Friday, 26 February 2016

Quick and easy mini tutorial for Copic multi-coloured bubbles



I recently showed off this lovely Fluffy from Sherri Baldy's Besties in all the colouring groups I'm in. It was my first attempt at colouring multicoloured bubbles and I was really happy with them. But what made me even happier was being asked more than a few times which colours I used and how I done it. This made me happy because it means that I have inspired people! I searched the net for easy tutorials and come out more confused than I started. I really hate watching youtube videos so didn't even bother with them. So I took bits and pieces of what I'd read and made my own. Here is an easy step by step for you.

Here are the colours I have used. You don't need to have the same ones. Just a variety of pastels, C1 and B000.


Step 1. Randomly add small patches of R81 to each bubble. Don't go right up to the edge or into the center though. I'd also suggest swapping the R81 for R20 after trialling other colours.


Step 2. Add random patches of Y11. Again not on the edges and center.


Step 3. Add random patches of V01 avoid the edges and center. You can see here why I suggest R20 instead of R81...it is too similar to the V01.

Step 4. Add random patches of G00, avoiding the edges and center.

Step 5. Go over all of your patches with you C01. This slightly bleeds and blends your colours while keeping the distinct still.

Step 6. Still with your C01, draw circles within each bubble without touching the edges and still leaving the inside blank. So basically a donut!

Step 7. Fill your entire bubble with your B000.

Step 8. With a white pen or a fine brush and paint, give your bubbles a little reflection.

That's it! Easy! You can add glossy accents for extra shine if you want but not needed.

I hope this has helped and inspired you.

Shannon xxx






Thursday, 25 February 2016

Valentine Teddy from Moonflower Digital Stamps

Today I'm sharing with you the lovely "Valentine Teddy" from Moonflower Digital Stamps. I decided to leave a sentiment off my card as it could be used for a few different occasions.


Monday, 15 February 2016

Corrosive Challenge Blog DT inspiration

This month's theme over on the Corrosive Challenge Blog  is "Love love love". And we have two great sponsors! For my DT inspiration card, I used "Wedding Couple" from AuroraWings and coloured it with my usual medium of choice, Copics.

Don't forget to check out the other wonderful pieces created by the team HERE

This month's awesome sponsors are:





Mitzi is a Colorado-based fantasy artist.  Originally from Japan, her art is influenced by the vintage shojo manga she grew up with, as well as the classic art forms such as tattoo art and woodblock prints of her native country.  Her fantasy art subjects range from cute and whimsical to dark and macabre, and everything in between.  Majority of her Aurora Wings digital stamps are made from the line art of her fantasy illustrations, giving them a uniquely distinct look of flowing lines with high level of detail.  Most are ink & pen traditional drawings, which are either colored free-hand in Corel Painter or traditionally with watercolor.  Her Etsy shop, Aurora Wings, offers digital stamps, prints, ACEOs, coloring books, and originals.  

Facebook Digi Group - http://www.facebook.com/groups/StampsByAuroraWings

Facebook Artist Page - http://www.facebook.com/FantasyArtofMitzi

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog - http://www.AuroraWingsChallenge.blogspot.com

Artist's Official Site - http://www.AuroraWings.com










Hello I am Mi Ran artist and owner of Artbymiran, I was born in Seoul, South Korea. I grew up with Korean and Japanese Manga. In my childhood, I loved drawing and making my own little stories. I moved to Canada in my late 20s, where I reside with my husband.
Artbymiran turned one year this past July, and I can’t believe how far we have come in just 1 years’ time.
We have our main blog where my wonderful and talented showcase designers shares creations daily, a bi-weekly challenge blog showcasing fabulous creations to inspire by my super talented designers. Our Fan base Facebook page, a place to share your creations, chat with fellow crafters, and play in monthly challenges.
I also found the wonderful opportunity to turn my digital images into rubber stamps, you can see all of my stamps atWhimsystamps.com and crafts and me http://www.craftsandme.co.uk/.
I love sharing my art, creating new images. I receive so much joy seeing others make them into beautiful works of art.




How exciting!!!!!


So excited! There's a brand new book just released!!!! Why am I even more excited than normal about this? Cause my colouring above is on the back cover!!!! *squeal* Check this out...super cheap too!

It's on Amazon US!! You can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Illustrations-T-Its-just-Flirt/dp/1530045738/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1455529932&sr=8-4&keywords=tamara+van+wijk

Digital copy can be found here: https://payhip.com/b/ugAX

Friday, 12 February 2016

Siesta IV from The East Wind

Good morning  everyone. Today I'm sharing The East Wind's " Siesta IV". I was immediately struck by her beauty and had to colour her! As with other times, I'm sharing this uncensored version here...why some people find the naked human body offensive I will never know! 

