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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