Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sharon Wohlven from Tacoma brought in two beautiful zentangled flower buds she made . . . she says they're very simple to make. We then laughed that this is a perfect example of Lisa Yang's (Local King Rubber Stamps) theory  . . .  make it look like it takes you 4 hours to make! These are at the store for you to look at. Thanks, Sharon, for sharing your creativity with us!
by Sharon Wohlven

Check this technique out from Copic's blog . . .

 Coloring Water Droplets with Copic Markers
"Brandi York shows us how to render a water droplet with Copic markers:
'Playing with light can be fun but also challenging. Playing with light refracting through water certainly gets even more challenging, and sometimes aggravating to the point we don’t want to tackle it. For this tutorial, I chose a dewdrop on a leaf, to help demonstrate how light and color through water are affected.
copic marker drawing - water droplet almost done
As usual, I’m using Copic Sketch Markers with the Copic Bleed-Resistant paper.
copic marker drawing - initial water droplet sketch
I start with a very general sketch and start laying in G20 as a base and G12 as an initial shadow. You’ll note that where the shadow is doesn’t seem to make much sense to the light in the drop itself. Seems backward, right? Well, that’s the fun of the way the light is refracted through the water. The light appears at the bottom of the drop, despite it actually hitting the top. I’m conscious of this as I lay in my first tones, keeping the top darker. I will add the point of light back in at the end.
copic marker drawing - water droplet with yellow
Next we bring some YG21 to the party, adding some more depth and tone to the leaf and the drop, blending it out with the G20. Things are rather rough at this point, but we’ll start to smooth them over as we progress.
copic marker drawing - water droplet with green
Next I add some B000 and G85. The B000 is added to the top of the drop, reflecting a bit of the sky color, also bits of it through the drop itself. Then the G85 deepens up our shadows, starting to create a little reflection on the surface of the drop itself. (Hence the sharp line on the dewdrop.) Again, I’m keeping the shadows rough, partly to create texture in the leaf and partly because we’ll continue working it and smoothing it over the next few color passes.
copic marker drawing - water droplet with more green
Then comes the YG67. A warmer shadow, into the shadow of the drop and in the drop itself. I break out the Colorless Blender now, and start softening some edges in the drop and the shadow. I also add some more B000 and some BG02 into the reflection on the drop. Going back to the G12, I refine some of the edges inside the drop and on the leaf.
I start pushing a little more detail in the leaf itself and in the dewdrop, bringing in the G28. This is a nice, dark tone that’s a little more saturated in color than the G85. Remember, with the exception of the Es in Copics, the higher the number, the more grey is in the color. So G28 is going to have more color saturation than G85. Using the Colorless Blender with this, I create more depth in the leaves and in the dewdrop, softening the edges with the Blender and letting some of it bleed a little. Note the dark line around the top edge of the dewdrop. It’s a reflection that I didn’t want to take too much focus, so I heavily saturated the paper with Colorless Blender to soften the color and let it bleed out a bit.
copic marker drawing - water droplet almost done
I pull out G02 for a heavily saturated hit of green, just to punch up the leaf a little. A lot of it will be covered by other colors, but having that layered underneath, even if not at full potency in the end, will bring a nice depth into the shadows on the leaf. Admittedly, I feel like the shadows on the leaf itself are a bit harsh, so I use the Colorless Blender to try to knock them down a bit, as well as using the lighter colors (YG21G12, etc.) to soften and deepen the tone of the leaf.
copic marker drawing - water droplet adding white
Once I’m reasonably satisfied with the leaf and dewdrop, I break out my Sakura Gelly Roll in white to add the finishing touches to the dewdrop – a distinct highlight at the top then some speckles of light throughout. This pen takes a moment to dry, so you can smear the gel around a bit if you’d like. I did this along the top edge and a bit at the bottom, where I didn’t want as hard a line, or as bright a white spot. I also added a couple hits of dark colors with a little Colorless Blender to create a couple little spots of dark texture in the bottom of the dewdrop.
Copic marker drawing of a water droplet
I hope you find this helpful, and won’t be afraid to tackle something that might seem a little more difficult at first glance. The key to anything of this nature is to look very closely at your subject, study it to get a good feel of how the lights play across the object and how they cast shadows, and of course, play. Sometimes, we might be surprised at what we find in even the most every day things!'"
Isn't that cool? Time to bring out those Copic markers again!

From Helene Metivier's blog for Magenta . . .

"I really enjoy working with Memento inks. They are not opaque and the colors are very vibrant.