Copics used

Skin : E000, E00, E11, E13 and E21 ( R20 and R22 for lips and areola)
Hair : E41, E44, and E47 
Flowers : Y11, Y15, RV02 and RV02
Background: B000, B00 and B01

Callas Lilly Faerie from MoonFlower Digital Stamps

Hello everyone!
Today I'm sharing my card made using Callas Lilly Faerie.


Copics used : 

Skin : E000, E00, E11, E13 and E21 ( R20 for blush ) 
Hair : E41, E44, and E47
Dress: Y00, Y11, Y15 and Y17
Wings: Y00, Y11, Y15, YR04, YR07, YR04, E44 and E47 
Rabbit: E41, E44 and E47 
Flowers: YR04, YR07 and YR09

Thank you for taking the time to visit.

Shannon xxx

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Back with Besties


Good morning everyone.
As my title says, I am back on the Facebook Design Team with Sherri Baldi's - My Besties! Sheri has a new range of Besties called "Fluffies" and I am am loving them! So today I'm showing you my first 4 projects! Yes four already!

This first is Digi Img006 New Fluffy Besties Tm Meet Fluffy Cafe and suites me to a tea...well coffee! I love my coffee!















Thank you again for taking the time to visit. I hope I have given you some inspiration!

Shannon <3


Thursday, 4 February 2016

A simple mixed media canvas tutorial

I've been wanting to get messy and play with my paints for a while so thought I would do a tutorial in case anyone is interested. I kept changing my mind during the progress on what I was going to do...so I feel a few more canvases will be made! This is how the finished product will look.



So let's get this started! (Eek! You know how nervous I get doing this sort of thing right?) For the first section,  we are going to need:





I'm using a kitchen knife here instead of my palette knife as my little Miss 3 has relocated it lol. Also I have yellow acrylic paint in the photo but chose not to use it.



Using your knife, scoop large amounts of the moulding paste on your knife and spread it in thick uneven layers across your canvas. A note on moulding paste. As it dries, it will flatten and smooth a little.


You can use the knife edge to create sharper edges by angling slightly and dragging it across. Once you're satisfied with your texture,  let it dry. The time it takes to dry will depend on how thick your past is....you can speed this process up by using a heat gun or hair dryer (do not have it too close or it will create fumes, and bubble your paste). Of you do this please be careful to NOT touch the Paste until it has cooled. It will burn you.


Place your chosen acyrlic paints in small amounts close together. Using a broad soft brush, try to get your 3 colours on the brush (I suggest a damp brush to help blend a little easier).


In a smooth motion, drag your brush in the same direction as your texture. You may need to go back and forth a little to get into any little gaps. Don't be afraid to add more or less of one colour on the brush and don't be afraid to turn and angle your brush! This helps with blending your colours yet keeping them separate at the same time. It's best to work at a reasonably fast pace so the paint stays wet as you play with your colours. Add in single colours in some areas if you feel it is lacking. This is where I found I stopped playing too much so it didn't become too muddy.


You can see that the colours are slightly blended with highlights of the colours throughout.

Ok. Once your paint has dried (again you can hurry this process but please be careful!) you will need the following...


Firstly we'll use the archival ink pad and dab it it onto the chipboard.


As you can see I purposely didn't apply a heavy amount of ink, leaving some of the raw chipboard visible. 


For my quote, I have used one from a 12x12' Kaisercraft scrapbook paper and mounted it on card stock using Mod Podge. It's important to use a wet glue and not double sided tape as the tape sometimes reacts poorly with the Mod Podge. Make sure to let this dry naturally so it doesn't curl. Now we'll apply a generous coat of Mod Podge to the canvas, following the texture direction. While wet, place your chipboard and your image/quote into place and use a lighter coat of the Mod Podge in a stippling manner.  This gives a different look and texture as Mod Podge holds the strokes you make as it dries. Hopefully you can see the different textures above.


Now the Mod Podge will dry reasonably quickly, but it's not necessary to wait until it dries to use your super craft glue to attach the glass gems and fabric flowers. I suggest you play around with your placement of these BEFORE you apply any Mod Podge because you need to remember that it holds any marks you make. 

And that is it! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and give it a try!

Shannon xxx






Tuesday, 2 February 2016

"Aurora - Prayer" from The East Wind

Today's new release from The East Wind is such a serene image. I don't normally do cards with religious quotes but really felt it fit for this card. Sadly alrrady this year I've had many requests for sympathy cards. I hold hope my cards have helped ease the pain of those who have received them....even just a little. Once again I have coloured with Copics....it's my go to medium!


Copics used:

Skin : E000, E00, E11, E13 and E21 ( R20 for blush & lips. C2 as eyeshadow)
Hair : E41, E44 and E47
Flower: R14, R20 and R22
Dress and ribbon: C0,C1, C2, C3 and C5