Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Polar Bear Pals

We are thrilled to introduce a brand new monthly series here at the My Favorite Things blog. Many of you have been wowed by the coloring skills of Jane Allen, and she will be joining us each month with step-by-step guides to achieving amazing coloring. Get ready to learn with Jane! You’ll be glad you did. Take it away, Jane!

Hello there, I’m Jane Allen, and this is the first of my monthly features for My Favorite Things, where I shall be sharing some of my colouring.

Jane Allen

So let’s get the ball rolling with a card using the adorable Polar Bear Pals stamp set coloured with Copic markers.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set, Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX and Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

I started by cutting out a Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX Die-namics and then proceeded to stamp my entire image with Bubblegum Hybrid Ink using my MISTI.

Coloring step from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Next, I  added the polar bear which I wanted to be sitting behind the bucket of fish. In order to do that I needed to create a mask to cover up the bucket I had already stamped. A Post-It note or art masking tape is great for this. Simply stamp the image on it, fussy cut it out, and then adhere it to the stamped image on your card stock.  Once attached, I stamped the bear over the mask which when removed had the bear behind his bucket.

Coloring step from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Then I added a little doodled background very lightly in pencil as a guide for when I started colouring.

Coloring step from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Having stamped my image and marked out my background, I got down to the fun part of colouring, and I sort of got a little carried away and forgot to take interim photos, sorry about that! Please bear with me (pardon the pun!). I will try to do a better job next month!

Colored panel from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Here is the little chap complete with his gift of fish!

Coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set #mftstamps

Hints and Tips

When colouring I always recommend that you, “Google don’t guess.”

I made up a crib sheet on my Mac of numerous polar bear images and printed it out for future reference (Word or Pages is great for this).

This ensured that I was colouring my polar bear properly. Did you know that they are not pure white? They are actually more of a dirty white with a yellow tinge.

To achieve the look of fur, I built up colour using tiny little dashes — you can see this technique quite clearly in the shadow areas around his neck and legs.

For those of you who would like to give this a try yourself, below is a colour list so that you can play along with me.

Copic matches from Jane Allen for coloring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set #mftstamps

Once I had coloured my image, it was time to turn my attention to the sentiment which is also from the Polar Bear Pals stamp set. I stamped it in Versamark Ink and embossed with White Detail Embossing Powder on a sheet of Watercolor Wash Paper Brights Paper Pack that I had cut out using a die from the Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics.

I mounted the rectangle on a darker piece of card stock prior to adhering it and the polar bear to the card.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set, Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX and Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

I hope you have enjoyed my maiden post, and I will be back next month with another colouring project.

Happy colouring!

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Comments (68)

  • melissa bi.

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    Wow – this is extraordinary. What beautiful coloring.

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  • Jen W.

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    This is STUNNING! So much depth and detail. Thanks for all the little tips you’ve shared.

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  • Squirrel

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    Congratulations Jane on at last sharing your amazing talent with the world – you have long been a heroine of mine and this showcase has got to be a winner! Thanks for this one my friend – I’ll never achieve it, but it’s fascinating to understand your process. Hugs xx

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  • Judy Sander

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    My you color beautifully! Love it. So much dimension and realistic!

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  • StephanieM

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    It looks like a painting!

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  • Cori Dahmen

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    (Channel your inner Whoopie Goldberg and Sister Act 2….
    that’s me right now) Oh Happy Day! Oh Happy Daaaay! My wish came true. Thank you MFT and Jane ?

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  • Jackie P.

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    O my goodness!! This little guy is adorable and your colouring of him is phenomenal!! It just comes to life on the paper. I would love to be able to colour even half as good as this. Hoping that maybe in the future you’d do a video

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  • Patt H.

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    What an adorable card! Love the fishies!

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  • Martha H.

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    Oh my word.. this is amazing. I seriously need to dust off my Copic markers and start practicing again.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  • Silvia P.

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    Beatiful card, I love your way for coloring. I’d like very much to watch a tutorial video to understand better how you do it. Very Compliments. I can’t wait to see your next cards

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  • Trina P.

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    Adorable card. Beautifully coloured. Great tips. Looking forward to your monthly feature.

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  • Brenda

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    One word…WOW!

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  • Dee Earnshaw

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    you have colored this polar bear so beautifully – I am so inspired by your tutorial. Thank you:)

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  • Lindar C

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    Such a gorgeous coloring on this card, looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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  • Laura Casselman

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    I am in love with Polar Bear Pals from MFT. It’s my go to set. I so wish that you would do a video of this card. I would love to see how you achieved the coloring on the bear, the series of dashes you used to create his fur. I have your notes and the Copic colors, so I’ll give it a try, but a video sure would be nice. 😉 Thanks!!!

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  • Kathy L

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    That is just a wonderful card and “out of this world” coloring! I can’t wait to see what you bring us next month! Thank you!!!

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  • Bobby

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    Your coloring is amazing. I can see this as an illustration in a children’s book. Or a book for me for that matter. It is that perfect.

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  • Carol H.

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    Oh my WOW! Stunning, jaw-dropping coloring!! What a beautiful card!!

