Sunday, October 18, 2015

All About Lawn Fawn: 30 Day Color Challenge

Hello My Inky Friends,

Sometimes I think it's tough just trying to find time to color never mind trying to blog about it. haha. So I must apologize for being so behind on my Daily Coloring Posts. Let's jump into this shall we?


I was lucky enough to get to go to my very first Scrapbook Expo back in September. It was the first time it ever was in my state so I was just super excited overall. While at the Show I was able to scoop up 2 great Lawn Fawn sets: Happy Harvest and Spooktacular. I didn't grab the coordinating dies but you can find them here and here respectively.


Day 4: I wanted to utilize the adorable scarecrow from the Happy Harvest set. He would fit in perfectly with my Day 1 background! So I colored him in; I left white space around the image because I would be using a circle die to cut him out. I actually had a boo-boo when coloring this image. I somehow managed to get ink on my little birdy which is also from the Happy Harvest set. I had to think quick, "What could I do to salvage the image?" Since, everything was already colored. Solution? Add white dots!! I love how it turned out!! It just takes the cuteness up to another level. I wasn't thinking of doing it but it definitely worked out for the best! Yes, happy accidents!



Scarecrow - Happy Harvest - Lawn Fawn

Day 5: Today was all about working with Spooktacular stamp set; my Warm and Cool Grey Copic markers. You can see a clear difference in the temperature of the greys when seeing them side by side. These cute ghosts a colored using the Cool Greys. These markers have much more of a blue undertone to them. Generally speaking I think these markers would be great for "inanimate objects", while the Warm Greys would be used for anything alive. The Warm Greys tend to have a yellow/ brown undertone to them. But as you can see from the Cool Grey colored kitty these rules can be broken ;-)


Ghosts and Cats - Spooktacular - Lawn Fawn

The ghosts are colored using 2 different angles as well as working some of the images Light to Dark; Dark to Light. The kitties I focused on laying in the shadows in the proper ares and working  Light to Dark; Dark to Light. This stamp set is just too cute for words.


How you are enjoying the Daily Marker Challenge? If you have a Instagram account or a blog showcasing what you are creating I'd love to see! Just comment below with you IG name and/ or blog link. Don't forget to use #thedailymarker30day3 on Instagram so we can find your artwork quickly! Also, you can find me on IG: @iwannastamprightnow 

Until next time...Stay Inky My Friends!

~Nikki

Monday, October 12, 2015

Adult Coloring for 30 Day Color Challenge

Hiya Inky Friends,

When I initially colored the following images I was fighting a serious cold... or at least that's what I think it was!! As a person who suffers from bad seasonal allergies, I'm not quite sure what I had! haha I had the sneez-ies (Is that even a word? It is today! haha), a low grade fever, and just an all around mess. Thank goodness for tissues, lotion and medication.

I know you didn't come here to hear about my awful cold but, I wanted to let you know that the Daily Marker 30 Day 3 Coloring Challenge isn't about how much talent, skill, products or time you have. It's just about making a commitment that you will color something everyday in October. That's all folks, no pressure! ;)

Since I was feeling under the weather for the next 2 days I thought my safest bet was to break out my Prismacolor Color Pencils and my new Adult Coloring book. I picked up my book up at my local Michaels Arts & Craft store. I grabbed "Enchanting Gardens" by Nikolett Corley. I choose this book because the designs are full pages and have a good mix of small detailed images as well as large open images too. An added bonus is that the pages come single sided; perforated so you can tear out the pages if you'd like. 

Day 2 was all about the green leaves. I somehow managed to actually keep all the pencils I used together, which is a rare feat for me! Maybe deep down inside I knew I wanted to blog about this. :) The colors used were the following: Cobalt Turquoise, Parrot Green, True Green, Celadon Green, and Limepeel. I really like how the large leaves turned out. The smaller leaves I wished had turned out better, I feel like the Limepeel is a little bit out of place and reads to the eye too similar to Celadon Green. Whelp, that's the way the cookie crumbs sometime. This is what's so fun about this challenge; playing around with colors!


Day 3 was about coloring in that large flower in the above picture. I wanted to have the beautiful design work that's in the center to be the main focus and catch one's eye. The inner colors used were Lavender, Dioxazine Purple Hue, Cerulean Blue, and Neon Pink. The Neon pink plays so nicely with the Purple!! Might have to keep that combo in mind...future coloring project perhaps? ;)

The outside part of the image was colored using Cream, Sunburst Yellow and Pale Vermilion. The Cream color pencil is so light, I wasn't quite sure I was laying any color down but after some tilting I could see it. Seeing Cream next to the Sunburst Yellow I could see a clear difference.
I wonder what sort of color combo I will choose for the next piece of my coloring page??

Until then, Stay Inky My Friends,

~Nikki

Saturday, October 10, 2015

I take on "The Daily Marker 30 Day" 3 Challenge

Hello my lovely stampers!!

Wow it's already October... I swear this year is just flying and flying by! Okay so I have only been on Instagram for a few short months (*gasps are heard*) Yes I know, I know, I was late getting to the program but I absolutely love it...now! haha I thought ... Why would I need an IG account... my life isn't all that interesting never mind trying to showcase that via pictures! Ohhhh what lame excuse that was! How did I not see that this would be a great way to get more of my art out there! 


Any who.... sorry I digress. The reason why I mention this is because thanks to IG I am aware of the Kathy Racoosin's "The Daily Marker 30 Day: 3 Challenge" I must admit was quite intimidated at first, seeing all the wonderful artwork out there that I didn't feel that my stuff was worth it. But I've come to realize I don't give myself nearly enough credit. So, I've decided to dive into the 3rd 30 Day Color Challenge. You can learn more about it here. Kathy is so kind to provide, prompts if you will, to get her followers' creative juices flowing!


Her Day 1 inspiration had thousands of people clamoring to Starbucks to get their fall inspired coffee cups. I mean, I even went to two different Starbucks through out the week trying to find these cups and I'm a DD girl! (That's Dunkin Donuts just incase you didn't know haha ;) )


But I was feeling sick when this challenge kicked off and was in no condition to get in my car and drive to Starbucks. Therefor, I did the next best thing, created my own Starbucks inspired patterned paper!


I stamped the beautiful and sketchy, Petals from Scratch by Fiskars in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to create my initial pattern.




I colored all the stamps using Copic Markers. The colors I used were the following:

Single Leaf: YG25, YG17
Bunch of Leaves: YG25, YG17, YG67
Large Side Flower: RV04, RV25
Small Flower: Y38, RV25
Skinny Petal Flower: Y32, 0
Pumpkin:Y35, Y38, YG25, E15, R89


Petals from Scratch - Fiskars

Next, I tackled the background to turn it from a plain white card stock to a pretty blue using the marker B02. I didn't get a completely smooth blend but I think that just adds character! This was my first time tackling such a large background - not bad huh!?




So this is my beautiful Day 1, 30 Day Color Challenge piece!! So tickled pink on how this came out.... or should I say blue! ;-)




Until tomorrow- Stay Inky My Friends,


~Nikki