Monday, April 16, 2018

Make A Big Impact with a Small Change


Hello  ... Hello!  How are you today? My name is Kathy from The Daily Marker and I am happy when I get to guest on the Power Poppy blog. I also LOVE to color and my belief is that if you make a small change in your coloring you can really enhance what you have colored. 


This might be one of my all time favorite Power Poppy images and I just swoon every time I look at this illustration from Marcella. The Cup of Columbine is available now as a digital print and  the end of April a rubber stamp!  

Check out my video to see how I enhanced my watercoloring by "filling in the nooks and crannies"



Full disclosure ... even tho flowers are my favorite thing to color my flower knowledge isn't that good.  When you look at the way I colored these Columbines  you might understand why I interpreted the Columbines a different way with a lot of green leaves instead of petals I wanted to go with the flo of my coloring and restrained from looking up the Columbine to see what was petal vs leaf.


This is how my image was progressing. I happened to be in the Bahamas when I watercolored this using Tombow watercolor markers. Each day I colored a portion of the image and adding layers of color with the markers. 


This is when I finished the watercoloring part and before I "enhanced" this by filling in those teeny tiny little areas.


Does this help having it super zoomed in? This are what I call the "nooks & crannies". Basically it's where the lines intersect. I also like to add a nick in the leaves and I love to add a few thorns on some of the stems. 


The berries were so small that I didn't bother with them but, looking up close I think I will add a line of white gel pen. 




Ninety percent of the time fill in these tiny areas after I color but, I thought maybe seeing it this way would help. 

I am convinced that filling in "nooks & crannies" you can really make your coloring pop and I hope after today's post that you just might agree. Thanks for your visit today and have a good start to your week. Hugs, Kathy

21 comments:

  1. The colors on your little bird under the red teacup are so beautiful - realistic as if they have a metallic sheen. I adore that little bird.

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    1. The tea cup with the blue flowers and the bird seems browner. It is so cute.

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    2. Thanks so much Mary that is a huge compliment! I am a bird lover too :)

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    1. Awww thanks sooo much Amy that means so much to me :)

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  3. Just gorgeous! I'd frame that and put it right in front of me in my craft space so I could look at it all day.

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    1. Ahhhh thanks sooo very much!! Thanks for the suggestion I just might frame it and give it away perhaps? :)

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  4. Awesome work, Kathy. I love to watch you work! Thanks.

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    1. Thank YOU Peggy you are so kind. :)

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  5. Thanks for the tutorial on filling in nooks & crannies! I too love to color & I've never thought of doing this.

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    1. Yay Sonya thank YOU I love getting this feedback it means so much to me :)

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  6. great tutorial Kathy and one of your most beautifully colored images.

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    1. Thanks soo much Ellen. Marcella's illustrations must take the credit and some nook and cranny action lol. :)

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  7. you mentioned "The Cup of Columbine is available now as a digital print and the end of April a rubber stamp! " i clicked on that link and it said it was not there. how can we get a dig. print of it? is there a dif link?
    thanks! lovely card!

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    1. Oh no soo sorry Sunshine!! Here is the link for you. Yay I love that you want to download it. https://powerpoppy.com/products/cup-of-columbine

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  8. Gorgeous both ways! I love that we can color our flowers any way we like them!

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    1. lol YES I have to agree Lagene thank you. :)

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  9. Oh, Kathy, I loved your video and love both ways and really appreciated seeing how you colored the nooks and crannies ahead of time to emphasize them. Beautifully done, and this is definitely one of my ALL-TIME favorite Marcella images! She is amazing...and so are YOU! Hugs and love!

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  10. Gorgeous, the pencils really make it pop even more than your watercoloring!

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