Hi friends! Happy Monday! We’ve pulled this “oldie but goodie” blog post from the vault from a series we had with the oh-so-inspiring Debby Hughes to share some awesome tips and tricks for coloring on kraft cardstock for an unexpected POP of color! Read on and be sure to watch the video for even more information! Enjoy!
Hello, it’s Debby here with my Doodling With Debby series. Oh, it’s been a while since I got the colored pencils out! However, I really enjoyed painting the beautiful Mom’s Spring Flowers set the other day and wanted to use the pretty flowers again. And just so you know, all products used in my card today are listed and linked below for your convenience.
My previous card was all soft, muted watercolors and when I was thinking of how I could use the Mom’s Spring Flowers set again, I thought about the coloring medium and also the alignment of the stamp on the card. For today, I went for pencils on kraft and then offset the flowers to the right corner of the card front for a different perspective.
step by step how to
I find that fine details quickly lose definition when colored or painted and so I like to go over those lines with a black marker. Here I drew over the stamen of the flowers, but I would do the same, for example, with the features of the face of people or animals. It saves having to add those in at the end and try and guess where the original lines were.
Color with pencils, I used Faber Castell Polychromos, but there are a lot of options on the market – just use what you have.
I wanted the flowers to appear like white blossoms. You could add lots and lots of white pencil when coloring the flowers, but a quick and easy tip is to paint the petal with white gouache first before coloring on top.
I used the gouache again to add highlight interests around the coloring. I added dots for the tops of the stamens, a few swooshes on the petals where the light would catch them and even a little to emphasize the veins on the leaves.
Finally, I pulled out the black pen again and drew in the outline in a few places which would’ve been in the deepest shadow. Essentially, adding the white gouache and then the pen work at the end emphasized the lightest highlights and darkest shadows, bringing in contrast and interest.
Back to the white gouache, I tell you, it is essential in my kit! Splatter lightly over the flowers and onto the untouched kraft card around them. This simple trick helps the flowers to become a part of the card as a whole rather than stuck on one edge.
Use foam tape again to attach the panel to a card base cut and scored from Ivory card.
Embellish with enamel dots.
So, there you go, a pencil coloring on kraft of these lovely white flowers from the Mom’s Spring Flowers set and using white gouache as a base layer to get the white flowers really popping off the page.
Well, that’s me for this month. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial; you’ll find the video below. Thanks for joining me, and I hope to see you next time for Doodling With Debby.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to Debby for being our guest!