Marker Geek Monday: Approaching Colouring

Elaineabella here, in a sort of contemplative mood! I’m still in a bit of a funk, pulling together my samples and other behind the scenes stuff for the next Stamping Bella release, and trying to do a little creative jumpstarting on myself in-between it all. It just so happens that colouring can be a very good activity both to help keep your creative toe in the water, and to give your hands something to do while your brain picks over everything. I can recommend it!

Today I thought I’d open up a discussion with you about how we approach colouring. As with so many things, there is no one right or wrong way, and it very much depends on the individual, our preferences and also on what we’re hoping to achieve as an end result.

I’ve always been envious of card-makers that have the ability to mix and match patterned papers to create a perfectly coordinated yet still home-spun effect. Even more of the card-makers out there that manage to create a perfectly coordinated coloured image to go with the papers. It gives me a warm, cosy feeling looking at the photos of their cards and projects. Let’s not get started on the card-makers that also manage to create perfectly staged photographs to show off their cards. The green-eyed monster may break free! Just kidding – I love seeing their creations, and their beautiful photographs, and I’ve accepted that it just isn’t me.

I’m an impatient, fidgety creator that has an abundance of ideas and nowhere near enough energy to execute even a fraction of them. I get an itch to colour something, and want to sit and colour it, not sit and plan the perfect card. I grab my stuff, go with colours that come to me as I look at the image, and then work out the details later. I used to regret this every time I sat down to make a card with my coloured images, resolving to take a different approach next time, to be “better”. Sometimes I would actually try, only to find that the process sucked all of the joy out of it for me. Now, instead of trying to force myself to be someone else, I go with it. I don’t buy endless pads of pretty papers that make me feel bad when none of them match my colouring (I have a small collection of paper pads, and allow myself to feel like the planets have aligned when they match). Instead I keep things simple, and use neutrals, or use my Copics or Distress Ink/Distress Oxide collection to create coordinating coloured layers.

Over the weekend I felt the itch to colour one of my favourite Tiny Townies – Tiny Townie Hattie loves Halloween. I stamped her up, grabbed my coloured pencils and headed for the dining table for some relaxing colouring fun.

Hattie was stamped on hot pressed watercolour paper, then coloured using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils with Winsor & Newton Sansodor blending solution.

Little Hattie is such a cute witch. She may have turned out a little Hermione Grainger-ish, because I’m currently listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks while colouring (again). Not that Hermione would be found riding a broom…

In fact, this isn’t the first time I’ve coloured Hattie using pencils. Here’s one from last year, equally unplanned, just an experiment playing with pencils on toned tan paper.

Both versions of Hattie will make it on to a card soon, in spite of the fact that I had no plan when colouring her, no papers in mind. Just me, flying by the seat of my pants as always, and that’s okay!

Now, I’d love to hear from you! How do you approach colouring? Do you get stuck in, with no plan, or are you more meticulous? How do you feel about it?

~Elaineabella

Marker Geek Monday Playing with Pencils & Blending Solution Options

Elaineabella here with a Marker Geek Monday post for you!

Now, I know, it is still summer. Believe me, I know. I’m over it. Every year, around July/August I start longing for October, and I have a deep desire to colour all of the autumn related things. This works pretty well for all the release colouring I tend to do around this time (hint, I just finished the next release and it is brilliant), but not so well for getting all the fun summer themed stuff done. Oh well! Anyway, I’m still in a bit of a funk, but I’ve been feeling drawn to my coloured pencils, so I thought I would play around do a little autumn themed colouring.

As a follow on from my last Marker Geek Monday post HERE, I decided to use blending solution with my pencils again, which is something I fell out of love with years ago. Here, now, in 2018, I’m back in love. Hooray! I spent a little time testing out some of the blending solution options I have on hand, to see what worked best, with each of my coloured pencils.

I won’t go into the testing in full depth, but a few observations for you:

  • Out of the options I have on hand, Winsor & Newton Sansodor performed best, closely followed by Zest It Pencil Blend. The Sansodor seemed to move the pigment around a little more.
  • Copic Colourless Blender worked quite well, which is good to know in a pinch! Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) would also work.
  • I did not care for Turpenoid at all, and I didn’t find the results to be that great.
  • The paper you use, as always, makes a difference. It isn’t always a huge difference, but it is often noticeable. Moving the pigment around on my preferred paper vs a cheap plain cardstock was much easier, although the cheaper cardstock did also yield decent end results.

That’s it for now, I’ll leave you with today’s colouring and my dreams of autumn…

Stamp Used: The Littles Pumpkin Friends (coordinating die also available)

I stamped the image on hot press watercolour paper and coloured using Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils with Sansodor to blend.

