TMT: No line coloring with Cheeky Birthday
Happy Tuesday to all of our friends here on the Farm! I hope your week is going exactly the way you want it to so far, especially now that August is rapidly coming to an end. Thank goodness we have TGF to get us through this transition into Fall!
For Today's Tip Me Tuesday I decided to give a sneak peek as to how I color up my favorite images using the no line technique.
First off, I have to say that there are so many talented artists out there who do amazing no line images - I'm still learning how to improve all the time so please forgive any oops in this little tutorial. :)
I love coloring up all of TGF images, but my favorites for this technique are the Cheeky girls. Their voluminous hair and expressions are fun to work with! I inked up Cheeky Birthday using a lighter color (Pretty In Pink):
I began by coloring her skin tone in. Since she was going to be part of a sepia tone card, I chose E11, E00, E000. The most important part of this step is to be sure you have the skin tone colored as close to your final project. Once you start drawing in the features, there's a possibility that it could smear if your fine liner isn't medium friendly (yikes!).
I began coloring in her features with a basic black fine liner (Studio G).
I then finished up her eyes and brows by hand.
One other tip is that if you own a Misti Tool or Platform, you can ink up her features with black ink, and layer that on after coloring her skin tone. That turns out flawless from the samples that I've seen!
Now start coloring in her hair - this is where you see a huge difference in the image as the skin has something to contrast with.
I used Black 100, W7, W5 in layered strokes:
It's so much fun to go over several times until you are happy with your results.
I finally added cheek color to Cheeky by using a small sponge and chalk. I prefer this method because you can gently erase it if you do too much.
One of my favorite features of Cheeky is her lips, because this is sooo much easier to fill in than Anya's cute smiles:
And there you have it! Here she is on a card that I made for last week's Stamp Feature:
I really hope you give it a go, it's so gratifying once you see the image come to life with no line coloring. Mistakes are always a great way to learn; even after years of doing this technique I realized that I forgot to add Ian's mouth to this card:
Haha! My fellow designers were too sweet not to point it out to me. ;)
Thank you so much for popping by the blog today. Have a great day, everyone.
Happy crafting to you and be safe!