Today I want to share something. I have started an Art Journal. I was inspired by Anne Gaal. I have been a fan of Anne's for some time & love to see what she has to share with us. A few weeks back Anne had a competition on Art Journals which is here. It inspired me to actually start one. So far I have about six pages filled & today I want to share three of them with you all. They are using the same digi image from my post yesterday. I wanted to try out some colour combinations using my Copics. I have been wanting to do this for ages & ages now. I started by printing off two pages (11 images) of Boobie Love from my printer onto Copic paper (not sure of the brand). Then I die cut them out with my trusty 'Bug & nesties. After that I got my Copic board up & just started colouring or trying combinations I thought might look good together. I didn't exactly match up some colour combos as I don't have all those colours (yet!). I found it quiet relaxing, & rewarding. My shading & blending also improved & now I have a few "go to" colour combinations that I know I will be doing again. Others not so much ;o).
I have stuck them into this blank spiral bound note book so that I can stand it up on it's ends & use it like a flip book. That way I can glance up as I need to with out trying to find some way of keeping the book upright.
I have just started using this new Copic paper & am loving how smooth it is. The paper I was using before was nice, thick & had a slight texture to it. The Copics blend well on it, but I think I was beginning to ruin the tips of my pens. With this new paper I just have to remember to put a piece of scratch paper down under it so if the Copics bleed through I'm not ruining my work surface.
I am slowly getting better with all my blending, shading & colouring. It did help having a coloured reference picture to look at to see how that particular person had coloured the image. I am a very visual person & if I can see how things are done, I tend to take it in a lot better than if it where written down for me.
So do you have a favourite colour combo? I'm loving the aqua image (first photo in the middle), but I really want to get just a few more Copics to flesh out the ones I already have so I can do more. At the moment I have a lot of pinks that just don't seem to go together. I need to add to them to get a good range of blend-able colours. Plus I want to get a few more of the Cool Greys so I can do black hair & have it look more black than blue/black or dark grey.
Well lovelies thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week. I'm about to get tea ready for when the clan get home from Tennis. I'm hoping once the kidlets are fast asleep in their beds & my dh is asleep in his chair (a Monday night tradition here) I will be able to sneak downstairs & start work on a Calendar for next year using some very nice Kaisercraft papers I got today.
Blank note book
Nestibilities: Labels four
Double sided tape