Colours Used: Skin – Light Flesh, Cinnamon, Medium Flesh, Dark Sepia Hair – Bistre, Burnt Sienna, Dark Sepia Scarf & Pumpkin Stalks – May Green, Olive Green Yellowish Dress – Violet, Mauve, Dark Sepia Pumpkins – Terra cotta, Sanguine, Burnt Sienna Hedgehog – Nougat, Van Dyck Brown Fox – Nougat, Sanguine, Indian Red Ground – Bistre, Van Dyck Brown, Dark Sepia Sky – Light Ultramarine, Ultramarine

Note: One thing I remembered while colouring was that my least favourite thing about colouring using this method has always been colouring skin. It always turns out a little dirty/patchy looking to me. With that in mind, I’ll probably grab my Copics for that area next time, or use the pencils without the blending solution.

Over To You!

What do you prefer to do when colouring with coloured pencils? Do you use a blending solution, or just the pencils?

Share your personal favourite Stamping Bella creations with us. We LOVE to see what you’ve been creating with Stamping Bella stamps. Share a link to your latest Stamping Bella card in the comments below, or an old favourite you made a while ago. Tell us what your favourite stamps are. Are there any additions you would like to see to the range? Let us know!

Another way to connect is by joining us in the Stamping Bella Sistahood Facebook Group and share your pictures.

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above. To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday and/or #stampingbella as a hashtag. Even better tag me @markergeek and @stampingbella . We love it when you connect, so don’t be shy!

Until next time, HAPPY STAMPING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

Marker Geek Monday: Tiny Townie Fairy Garden Fairy House – 2 Ways with Coloured Pencil

Elaineabella here with a Marker Geek Monday post for you!

If you read last week’s post, you will know that I’m taking a little time to do some creative play and exploration with no pressure. The summer always seems to lend itself to this for me, possibly because the heat makes me quite lazy! I’m still playing and familiarising myself with watercolour, but in a very low-key way.

This week I decided to play with a stamp I’ve been wanting to revisit for a while – Tiny Townie Fairy Garden Fairy House. I love this stamp, and the whimsical storybook vibe was just begging for the coloured pencil treatment.

If you’ve been following me here or on my own blog, you may be aware that I almost always use coloured pencil without any blending solution, using just the pencils themselves to layer and blend. A lot of people ask about this when I post coloured pencil work, so I thought I would have some fun, reacquaint myself with my blending stumps and blending solution, and do a little comparison for you! I also wanted to try creating something a little softer than my usual style.

Here are my coloured images. I used the same brand and colours of pencil for each. The only real differences are that I used Zest It pencil blending solution on the left hand image, and I opted not to try and add the sky on the right hand image. Both images were stamped using InkOn3 Fade Out No Line Detail ink.

Marker Geek Monday: Tiny Townie Fairy Garden House - 2 Ways with Coloured Pencil

I used the same combination of colours on both versions. The colours of the purple flowers came out a little differently, possibly because the blending solution allowed the colours on the left hand version to blend and the Sepia pencil I used changed the tone of the purple.

Both versions turned out nicely. Before making cards using the images I may go in and add the suggestion of sky to the right hand version, using the blending solution to help create the soft look. I prefer the texture of the door on the right hand version, but I find the flowers more appealing on the left hand version.

Over To You!

What do you prefer to do when colouring with coloured pencils? Do you use a blending solution, or just the pencils?

Share your personal favourite Stamping Bella creations with us. We LOVE to see what you’ve been creating with Stamping Bella stamps. Share a link to your latest Stamping Bella card in the comments below, or an old favourite you made a while ago. Tell us what your favourite stamps are. Are there any additions you would like to see to the range? Let us know!

Another way to connect is by joining us in the Stamping Bella Sistahood Facebook Group and share your pictures.

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above. To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday and/or #stampingbella as a hashtag. Even better tag me @markergeek and @stampingbella . We love it when you connect, so don’t be shy!

Until next time, HAPPY STAMPING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

Marker Geek Monday: Creative Funks & New Journeys

Since the release I’ve been in a bit of a creative funk, due in no small part to the heatwave here in the UK. Let’s just say, I’m dreaming of Autumn!

Instead of fighting my funk, I’m using this as an opportunity to slow down and do a little creative exploration. I can highly recommend it.

I’ve long been drawn to watercolour as a medium, but it doesn’t sit in my comfort zone. As someone who can be a little impatient, and somewhat of a control freak, watercolour is a bit scary! So, I collect and hoard the supplies, then make excuses like “no time”, “too busy”, “can’t do it”. I’m sure this will be a familiar story to many of you, whatever the medium.

