Here are just a few of my creations - I mainly make cards, but I've been known to dabble

Here are just a few of my creations - I mainly make cards, but I've been known to dabble

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Elements of Nature Class from Kit and Clowder

Hi there!  As mentioned in my previous post, I have joined the Elements of Nature class at Kit and Clowder.  There are a wealth of images and techniques to learn in this class.  I'm going to be doing one of the images here and there, so if you're interested, I will tag them so they're easier to find.  I love flowers and colouring them, so taking this class was never a question.  Each of these three pictures was coloured on 200gsm cardstock.

First up I attempted colouring these gorgeous Lillies.  I didn't have the correct greys so I tried to mix a C1 and a C5 to make a C3, with some success.  I will have to have another go at colouring these now that I have all the markers used in the class and see if there is a noticeable difference or improvement.  In any case, I totally love how this first one turned out.

Next up we had a request from Alyce (the teacher) to colour in the strawberry, cherries and blueberries picture.  This presented me with quite a challenge as the 200gsm cardstock just absorbs ink and doesn't aid in blending.  I now have a new stash of blending cardstock for the way forward!  Yay!

Finally, I have coloured one more picture from the Elements of Nature class, the lemons.  These turned out pretty good I think as well.  I can't wait to see and feel the difference when I start colouring on the XpressIt blending cardstock.

Well, that's all the images from the class that I've coloured so far.  I really am learning a lot!  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a brilliant day!


A Dramatic Improvement In My Colouring - Thanks to Kit and Clowder Classes

Hi there.  Sorry for the long absence.  Life gets in the way and being uninspired doesn't help when creating!  

My mojo got up and left the building and only visits me sporadically - usually when I need a card for a purpose.  So, to try to entice my mojo back a little more regularly and because I was inspired by my friend Cheryl Wright's* progress in colouring - I decided to join online colouring classes at Kit and Clowder.  *I am trying to get a link to Cheryl's blog for you.

I joined in March 2016 with the Create and Learn markers class.  I pay only $20 a month and have lifetime access to the class and constructive feedback from the wonderful trainer Alyce Keegan.  Plus, her website has lots of useful tips and information.  

I really love the format that Alyce teaches in.  She produces a step by step video and a printable step by step guide.  I have watched a lot of youtube colouring over the past few years and thought I'd learned quite a lot, however Alyce not only shows you, she explains things - like 'cast shadows' which are shadows cast by things that are in front - like strands of hair for example.

I thoroughly enjoyed the March marker Create and Learn class and here are the results - I never could have coloured something this wonderful without the class!

I also thoroughly enjoyed the April marker Create and Learn class - and I have a special soft spot for dinosaurs - see the results below.

You can definitely see a dramatic improvement in my colouring just across those two pictures.  

Alyce also holds competitions and the facebook group is an excellent source of inspiration and support for all the members of Kit and Clowder.  For one competition we had a picture of this girl on a swing to colour in.  I wasn't game to try to make some kind of background so it doesn't have one, however I love how the colouring came out - without instruction - and can say that I used some of the things I learned in the March marker class (on the hair especially).  I was pretty happy with the dress, not knowing how to colour folds - I'm very happy with the outcome.  I do plan to sign up for the 'skin and hair' and 'clothing technique' classes.  What do you think?

I also won a prize from Alyce and Kit and Clowder, it was 3 Mepxy markers - a brand I'd never heard of before.  They are in lovely blue shades - a blendable set of 3 :o)  I'm not sure how to pronounce their name, but I go with 'mepsy'.

I have also taken up another of Alyce's classes, but I'll save that for a separate post.

I recommend you check out her website, if you love colouring - using pencils or markers - and wish you could colour like a pro; here's the place to start your learning!

Cheers and thanks for stopping by!