Thursday, 24 December 2015

Santa Claus by Coral Martinez

Step 1: I very softly sketched the drawing with a blue pencil.
Step 2: I painted background box in red.
Step 3: When it dried completely, I applied a second layer of red paint. This made the picture more even.
Step 4: Once the background was completely dry, I used the the Bimoji brush no.5 to make thick black outlines.
Step 5: The smallest details, like the glasses, the freckles or  the rattle were made with the Kuretake Hikkei Fine, because it allows you to be more precise.
Step 6: Afterward I made the textures, the eyebrows and the beard with the Kuretake no. 8 brush.
Step 7: Once the line was completely finished, I used a fine brush and red paint to fix the small blank spaces between the background and the figure.
Step 8: As soon as the latter details were dry, I erased the blue pencil that was still visible.

Step 9: And it’s done! I used Bimoji No. 5 brush, Kuretake No. 8, KuretakeHikkei Fine (all of them for black lines), blue pencil, red acrylic paint, two brushes of different degrees of thickness and a rubber.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

“Robin in Winter” card by Jo Nevill

It hardly seems possible that Winter is just around the corner – it is so warm today !!  I am one of these people who does a snow dance though as soon as it gets colder – I love the snow !

I’m here with my step by step “Robin in Winter” card.

Products used :

Colours used :
58 – Evergreen
36 – Wine Red
47 – Dark Brown
64 – Blue
66 – Menthol Violet
67 – Deep Blue

I firstly taped my watercolour card to a piece of board with frog tape for delicate surfaces.  This prevents a lot of the warping when watercolouring.
I then stamped my Robin onto the card
I then took the holly stamp and painted it with Evergreen and Wine Red and stamped the holly image onto the card.  I have found it best when stamping with paint to make the paint nice and thick so you get a good image.

Watercolour the Robin and pull some colour using the watercolour brush from your stamped holly image to paint the leaves and berries.

After leaving the card to dry for a while, I painted my background being very carefully around the holly so that the colours didn’t run into one another !
Taking the stencil, I added some snowflakes using white ink and a sponge dauber.

I added some splatters with the white Wink of Stella pen to give the feeling of smaller snowflakes falling.
I die cut my sentiment and adhered it with a Zig 2 Way Glue Pen.

I then heat embossed the rest of the sentiment with gold embossing powder.
Go over the snowflakes with a clear Winkof Stella pen to give your card some sparkle and shine.
I decided to leave the white border around the edge that was masked off with the frog tape, I liked it.  Don’t worry about some paint bleed that may have got underneath, this is all part of the arty and handmade look !!
I hope I have inspired you and have fun making your warm winter wishes for someone special !


Thank’s for popping by !

Friday, 4 December 2015

Winter Card by Veerle Moreels

Hi, it’s my time again to guide you step by step through my process in making this project. It has been warm for a long time but it looks like winter is finally here. And as winter is this month’s theme I took out some cold colors to make a card and wish somebody on this cold winter day the warmest wishes.

I  took my Gansai Tambi watercolors and prepared everything before starting. I taped a piece of watercolor paper onto a board. That allows me to tilt my paper when I get started. I took the colors 57 Turquoise green – 38 Deep violet and the 95 Silver and putted it in a separate plate to avoid mixing up my colors in my box of watercolors itself while working.
Put something under your board so it is tilted.  I started by putting a good coat of water on my paper and then putted some color at the top of my paper. The water on my paper will start picking up my color and get it to run down on the paper.
When I have a first coat of color I spritzed more water on the paper so my colors can run down easier and they can spread on the paper to color it completely. Keep putting on more color and water until you are satisfied and your paper is completely colored.
If wanted you can already put some Silver on your paper. You’ll see that is blends beautifully and push aside some of the other color. I only used a little bit.  When I was happy with my paper I used a heattool to dry my paper completely
I missed some Silver so I putted just a tiny bit at the top of my paper and had it dripping down.  I didn’t spritz water here to avoid the Silver to run all over my paper. Instead I used a brush with water and putted it right on top of the lines of Silver to help it and run down to the bottom of my paper.
While I left my paper to dry I started stamping some snowflakes using the Gansai Tambi. You don’t want watered down paint since that will get in the nooks and crannies and you will have splatters instead of a nice and crisp image. Just use a damp brush  to pick up some color and lay it down on the rubber stamp.  When you colored your stamp breathe onto your stamp to get some moist onto your paint
I stamped my snowflakes onto a thick vellum. I also used my brush to splatter on some little dots of the Silver paint.
And while my vellum was drying i made a little tag. I took a piece of watercolor paper and using a brush I colored it using the same nr 57 turquoise green. When it was dry I stamped my text on there. Translated it says: “We wish you on these cold winter days the warmest wishes.”
To make the snowflake I used a brush and colored a piece of vellum with the Silver.  When dry I punched out my snowflake.
Last step is assembling the pieces together to make my card. I didn’t glue down the vellum but sowed it on my paper ;-)
Used materials:
Gansai Tambi watercolors box of 36 ~ colors nr 57 Turquoise green – 38 Deep violet – 95 Silver
Zig Flat waterbrush
Zig Millenium 01
Watercolor paper
Stamp of a snowflake


