Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pretty Purple Flowers ~ Spectrum Noir/Gina K Tutorial

Hi Everyone!  I'm back today with a new tutorial for Gina K Designs and coloring with my Spectrum Noir Markers & Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils.  This time I selected the pretty Dogwood & Butterflies stamp set and some beautiful shades of purple ~ I know Dogwood flowers aren't really purple, but the flower shape fit perfectly with what I wanted to show today. 

To begin, I stamped several of the images from the set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth cardstock.   I also pulled out my Spectrum Noir Marker color chart to decide which colors to use on my project.  I selected HB1, HB2 & HB3.

I began coloring the large flower image and used the HB3 marker on the shaded areas of the first petal.  It is important to work in small areas so the markers stay wet and will blend.

Next, I added HB2 to fill in the spots below and HB1 for the center of the petal.  In all honesty, I was not thrilled with the result of the blending, AT ALL!

I decided to stamp out a "test" image on another piece of cardstock and play a bit with the colors since I wasn't happy with my first attempt.  NOTE: It's really important that you don't get frustrated if your color palette isn't working the first time.  Just try adding some new shades, even if it isn't in the same color group.  For my image, I added some LV1 to the HB1-3 and a little bit of #82 (purple) Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencil to my petal.  Then I blended it with some Gamsol & a paper stump.  I was much happier with that end result.

Now I'm back to my original flower, I added the LV1 and a bit more HB3 to the edges.  I'll add the Blendable Colored Pencils when all of the petals are done (see below).

Now that I have the colors that I really want, here is the step-by-step for on the second petal.  Starting with HB3.  I just went along with the black shading marks that are on the image.

Next I added the HB2, just above the HB3 and overlapping slightly, but not coloring the center part of the petal.

Next, I added the HB1 in the center and I also went over some of the other colors to blend as much as possible.

Finally, I added the LV1 which is a pretty lavender color and blends beautifully with the HB color family.

Once all of the flower petals were colored, I added the Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils (79, 80, and 82).  Then I used Spectrum Noir Gamsol & Paper Stumps to blend the colors.

This flower shows the difference with/without pencils and also the pencils not blended with Gamsol.  The petal on the left has 3 shades of pencils and is blended with Gamsol.  The top petal has pencils but is not blended, and the petal on the right and bottom don't have any pencils added.

Next up, the leaves for the flower.  Once again, I went to my "test" image to see how I wanted to color them.  I selected DG2 and DG4.  As you can see, there is a big color difference.  Hmmm.... how do you solve this dilemma?  No worries, keep what you have and do some "Pallet Blending"!

Here is a list of the colors I've been using and as you can see, the DG3 is not really the shade I want to go with DG2 & DG4.   I solve this by doing some "palette blending" of the 2 shades I'm using (see the bottom color).

How to do Palette Blending: First find something with a slick surface (a ziplock bag, an acrylic stamping block, a sheet of acetate ~ any of these work.  Next, take your darkest color (DG4) and scribble some color on the slick surface.

Then take your lighter color and "pick up" some of the dark color on the marker.

Using the colors you have already put down, work from the bottom of the leaf (darkest part) toward the outer edge (lighter part) and the colors will begin to blend as the darker color runs out.

As a final touch on the leaves, I added some Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils (58, 59, 60) on each leaf.  Then I used Gamsol and Paper Stumps to blend the colors.  And there is the finished flower!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and don't afraid to experiment a little and test out colors you weren't expecting to use.  You might just come up with a totally unexpected color combination that is now your favorite!

1 comment:

Tracey said...

Gorgeous Kendra!! Love the purple!

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