Thursday, March 02, 2017

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Fun with Flowers

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project featuring floral images. I had my pencils out for this week's Pencil Monochrome tutorial over on Splitcoast, and I needed one more sample, so I shared this one in the gallery over there a little early. I tried to stick with minimal pencils, doing the main shading in each area with just 1-2 pencils, but in the end I used a combination of all the pencils to add shading and the background.

I love this image - just the simplicity of a hand-picked rose in a canning jar... it's the little things! I stamped the image in Memento Pear Tart ink so I'd have a light color that would fade into the background once the coloring was done. This green is a nice organic color, even for flowers. Here's a picture in progress - I did my coloring on an Inchie Arts Swatch (2" x 4") which is a little more textured than the Bristol I was using yesterday, but still a great multimedia surface for layering color. Again, I used the Polychromos pencils - I had started off with Prismacolors, but they were a little too soft for the pebbly surface, so I switched to the harder lead. Check my post from yesterday for more info on my sharpener and other favorites for pencil coloring!

It's hard to see, but I finally used those Clarity Stencil Brushes on the sentiment panel, just for a tiny bit of light color. Maybe you can see it below...

Stamps I used: Rose in Jar, Hope Always Blooms

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio

Remember you can enter these challenges too, using your Impression Obsession stamps! See the I.O. blog for all the details - you might even win a $25 gift certificate!! We'd love to have you join us.
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  1. Oh I love the soft colors in this card. Very pretty!!

  2. HOW ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS DINA!!!! I agree with you on this green, it is so organic looking & your coloring is WONDERFUL!!! SO LOVELY & LIFE-LIKE!!!!!!!! ;) This image is WONDERFUL!!! Is it one of yours? I checked the link but forgot to check! ;)

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration, Dina :)

  4. Your colouring is so perfect it looks mass produced. I admire your talent.

  5. gorgeous card mf! you do such amazing work!
    xx Karen

  6. this card is drop dead gorgeous! I have been working with my brand new polochromos pencils for the first time. this rose gives me hope. i own other pencils too. I dont know why i never tried them. How beautiful! hugs, treen

  7. Wow, this is amazing. So gorgeous.

  8. you know, I ordered this sharpener because of you and I DO like it. ( now to just steal more time to color) :) thanks for sharing this Dina, I love how you colored these blooms.