Friday, 17 October 2014

A Little Bit Oriental

I've finally got enough Christmas cards done that I can turn my attention to other things for a while, so I decided to try something a little different. Recently, I've watched a couple of videos from Letraset showing shading techniques with Promarkers, and the artist whose name I didn't catch, claimed that he preferred to colour on watercolour paper. So, I decided to have a go.

I used a Crafts and Me digi - from artist Meredith Dillman called Jade. I used a fairly lightweight watercolour paper that I got from Clas Ohlson which goes through my printer easily. (I've got some 300gsm Bockingford watercolour paper that won't although I can use other 300gsm cards.) I've got to say that it's easier to blend on this paper than it is on others I've tried; Crafter's Companion Neenah, Ryman Ink Jet coated card, Joanna Sheen. I suspect I used a lot more ink that I would have with the other cards, and I doubt it'd give a good result with pencils, but I must admit I'm fairly impressed. Colouring's not my strong point, but I was fairly happy with the result - especially the skin tones.

As with most of the Crafts and Me digis I've bought, the image is very detailed and hard to colour if you print it at the size I normally do for a 6 by 6 card, so I printed this a little bigger and used a 7 by 7 card! (I do like that size - 8 by 8 seems a little over the top sometimes. I kept the design fairly simple, although I did do quite a lot of matting and layering. The background uses some paper from MME I've had for ages and a Sizzix die cut. I finished with a couple of lace flowers that I coloured to match with my Promarkers.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Kitty Bee where they want die cuts/punches,
Sister Act where anything goes,
Wags 'n Whiskers where they want stripes,
ABC where 'V is for Vibrant',
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge where anything goes,
Doodle Pantry where anything goes (with a digi),
The Crafting Cafe where they want pink,
Sisters of Craft where anything goes,
Crafty Girls where anything goes,
Inspiration Destination where anything goes.


Sally Dodger said...

I really like the effect of colouring with the Promarkers onto the water colour card and your choice of colours are lovely. Hope you have a good weekend. Sally D.x.

auntbeespickles said...

Good for you girl to have a bunch of Christmas cards already done! I use watercolor paper with Copics and I, just like you, like how the blend. Great job I think the coloring is beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us over at the Doodle Pantry "any digi" challenge. Good luck and I hope you will join us again!
Hugs, Sarah T

Kim B said...

Such lovely colors, beautiful . Thanks so much for joining us at Wags n Whiskers.

StampNScrapJunkie said...

Great card! I really like that image and the colors of the card! Thanks for joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
IDCB Owner

nini78 said...

very nice card , I love these colors and this side "japanisant"
thank you for joining us at sister act card challenge
DT fanny sister act

Laine said...

Such a pretty creation. Wonderful image and detail. Thank you for sharing with us at WNW Challenge.
Laine - DT

Pamellia said...

Wow Josephine, this is just stunning! Your image is gorgeous and coloured to perfection! I love the lattice strips up the sides and your crocheted flowers are such a wonderful embellishment! Love it! hugs :)

Nikki said...

What a gorgeous image and a lovely card you have created. Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Challenges.


J said...

I think that has coloured beautifully! I want to have a go, but only have the dimpled watercolour card - I don't think that will have the same effect. Is it worth buying some do you think?? I have so much cardstock that I really shouldn't keep getting more...

Marsha said...

Lovely card. Beautiful coloring and colors. Thanks for entering the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge. Hope to see you again next month.

Dawn said...

Gorgeous card! I may have to try watercolour paper for myelf! I know I have some somewhere!
Thanks for sharing it with us in the Think Pink Challenge over at The Crafting Cafe!
Good Luck
Dawn xx

sweetpea said...

Lovely card, I like this image too. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Crafting Cafe challenge Janet DT x

Marlene Atkinson said...

A gorgeous card, love the image. thank you for sharing with us at The Crafting Cafe Challenge. Marlene DT

Leanne said...

gorgeous card! that image is beautiful and the colors you chose are perfect. the backdrop in black really gives it that extra Asian touch.
Mahalo for joining us at Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenge (#34)

Crafting Adventures said...

Great color combo! Thanks for joining us over at Doodle Pantry!

janna'scraftingattic said...

What a beautiful card, love a bit of oriental :-)
My DT card for this challenge was oriental too !
Thank you so much for joining in with the think pink challenge this time. Janna DT

mand said...

Beautiful card, coloured beautifully. thanks for joining us at the Crafting Cafe. Amanda x


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