Welcome! It's a Power Poppy Digi's on-the-Fives Release day today, and I had a chance to color Marcy's beautiful Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher digital image for today's release. I took pictures in stages as I worked--hope that helps!
The Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher digital set also includes two sentiments. (The "Hello, Friend" sentiment that I used is from Power Poppy's Simply Camellias stamp set.)
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 started by opening my image in Photoshop Elements and changing the line color to a brown tone; I knew that this would give me a softer look than black lines. If I had printed it in still lighter lines, I could have had a "no-lines" look. But the no-lines look takes extra time to color since you have to add back in the details that disappear in lighter ink, and I knew that I was in a time crunch!
Shown above are the Copic Sketch Greens that I used to color the leaves and stems.
Here are the Copic pinks that I used. (I don't know if I could color without pinks!) The Violets were for shadows, and that Yellow-Green was color that I flicked into the bottoms of the petals since tips often have green tones near the bottom.
I thought I would add some peachy-orange tulips as well--a nice counterpoint to my cool red-violet pinks. Again, the Violets were my shadow tones, and the yellow-green used toward the base of the tulips.
Here I have colored both the pitcher and the cast shadow. While the vase shadow was drawn in a way that seemed to indicate frontal lighting, I decided early in the planning process that I would light from the right. That decision impacted not only the cast shadow of the pitcher, but also cast shadows of flowers and leaves--pretty much everything.
When I was finished coloring, I decided that my highlights weren't quite as bright as I wanted them. I had used so many dark values around them that I knew using my colorless blender probably would not lighten the highlights quite as much as I wanted. So I pulled out my trusty Copic Opaque White--the small jar with the tiny brush. You can compare the picture above with the one above that, and you'll see the difference with the Copic Opaque White added to both tulip stamens, as well as to the pitcher rim and hobnails. (Okay, I cheated a little bit and added stamens to a couple of tulips that didn't have any showing before. "Have bottle--will use!")
I used MFT's Inside and Outside Stitched Circle Stax Die-namics to cut my window, and MFT Blueprints 20 Die-namics to cut the sentiment banner. My patterned paper? That's a long story. . . I didn't have any that was just right for the colors that I had used in the tulips image, so I made some. But since this post is already SO long, how about if I post that process tomorrow morning?
Please be sure to visit the Power Poppy Blog for a list of Power Poppy designers who created a project with the Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher image today. I've linked to the ones that I knew had made a card below. Enjoy!