Friday, 31 March 2017

Kit and Clowder March 2017 Pencil Class

Hi there!

I've done it again! For the fifth month in a row I've managed to put aside some ME time to colour the monthly (March) Pencil Class from Kit and Clowder.

The amazing Alyce Keegan has managed to create another stunning class, and has even arranged for us students to have digital stamps for the class, which are not available to others but her students. They are awesome stamps with birds and flowers.

Many of us have been waaay out of our comfort zone this time, but when I look in the Facebook album in the group I can honestly say that each and everyone has nailed this class. Well done, fellow students :-)!

I loooove those red berries and I really cannot understand that I coloured them. My pencils must have had a life of their own and must have taken over, I'm not sure I remember colouring them and it's only a few days ago, I did.

My biggest problem was the leaves, as there's so many colours in a relatively small space, but they turned out ok.

I only had the outline of the bird, so I myself had to draw in all the feathers with an ordinary lead pencil. That was not exactly easy as I'm not that kind of artist, and I might have had the image on an angle, when I did, because in my mind the feathers on the wing should have leaned a bit more to the right. But I'm ok with it as it is.

Due to my hands I took the easy way out and used some odourless alcohol to blend the background colours. I only used a little colour for the background as I wanted the bird and the branch and berries to pop out of the page. I think I managed that, don't you?

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Kit and Clowder August 2016 Pencil Class

Hi there,

I love it when I have a whole weekend to do nothing but colouring. This weekend has been such a weekend, so what should I do?

I still have a lot of colouring classes, that I've not yet done, so I had a flip through my files on Friday evening and found this gorgeous image from La La Land, and an awesome background featuring the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

I can relate to this image and the park, since I stayed in Paris for a month in 1990 (OMG that's a long time ago now) and have visited the city a couple of times since then. I have even taken a few walks in that park during my stay there.

Yesterday was Bingo day in Kit and Clowder, and this is how far I got before the game started at noon. I.e. I started already on Friday evening and managed to do her skin and hair before I went to sleep. Saturday morning I continued to this stage was reached. I'm overjoyed with this step - even though the final blending of the lamps hadn't been done.

Having played Bingo at noon - (No, I didn't win, just missed one number, but it's fun to participate and I cannot win every time, now can I? I won last month.) and had lunch, I continued colouring, and this is what I managed to do before the second Bingo game at 11pm last night. Well, I did spend a couple of hours preparing, eating and cleaning up after dinner.

I loved colouring the trees and the grass - WOW, it's looking good in real life :-) if I may say so myself. But it's also very time consuming to do. Imagine having to colour all leaves on the trees (well it looks like it) and every single straw on the grass. Then the Eiffel Tower - as I thought I had finished it, Alyce writes - and now you're ready to put in more details. Well, it's looking so good, so she's forgiven LOL.

Around 9am this morning, I started on the sky. I'm not very good at colouring the sky, but I think it's ok, At this stage, my hands are hurting at bit and I know, that I cannot put the right pressure on the pencils, that's why the sky is not looking really smooth. I don't know if I can go back and put another layer on, I don't want the sky to be too dark either.

I love these colouring classes, and I learn so much and so many techniques, that I've never even considered before. I can only recommend Kit and Clowder to anyone, who wants to learn to colour with either markers, pencils or other medias.

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Friday, 24 February 2017

Kit and Clowder February 2017 Pencil Class

Hi there,

I'm so proud of myself having taken some me time to finish this gorgeous image that I started colouring last weekend.

There is nothing more satisfying than finishing one of my classes, as they are a bit time consuming, but it's worth every moment I spend on them. I learn soooo soooo much about colouring, and I know that I have the support from Alyce Keegan, my teacher, and no less than +13.000 other students in the Kit and Clowder group. I love this group where everybody is sooo helpful, encouraging and supportive.

Last weekend I made this image a challenge with a fellow student, and I'm sure I won the challenge, because I've not seen her image yet LOL.

If you see this - you know, who you are - then get colouring......., OK?

Although finished, I might want to go over the flower on the table one more time, as I think it seems a lot lighter than the one in the vase. But then, not two flowers are alike, are they? I'll think about this a little more, before I jump into the pencil box again.

The image is also coloured with my FC Polychromos pencils - I almost wrote, as usual, because I simply love the pencils, and feel I have more control over them.