Magenta new circle stamp (42.137.H) is perfect to create rich background. It is also fun to use the entire surface of the pad or just the side to create nice effects.
Magenta rubberstamps:  07.399. F, 07.686.F,  0623.P,  0576.G,  18.026.D,
0616.B,  07.692.L,  42.137.H
Inks:  Tsukineko:  Memento:  Toffee Crunch, Tangelo, Morocco,
Expresso Truffle, Bahama Blue, Love Letter
Embellissement:  EMB01T
Embellishment:  EMB01T
Magenta rubberstamps:  37.266.O,  42.137.H,  07.686.F,  09.236.N
Inks:  Tsukineko:  Memento:  Bahama Blue, Bamboo Leaves,
Cantaloupe, Pear Tart
Black Versafine noire
Markers:  Memento
Magenta rubberstamps:  18.024.A,  0616B,  42.137.H,  0623.P,  07.694K, 14.627.K
Encres/Inks:  Tsukineko:  Memento:  Toffee Crunch, New Sprout,
Cantaloupe, Morocco, Love letter,  Potter's Clay
Black Versafine noire

Magenta rubberstamps:    07.683.I,  0624.L,  42.137.H,  0623.P
Inks:  Tsukineko:  Memento:  Bahama Blue,
Bamboo leaves
Black Versafine noire
Red Stickles rouge
Magenta rubberstamps:  42.138.H,  0622.N,  07.688.G
Inks:  Tsukineko:  Memento:  Cantaloupe, Tangelo
Black Versafine noire
Markers:  Memento

Magenta rubberstamps:  42.137.H,  0624.L,  0623.P
Inks:  Tsukineko:  Memento:  Bahama Blue,
Black Versafine noire
Markers:  Memento

Magenta rubberstamps: 42.137.H,  07.667.H,  P.0623,  37.266.O,  41.060.I
Embellishement:  EMB02O
Inks:  Tsukineko:  Memento:  Toffee Crunch,
Northern Pine,  Morocco, Expresso Truffle, Bahama Blue, Love Letter,
Black Versafine noire

Magenta rubberstamps:  18.024.A,  18.025.A,   07.643.H,  42.137.H,
42.120.J,  95.017.L,  P.0623
Inks:  Tsukineko Memento:  Cantaloupe, Tangelo,
 Potter's Clay, Morocco, Bahama Blue
Black Versafine noire

Magenta rubberstamps:  18.024.A,  18.025.A,  18.026.D,  07.692.L
Inks:  Memento de Tsukineko:  Pear Tart, Love letter, Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe Black Versafine noire

1. On a white cardstock, same dimension as the card, create a colorful background.
2. Punch several circles (2"), tape it down to the card.
3. On a white cardstock xxx x 5 1/4",  color the background, 
stamp text and circle, tape it down..."

If any of the stamps look familiar, they are the latest releases from Magenta that we received at Art 'n Soul last Friday!

Stampington's latest issue of "Take Ten", which is available at Art 'n Soul, features an article on "wine stamps." Since I know many of our family, friends and customers enjoy wine, I just had to share this posting from their website . . . pretty clever! I'm hunting down those little wood shapes to sell at the store because they're pretty darn sweet! and perfect for embellishing your favorite project.

"We’re bringing you the hottest heat embossing and die-cutting techniques in the autumn issue ofTake Ten. Packed with over 295 stamped ideas for all crafting levels, this publication is a fantastic guide for artists looking to improve their stamping skills and learn new techniques along the way. Use handwritten script to add unique flair to your projects, or layer washi tape and labels to create a set of retro airmail notecards. Try your hand at monoprinting, and stamp quick and easy gift bags to use as favors for your next girls’ night out party. Each magazine comes with a complimentary artist paper to get you started on the right crafting path."

Look what Cheery Lynn Designs brought out today . . .

Bring on the Glitter!

"Happy Labor Day, to my USA friends! I hope you have gotten to enjoy a nice, long holiday weekend - and perhaps had a little time for crafting. This weekend also marks the end of summer, and the welcome to fall...so I thought it would be appropriate to share a pumpkin card with you.
As you might suspect, I am now completely covered in glitter (as well as my studio floor!). But, I'm going to tell you how I created this sparkly goodness.
I used the Fall Harvest One die from Cheery Lynn Designs, as the focal point of this card. I cut it from orange cardstock. Now, for the magical part....I cut a piece of black cardstock, large enough for a border and I cut a piece of Scor-Pal tape(sheet size), the same size as my pumpkins.
I removed one side of the backing from the Scor-tape and centered it on the black paper. Then remove the top layer and apply the pumpkins. I started coloring the pumpkins by sprinkling ultra-fine glitter in those areas.I would burnish the glitter to the Scor-Tape with my finger, and then flip the card straight over to remove the excess glitter. Next. I colored the leaves in the same manner, and finally the background. If you find that you have the wrong color in an area, you can put a thin area of Art Glitter Dries Clear adhesive (using the fine metal tip), and reapply the correct glitter color.
I finished the card with a border from the Celtic Whimsey."

The Christmas Elves are busy preparing for the Art 'n Soul Christmas Party on Sunday, October 14. Please be sure that this date is reserved on your calendar because we want to share lots of holiday creativity with you. I know you'll love it all!

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