Monday, September 7, 2015

Ripe Berries Anyone?

Hello Power Poppy Friends!  Today I am bringing you Berry It Digital Stamp.  I couldn't make the August 25th post to release this image so I thought I would share it with you on my monthly inspiration post with a little coloring tip.

This months tip:  Don't be afraid to use grays to make your colors deeper and more rich looking.  It helps to give more dimension and contrast to your projects. 

Here is how I teach to use grays; When I've colored a few berries with the regular colors, I decided where I want to make RV99 (in this case) darker.  I then added N7 to that area and immediately went over it with RV69.  These two colors will blend together on the paper making the top color a darker shade and you won't see the gray.  Then I will blend it out with the sequence of colors, this is done lightly.  Once you get the hang of it you can just start by adding gray before your darkest color and blending out from there. 

I used N gray because I didn't want any blue or brown undertones.  

I only do this with Copic XPress Paper as it allows me more time to work with my coloring and has less of a chance of looking "muddy" with more ink added.   

I will be back next month for more coloring tips!


CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Rhea, this is a gorgeous card, and your raspberries are so beautifully colored! Thanks for the tip about using N gray. I've been trying to use some of the neutrals, and you're right about being careful which to use...they can leave different undertones. You are amazing. I just love the beautiful layout with the gingham and that gorgeous ribbon/bow! Stunning! Hugs!

Rhea Weigand said...

Thank you very much Cheryl! Your kind words mean a lot to me.

Donna Ellis said...

thanks for the great tip about using the grey tones, Rhea! Especially, about darkening on top of one color and then shading with a similar on top of the grey. Your card is beautiful! hugs, de

NancyK said...

Love this. I've been trying to get the best colors for a darker berry and you've come to my rescue!