As promised, today we have another tutorial on coloring floral images from our Beautiful Day large oval stamp set. Design team member, Sharon Harnist, shares how to creatively use Copic markers to color "white" images. Since Copic doesn't make a white marker (the highly-pigmented ink would be too thick to flow through the marker tips), Sharon shares her tips for coloring things white with Copic markers:
I used the Snowdrop and Lily images from this stamp set (click on images for a larger view):
In my two samples above, both stamped with Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Copic’s X-Press It Blending Card, I used two different ways to color objects white. The first method is to start with a very pale (quad 0) marker color as a base coat on the flowers and then add the deeper shades of color to the centers of the flowers. Here, I used R0000, R81, R83 and R85 to make these Lilies resemble my favorite Star Gazers:
(Greens used were YG03 & YG17). You can also use the Colorless Blender marker to remove color from the outer edges of the flowers, to make them appear even whiter. But I find starting with the R0000 gives a better, less streaky blend than the Colorless Blender:
The second method is to add shading to your white object -- after all, even white things have shadows to them, just like colors do! Shading will make the white of your object "pop" and appear even whiter!
If I hadn't added any shading to the white flowers, this is what they would have looked like:
A bit dull & lifeless, right?!! Another tip to coloring white things is to place as much color around the white object(s) as possible -- this will give more life to your project. As you can see in my second example, there are a lot of greens around the white flowers (YG03, YG17, YG63), the pink bow (R81, R83, R85), and I airbrushed the background of the image with Copic Y32. All these things draw your eye to the white flowers and make them the center of attention!
If you have done all of your coloring and then realize you need some white highlights, but forgot to allow for them, or removing color with the Colorless Blender isn't an option, Copic does make an Opaque White "paint" (more like a thick ink, shown in the photo above) that can be applied to your artwork. Here's a closeup of how I used it on the centers of these Crocus from The Greatest Joy:
We hope you have enjoyed our coloring tutorials this week. We'll be back next week with more, using a brand new product to the JustRite web store!