I love to color but I am not into coloring small spaces, like a lot of small spaces. My vision is not the best. I am not good with color pencils. I do have small tip markers but it doesn't blend. I still want to blend the colors even in small spaces, can you believe that? But I challenged myself to do it. After all, I did choose this image for this week's DT post.
I started off by printing the image using the Cricut Design Space on some Neenah cardstock. Even if the registration marks were printed off, I didn't went through the process of having the Cricut Explore cut the image. I will just trim the digi image depending on how I will have my lay out planned out.
I colored the image and this is where the challenge starts. I used the Zig Clean Color Markers and made sure I am wearing my eyeglasses all the time as I color. These markers are vibrant in color. I was coloring direct to the paper and when I worked on the witch's skin, I should have not colored it directly. I just wanted a wash of green for the skin so I applied the color onto an acrylic block, then picked it up with a water brush. I know this is not a watercolor paper and good thing it didn't warp. I just made sure I am not applying too much water on the image. I would have chosen a watercolor paper but I am not sure if my printer can handle printing on a thick paper.
The witch was colored with Wicked's Elphaba in mind. Her costume is all black and I want a pop of color for her clothes. This Doodlebug Doodle Pop added more inspiration to coloring this image.
I know Halloween cats are mostly black but I changed that in my panel. The cat color is inspired by my sister's cat, Mama B.
After coloring the image, the next challenge is whether to fuzzy cut the image or color the background. It can't be plain white, right? I was on the search for a witch background online and got inspired by a moon background for the witch. The next challenge is how to keep the colored image intact. Do I cut a paper mask which will be a lot of work being so intricate, or apply a masking fluid over it? I am unsuccessful with my first few tries using the masking fluid. I always end up scraping the color off when I rub the mask off. But this is the better option so I went for it. I used Molotow masking pen to apply the mask all over the image and allowed this to dry.
I cut a circle from an Inkadinkado masking paper and kept both negative and positive cuts. To create the moon, I adhered the negative cut onto the panel. I blended Tim Holtz Antique Linen and Pumice Stone. I used the TH Seedless Preserves by creating eerie waves on the moon. To create this, I ripped a piece of paper and inked the edges to create sort of waves. I spritz the image with water, allowed the water to react with the inks, then dabbed it off with a paper towel.
I adhered the circle masking paper to cover this blended area. I blended several inks to create a galaxy looking sky. I blended TH Wild Honey, Pickled Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans and Black Soot. Once I am happy with the result, I spritz water onto this, allowed the inks to react and dabbed the excess water with a paper towel. I dabbed a Tim Holtz Distress Stain Picket Fence on an acrylic block. I spritz this with water and flicked this onto the galaxy background using a paintbrush. I dried this with a heat gun. I peeled off the masking paper and this is when the magic of the color blending shows. I rubbed off the masking fluid off the image. I was very careful and thankfully, nothing tragic happened to the image. I spritz the panel with Ranger Perfect Pearl diluted in water for extra shimmer.
I heat embossed the sentiment on the top right corner of the panel. The sentiment is from a Lawn Fawn Spooktacular Stamp set. I colored the black stripes of the witch's hat, arm sleeves and socks with clear Wink of Stella.
I adhered this to a side folding 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" note card.
Thanks for viewing my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant day!
Maria Giselle B.