Prismacolor on kraft paper

I spent some time playing with colored pencils this week. The card front to the right was made by stamping with Hero Arts black ink and using the stamps from the March My Hero Kit. I drew the stems using a black fine line sharpie (not my usual choice, but it was what I had handy). The paper is kraft paper from My Favorite Things.

I colored the images using Prismacolor pencils. The normal way of coloring of kraft wouldn't provide vibrant color (I imagine), so first, I colored the flowers, stems and bees with the white Prismacolor pencil.  I then added color with the colored pencils. Each image has two of three colors, blended together. I approached it with a Copic mind set - adding the colors, blending, then adding the colors again - from yellow to orange to pink, and then orange to yellow. That seemed to provide good blending. I then used the sharpie to add the lines back (obscured by the pencils).

I like how it turned out. I'm not sure what kind of card it will be, but I imagine a sentiment at the top. We'll see what kind of card I need next - that will dictate the purpose.


My son's girlfriend, a very sweet young woman who is an incredible dancer, graduated from college
this past weekend. That's an occasion that calls for a card. I don't have any "dancer" stamps, so I attempted to put my tiny watercolors skills to use.

I googled dancer silouette, and found an image that gave me shape. I wish I could find it again to link here - isn't that always the way? The image was only a shape - no hair, and a tutu shaped outfit.

From that I sketched the shape on Arches Cold Press watercolor paper.  I use a black zig real color brush pen to add black to the shape - not coloring it in, just adding some black.  I added the skirt and hair. Using a wet brush, I painted in the shape of the silhouette from the black I had added.

The background is watercolored with distress inks and water.  I used the My Favorite Things musical score background stamp (Love this stamp - it's been out of stock, and I grabbed it when it returned) with Lawn Fawn peacock ink (I think) to stamp the music.

The card is mounted on MFT card stock. I can't remember the color, but it matches the lawn fawn ink pretty well. The sequins (which I'm not sure if I like on the card or not) are Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear 4mm.

She's not perfect, but that's OK.  I like her.