The thing is…we don’t grow unless we stretch ourselves, and sitting in a comfortable little box won’t help with that.

So here goes! I’ve started playing by familiarising myself with my existing supplies, while checking out YouTube videos and some books that I already owned. Thankfully I also have some perfect stamping supplies to help the process, and I’ve been enjoying using those to start my exploration of watercolour.

The Danielle’s Swatch Kit collection is perfect for cataloging and experimenting with supplies. I’ve been stamping the Paint Chips stamps on off-cuts of watercolour paper, which is a great way to use up all those scraps. I’ll be sticking them in my notebooks/journals. It has been so relaxing to just stamp the swatches, fill them in, and then trim the pieces down. I’m taking it slow, keeping it low pressure, and enjoying the process.

Over To You!

What would YOU like to learn, but haven’t yet found the time or courage for? Have you already started a new creative journey? Let me know in the comments below!

Share your personal favourite Stamping Bella creations with us. We LOVE to see what you’ve been creating with Stamping Bella stamps. Share a link to your latest Stamping Bella card in the comments below, or an old favourite you made a while ago. Tell us what your favourite stamps are. Are there any additions you would like to see to the range? Let us know!

Another way to connect is by joining us in the Stamping Bella Sistahood Facebook Group and share your pictures.

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above. To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday and/or #stampingbella as a hashtag. Even better tag me @markergeek and @stampingbella . We love it when you connect, so don’t be shy!

Until next time, HAPPY STAMPING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

Marker Geek Monday – All the Summer 2018 Copic Colouring Videos!

Hey folks, Elaineabella here! I’ve finished uploading and publishing the Summer 2018 release Copic colouring videos! You can watch them all in the playlist below or by visiting my YouTube Channel (I would be delighted if you subscribed while you’re over there, and if you enjoy the videos please do like them and leave a comment there – it all helps)!

You can find all of the new release stamps and dies HERE.

Stamping Bella Summer 2018 Playlist:

Settle in and watch all of the colouring videos in the playlist below or in HD over on YouTube!

As always, happy shopping, happy stamping and happy colouring!

Elaineabella

More Summer 2018 Release Colouring Videos!

Hey folks, Elaineabella here! I’m still uploading the colouring videos for the new release, and will be publishing them every day this week until they are all done, so if there is a particular image you’re waiting for, keep an eye on my YouTube Channel! Here are today’s videos, plus the full playlist. Perfect to watch while you’re waiting for your new stamps to arrive. 😉

Oddball Nurse Copic Colouring Video:

Watch me colour our ecstatic nurse in the video below or in HD over on YouTube.

Baseball Squidgy Copic Colouring Video:

Watch me colour our adorable batter in the video below or in HD over on YouTube.

Stamping Bella Summer 2018 Playlist:

Alternatively, you can settle in and watch all of the colouring videos in the playlist below or in HD over on YouTube! This playlist will update as I publish the remaining videos.

As always, happy shopping, happy stamping and happy colouring!

Elaineabella

Marker Geek Monday: Rosie & Bernie Copic Colouring Videos

Time for a little Marker Geek Monday. Firstly, I hope your week is off to a better start than mine! I’m full of a summer cold. Sigh.

The fact that I’m full of cold means I’ve also been pretty unproductive as far as colouring goes! Apologies for that. I have however, finished editing the colouring videos for the last release (just in time to start editing the ones for the next release, yay!). So today, I’m sharing the last few Rosie & Bernie colouring videos with you. Next week we’ll be showing off the new release, so prepare yourselves!

Meet Rosie & Bernie Colouring Video:

Watch below or in HD over on YouTube.

I Spy Rosie & Bernie Colouring Video:

Watch below or in HD over on YouTube.

Rosie & Bernie Love to Explore Colouring Video:

Watch below or in HD over on YouTube.

 

Over To You!

Share your personal favourite Stamping Bella creations with us. We LOVE to see what you’ve been creating with Stamping Bella stamps. Share a link to your latest Stamping Bella card in the comments below, or an old favourite you made a while ago. Tell us what your favourite stamps are. Are there any additions you would like to see to the range? Let us know!

Another way to connect is by joining us in the Stamping Bella Sistahood Facebook Group and share your pictures.

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above. To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday and/or #stampingbella as a hashtag. Even better tag me @markergeek and @stampingbella . We love it when you connect, so don’t be shy!

Until next time, HAPPY STAMPING!

MWAH

Elaineabella