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. 

Please feel free to leave me a comment if you'd like my project, and, if you want to see my cards/projects on a regular basis, please join my blog. Getting more time on my hands now, hopefully means that my posts will not be this far apart from now on. 

Be happy crafting!