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  • *Vicki*

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    Wow! The coloring she’s achieved is amazing! Thanks for the tips and the products used! I would love to see a video if she could do one! 🙂

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  • Dolly (scrapthat)

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    I would love to watch you color in a video!! 😀 TFS

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  • Kim Sharabba

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    Hahahahahahahaha. Hahahahahahaha. Your coloring is beyond amazing, Jane. And reading your instructions and trying to do this (for me) would kinda be like trying to read instructions on the Chibi lights with only a picture of a finished card. Any chance of getting a video of one of your coloring sessions?

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  • Michele F

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    Jane I think you’re brilliant! That fluffy guy has just come to life!
    =]

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  • Kristina Pavlovic

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    I am so happy to see Jane here!! She is so talented with no-line coloring. Todat’s card is just Amazing!

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  • Shazz

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    Amazing colouring- the bear comes to life in the card.

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  • Julie S

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    WOW! I am absolutely in awe of the way you colored this. Really, really gorgeous card.

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  • Sharon Gullikson

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    Your sort of talent is just amazing to me. I could never, ever do work like that. I am just trying to learn to shade just a little bit. WOW, you are so talented, it’s like magic…

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  • Vicki Morris

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    Oh Jane, your coloring is perfect as always. You make it sound so easy. Gorgeous card as always. I don’t have this set but am going down to the store in March, it will probably fall into my cart lol. Looking forward to seeing more from you.

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  • JANEEN K

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    Amazingly realistic fur on the bear. Wow

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  • Nancy Ward

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    Your coloring is stunning! Just a gorgeous card!

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  • Kristy Hansen

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    As a company (any company for that matter)you have got to be awed by what some people do with your products. This is amazing coloring for this card. I wish I had the experience to be able to do something similar. thank you for sharing the process.

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  • Beth Holt

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    Oh my gosh! This is such an amazing colored image!

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  • creatingincolors

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    Wow, what beautiful coloring!

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  • BeverlyBL

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    Outstanding coloring job. I love your card.

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  • Jan Elmore

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    ADORABLE…..love technique tutorials…..thanks a bunch!

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  • Lanette Harper

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    OH MY! I have ALOT to learn and look forward to your tutorials! Your work is so gorgeous! thank you for helping us all achieve something similar!

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  • Kathy H

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    Wow! Beautiful card. I can’t wait to see more tutorials so I can get some pointers on coloring.

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  • Dot J Freel

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    Wow! That may be the best Copic colored image I’ve ever seen! Totally love it! Looking forward to her future works of art.

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  • Susi

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    Not only is this a stunning card – gorgeous colouring with a beautiful, clean LO – the photo tutorial gives great instruction on making cards like this! Can’t wait to see more of these features from Jane Allen.

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  • EnigmaArtist

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    Yay! I am excited that Jane will be a regular contributor. Her work is stunning and I especially like the photos (as opposed to a video). I’ve been sitting here with my morning coffee just staring at the technique and zooming in and out on the pictures. Thanks Jane, for sharing your talent and your “recipe”. Can’t wait for more!

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  • Kristina "CraftyPaws"

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    Wowsers, this coloring is incredible. I would never have thought to use YR30 in the sky and bear, but it all looks amazing. I can’t wait to see your next post! TFS and inspiring!

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  • Amanda Hartmann

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    Beautiful! Can I ask, why did you choose Bubblegum? I love the effect and am wondering if there are other colors that works well for this sort of coloring.

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    • Jane Allen

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      Hi Amanda,
      For me personally, MFT Hybrid – Bubblegum pink ink works best for no lines colouring, it shows up enough whilst you’re colouring but its pale enough not to stand out on the finished piece. I do sometimes use MFT Hybrid – Natural too. Anyone starting out with this technique may want to try MFT Hybrid – Cotton Candy……it’s a little bolder and will still be visible at the end but the stronger colour assists novices who have only ever used black ink for stamping – practice makes perfect and jumping straight in to using a paler pink ink is not for everyone!
      I did try Peach Bellini and Insulation Pink but although they are beautiful colours they are just a little too pale and oh boy my poor eyes were struggling to see the lines……hence my go to choices at the moment are Bubblegum and Natural.
      Hope this helps
      Jane

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      • Amanda Hartmann

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        Thank you for taking the time to explain it and offer suggestions! I love this and am excited to give it a try. I have often been frustrated by the black lines at the end of a project.

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  • Majda

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    Gorgeous coloring – love it!

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  • Kylie

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    Wow, i can’t beleive this is copic’s. I thought it was watercolour at first glace. This is absolutely fabulous. Love your colouring!!

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  • Margery C

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    Beautiful coloring. Love the texture of the fur on the Polar bear.

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  • Melissa C

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    I am very excited to see what you color each month Jane! Your work is amazing. I love it! This card is so beautiful!

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  • Tracy

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    I’m blown away with your beautiful job !

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  • Debbie Olson

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    Jane, I am tickled pink to see you here–awesome work, as always!

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  • Kathy H

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    Amazing Jane!

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