Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Roses with Polychromos Pencil Colouring (Altenew's Paint-a-Flower Release)

Hello everyone! Welcome back.

I don't often purchase monthy subscriptions for crafting materials, but when I saw the new Paint-A-Flower monthly release from Altenew I fell in love. These are a stamp-only release with usually one large and one small floral image. You all know I love florals and I was excited at the clean lines and various ways you could use them.

I've got two cards to share today using the Rose stamp set. Let's get into it!

I've created both of these cards in much of the same way.
First I stamped the images with my Memento black ink pad and picked out the colours I'd use for the florals. I decided to colour with my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, get right into the stamps and have some fun.


Before I started colouring, I took some Ranger Distress Ink in blue and green for one card, and orange for the other, and smooshed the pad onto a plastic sheet. I add a bit of water with my paintbrush and then flick the ink onto the card base to create a speckled background. I cover the image with a roughly-cut piece of paper so that the ink only falls onto the white area and not into the images.

Once the background was dry, I took my colour pencils. I decided to focus on olive greens for the leaves on these images and I really liked how they darken the image and make the florals stand out more. 
For the rose bunch, I coloured with reds and oranges, plus some happy blues for contrast. When I colour, I start with the light colours, move into the darker shades and then back to light again to blend them through. I've got deep reds blending through to oranges on the tops of the petals for this bunch.
Once the colouring was finished I stamped the sentiment (from a Mama Elephant set) and the card was done.

For the card with the single rose image, I coloured some bright yellows and a little bit of orange for structure, and I added dark burgundy for the berries.
I embossed the sentiment using Lawn Fawn's Rose Gold embossing powder as I felt it really matched the colour scheme, and this card was finished!

That's it for today everyone! These are fairly simple cards but they take a while because of the layering and blending of the colouring. I'm still learning how to colour and add light spots but I really like this yellow rose for how it worked out. If you have any colouring tips, let me know!

Until next time,
Shana xx

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