Welcome! I'm waving from Maryland today--teaching my last Copic Workshop of 2016. Today's newest digital release from Power Poppy Stamps is the lovely Chickadee and Barberry image and sentiments. I stepped it out below as I worked.
First order of business was a simple tinted background; I lightly airbrushed Copic BG11 over the center of my image, thinking that if I kept the ink light enough, I would be able to use my colorless blender to push the ink that I didn't want to keep (such as in the snow or in the chickadee) through the back of the paper. I knew that the BG11 wouldn't hurt the leaves or branches, so it was a quick way to get a hint of sky in the background. Next I colored the barberries with the Copic markers shown above.
Here I've worked on the leaves. I'm continuing to push color through the back of the paper in areas too. Hmmm, maybe not quite as quick a background as I had thought! ;-} About this time, I also realize that I had outsmarted myself when I printout the Chickadee and Barberry image. I frequently rotate or crop the images as I wish to use them--that's part of the beauty of a digital image. But what I hadn't noticed when I rotated my chickadee was that there were icicles hanging off of the branches. Icicles hang vertically. Mine were pointing Southeast. Ouch. That wouldn't have been a problem if I had printed a small image on a big sheet of paper rather than on a quarter sheet. But a quarter sheet it was, and that needed to work!
I finally decided to crop the image so that I'd have enough paper to turn the icicles and let them hang straight down. The moral of the story: Planning ahead saves time. Not planning ahead stretches your creativity though, so it's not a total wash! ;-)
Here I've colored the Chickadee and the snow and branches, as well as distressing the edges of the focal image panel and adding some shimmer to the snow.
I used a glue pen to add some glitter just to the top edges of the snow in addition to the shimmer pen that I'd already used. Papers are from an older My Minds Eye Merry paper pad, and dies are from MFT Stamps.
I'm linking to the Instant Gardeners who are posting today, but if you'll check the Power Poppy Blog, you may find some Bloomies showcasing the Chickadee and Barberry digital stamp set today too--enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!