The Whiff of Joy Challenge #89 is a sketch by Jane. Since this is my final posting as a Guest on the Design Team I would like to thank everyone involved for making me so welcome & allowing me to learn much from the experience.
I purposely substituted a swirl for the sentiment on the sketch so that the card could be used on several occasions (Christening/Dedication or New Baby). To see how the other members of the Design Team interpreted the sketch have a look here.
Recipe Stamp Whiff Of Joy Willow Holding Baby.
Inks etc... Memento Tuxedo Black (image), Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink for inking most cardstock edges.
Cardstock Moondust linen effect blue & Moondust blue, matt blue & matt white from "stash".
Punches, Dies etc... EK Success (Swirl Flourish), Fiskars (Lace Ornate Corner), Spellbinders Nestabilities (Labels Six), Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Floral Fantasy).
The ribbon, single blue gem, flower gems, pearls & jewelled glittery blue flowers are from "stash" whereas the various sizes of pale blue gems are Papermania.
Below is a summary of what I learnt whilst colouring this image - it may be skipped if not of interest.
This is the first time I have coloured using pencils with paper stumps & low odour solvent to blend. Here in the UK Derwent Coloursoft pencils seem the most readily available together with Sansodor as the blending medium. I also have a set of Faber Castell Polychromos pencils & spent some time experimenting with both sets (each set is a tin of 36) finding that the colour range in the respective tins varied somewhat & that the type of cardstock I used made a difference. I was rather heavy handed at first with the ordinary cheap cardstock (WH Smith) & decided to try the smooth cardstock (Artylicious Bright White) which I have been experimenting with using when colouring with Copics. This proved more efficient & much easier. I settled for using the Coloursoft pencils as I found them easier to blend & then did some research about the binding mediums for the respective sets - wax is used for the Coloursoft & oil for the Polychromos. Presumably that is what makes the difference in blending. I have read that the Prismacolor pencils have a concentrated amount of pigment & therefore are a superior quality but as yet I do not own any.
top image - Polychromos
bottom image - Coloursoft
left 2 colour sample rows - Polychromos
right 2 colour sample rows - Coloursoft
At the very top are 12 samples from a set of Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor (vegetable oil is used as the binder).
Realising that it probably wasn't a good idea to mix the different brands/binders on a project I decided to look at how the brands behave individually on the two different cardstocks. The right hand patches are blended towards the left using Sansodor. By far the easiest was the Coloursoft on the Artylicious Bright White. The Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor was hard going with the Sansodor on either cardstock & the tin has been relegated to a cupboard for later use when I am more experienced. The coarser texture of the WH Smith cardstock is visible with each brand.