Monday, March 15, 2021

Garden Dirt: Flowering Clover, a Swatch for Underpainting with Copic Marker

 

Guest post by Amy Shuke of VanillaArts.com Add realism to Copic Marker blends by underpainting with complementary colors. Pink RV55 marker creates natural looking shade underneath green markers for sweet clover leaves and blossom. | PowerPoppy.com | Alcohol Markers, Colored Pencils, Underpainting Swatch


Need a quick bit o' luck?


Saint Patrick's Day is almost upon us.

Uh oh... so soon? Already? Wait, what month is it anyway?

If you're anything like me, you've totally lost track of days and months. Luckily, I've got a quick coloring project for you today, just in case you need to pop a card into the mail, pronto!

Hello, my name is Amy Shulke and I'm the illustrator and art instructor over at VanillaArts.com. Welcome to another edition of my color swatch series here at Power Poppy-- The Garden Dirt.

Are you wondering why I'd name a collection of beautiful color combinations after dirty ol' dirt? It's because in realistic coloring, we take pretty colors and cover them with other pretty colors to make muddy colors. The real color of shade and shadow is always a little yucky, a little muddy, and a little dirty.

You can read more from my Garden Dirt series here.


Guest post by Amy Shuke of VanillaArts.com Add realism to Copic Marker blends by underpainting with complementary colors. Pink RV55 marker creates natural looking shade underneath green markers for sweet clover leaves and blossom. | PowerPoppy.com | Alcohol Markers, Colored Pencils, Underpainting Swatch


Sometimes I color for realism. Other times, I color for fun.


If you're a fan of Marcella's stamps and digis, you're pretty darned used to coloring leaves.

So even though shamrocks and clover are cute as the dickens, they're still... ho hum... sigh... just another green leaf using the same old green Copic Markers and colored pencils.

Unless we have a little fun with the underpaint.

Check out the shady spots on my green clover leaves here. See that funky shade color? What is that weird color?

Would you believe it's the same color as the clover blossom?


Guest post by Amy Shuke of VanillaArts.com Add realism to Copic Marker blends by underpainting with complementary colors. Pink RV55 marker creates natural looking shade underneath green markers for sweet clover leaves and blossom. | PowerPoppy.com | Alcohol Markers, Colored Pencils, Underpainting Swatch


Pink under Green makes a shady green


I know it sounds weird but weird color is what we're after.

Last month I shared with you about layering green under pink. This month we're reversing the combo because this magic trick works both ways. Green and magenta sit opposite of each other on the color wheel and when opposites cross paths, the color get a little wild and funky. 

To color the Shamrock n' Roll digital stamp, I started with RV55 and layered two leafy green markers over the top. I have no idea what to call this new color. Gink? Preen? I don't know but it sure is fun to make.

And guess what?

This same marker combination can be used on several of Marcella's clover-ish shamrocky floral images. Try it on Clover and Pansies, Wish You Luck, Asters Abuzz, or the magnificent Lumious Bouquet with its oversized Japanese Peony blossom and clover.

Green, pink, gink, or preen, it comes out a little different every time. I color with gink and preen a lot. When I'm working with a pink blossom, it's really hard to resist the ginky temptation.

Try it, you might be a ginky kind a person too.


Guest post by Amy Shuke of VanillaArts.com Add realism to Copic Marker blends by underpainting with complementary colors. Pink RV55 marker creates natural looking shade underneath green markers for sweet clover leaves and blossom. | PowerPoppy.com | Alcohol Markers, Colored Pencils, Underpainting Swatch


Let's color Flowering Clover together!


I've got a special treat for you today. 

Head on over to my site at VanillaArts.com to download the FREE Flowering Clover recipe guide. I've included a few photos of the process plus a couple of tips to help you make the most of this odd blending combination.


And if you're looking for an online class to really explore pink and green, you're in luck!

My Verdant Spring class uses a similar color palette on Power Poppy's Bowl of Beauty digital stamp. We layer green under pink and then green over pink with beautiful results.

All Vanilla Workshop classes are immediate access. Work at your own pace, color it as many times as you want with no expiration date. 

Have fun playing with gink and preen! 


And I'll meet you back here next month with another colorful swatch of Garden Dirt.

3 comments:

Ellibelle said...

Beautiful coloring! Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful tips!

Camille Short said...

Gorgeous!

Henri√ętte said...

Great post Amy, I love your gink and preen talk.
Thank you so much for sharing and for the free download,
always very helpfull.
Stay safe, have a wonderful day and see you next month.