Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Flower Girl meets Frida Kahlo by ColourYourDayHappy

Hi everyone! This is Glòria , the artist behind ColourYourDayHappy. 

I want to share a piece I created as part of the incredible fun but challenging ‘ColourJuly’ competition. This is a ‘new’ version of the ‘my favourite human’ piece. I chose Frida Kahlo as my topic as a woman I admire both personally and artistically. I can never get enough of HER , her life, her clothes, her style, her art, …
THIS IS THE STEP BY STEP PROCESS

1. PREPARE MATERIALS 
·               Kuretake Gansai Tambi;52 ocean green, 51  May green, 58 evergreen, 53 mid green, 57 turquoise green 64 blue, 63Persian blue, 50 pale aqua, 139 purple, 37 deep pink, 34 dark pink, 32 red, 33 orange, 40 lemon yellow, 42 bright yellow and 47 dark brown

·               A pencil and an eraser
·               Watercolour paper 

2. LOOK FOR INSPIRATION
All the inspiration came from Mexico.


From the talent one of her most relevant artist Frida Kahlo and the colours of the amazing Mexican fabric.  
3.CHOOSE COLOURS 
Working with the colour chips, select the colours to use for the project.
I wanted to use bright and intense colours so I went for the most vibrant Gansai Tambi colours. 
4. DRAW
As I wanted to keep the painting very free I decided to sketch the concept first. Keep the drawing fresh, free and minimal.
This way I would only need to draw the eyes, the eyebrows and the base lines of the face. 
5. PAINT FLOWERS
I decided to paint the biggest flower in the centre first as this one would determine what would happen to the rest of the flowers.
Paint the first petal . Let it dry
Paint the second petal . Let it dry
Paint the third petal . Let it dry
Add details. Flower is finished.
Repeat the process for the rest of the flowers. 
6. ADD FACE DETAILS
Use colour 47 dark brown for the eyes, the eyebrows and the mouth. 
7. PAINT LEAVES
Use the 4 different greens to compensate the shapes and colours of the flowers. 
8. FLOWER GIRL meets FRIDA KAHLO
At this point I can only say that it was really fun to paint this start summer design. 


I hope you find this ‘step by step’ tutorial useful and inspiring.
Until next time,

Glòria



Tuesday, 28 July 2015

#ColourJuly Day 28: You Choose! by DT member Jo Nevill

It's day 28 of the Kuretake UK #ColourJuly Art Challenge and today's theme is "You Choose". A nice easy challenge for you to get your creative juices flowing !
To participate just draw or write the theme of the day, hashtag #ColourJuly and 'like' Kuretake UK on Facebook ! You will then be in with a chance of winning a £160RRP prize bundle !!
I've been itching to use these gorgeous stamps by WPlus9 which are right up my street ! 
and, here is how I made my card !
I firstly stamped all the flowers and leaves out I wanted onto a piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock.  Out of all my watercolor card, I find this one the best to use with the Zig Clean Colour Brush Pens.
I then die cut the flowers and leaves with the matching dies.
I then painted the flowers with Zig Clean Colour Brush Pens.  I like to scribble on an acrylic block and paint the ink onto the the card. If I want to add depth of colour I then use the pen directly onto the card in the place I want the colour.  I find this technique works best for me.
Heat emboss the sentiment onto a piece of black card with white embossing powder.
I added some splats of black mist to the background and a couple of stamped zig zags.  Arranged the flowers onto another piece of watercolor card and added the sentiment.  The final touch was to add some sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella pen.

Go on, have a go and enter the challenge !!!

Monday, 27 July 2015

SUPERHEROES by Paula #ColourJuly #Superheroes

Hey there guys! It's me again! Today i'm showing you a little ol' tutorial based on the the theme of 

SUPERHEROES!

So here we go:
I used:

Kuretake Clean color pens.
Kuretake memory scroll and brush pens.
Kuretake ar and graphic twin pens.
Kuretake Wink of Luna pen.
A marker Pen.
A pencil
A biro
And a secret ingredient!