ONE DAY, though, I'll have to jump into my marker classes and not be afraid to do one of those. I have all of them, and when I think about it, I believe I've only ever done the first class. That's simply too bad, so I have to find the courage somewhere, because there are just as awesome images as my pencil classes (still have plenty of those, I've never gotten round to do). Well, we'll see, LOL, eventually I'll do it.

That's all from me for now. Please feel free to leave me a comment, if you like my project, and, if you want to see my cards/projects on a regular basis, please join my blog.

Be happy crafting!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Yesterday I went back in time

Hi there,

Yesterday I went back in time, well, not in real life, but I decided to colour up the July 2015 pencil class, which I've had my eyes on for ages.

Between Bingo games at Kit and Clowder yesterday (one of which I was lucky to win a $15 gift card to Scrappers Delights), I thought it would be nice to do this particular class. The image is Hydrangea Fairy by Yampuff, whose images I love. I have a thing for hydrangeas - have had it for years - and this class also contained a hydrangea flower.

There were many different techniques such as blending with odourless alcohol, transparent colouring, skin, hair, water, raindrops etc. etc..

I was asked to make a few sneak peaks of my progress, so you'll get them here as well.

Sneak peak no. 1

I finished colouring the skin, which was difficult in places as there was not much space for 5 different colours, but it turned out quite all right, I think.

Sneak peak no. 2

Here I'd finished the girl (except her eyes and the flower and butterfly in her hair). I'd started on the hydrangea with only one layer beneath her wings, and more layers on the parts not under the wings. I thought the yellow colour was quite dominant at this stage, that's why I only coloured some of them before taking this photo. Sometimes you need to see things on the screen to decide how it's really looking. I'm sure you know what I mean. So I left the project, went to bed and continued this morning. 

Sneak peak no 3 

Eyes and butterfly are now completed (flower in her hair is in the finished photo). The leaves have now been coloured + the raindrops - I loved doing those and the ladybug as well. You can see structure on her wings now and still see the hydrangea petals beneath.

Finished project

Tada!!!!! Finished! I LOVE how the sky turned out. The blending is perfect due to the odourless alcohol. Maybe I should use this in the future, it's not so hard on my hands as when I have to blend with a pencil.  
I think the ripples turned out all right, or maybe they could have been a little more oval. The ground - hmmm - I'm not sure what I think about that. I have nothing to compare with, but should it not have been more blue, as it is water she's sitting in?

Anyway, I really, really enjoyed colouring this with my FC Polychromos, and have many more classes to finish, not to mention the marker classes and my technique classes, but at least I've started and will try to catch up. It could be a larger bite, than I can chew, but it doesn't have to be finished tomorrow LOL. 

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Be happy crafting!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Kit and Clowder January 2017 Pencil Class

Hi there,

I'm so proud of myself - well, I really shouldn't be, it should be obvious, but somethings just aren't. I've finished my third Create and Learn class third month in a row!!!

I'm one of these persons that cannot start on a project and then walk away and continue the next day. When I start a colouring project, I need to finish it the same day, and it does take a few hours to these classes, as they are multi layered.

I think I've done myself a huge favour by unsubscribing from some TV packages to get more me time now. I'll love to spend more time on colouring, reading and gardening (from spring - autumn) and not least on my long walks to continue strengthening my back.

Well, back to my January pencil class, here it is:

I love Molly Harrisons images and have a few of them and one of her Whimsical colouring books as well.

My challenge here was to blend the background so it looked smooth (I tried on thicker paper first and had to discard it, as the tooth was too much for my hands). The real life image transitions look not as harsh as on the photo. 

At first I thought "is she carrying the owl?" because I couldn''t see any legs due to the folds in her dress, then I noticed the claws on the branch, but still I missed to see the legs, so I prefer to think that her dress is covering them. Having seen more images in the album in Kit and Clowder, I now know where the legs are, so I might do the image again some time with other background colours and start with the legs, so I don't miss them a second time :-).

I really love the way the moon and its surroundings turned out. Never in a million years would I have been able to do it this way, if I hadn't taken these classes. 

I know it seems like a lot of work to make this project, but it really is quite easy, and I can assure you that you'll be able to make it the first time you try, if you follow the instructions in the booklet or the accompanying video. I cannot recommend the Kit and Clowder group and colouring classes enough. Not only do you learn to colour, you also get a second family. Everybody is really supportive and helpful not only regarding colouring, but also if you need help in any way. And Alyce of course, who spend all her time on our classes, games, book clubs, personal feed back when we upload our images in the classrooms etc. etc. is quite awesome. 

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Be happy crafting!