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Make it Crafty - Maiden with Long Golden Hair - www.quixoticcards.com

Fairytale Hair

One of my favourite things to colour is hair; I love images with long flowing hair where I can really get lost in colouring.  So, when I saw the new digi release from Make it Crafty, I simply had to colour up the new (and challenging) image – “Maiden with Long Golden Hair“.

Make it Crafty - Maiden with Long Golden Hair - www.quixoticcards.com

I printed her out quite large, so this image isn’t going on a card, I’ll be keeping her in a colouring folder together with the info on how I coloured her.

Quite often, I enjoy colouring just for the sake of it, rather than colouring for a specific project or card.  I can highly recommend it – the process can be a lot more relaxing and free!

Make it Crafty - Maiden with Long Golden Hair - www.quixoticcards.com


Make it Crafty - Under the Sea - www.quixoticcards.com/blog

Make it Crafty Digi Release Hop – Under the Sea!

The hop is now over and the prize draws have closed.  The winner of my giveaway was Leanne!

If you’re already on today’s Make it Crafty Release Hop you should have hopped over here from SANDIE’S BLOG.  If not, pop on over to ALYCE’S BLOG and get started!

Today I can share one of the projects I mentioned in my last post!  Hooray!  The project I’m sharing today has been a welcome distraction while I battle with Project Get Organised and Project Clearout, as I’m sure you can imagine. 

I am thrilled to be joining in the Make it Crafty hop today.  Thanks for having me girls! When Zoe emailed me with the details, I was just a little bit excited.  A brand new artist joining the already awesome Make it Crafty team, AND an underwater themed release. HELLO!  Needless to say, today’s project won’t be the only one you see from me with the new images – there’s a dolphin scene in there with my name all over it!

Make it Crafty - Under The Sea - http://www.makeitcrafty.com

Another reason for my excitement was that this release provided the perfect opportunity to play with a technique I’d read about late last year, but simply didn’t have the time to try out.  So, thanks Zoe!  I enjoyed a very fun evening getting messy, exploring a new technique and using some of the much neglected products in my stash. 

I found this technique to create a cool underwater effect in a book I bought last year, which features Copic Markers, but I simply used my ShinHan Touch Twin Markers, and you could use whichever brand of alcohol based marker you prefer!  Some will produce better results than others, but the principles are the same.  I printed my image on my favourite colouring cardstock – Make it Colour Blending Card, which definitely passed with flying colours during this colouring session!

For the people on the Touch Twin Markers & More FaceBook page who wondered whether anyone actually uses the chisel end of markers – this is just one of the instances in which they come in very handy indeed! 

Make it Crafty - Under the Sea - www.quixoticcards.com/blog 

After printing the mermaid digi (changing the transparency so that it printed out with slightly less bold lines), I covered the whole image with three markers GY166, BG179, PB185, working from top to bottom and starting with my lightest marker.  At this point it doesn’t matter if the lines are sketchy and messy.  Then, using a pipette, I sprinkled Isopropyl Alcohol (you could also use colourless blender) over the whole piece, creating a bubble effect.  Then, once it had all dried, I started working on colouring the image (full colour list below).  After colouring the whole image, I used Masking Fluid to create some coral shapes at the bottom, allowed that to dry and then painted over the entire piece with Liquitex Glazing Medium mixed with some Golden Fluid Acrylic in Cobalt Teal.  PHEW!  Here’s a close up pic that shows the effect beautifully:

Make it Crafty Mermaid Lola - www.quixoticcards.com

The technique I used can be found in this book: UK READERS: Shojo Wonder Manga Art School: Create Your Own Cool Characters and Costumes with Markers US READERS: Shojo Wonder Manga Art School: Create Your Own Cool Characters and Costumes with Markers.

To save any further waffle, here’s a full supplies list!

Make it Crafty – Mermaid Lola Digi

Make it Colour Blending Card, Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Labels 23, Microbeads, Glass Bubbles, Make it Crafty Lasercut Chipboard.  Core’dinations cardstock. Golden Fluid Acrylic – Cobalt Teal, Liquitex Glazing Medium, Isopropyl Alcohol or Colourless Blender Solution. Distress Ink Pad – Peeled Paint (used on the chipboard leaves).

ShinHan Touch Twin Markers used:

Make it Crafty - Mermaid Lola - www.quixoticcards.com

Sea background: GY166, BG179, PB185  Skintones: YR132, YR133, R139, B182, BG3 Eyes: B63, B67 Tail: PB183, PB185, BG3, BG5, B182 Hair: BR107, BR97, BG3, BG5 Top: R136, R139, BG3


Well done for bearing with me this far!  As a reward (haha!) I am giving away the gorgeous Mermaid Lola digital image I used in my project.  All you have to do is  leave me a comment on this post and a winner will be announced on Monday 7th May! 

You can win more fantastic prizes by commenting on the other blogs in today’s hop, PLUS there are THREE Prizes up for grabs for commenters over at the Make it Crafty Store Blog.  The hop finishes on Sunday 6th May and winners will all be announced on Monday 7th May. 

MORE CANDY! If you check out THIS POST Zoe has another awesome prize pack up for grabs, available to people who subscribe to the blog via email.  Make sure you don’t miss out!

Your next stop on this fabulous hop is TRACY’S BLOG and I know she has something gorgeous to show you!

