Friday, April 22, 2016

Some Coloring

Happy Friday!
On Instagram I saw this photo that Dawn from Wplus9 was coloring. Isn't it beautiful??
I just received the Beautiful Bouquet: Dahlia stamp from SSS and wanted to color along with her. I used Zig Clean Color markers and waterbrush instead of Copics which is what Dawn was using.

  • Coloring three at a time helped me learn what I liked in colors, brush strokes and addition of water. 
  • All are on watercolor paper. 
  • Stamped in Distress Antique linen for the No-Line coloring effect. 
  • In hindsight I should have remembered to do a "second generation stamping" because it was difficult to hide the line even though it was distress.

Here are some step by step photos. 
 I decided that I better start documenting what color Zigs I used for each one at this point for the second flower.
 By the second flower I realized adding water did not give me the sharp lines I was going for. So I put down the waterbrush.
 Then is was time for leaves and as you can see this is were different brush strokes really change the character of the image.

At this point I quickly colored the smaller leaves and flowers in.  It was a bit tricky to deciding on the colors though.
Now the first one kind of went south due to poor color choices. So I matted it and will leave it for later.

I added a simple a sentiment to the pink one, Hand Lettered Hello from wplus9 and used the technique shared at PTI MIM #246 to give it a Faux-brushed look. Then I added a Zig brush: GrayTint shadow around the entire cluster to give it some depth. 

 For the next one I cut the Bouquet out and layered it with some Dp and Vellum. I LOVE this one because of the colors..BLUE and Yellow together make me think of Lin at Sending Hugs:))

Hope you enjoyed seeing my process of coloring for the week. Wishing you a Blessed Weekend!

(make it girlie)



  1. What did you stamp the flowers in to start?

  2. Saw your cards and had to come get a closer look. What a treat to see your tutorial. TFS. They are gorgeous, especially the pink one in my eye. I think it may be due to the "light" areas on the leaves and blooms.

  3. You are definitely the coloring queen. These are all so pretty!!! I love the faux-brushed lettering look.

  4. seriously gorgeous set of cards!! your coloring skills are amazing!!

  5. I agree with the other posters that your coloring is amazing. I think all the cards are beautiful but the pink one is my favorite. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  6. I am in awe of your coloring talents LauraJane!! These are stunning!!

  7. Oh my goodness...these are stunningly gorgeous! Wow!

  8. Each one is amazing! I love each of them. Your coloring is perfection!

  9. Stunning! LauraJane!! thank you for the documentation! I really appreciate your tips as my first Altenew order arrived yesterday and I'm staring at them suddenly feeling totally intimidated!

    I have never tried either Copic or Zig markers are they about the same in how they blend?

    What I love the most about all the cards you share on your blog is the dynamic colors you achieve!

    Hope you are having a great day!


    1. Hi Patti! I do believe you will create amazing things with your Altenew stamps.
      About the Copics and Zig question. Both blend famously! Copics, being alcohol based meant I had to give them up..i just can't tolerate the fumes and I couldn't seem to get teh look I was going for in a short time. The Zigs are my favorite because of the water base factor. They can be used with or without h20 and still blend well.
      Have FUN!

  10. Your coloring is fantastic! I just got this stamp and have only colored it once so far. I have a long way to go!! :)

  11. Your coloring is fantastic! I just got this stamp and have only colored it once so far. I have a long way to go!! :)


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