Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Mane Squeeze

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Once you finish ogling Jane’s project this month, you’re definitely going to want to learn more about the class she’ll be teaching in person at our Eustis, FL location next month. Learn more HERE.

Hello all, Jane here with my latest Artistic Expression feature and this month I’ve decided to put my Copics to the side and use my coloured pencils, selecting the newly released Lions and Tigers stamp set for the main image on the card.

Jane Allen

I was curious to see how my coloured pencils would work with MFT Kraft Card Stock…the answer is brilliantly – in fact it’s one of the nicest kraft surfaces I have used in a while.

Now, one thing I’ve learnt as I have been teaching myself to colour stamps whether in Copic, pencil, or paint is that it’s advisable to follow one simple rule: “Google, don’t Guess!” What do I mean by that?  Well, in this particular case I am intending to colour a lion and it’s not a creature I come across every day, do you? So I went online and searched for lion images settling on this guy. Handsome boy, isn’t he!

Panic not! No need to copy him exactly – you are merely using this image as reference to add a smidge of realism to your stamp. However, I like this boy so much I may be tempted to create a fine art Copic piece featuring him – crikey, did I say that out loud?

Here is a break down of how I approached certain areas. Erm, I got carried away again and forgot to take photographs mid process, oops. So I quickly re-stamped the lion on some spare card and produced the following…shhhh, no one will notice Jane!

I started by stamping the lion on the card stock with Gravel Grey Hybrid ink – it’s perfect for no-line colouring on Kraft as it is dark enough to see clearly, but subtle enough not to stand out as you add your colour.

One thing I noticed in the photograph was that the lion has a beautiful blonde goatee. As you can see from the image above I used white pencil to give my lion a stylish little beard!

Next, I shaded his muzzle, referring again to the photograph to make sure I put the highlights in roughly the right place. Remember, no one else ever sees the photograph so they’ll never know if your version is not an accurate depiction.

Then came the fun part, adding colour to his mane. Following the bumpy lines on the stamp but mindful of the way it looked in the photograph, I mapped out my mane. I tend to start with the lighter tones and go darker, just like with Copics – it’s far harder to add highlights later than it is shadows.

You can see how I am building up the depth around his face whilst remaining true to the original stamp. I’m just using thin lines of colour rather than a solid lump…make sense? Zoom in if that helps 🙂

One of the things that stood out for me in the photograph were the lion’s eyes – this is where coloured pencils give you an edge over Copics. Even though the stamp has a solid dot of ink for the eye I was able to colour over the top with a beautiful shade of amber, adding the strong white and dark brown markings around it. I would never have known to do that if I’d not done my research first!

So, to re-cap:

I stamped my lion image on to MFT Kraft Card Stock using Gravel Grey Hybrid Ink.

And set to colouring my lion, using the photograph as reference to add a touch of realism to my work!

Here he is fully coloured. The background was drawn freehand, but again, you can easily find images online to help you.

As for the rest of the card, I used the new Blueprints 31 for my card base, cutting the pieces out of various muted shades of MFT card stock. Instead of leaving them plain, I opted to give them a little extra something, stamping mesh and tribal designs onto the card stock using MFT background stamps and ink.

Mesh Background and Gravel Grey Hybrid Ink:

then…

Etched Tribal Background and Latte Hybrid Ink:

When you put all of the above elements together, this is what you get – I had a roaring time creating this card!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For information here are the colours I used:

PENCILS

L (Caran D’Ache Luminance), P (Caran D’Ache Pablos)

Sky: P – 151, 371

           L – 001, 661

Greenery: L – 225, 736, 846, 015, 732

Eyes: L – 034, 009

Body and Mane: L – 001, 842, 242, 836, 037, 906, 832, 407, 872

                                     P – 037, 045

Nose: L – 589, 906, 001

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you’ve found this informative and it’s spurred you on to give pencil colouring a try.

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Comments (37)

  • Nancy Kenny Monahan

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    Hey Jane…I was just scrolling around the blog when I came across your card. Your coloring skills are just brilliant and this card is without a doubt my absolute fav! I look forward to seeing much more from you Jane and am so pleased that I found you. Keep up the great work Jane and thanks for sharing!!!

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  • Susan

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    OMG! Got have it all, love all the items, Butterflies are Stunning. I am fairly new to MFT & can’t wait each month to see everything. Keep up the wonderful products.

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  • Toni

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    So exciting!

