This little post is a thank you to all those of you who have purchased the Flowers in Chintz this month. I promised a progressive coloring "lesson" of sorts earlier this month and I am finally getting down to it - so if you haven't purchased your Stamp of the Month be certain to do it before June rolls around! I have a new choice coming up that I think you are all going to be delighted with :D
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In my opinion, no one colors like Karen Lockhart! I have had the pleasure of coloring with her and learning from her. I asked Karen if she would be willing to share with me one of her coloring progressions so that I in turn could share it with you. Above is the example she created.
Before beginning to color I always suggest to my students that they color on a scrap paper first - one that has the same "tooth" as the project that they will be working on. A wonderful test is to see how "light" it is that you can color. Using a light hand is the key to success in coloring when not using Gamsol or some other blending solution. Get your depth of color by laying down many layers of color; allow the paper tooth to still be visible. This technique allows you to create so many more colors then you could ever receive from one dark layer, or one color blended with Gamsol.
If you think about your coloring project as if it is a decorating project you will be able to control what it is that you are doing to a higher degree. Putting an accessory in a room that is not even painted is not typically the best method of creating a successfully balanced and designed room. An analogy that Karen has come up with that I absolutely LOVE is to think of creating your little piece of art with these three words in mind: Prime, Paint, and Decorate.
In the first stage of priming your project you wouldn't zero in on one little corner and complete it - you would cover all the walls with your primer coat. The first layer of this image was created by applying Sand, Deco Pink, and Lavender on the flowers; Chartreuse on the foliage; Blue Slate on the vase and Sand and Pale Sage on the "window". This helps you define your project - it is the stage where you determine where your colors will be placed. If you look very closely you will see that neither Karen or I "stay in the lines" - color when allowed to "fuzz" outside the lines helps blend the image and bring color in to those "empty" areas.
In the next stage of "painting" your project you will add Ochre, Hot Pink, and Parma Violet to the flowers to further define them. Kelly Green will be added to the foliage and another layer of Blue Slate and some China Blue will be added to your focal image. You can also further define your "window" at this point. Think of the "frame" as a sunny window - darken the edges leaving more of the white tooth of the paper showing directly behind the image - as though the sun were shining in from the back.
Last, we are going to "decorate" our image by further enhancing it to add more detail and interest to it. Dark Brown is added to the flower centers, Process Red and another layer of Parma Violet to the flowers. Dark Green is used as the last layer on the foliage and Copenhage the last blue on the vase. Add a little Gingerroot and a little more Pale Sage to the window. You will notice that by repeating the same color numerous times your intensity will increase. Don't overwork your project - stop before you go to far! You can always come back to it after letting it sit for a while and determine whether it truly needs more color.
I thought I would take this opportunity to remind you of some other information I have shared previously about color pencils:
Coloring is such a relaxing thing for me to do - I absolutely love to just sit and color in images. I hope to share a different color version of this same stamp using the same technique, but I doubt it will happen this week. I still have house guests (my family is still visiting), my girls are in the final throws of preparing for their big dance recital - rehearsal, pictures, etc. You name it, we have it happening again here at our house this week - LOL! So please forgive my inability to get everything done that I would like to.
I would also like to add that many of you have requested the paper Karen and I use when we color and I am thrilled to tell you that I have gone ahead and placed this item in the store. Nothing seems to compare to this paper, Neenah Classic Crest (Solar White, Classic Natural White, and Classic Cream), when it comes to coloring using Prismacolor color pencils and even Copic markers.
I thank you again for your continued support and enthusiam!!! I sincerely hope that this little "tutorial" of sorts helps you gain some insight into coloring this awesome Lockhart image!