Sunday, March 5, 2017

Digis on the 5s release: Flower Bomb

Well, hello, fancy meeting you here! And welcome, welcome to so many new faces — I couldn’t be more delighted to see so many folks finding us for the first time. It’s a joy to meet you, and I hope you’ll pop by whenever you need some inspiration from some really special artists and papercrafters, or lush images from gardens, flowers, artwork, and things that catch my eye. I am so proud to share the work of our two design teams, the Instant Gardeners and the Bloom Brigade. I’m so proud of our gorgeous, kind, creative customers, who surprise me continually with creations that are getting more and more impressive. We have a community unlike any other, and it’s extremely exciting to be a part of. So, again I say, WELCOME!

Are you ready for the scoop on our newly remixed illustration? It’s one of my favorites, it’s fair to say. Plus, it’s ready to be downloaded right after purchase, so you can while the hours away coloring with something fresh and springy and absolutely loaded with space for your marker tips. This image is large and in charge.


I sat down to paint the other day, and after laying down layers of pinks and deep purples, olives and peaches, and even a background of midnight blue, I decided to leave some areas of the image partially blank. Yes, outlines unpainted and left bare. And I like it like this! For those who may be wondering, I used a mixture of Winsor & Newton gouache and Cotman watercolor paints in tubes. I like to squirt them onto a palette and mix ’em up in various ways to get just the right colors I’m looking for. I use Winsor & Newton Series 5 sable brushes and prefer the ones with the tiniest pointiest tips - numbers 0, 00, and especially 000, which is like the size of about 10 eyelashes made into a paintbrush.

So, what is this thing called anyway? Well, it’s an illustration of plump roses and plenty of violets that’s such an explosion of fragrance and petals and pure coloring pleasure, I named it: Flower Bomb.


This image is a real doozy — there’s a LOT of explore. Roses in all phases of opening from bud to fully splayed. Violets gone mad. A few ruffly leaves for good measure, and lots and lots of detail to help you know where to put your shading. I think you’ll have a lot of fun with it! You’ll get a sentiment along with the big bouquet of flowers that says “Thanks for always being there.”

Would you like to see what a few of our superstar designers came up with using Flower Bomb, you know, to really get you in the mood to color? I know I do!


Now you can go grab Flower Bomb for yourself — and remember, all digital stamp sets are 25% off all month, in honor of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Just use code COLORMEHAPPY when you check out. Woo hoo! Have a great day my lovely friends. I’m SO happy to have you here with me!


See you back here on Monday, when Tosha Leyendekker of the Bloom Brigade is going to lay down some REALLY cool step-by-step ideas for using your stamps in new ways. Who doesn’t love that?

13 comments:

  1. This is a gorgeous digi! It's HUGE and it's a joy to color. I love your painted version, Marcella. Absolutely dreamy.

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  2. Amazing artistry, Marcy, and I always LOVE seeing you color! Beautifully done, as always, and what a real beauty this bouquet is! Hugs and love! xoxo

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  3. I think this is my favorite Digi!! Taking me two days of joyful colouring!

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  4. Such a beautiful digi, Marcella!! Love that you have included roses in many levels of bloom! Awesome!

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    1. Thank you so much, Berina, I always am grateful to read your uplifting comments, so sweet of you.

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  5. Glorious! I feel like I use that word a lot here, but I don't think there is another substitute!

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    1. Donna, you are so darn SWEET! Thank you, thank you. 🤙

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  6. i am having such fun with the recent digitals I ordered. Marcella, you know what a fan I am of your beautiful art. I may have to make a few more purchases to take advantage of that sale.

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    1. Liz, I'm so glad, and you are very kind and encouraging, I always appreciate hearing from you! :)

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  7. i am having such fun with the recent digitals I ordered. Marcella, you know what a fan I am of your beautiful art. I may have to make a few more purchases to take advantage of that sale.

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  8. I just found your website and your art is beautiful. I like digis to work with, but struggle with using watercolor, which I love. How did you pull it off here without the ink running?

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    1. Hello there, Sweet Bramble, (What a cute name!) Thanks for the note! For digis, I use a regular ol' inexpensive HP OfficeJet printer from Office Depot and print onto Neenah Exact Vellum card stock. The paint usually doesn't make the toner run... and if it does, I try to incorporate it into the image. :) But it hardly ever does. I also print my digis out at about 50% opacity so they outline is grey rather than black. Here are a few more hints written up by Julie Koerber of our Bloom Brigade: http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2014/05/i-bought-digital-stamp-now-what.html

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    2. Thank you for the great idea! I just tried the opacity trick on Canson XL watercolor paper and it worked great. Not sure how the water would work with the Exact Vellum cardstock, but will have to try it someday. Might be less spendy than watercolor paper. Thanks!

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I love to hear what you’re thinking and I read and appreciate each and every note!

~marcella