Beginning at the crown (and roots), I added BT7.  I used a flicking motion toward the edges of the hair.

Next I added a bit of BT9, again flicking outward towards the tips.

I finished the hair by going  back over with BT5 to smooth the lines out.

Finally I colored her skin.  I colored first with BT1 in a circular motion.

I shaded the sides of her face and on her body where appropriate.  I also added a bit of BT4 on the tops of her shoulders near her face.

I completed the image by going back over all of her skin with BT1 again in a circular motion.

A bit of twine and some coordinating paper turned this image into a card.

I hope this tutorial has inspired you to color something turquoise.  We would love for you to share your projects on our Facebook page.

Happy coloring!

(please note: the download for this tutorial will be available very soon; thank you for your patience)

Creating a Camouflage Effect

I would like to share a very easy tutorial for creating a camouflage effect on clothing.  This is really quick to do and you can change the colors to suit your project.

The stamp I am using is ‘Xeru’.  He is one of the brand new Toread stamps available from Crafter’s Companion (both US and UK)

Step 1.  Stamp your image onto Neenah card stock using Memento ink.  Color a base color with DG2.

Step 2.  Add random dots of DG3 using the bullet nib.

Step 3.  Add random dots of DG4 using the bullet nib.

Step 4.  Color over the whole area using DG2.

Step 5.  Repeat steps 2, 3 & 4 if required.

Color list for completed image: GB1, GB8, GB9, GB10, DG2, DG3, DG4, FS1, FS4, FS8, IG1, IG2

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it useful!  Have fun creating camouflage; be sure to experiment using different color combos.

Marcea Watkins lives in North Yorkshire in the UK and has been making cards for 5 years.  You can see more of her crafting creations on her blog by visiting http://marceascraftingcorner.blogspot.com/