Happy 2018 Precious People!
Believe it or not, this is not a Christmas card, but a birthday card for my son-in-law, whose birthday is on Boxing Day. He is very appreciative of my art, and is an artist himself, so, I decided to do a card for him that he could actually frame if he wanted to; thus, it is a one layer card with no add-ons; it's just images and colour!
I used my Winter Scene in combination with an image that was available for one of Kit And Clowder's colouring classes (a website dedicated to teaching colouring of digital images!) It is a redux of an older digital image from a few years ago, Snowman and Penguins.
I coloured the image with mixed media - Copics, Coloured Pencil and a white gel pen for the snowflakes on Snowman's hat. After laying down a layer of Copics, I went over parts of it with Prismacolour Pencils. The parts I put a pencil layer on were the snow in the foreground, the snow on the tree on the right, the penguin whites parts, the snowman white parts, the snowman's hat and scarf, and the two blue/green hats and scarf, and the ear muffs. Other than those parts, the sky, the distant hills and the snow on the trees on the left, as well as the striped scarf, are just Copics. The reason for adding the coloured pencils are several: I feel I have a slight advantage with coloured pencils in that I can control where the colour goes, and control the blend a lot easier. Also, if you use some of the medium or dark shades of Copics, like I had, the paper tends to get saturated quickly, and so it becomes impossible to deepen some of the shadows without getting ink pooling on the surface. Switching to coloured pencil at that point gives me the option of deepening shadows successfully. I was happy with the sky and the distant hills and the mid ground trees, and that is why they didn't get any added coloured pencils on top.
This type of colouring is very time consuming, and so it is not a type of project that one can do for every card, if you tend to want to make a lot of cards. But it is very rewarding to see the end results!
Here is a list of the colours used:
Sky: Y0000, BG90, B14, 91, W0, C1, 0 Blender
Ground and Snowman: Y0000, BG70, B60, BG000, B32, 41, BV23
Snowman's scarf and hat: E21, 23, 25, 29, 49, R56, RV17, 14, and the white gel pen for the snowflake design
Blue/green hat, scarf and mitt on L penguin: BG11, 23, 72, 75, B14
Green hat top R penguin: G40, 43, 46, B14
Hood on penguin: E53, 55, 57, RV17
Fur Trim: W1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Green Mitt: YG25, G40, 43, 46
Feet and beaks: YR61, E95, 97, 99
Penguin White: YR30, BV20, 0000, 000, 23
Penguin Black: N0, 1, 5, 10, Y0000
Branch arms: E21, 08, 19
Prismacolour pencils used to enhance the underlay of Copics:
929, 928, 994, 1078, 914, 927, 938, 1006, 105, 1027, 943, 1079, 912, 992, 920, 907, 103, 1024, 1103, 1086, 1087
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Thanks so much for looking, and, have a fantastic best-yet new year!
Date: Sunday, December 31, 2017 GMT Views: 1120
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Sun, Dec 31, 2017 @ 7:08 PM
Wow, wow, wow!! I think this is my favorite of all of the cards you've made. That's really saying something as all of your cards have been beyond gorgeous. Your son in law will surely treasure this beautiful art from the heart.
Have a very Happy New Year, Crissy. Hope it is filled with many blessings for you and your family.
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Sun, Dec 31, 2017 @ 9:46 PM
Wow is right! Crissy, this is amazing and adorable and exquisite and just so sweet! You are truly amazingly gifted and talented, sweet friend, and I know your son-in-law will LOVE this card! I love it, and thank you for sharing your coloring tips and colors. I agree totally with you about using pencils. I did a quick card today for a challenge, and I nearly pulled out my pencils (but for the lateness). I wish you a beautiful and blessed new year, sweet friend! Much love and hugs!! xoxo