Saturday 23 December 2017

"Unique" by Amanda

Hello Colour Blast fans!

I had this cute photo of my daughter with deer antlers and thought I would try to draw a deer. It was a little scary for a while, but I think it worked out in the end. I used Colour Artist Inks to paint my deer and I love the bright colours it created.

Here is a sneak peek of the layout, before I show you the steps I took to create it.

First I started with a pencil sketch on some smooth white cardstock. I googled some images of deers to help my get the basic shapes and outlines right.

Once I had the basic pencil outline, I could start thinking about where my photo would go and what colours I would use.
I started with Colour Artists Inks in: Slipper, Cranberry and Berry (I grabbed Soot {pictured} but did not end up using it.

With a pot of water nearby, I dipped my brush into the different colours and started painting the antlers, washing my brush often.

The 3 colours easily mixed and mingled as I painted.
Moving fast, I also used a wet brush on the edges of the antler, soften and stretching the colour out from the antlers.
I continued using a wet brush to get lighter variations of the inks for outlining the deer's head.
Next I grabbed Colour Artist Ink in Marine. I used lots of water on my brush and less colour, as I added blue highlights to the background.

 For the deer's head and ears, I mixed two colours to create the brownish tones. I used Colour Artist Inks in Cranberry and Mermaid. I added a few layers of the different colours until I got the tone right. 

I ended up with too much ink on the head at one point, so I used some paper towel to dab the excess ink.

I also added some Colour Artist Ink in Lime for more highlights to the background. At this point, the deer looks a little creepy... probably as I left the eyes uncoloured!
 Once all the ink was dry, I used a paint pen to draw the deer's features back on, over the ink.

I started playing with flowers and the photo and how my final layout might look.

For the title, I used a chipboard word. I sprayed the word with Colour Shimmer Spray in Stormy Weather.

I also gave it a spray of Colour Shimmer Spray in Dusty Charcoal.

 Lastly I painted the title with Colour Artist Ink in Soot. The shimmer from the Shimmer Sprays mixed beautifully with the Colour Artist Ink on the word!

The final step on my page, was using a Colour Shimmer Cube in Bling. I sprayed water into the cube to activate it. I then splattered the gold  around the page. I also painted some bling onto the deer's head and ears.

Here is the final page:

This photo shows the shining gold highlights painted onto the head and ear of the deer.

I added a coat of dimensional magic to the title too!

 I added some hand journaled words around the antlers.

Thanks so much for looking!

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