Welcome! Are you ready for Power Poppy's September Instant Garden release? There's not much that I'd rather color or draw than botanical pieces, and the Power Poppy Olive and Oak, shown below, is definitely a gorgeous one!
Since this is a digital file, you can purchase the files online, print, and color immediately. If you need help figuring out exactly how to print and edit a digital file, check out THIS POST by Julie Koerber; it's the one that I refer to every time I get stuck. :-)
I'm using quite a few Copic markers to color the Olive and Oak image, so I thought I would take pictures of each step separately instead of just listing them all in one picture. Here I've colored the olives with the markers shown above. I wanted them to be at various stages of ripeness, To get the highlight, I tried to avoid coloring the highlight areas, and then I used my Colorless Blender to push more ink out of the highlight after the surrounding ink was completely dry.
Here I've colored the olive leaves. Now in truth, olive leaves are not this saturated in color, but I needed something to make the leaves stand out from the olives--even the green ones--so I took some artistic liberties. . . I also knew that I was planning to make the oak leaves vibrant with Fall colors; and if the olive leaves had been drab, the oak leaves would have taken over. "That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it." :-)
Here I've worked on my oak leaves and a few cast shadows.
And here I've almost finished up, adding the acorns and some stems. I went back in later and used a Copic B000 to add a hint of sky, and I used my Colorless Blender to regain some of the contrast between the stems and the leaves. as you can see below. I also added a few more cast shadows and darkened some colors in the shadows for more contrast.
I used Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles dies to cut and emboss my Olive and Oak focal image, and then I paired it with some Bo Bunny Autumn Song 12 x 12 papers from my stash. A bit of sanding, sewing, and distress inking helped to age my image and card front. This is one image that I know I'll have to color again--it's a great one for guy cards, among other things! If you get a chance, there is some fabulous inspiration linked below--enjoy!