Thursday 6 September 2018

Colouring Stamped Images

I don't think that I've ever enjoyed colouring in stamped images more than the two here.  There is a third image in the set which I haven't worked on yet but I am looking forward to doing so.  These are two of the stamps designed by Helen Hopkins 'aitch' for IndigoBlu: Guardian Angel and Luna & Owl.  I am entering them into the Stamping Sensations September challenge based on the letter B.  This is a stamping challenge so on the basis of Blonde with Bird and Blue angel with woodland Beasts, I am entering both images.

I was given some fantastic advice by 'aitch'; rather than stamping in black, to use the Antique Linen Distress Oxide.  This means that the stamping fades into the background and that the result is more of a sketched look.  These stamps are perfect for this technique as there are large areas to colour in which allow you to play with light and shade.
I started with the hair, using a water brush and the Ecoline pen in Yellow Ochre scribbled onto a glass mat.
For the face, neck and hands I used a combination of Rose Pink Ecoline and a Flesh Kuretake Clean Colour pen as well as the water brush.
The owl was coloured in a selection of Sepia tones from Ecoline.
To add detail, I used some of the WHSmith watercolour pencils to apply light strokes over the owl and the hair, then went over with a water brush to blend out some of the colour.
The angel was stamped in the same way onto Sheena's stamping card.
The wings were coloured using the blue and light blue Kuretake pens blended directly onto the image.
The hair was coloured using a water brush and Ecoline pens in Mahogany, Yellow Ochre and Deep Orange and the face in the same way as the previous image but this time intensifying the colour by using the pens directly onto the image, then blending out with a water brush.
Once the rest of the image had been coloured I used a 0.1 micron pen to add some sketchy lines onto the face and to define the animals.
I wish I had left the face alone as I prefer the effect created with the first image, but either way, this was the best way to relax after work!

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