Monday, 30 November 2015

Patricia's Christmas Diorama

Hello there, fellow readers! I hope all of you are having a nice day. Patricia here with a slightly different project.
I will show you how I made a little diorama out of a wooden box I altered, mostly using my ZIG Woodcraft markers. As the 
theme this time is Christmas related, I tried to give it a seasonal look.
 
Let's start! Firstly, apart from my wooden box, here I show the products I used:
From left to right:
 
- ZIG Water Colour System H20 Brush (Detailer Tip)
- ZIG Memory System 2 Way Glue Pen
- ZIG Cocoiro Letter Pen (Extra Fine, Black)
- ZIG Wink of Stella (999 - Clear Glitter)
- ZIG Posterman Pen (0,5 mm Extra Fine, White)
- ZIG Clean Color Real Brush (064, 022)
- ZIG Woodcraft Markers (6mm – Chisel Tip; 102 – Silver Metallic; 624 – Burnt Umber; 000 – Arctic White; 343 – Forget Me Not
; 446 – English Cucumber)
So, I started painting inside the box, mixing my Woodcrafter pens and the Posterman pen with water, trying to work out 
some faded colour for the background; I intended to paint a pair of snowy mountains at the back, giving texture (marking 
small dots, placing small stains, leaving short strokes of paint, etc).
Also, left a bit of paint (From my ZIG Woodcrafter marker called Arctic White) on a paper scrap, and before it got completely 
dry, I patted it against the part that's supposed to be the floor of this small forest I'm painting, so it looks like snow it's there.
I collected sticks that have fallen from the pine trees, and painted them with the Arctic White, in a way that it looks like 
snow, again :)
Cutting them at the right measure so they fit perfectly between the two panels inside the box I tried to make them look like 
trees. I did safe them using my ZIG 2 Way Glue pen. Looks like the landscape is getting alive!
Drew some Christmas-ish socks with my Cocoiro, then painted them with some red strokes (ZIG Clean Color Real Brush (022). 
These will go hanging from a thread I coloured with my ZIG Woodcraft Marker 102 Silver Metallic. 
Placed some glue behind, so once I folded the narrow paper flap I intentionally cut along with each sock, 
it stays hanging from the cord.
After placing and glueing the sticks that look like tall trees now, I drew and coloured a red fox with my
 ZIG Clear Color Real Brushes, and placed in its right place in my diorama.
It was time to paint the other inner lid; I tried to painted it looking like a window, so I used my ZIG Woodcraft Markers once 
again, (624 – Burnt Umber; 000 – Arctic White; 446 – English Cucumber).
And added a pair of two sticks I painted like they're snowy trees. 
 
Gluing some star-shaped charms, then I added clear glitter with my ZIG Wink of Stella on the trees.
Painted white the outside of the box, adding dash lines in silver and green. Then applied my ZIG Varnish Marker 
(not pictured in the products' photo), to intensify the finish, increasing the brightness of the colors somehow. 
My project is finished after I added red sequins and a bit of green tinsel at the top of the lid that looks like a window,
 trying to look like a piece of mistletoe. I also sprinkled glitter all around, and then it's ready.
I hope you all enjoyed reading how I made this little diorama/shadow box with such a festive scene to decorate 
my room on Christmas :D Thank you for reading me :)
 
Merry Christmas for all!
 
Patricia.