Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
White is never really white and black is never really black. To add depth and dimension to my Lamb, I used Warm Gray copics. For his white fur I used- W00, W1, W3 and for his black hooves, I used W9, W7, W5, W3.
I have been playing around with my inkjet printer settings and have found my perfect combo for printing my digis- For my Epson RX595, I select Best Photo mode and Premium Matte Presentation Paper settings while printing on PTI Stampers Select White Cardstock and then my digis don't smear with I color over the lines with extensive amounts of colorless blender. Let your images dry thoroughly or heat set before coloring and you should have little to no smearing.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
This image by Elizabeth Dulemba is just so cute. I went to my local scrapbooking store Scrappers Cove on my birthday last week and I picked up these cute Say It in Pearls by Prima. I had to stick just the butterfly on my card to make it extra springy!
Recipe: digi Image by Elizabeth Dulemba, computer font, Eyelet border punch by SU!, PTI Aqua Mist cardstock and Everyday Blessings papers, Nesties Labels One, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, Memento dessert sand dew drop ink, chenille pipe cleaner, Making Memories jumbo brad, Reflections pearls, Say It In Pearls butterfly, Copics:
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
My birthday present to myself was to sign up for Suzanne Dean's online Advanced Copic Coloring Class 3. I watched the first lesson last night...I still have to do my homework...which is coloring African American skintones. I have to say that I am very impressed with the quality of the videos and level of detailed instruction. Amazing! I am very happy with this gift to myself! If you would like to sign up for one of Suzanne's online classes too, you can do it here. She offers a Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced class. (Please mention that I referred you when you email Suzanne! so that I can get extra credit! lol!)
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I had some fun using new toys this weekend. I broke out my new Basic Grey Kioshi paper and Nestabilities dies. I also used my Copic ABS system and a copic V15 marker to airbrush my flowers to match my card. I got an air compressor as an early birthday gift, so I felt like I could finally use my D60 air can without being conservative. No more buying aircans for me!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I have had Prismacolor pencils for a while, but never really got into coloring with them. I have always felt my coloring lacked a professional look no matter what coloring method I used. When I tried out Copics I really liked the smooth results and have become a Copic convert. Along my Copic research travels on the internet, I have read many posts about using Copics with Prismacolor pencils to soften the results, add depth, and texture. There is this great blog called Heavens Created This where Lindah has the smoothest, softest colored images. She uses Prismacolor Pencils with Copics on her images and they are beautiful. I decided to break out my pencils and give them another try.
The picture at the top of this post is a side by side comparison of coloring done using The Greeting Farm's Summer Fairy digi image. They both are printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. The picture on the left uses Prismacolor Pencils and the one on the right is done using Copic Markers.
You can see that the colored pencil image on the left has a nice soft slightly textured finish while the Copic colored image on the right has a smooth bold/vibrant finish.
To me, I think what you choose to color with is entirely a matter of preference, comfort level with the techniques and tools, and would depend on what type of effect you are looking for. To me, neither method is better or easier, just different. I had fun coloring the same image with different techniques.
Finally I decided to combine the two techniques to see if I could get the best of both worlds.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Here is my baby pic for today. My favorite baby, Ava is five and a half weeks old. I nick named her Pink Diddy b/c I think she looks so cool in this picture.
And onto my American Idol review....
The girls....oh girls what is the matter with you? The girls continue to underwhelm me this year. Poor Paige was terrible. My Katie who I want to like just wasn't very dynamic last night. Shiobhan was interesting....I still love hearing that big voice coming out of that tiny woman. Didi was okay, I still think her voice is pretty. Overall the girls just don't hold my interest very well. I must have walked in and out of the room about 10 times to do other things...I just don't find anyone to have any real spark or charisma. ( I didn't even bother to watch Kaitlyn or Lily or the redheaded pixie...what is her name again. You see- forgettable.... The songs they are choosing are so dark and dreary. They really need to pick more interesting songs...
Crystal still is the best in the girl category... I am not sure I would buy anything she puts out or go to one of her shows...but as far as the girls go...she is the one to beat as Simon puts it. She has a great voice, she is a good performer, and she is consistent. Can't wait to see what the boys do tonight.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Diane Kruger- Chanel