Full Hop List
Alyce – http://kitandclowder.blogspot.com/
Julie – http://www.stampwithjulie.com/
Delphine – http://delphinesplace.blogspot.com/
Barbara – http://forgottenscraps.blogspot.com.au/
Sandie – http://sandieshores.blogspot.com/
Elaine – special guest – http://quixoticcards.com/blog/
Tracy P – http://crafteezee.blogspot.com.au/
Debbie – http://www.debbiepsplace.blogspot.com/
Jane – http://janesboxofcolours.blogspot.com/
Zoe – http://makeitcrafty.com/crafts-blog/zoes-blog
Store Blog – http://www.makeitcrafty.com/store-blog/category/featured-products

Saturated Canary - Wedding Day - www.quixoticcards.com/blog

Saturated Canary – Wedding Day Card

Ok, don’t fall off your chairs,  I have a card to share!  Take a second to get over the shock…

I finally completed the image I started colouring a week or so ago, which you may have caught a glimpse of in an earlier post.  I had a lot of fun colouring this one, colouring all the folds in the dress was extremely therapeutic, I may actually have zoned out completely during the process.

The image I coloured is one of the gorgeous Saturated Canary digis – Wedding Day.  If you can’t see the digi in the etsy store when you visit, I think you can contact Krista via etsy and she’ll get it added for you.

“Wedding Day” was coloured using ShinHan Touch Twin markers on Make it Colour Blending Card (colour map below).  The pretty paper is from an older Magnolia 12×12 sheet that I have stockpiled in my stash.  I cut the layers using the Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Labels 23 set and the Spellbinders Nestabilities Curved Rectangles set for the opening to frame the image.

Saturated Canary - Wedding Day - www.quixoticcards.com/blog

Notes on Colouring:

You may have seen my note in a previous post that my friend Susana at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design is now stocking my favourite – ShinHan Touch Twin Markers – in handy 3 pen combo bundles put together by yours truly.  I used markers from several of the combo sets when colouring this image. I used some of the basic sets, along with the shading sets to create extra depth in the image.  Hopefully the notes here will help you to see how I use the shading sets to enhance the colouring of an image.

Skintones: Caucasian Skin Set PLUS Shading Set #4 Green Grey – I love this combination for skintones.  Most often I used Green Grey 1 and Green Grey 3 in the shadow areas, although occasionally I may use the Blue Greys instead, depending on the look I’m going for.

Eyes: Blue Jeans Set PLUS Shading Set #3 Blue Grey.

Hair: Reddish Brown Set PLUS Shading Set #2 Warm Grey – this has to be one of my favourite hair combinations.  The brown set creates a gorgeous reddish brown, and the Warm Greys really help to add depth.

Dress: I mainly used Shading Set #3 Blue Grey on the dress with a touch of another marker – B182.  When colouring white, remember that white objects have shades of grey and other colours reflected on them, so don’t be afraid to get in there with your greys (which greys you would use may depend on the material you’re trying to represent, the lighting etc).  You need to leave some white space, but particularly in the creases and in shadow areas you need to create depth, or your image will look flat.

Bouquet: For the roses in her bouquet, I used the Basic Red Set along with WG5 from Shading Set #2 Warm Grey.  The Warm Grey set is a great choice for adding depth to warm tones such as reds.

Ground: I used Shading Set #1 Cool Grey to create the shadow underneath “Wedding Day” to ground her.  Depending on the look you want, you could use any of the shading sets for this purpose, and if you are creating a coloured floor/ground you can use an appropriate shading set to add extra depth e.g. for grass I might use the Leafy Green set with Shading Set #4 Green Grey, layering the Green Grey shades on top of the greens.

UK readers: News regarding Touch Twin Markers in the UK will hopefully be coming in the near future.  I will let you all know as soon as I have any news on this!

Colour Map & Markers Used:

Saturated Canary - Wedding Day and ShinHan Touch Twin Markers - www.quixoticcards.com

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found some of the notes helpful, I’d love to hear from you if you have!

Whimsy & Make it Crafty Urban Scene www.quixoticcards.com

Whimsy Stamps & Make it Crafty Meet On The Streets HOP!

Whimsy Stamps & Make it Crafty have come together to create a fun Urban Themed digi collection!

Ann Vento has whipped up her magic and designed an incredible collection of funky wall sayings, city landscapes and of course a range of super cool street signs.

Check out the Sentiments collection HERE

Make it Crafty is trying something new offering all the different elements for you to build your own urban backdrop.

Check out the Urban Street Collection HERE

Then of course, what better characters to incorporate into such a scene than the fabulous KennyK rubber stamps available from Whimsy Stamps! (also available in the UK/Europe at Quixotic Paperie)

Our incredibly talented Design Teams have had a blast playing with all the different elementsto bring you LOTS of inspiration!

We have broken it into TWO HOPS
HOP A Starts Here & HOP B Starts HERE!

There will be a winner for EACH HOP and if you hop your way through BOTH, you’ll go in the draw for the GRAND PRIZE TOO!

HOP A & B Winners will each receive a $15 voucher from both Whimsy Stamps and Make it Crafty

GRAND WINNER will win our full Urban Digital Collection
4 Digi Sentiment sets by Ann Vento & the Urban Elements Collection from Make it Crafty

You are currently on HOP B and should have arrived from VIV’S BLOG.

I used some of the fantastic Make it Crafty background elements to create a backdrop for Kenny K’s Brooklyn Babe.  Very fun, and I can see myself using the urban elements with lots of different stamps!

To finish off the card, I added one of Ann’s fab City Talk digital sentiments.

Whimsy & Make it Crafty Urban Scene www.quixoticcards.com

Coloured with Copics on Make it Colour Blending Card.

Your next stop on HOP B is ANGELA’S BLOG, but before you go make sure you leave a comment below!

You have until August 21st 8PM Australian QLD time to make your way through the hops!

Be there… or be square!