Today’s post is a little different in that I’m not sharing a finished project, but rather one that is in progress and going into very detailed photos and steps of the behind the scenes coloring! We often show the finished project all nice and pretty, but what is not often seen or glanced over is the amount of time and focus the coloring process takes. Ready to get started?
I have picked out the Altenew Forever in Love stamp set to color today. This is an absolutely gorgeous set with large lined floral arrangements that make it a really great candidate for coloring. I have decided to heat emboss the image in gold on bristol paper and watercolor it. To really get a lot definition and interest with watercolors, you will be painting several layers, and you want to start out with a light coat of the colors first before building up more shades.
I started to add in darker shades with my second layer of colors. A great way to easily get a darker shade of the paint you are using is by mixing in complementary colors. Since I am using a red-purple color, I mixed in yellow-green a little bit at a time to get a dark, deeper shade to add.
I continued the process again, this time adding a third layer to my rose and also adding in even more yellow-green to my color to give it a even deeper shade. Mixing complementary colors can lead to a brown color, so if you feel that you have gone too far, you can add more red-purple to revitalize your mixture.
You can continue to add even more layers if you want, but I have decided to stop with 3 and move on to othe areas of the image. I painted in my first layer of greens to all the leaves surrounding the roses.
I went back in for my second layer of greens, but this time I dabbled with a few various shades, and a little ochre in some areas, and a little yellow in others. This created more variation and interest in the leaves, which I felt gave it a fun artistic feel to it.
For my very last layer on the flowers, I wanted to add details with color pencils. For this step, you want to color with a light hand and add more layers if you want deeper tones. Coloring is a slow process, so you don’t want to rush through it. From start to end, it took me about 2 hours of coloring. Hope this inspires you to color along and join Kathy’s #thedailymarker30day for the rest of November! If you enjoy these detailed coloring posts, give me a holler in the comments!
This post is part of the Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop! If you’ve been hopping along with us, you would have arrived here from Hussena Calcuttawala’s blog and your next stop is the Kristina Pokazanieva’s blog! You can find the full blog hop list or start at the beginning from the Altenew Card Blog.
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