Friday, 16 January 2015

Gentle Heart

Hello (waving) all of you out in BLOG land.
I have taken some progress pics here as a few people wanted to know about my colouring.
I have never had lessons just done a lot of practice and i rekon i have my technique/style perfected :)
The image i have used to colour here is from Ching-chou- Kuik and called "Gentle Heart"
I have used Arches watercolour smooth paper at 185GSM
(Click on any of the pics to enlarge)
1st pic I have used inktense pencils and water with a small paintbrush to make a bit of a cloudy background and add some colouring to the stamp. I try and mimic the colours from the papers i will be using in my final card/creation

Pic 2 You can see i have begun adding details to her hair with some polychromos pencils. Make sure you have a sharp tip on your pencil and away you go. Colouring darkest where the light naturally cast shadows.

Pic 3 shows me outlining her skin trying to get a feel where i want my shadows to go.I have also coloured the hearts in their first tone of colour after they had been painted with the inktense in the beginning.

Pic 4 I have blended with the lighter of my skin coloured polychromos and now adding more depth of colour on the hearts and shadows of the skin.

Pic 5 more blending out with the lightest skin coloured polychromos on the girl and hearts. 

Pic 5 Shaded the wing feathers and added gold metallic polychromos to the flowers (why not)

Here it is all done 
I used kaisercraft cardstock and papers. The heart dies are "lace hearts" die from spellbinders and i used some baby's breath art glitter by Barbara Trombley on the centre diecut heart.

I will be entering the card into the "January - world of magic" challenge on Ching-chou Kuiks digital stamps facebook page

Thanks for dropping by
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Erica xx


  1. this is so beautiful and gentle, I could feel much love and care in it!
    love seeing your work in progress photos also, thanks for sharing :)

  2. Wow, this is stunning. Your coloring is amazing and your design showcases it beautifully! Love it! Thank you for playing along with us at Inspiration Destination Challenges- We sure hope you join us again!

    Amy- DT Inspiration Destination Challenges
    {Lil Cutie Creations}

  3. Oh this is stunning is right. Wow love your coloring and that image as well. Thanks so much for playing along with our challenge here at Ching-Chou Kuik challenges this week.
    Linda K. DT

  4. Good work. I like it very much. Thanks for joining us in Card Mania Challenges

  5. I'm utterly amazed by your gorgeous coloring, Erica! <3 Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial. I'm a pencil lover myself and always love to see how other crafters do it. :) The final project is stunning! Thanks for sharing it at Card Mania Challenges this month and hope to see you around again. xx

  6. Such a gorgeous card and coloring, Erika! I love the wonderful design. Love the colors and embellishments. Thanks for playing along with us at Card Mania Challenges!