Good morning! It's me! I had a lovely day off work yesterday. We had visitors for coffee and even sat outside on our balcony in the 34 degree C heat (apparently that converts to 93 degrees F). The chokkie biscuits (not for me, I'm on a diet) all melted on the plate! There was at least a lovely breeze and we do have awnings on the balcony, so it was actually quite pleasant. My husband and I went out for a yummy Peking Duck dinner in the evening... not so diet, but I'm allowed one treat meal per week : )
Anyway, that's not what I wanted to talk about today... I recently took an online basic copic colouring class called Created from Color which was run by Melissa Andrew from Melissa Made and Kristy Dalman owner and creator of Some Odd Girl. It was so much fun! Melissa and Kristy started with the really basic basics and went through to colouring with some of those really difficult colours (reds, blacks, whites etc...). They set homework for us to complete and critiqued our work and offered comments and suggestions the whole way through. I really enjoyed the basic course and I will definitely be signing up for the Advanced course!
I purchased the optional kit that they had made up which included two exclusive Some Odd Girl stamps... This is my before and after work using Celebration Mae.
Do you see a difference? I definitely do. The class taught me how to add more definition with my shading, especially in the skin tones. I'm also now using more vibrant reds and trying to tighten up my light source shading. I'm also adding more texture to my hair colouring.
Here's my card using my final image:
The papers are from Bo Bunny, Cosmo Cricket and October Afternoon... they were all scraps from my scrap box (I'm trying to be good!). The chipboard flowers are from Basic Grey (I think). The sentiment comes with Celebration Mae and the buttons are from my stash.
Here's a close-up of Mae:
And here are the copics I used:
Hair: YR21, E97, E08, E18
Skin: E50, E51, E53, V20 and R20
Eyes: B02, B04, and copic opaque white
Reds: R35, RV29 and E18
Teal: G000, BG11, BG13, BG49 and Colourless blender
So, what do you think? There was a whole range of students in the class... some who hadn't done much copic colouring at all before to some who were more experienced. I think we all learned heaps! It was so much fun looking in the gallery and seeing everyone's before and after projects! Every single one of us improved lots! I particularly loved the fact that Melissa and Kristy reviewed all of our homework and offered such helpful suggestions for improvement.
Now I have to wait until the next Advanced Class to learn some more. I believe there are still spots open in the up coming Basic Class which starts August 6th. You can have a look HERE if you are interested in doing it. I would highly recommend it.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Mema's Crafts: Anything Goes
Lia Stampz: Use your scraps
Have a lovely day!
Arabella in Athens