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Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Whiff of Joy Challenge DT - #89 Jane's Sketch

 front of card

close-up showing texture of  Moondust linen effect cardstock

 angled photo showing glittered flowers in Willow's hair

close-up showing glittery flowers, swirl & corner detail

inside of card

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.

Stamp Whiff Of Joy Willow Holding Baby.
Inks etc... Memento Tuxedo Black (image), Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink for inking most cardstock edges.
Colouring Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, Paper Stumps & Sansodor; Stickles Glitter Glue (Waterfall).
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.

(Click on images to enlarge)


Louise said...

Hi Paula :)
Such a cute card you made this week - as well :)
I was so saddened to hear you were guesting the challenge. :( But I hope to get to know you better anyway, dispate the fact we didn´t work togheter very long ;)

Lorraine said...

oh wow Paula this is gorgeous i love your colouring and those nesties look great with this image with the soft curves.Top Tips too thankyou I love this card and the inside is just as beautiful xx

Anne H. said...

Such a lovely card, Paula!
An adorable image and so beautiful colors.
Hugs, Anne :)

Manuela said...

Super cute card, Paula! ♥ I just love this super sweet stamp.

•*´¨`*••♥ Manuela ♥••*´¨`*•

Glenda Waterworth said...

I'm curious - did you use a score board to mark out your grid? That's such a great idea I might have to recommend that to my students.

You learn such a lot from doing swatches like this, a little bit of scientific experimentation does your crafting the world of good!


Debgem said...

Hi Paula

This is a really pretty card. The colouring is lovely. I like the way you tested out the pencils and different paper types - I enjoy experimenting too.

Deborah x

Chelsea said...

Adorable card Paula. Your coloring is so soft and sweet. Thanks for sharing the difference between these two pencils, the information is so useful.

Maya said...

This is totally gorgeous!
Love the colors, the wonderful image and you`re design!
Hugs from Maya

Michele said...

Such an adorable card Paula. Love the soft colouring and the details also. Hugs Michele x

Elaine said...

Beautiful card Paula.
Sweet image and your colouring with pencils is wonderful. I adore the colours, though I am biased as blue is one of my favourite colours.
Your little tutorial on the different pencils was very informative and it is so good of you to take the time to post this.
I'm sorry to hear that this was your last sketch for the WOJ blog, it seems to flown by too quickly.

Congratulations on your win over at the Sugar Bowl!

Take care
Love Elaine xx

Annie said...

a beautiful card and gorgeous colouring. I used to colour all the time with my Polychromos pencils, before I discovered Copics! with a light hand I found I could blend colours without the need for the OMS, but it takes a long time and lots of layering/blending to colour the image the way I liked!
hugs, annie x

Debs said...

Beautiful card Paula love how you have coloured her. I keep thinking I'll give the polychromos/blender a go but I know that if I start I will want all the colours. I think I'll stick to my Promarkers for the time being. Thanks for your comment on my SN card. Hubby was staying in Abyvagen in Stockholm and is going back in a couple of weeks. Debs xx

Donalda said...

Hello dear
Your card is just beautiful hon and so love the coloring on your project. I so love all the detail you have put into your work dear. You are such a talented lady. Hugs my dear friend

xxxtglxxx said...

This is beautiful Paula! I love this image, its just so gorgeous. Well done on your GDT, you did fantastic! :)
I was interested to see what you have done with the comparison of colours - such a good idea. I remember doing something similar with DMC v Anchor threads some years ago, and you are meant to be able to mingle them, but the results were astonishing really! :)

You are too organised btw!.. lol!

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

WOW, I'm so sorry. I've stopped by and could have sworn I left a comment for this beautiful card. Well, I just love this image. It's one of my favorites and I love how you used the sketch.

I'm looking forward to hearing how color experiment/comparisons go. I think I'll stick to my Copic's but I'm so impressed what you're branching out with other mediums.