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  • Georgie

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    I absolutely love the lion and the new die cutting set. I’ve layered in order to make a circle with extensions, but this will make it so much easier. Your coloring skills are wonderful. It has the “real” effect.

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  • Deb L

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    I am so not artistic. Your lion is wonderful.

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  • Sandy Sexton

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    I am excited to step up my game and go beyond the stamped image. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Kathy Mitts

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    I really need to try coloring with pencils more – this is amazing

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  • Tracie Pond

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    Thank you for sharing with us…..you are amazing!

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  • Eileen R

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    Wow! You are an incredible artist.

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  • Maye M. L.

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    Splendid coloring. I could not believe my eyes with the incredible
    details in this image. Lovely. Thanks for sharing. Cheers

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  • deborah j.t.m.

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    The colors are perfect but the one thing imho that made the difference from being a ‘cartoon’ lion was coloring in his eyes… that one enhancement made all the difference in the world. Excellent job and thanks for helping me see ‘outside the stamp’ 🙂

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  • Terri Mariani

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    Wow! I am speechless! Your coloring is truly amazing!

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  • Robyn Grogan

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    Oh Jane! You are my coloring hero! I can’t tell you how much I admire and love your technique and talent! LOVE LOVE LOVE this Lion! And I’m not lion! Lol~!

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  • DW

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    Wow! Can you come color for me? : )

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  • Shar

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    I am so pleased to see one of my most favorite artists, Miss Jane 🙂 , coming together with one of my most favorite stamp companies!! If only I could attend her class in Florida, that would be a dream! So happy to see your work more often these days, Jane.
    Hugs, Shar 🙂

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  • Linda S. in NE

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    Jane, I must say, this was one of the most interesting and informative blog posts I have read in a very long time!! Wonderful the way you showed us step by step how you created this transformation from cutsey to majestic. So helpful, more please!

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  • Kara Lynne

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    Love this, Jane! Thanks for the step-by-step showing how this little guy came to life!

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  • Debra

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    What a beautiful job. Wish I lived close enough for your class.

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  • Robin Ridpath

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    Amazing!

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  • Betty Grandt

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    Thank you soooooo much for the informative lesson. I would never have dreamed of taking that stamp (which I have) and making it look so real.

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  • Deanna Morgan

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    OH, MY GOODNESS!!! What a beautiful rendering of this stamp!!! I am breathless! LOVE your work!

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  • Julie L

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    Wow… just amazing!!! I am inspired to dig out my colored pencils and start a project! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  • Kathy A

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    WOW!!! This is amazing! Love what you’ve done!

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  • Beverly

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    Oh my goodness. Had me going here. From majestic to cartoon? How is she going to do this? Wow! Wonderful. You completely changed the presentation of the stamp. Love it.

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  • Kate Dykstra

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    WOW!!! That is absolutely incredible!! I am in awe!!

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  • Kristina "CraftyPaws"

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    Ah-mane-zing coloring. So inspiring me to get out my color pencils (which are still unopened since Christmas). ?

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  • creatingincolors

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    This is beautiful, Jane! Thank you for all the details on how you created this card. I’m going to try it. Oh how I wish I could make the trip to MFT to attend your class.

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  • Teresa Doyle

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    WOW, what an amazing job Jane! Great advice about Googling the image of choice first. I have ZERO memory for details of such things so I find most of my attempts end up in the trash! I will def. try this advice! TFS!

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  • Sandra

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    Absolutely WOW! It´s art design! I agree with Diane and Kim I also wish I could draw with my pencils like this. Fantastic lion.

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  • Kim G

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    I agree with Diane, I, too, dream of coloring with pencils like this. I am just now mastering copics! You turned a whimsical lion into a wonderful piece of art. I just love your card. Thank you for sharing,

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  • Diane

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    Absolutely stunning! I dream of being able to use pencils this well! What an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your talents and tips with us, I’m ready to go play with my stamps and pencils now. Wish me luck?

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  • Kerry Phillips

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    Amazing!!

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  • Shari A.

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    So amazing! ???

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  • Eva Jura

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    WOW, this is an amazing art!

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  • Suzanna

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    Thank you for the PDF instruction on coloring your beautiful lion. It made a detailed project look doable by breaking it all down. Awesome!

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  • Kathy

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    Incredible Jane!

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  • BeverlyBL

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    Totally amazing transformation. From cuddly to Majestic. So cool! Thanks.

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