STEP ONE:
My first step was to brainstorm ideas, could I draw a nice portrait of batman? yes! Could I draw the backdrop to metropolis? sure! But I didn't want to, I decided to go a little more simple and punchy! So I chose LOGOS.
I Mapped out a few different superhero logos with my pencil, making sure to slightly overlap them but leave some gaps inbetween:
STEP TWO:
I used my Kuretake scroll and brush pen in black to draw around the outside of the symbols I had just pencilled in, altering any bits as I went along:

STEP THREE:
I used a mixture of all three different kinds of pens to add colour and depth to my superhero symbols:
Using three different shades of yellow:
ART AND GRAPHIC TWIN IN MID YELLOW
CLEAN COLOR IN BRIGHT YELLOW AND YELLOW

Three different shades of red:
SCROLL AND BRUSH IN PURE RED
ART AND GRAPHIC TWIN IN WINE RED
CLEAN COLOR IN CARMINE RED.

And one shade of Green:
SCROLL AND BRUSH IN PURE GREEN.

STEP THREE:
I used a biro pen, sketching and cross hatching in from the edges to create a rounded shadowed effect:

STEP FOUR:
I used a marker pen to fill in the negative space, leaving a small border around the symbols so it would stand out.
STEP FIVE:
I used my wink of luna pen in shade SILVER  to add in a few sparkly curves. Now, i haven't used this pen much before. It's a brush nib and you squeeze the ink slowly into the brush and use to your hearts content. This pen is FABULOUS It's highly pigmented, It's soft and easy to get a good curve sweep in with. 10 out of 10:
STEP SIX:
Now comes my secret weapon: Is it paint? no, is it charcoal? no!  it is in fact: EYESHADOW. I used a silver eyeshadow to add a gunmetal/steel effect in the background to almost age the picture.
Do you like it?
I hope so!
And always remember: 

YOU DONT NEED SUPERPOWERS TO BE A SUPERHERO!



Thursday, 23 July 2015

#ColourJuly Day 23: Birthday Cards! by DT member Patricia

Hello fellow readers! Hope you're enjoying your day :)

For today's project I'm choosing to make a Birthday Card, day 23 theme's from #ColourJuly, the Kuretake's artsy challenge they proposed this month for us to keep creative. To put together a little piece of art following their themes It's been a great fun so far.

First, material & products used:

- ZIG Kuretake Art & Graphic Twin pens (8, 22, 23, 56, 16, 2, 10)
- ZIG Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush (Lilac, 081)
- ZIG Kuretake MemorySystem 2 Way Glue 
- Hero Arts Stamp Set (CL158 Clear Design "Cupcakes").
- A tiny piece of rubber, cut in a triangular shape.
- Washi tape happily patterned.
- Watercolour paper 185g.
- Brush.

Started off by choosing the stamps I'll be using for my project, some little cupcakes. I'll be inking with my ZIG Art & Graphic Twin pen (8), stroking the brush tip against the rubber in light touches, so the ink is placed uniformly. It works so well and the image really gets sharply printed on my paper.
Then, used my bright colors (ZIG Kuretake Art & Graphic Twin pens 16, 22, 23) on the little piece of rubber, and made some stamping on my watercolor paper, looking like this:
I used this pattern for the cupcakes icing (really looks lovely, and you just can play and stamp with more shapes, or even sizes):

Put more vibrant and solid colour to some details, like the tiny heart and the flower on top. Mixed water with ink for the heart, using a brush. 
I coloured the flower with that ink+water technique, then added a lilac tone to the petals, so it looks eye-catching, with the Clean Color Real Brush pen (Lilac, 081).
Inked then the rest of the stamps, and carefully painted the little details that will be on top of the cupcakes.
Put together the two pieces of each cupcake adding small dots of the 2 Way Glue pen. In such occasions, when I need small amounts of glue to stick together two small parts of something, this pen just saves my life. Applied pressure for only a couple of seconds and the cupcakes look gorgeous in one piece (Note: decided to cut out the plate of one of the cupcakes, tho).
The sentiment is glued aswell, on some ripped strands of washi paper, to add more colour to the composition. 
Finished! :D

Close details: 




Looking good! Totally in love with that crispy stamping the ink from the pens leave when you use them painting a block stamping.

Hope everyone felt inspired and enjoyed this card tutorial :) Thank you for reading!

Patricia