Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Hog Heaven

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It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared? We’d love to see your projects! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can appreciate *your* artistry as well.

Hello everyone, and welcome to June’s Artistic Expression feature. I have a fun piggy card to share with you today!

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

We’ve already covered how to colour wood so for today’s lesson, I want to focus on what’s going on behind that wooden fence.

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

So let’s all have a go at colouring a pig’s bum — not something you’ll find in your everyday Copic tutorial! Ha, ha, ha.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I started by mapping out the shadows with the palest colour — E00. I had to remember that the light source for the front image was coming from the right so I needed to swap it to the left when colouring the back of the pig.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

With E01 I added extra depth to the shadow areas.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I darkened the area still more with E02, but as you can see, with each addition, I coloured a smaller area.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Before I blended the body, I added a small amount of E11 in areas that would have the darkest shadows cast — under the head on the right and the legs under the pig’s bum.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Then I blended all the layers, first with a touch of E01 and then with E00.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The pigs’ arms were coloured in the same way as the body.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For me, the body colours alone did not create sufficient depth, so I added a small amount of grey using W1, W2, and W3.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The head was approached in the same way as before, starting with E00.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

A small amount of E01, over the E00, was added next.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

As the pig’s head is round, you need to try and make the circle shape resemble a ball and the addition of E02 assists with that.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Finally, a small amount of E11 was placed on the right-hand side of the head.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The head was then blended in the same way as the body. Can you see that the little piggy is beginning to take shape?

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

At this point, I took a hard look at the shadow areas and felt that they needed to be intensified under his neck, a smidge down the right-hand side of his leg and under his pudgy little bottom.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

His ears are approached in exactly the same manner.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I added darker earth tones to the right-hand side of the ears.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

A smidge of E11 and E13 darkened the areas sufficiently before I smoothly blended both ears.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

And there we have it, one fully coloured piggy complete with curly tail!

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

As for the card, the base was created from some Smooth White Card Stock. I used Copic suitable card for the coloured panels with the images stamped in Cement Gray Hybrid Ink. I used Black Licorice Hybrid Ink for the sentiment once I had coloured the inner panel with Copics.

COPIC COLOURS

Sky: B000

Grass: G40, G12, YG61, YG63, YG67, W3

Gate/Fence: E40, E42, E43, E44, E47, W3, W4

Pig: E00, E01, E02, E11, E13, R21, W1, W2, W3, W8

I do hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post and that you give this a try.


Certainly, the cutest pig’s bum we’ve seen…don’t you agree? We’d love to see your “back sides” as well 😉 so be sure to tag #mftstamps so we can check them out!

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  • Daria

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    Thank you for this tutorial–a wonderful lesson in shading using any color medium.

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  • Earline M Theriot

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    Super cute

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  • June F

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    Really cute card and I’m now ready to colour a cute pig’s bum and anything else that comes to hand

    Super tutorial too

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  • Laurie Helgason

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    Very nice tutorial for coloring the cute pig.

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  • pam edwards

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    This little piggy is so cute. He would put a smile on anyones face. Thanks for the tips on coloring.

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  • Joni S

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    Such a cute lil’ piggy butt! Thanks for all the tips and tricks of shading!

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  • Bev Page

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    Hi Jane. Your colouring always leaves me gobsmacked. You put so much effort into it and all your little cuties look so lifelike when you’ve finished, so it’s obviously worth the effort. Love your work! Thanks so much for sharing all your techniques with us. Bev from Australia.

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  • Dot Freel

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    Amazing coloring and the cutest design! Love it.

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  • Janet

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    Jane, thanks for this great tutorial! You are such a wonderful teacher!!

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  • Debbie Rumpza

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    What a great tutorial… will definitely be trying out your techniques. I love your no line coloring so much!

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  • Dana M

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    Oh what a fantastic card! Super clever design, who doesn’t like a pig’s bum? Amazing coloring.

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  • Squirrel

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    Oh Jane, you are such a star – whoever thought a pig’s bum could be so much fun outside of a bacon sandwich! Xxx

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  • Barbara

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    So adorable – thanks for the step by step instructions!

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  • Kathy Earhart

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    Thank you for the very detailed steps! Wonderful!

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    • Theresa

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      I do want to know how you made the fence on Hog Heaven Card. I am talking about the side pieces. This post is for Jane Allen. I bought everything to make this card and now am stuck. I continually get to this point with many cards which are posted. I know we need to be creative but I want the card to look as neat and clean as the one shown. If I can’t do that I will not buy the supplies. Help please.

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