Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Tulips in a Heart Art

I've been playing A LOT with my new Copic Ciao markers.

I decided to use an old piece of artwork from back in the days when I painted clothes! LOL! If any of you reading this have been crafting a while, I bet you may have painted a shirt or two in your time!

This 'tulips in a heart' artwork came from my mom, who gave it to me way back in 1992! Since the artwork is a nice open piece of line art, it is perfect for shading and colouring.

The 'happy birthday' sentiment in the card above is an unmounted rubber stamp from Inkadinkado.

For some of the artwork, I took Stampin' Up Whisper White paper and ran it through the printer -- printing four images of the heart tulips per page.

I also used Stampin' Up glossy cardstock to print out the images. The colouring and results were very different, depending on which paper I used. The coated whisper white created much more vibrant colours, but they moved and blended less. The glossy stock enabled more shading and blending as the marker ink glides and moves across the paper.

The 'friend' sentiment above is a rubber stamp from Stampin' Up!

To shade, I took the lightest colour and covered the tulip. Then I took a medium tone, and pulled the colour no more than two-thirds of the way up the tulip. And finally, I used a darker shade, which I only used lightly, pulling it no more than one third to one half up the tulip. The broad strokes on the tulip should be pulled from the base of the flower upwards. Pulling the marker up the flower gives a sense of flow and directionality to the petal.

There are a variety of colour combinations since I wanted to try out different tones and shades. Also, there are some hearts still waiting to be made into cards.


jo said...

hi hun,
there so stunning, love the stamp , hugs jo x

cornishmist - thats me ju x said...

great artwork kathy, I like the simple design the colouring works so well ju x

nancymt615 said...

Love the tulips in a heart. Could you send us all a copy of it uncolored to use? Sure would like to have it to use. Really do like the card you made with it too.