Monday, 12 May 2008

What I've done over the weekend.......


I saw a couple of tutorials on Saturday for the 'magic coloured pencil' technique, and also colouring with pencils and gamsol/sansador (which I'd heard of but hadn't a clue what either was - hadn't realised it was basically just an odourless white spirit!) Looked pretty straightforward so thought mmmmm I can do this!
I was desperate to have a go but didn't have the right equipment so improvised lol. Followed the instructions but used watercolours instead of coloured pencils and some cheap cotton buds I had knocking around!
The first pic is just printed onto normal paper so didn't work so well as there was quite a lot of pilling which is a shame as you can't build the colour up although I do like the more subtle effect - will have to try printing it on something else.
The second is on watercolour paper - just printed a pic off one of the online kids colouring pages and coloured it - just cheap watercolour pencils I got from poundland and used cotton buds instead of a paintbrush or anything. Works quite well but the buds are a bit thick for some of the more detailed areas and tend to hold too much water..... but for an experiment I'm thrilled with the result! It makes me look like a 'proper' artist almost :-) My mission now is to get some artist grade coloured pencils and some sansador, or odourless mineral spirit.... and maybe some blending stumps lol so I can play even more!! Might have to dig my oil pastels out too see if I can do anything with those too!
I'm absolutely amazed at the result I achieved, and will definitely be using the 2nd image on a card so watch this space :-)
I love these Sarah Kay images - takes me back to my childhood in the 70s when Sarah Kay and Holly Hobby were all the rage lolol

13 comments:

Chrissy said...

Wow, thats impressive, I do have some watercolour pencils but have never tried it! it looks great, I love the image, wherever did you get it :-)

mel4christ said...

Oh wow!!!!!! Awesome coloring job. I am definitely challenged in this area. What tutorial did you watch? I would love to get some help in this area!!!

Melanie

made by fifi said...

brilliant - colouring is fab xx

TinaB said...

Wow!! They look great!

Stacey said...

What a great technique? Well done you for improvising :o)

Sonja said...

I agree with you, these images are so cute and very retro. Reminds me of Holly Hobbie too.

Kazza said...

Beautiful :O)

fairymadjo said...

wow great hun, huggs jo x

Aimee said...

I was a big Holly Hobby fan too! I love your coloring job...great work!

PawsN2Stamp said...

Love your watercoloring!!! I have to say I am WC challenged as well.

Hugs,
Char

Rita Holmes said...

Great coloring Caroline! Hope you enjoy your new pencils.

Vicki said...

Watercolor paper was already on my list of things to pick up this weekend - how cool that I read this post! Now I'm even more excited about trying it.

Lainy's Little Blog said...

You've made a lovely job. I love the stamp. Very cute.