Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Southwest Mountains

This is a similar view when you visit parts of Arizona.  The red rocks jutting out of the ground like some mars landscape.  The heat radiating up and drying you to the core.   I wish i could enjoy the beauty from the inside of a air conditioned bubble...oh wait I can....DONT get out of your car.  It is a sight to see though.  This stamp is now available through C.C.Designs.
I love adding purples or blues over oranges and reds.  It really give a pretty accent to colors.  Don't think you can't add crazy colors in almost the "normal" to give it that special touch.

By request this stamp will be colored up by the attendees in my July class in Arizona (go figure)

Southwest Mountains - CCDesigns

Copics:
E33 E47
W1 W3 W5
BG72
BG0000
E08 R89
Y15
YG03 YG95 G99

Smell of the Ocean

Living most of my life on the coast, this brings back so many fond memories.  I lived in Oregon, on the coast in Eureka, CA., and in Dutch Harbor, AK...now I live in the hot desert of Arizona (what was I thinking?).  I am definitely a coastal girl at heart and look forward  to the sound of the seagulls and the crashing of the waves with the sand between my toes and that smell of salty kelp that is drying in the wind.  For now I can dream (and color up images) of the sea.
This stamp from C.C. Designs "Beach Front" is now available.  Those taking my class in July will get a little taste of the DoveArt Studios line of stamps.


Copics:
E08 R89
W1 W3 W5
BG0000
YG95 G99
BG72

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bridge Over Water

I love this stamp (from C.C. Designs).  It is a very calming scenery.  I can almost hear the water trickling under the bridge in the stamp Bridge Over Water.  It is a quick and easy image to color and makes a great feminine or masculine card depending on the colors chosen for the paper.
Trees with details are so easy to color.  Keep in mind you want to keep a highlight to separate the "clusters" of the different positions of the leaf areas to give the illusion of depth.  Literally this is just a bunch of fat smooshy dots places over the detail of the stamp, semi-blending from dark to light.  This could be a beautiful fall image by just changing the color of the foliage in the trees too.

This is a card in the upcoming card class for July at The Paper Collage.

Stamp:  DoveArt Studios Bridge Over Water

Copics:
W1 W3 W5
YG03 YG17 YG67
BG72
R89
YG95 G99


Sunday, June 18, 2017

X-Press It Adhesive Sheet fun

So I left you off last post with my favorite Sketchbook and a project I had started.  Here is what I did with the image when I was done.
I have done this micro bead cover-all once before on a Christmas card.  Although it was a heavy card when it was done, I loved the results.  I thought I would try it again for this project.  Micro beads are tiny little hole-less beads that can come in a variety of colors.  I have had some in my stash for a while and thought I would use some up.  Using clear ones make any colored image glimmer. 

I cut the image down to the size I wanted for the frame I was going to use.  Using an X-Press It Adhesive sheet I covered the front of the image.  The adhesive sheet is double-sided so one side sticks to the project and you can apply glitter or micro beads or any other fun thing to the exposed sticky side.  This Adhesive sheet work well for laminating too.  Because of the strong hold I knew it would hold all those tiny beads.

In short all you do is peel one side and stick to the desired surface....then peel the other side and apply the glitter or micro beads.

Here is the project finished.  So simple and gives the image that little somethin' for a wow.  Whether you are doing a tiny project or a big project Copic has them in all sorts of sizes.

Close up

You can find all the sizes including a roll of the product  HERE at Imagination International Inc.

I went back into the deep depth of my blog (scary actually), and found some other projects that would have been perfect for this project!  Have you ever tried adding sand to a project?  A lot of glues won't work well...but I bet the Adhesive sheet would have been fabulous!

Here are two more micro bead projects for inspiration too




What are some projects you have done with Adhesive Sheets?

 I want some more fun ideas to store up in my brain for next time.

Until next time!

Jenn Dove






Saturday, June 17, 2017

Copic Must Haves - Sketchbook

I mean for reals...this is a must have!  I love my Copic Sketchbooks.  Why?  What makes them awesome you ask?  Let me tell you what I love them!
They come in different sizes, the small one is perfect for the art on-the-go and the larger ones are great for nice sized, framable artwork.  The paper is smooth and the perfect thickness to hold layers of ink (although I still put a scrap paper between sheets for possible bleed-through).  The paper is a nice weight to go through a printer if desired.
Have you worked on paper that is not a tight, compressed weave?  When you ink it, the ink will travel in the weave of the paper fibers leaving a not-so-crisp impression...this is not the case with the Sketchbooks.  The ink stays where you place it.  For inking and coloring with markers you want that compressed paper.  For watercolor and other mediums you want the softer papers that allow the medium to travel.
I thought I would do some playing around for a project I was working on.  I drew this Fuchsia cluster using my pencil and then once satisfied I inked it with the Cool Gray Multiliner.  Normally I would just color it in the Sketchbook, but I needed to preserve the original image for future use, so I scanned and printed it and then colored the printed version up.  Now I have the original safely in the Sketchbook for future use.
A lot of research was done to find the highest-quality Japanese illustration paper.  It has 50 sheets in each size Sketchbook.  It comes with a very nice thick cover so you can use it as backing to draw on and also protect your projects.  This uncoated paper is 70# with a very smooth surface.  Because if its slight warm tone it allows for very bright and vivid coloring

You can find the Sketchbook in a plethora of sizes at Imagination International Inc., or ask for it at your local art store.

What will you create using this yummy paper?  Come back and see what I did with my drawing.