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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.

Well hello there and welcome to the November edition of Artistic Expression.

This month I have a little character for you, who is whizzing down the slopes on his snowboard!

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

Here is a bit of information about the tag before I get on with today’s tutorial:

The tag itself is from the newly released Fold-up Tags Die-namics. I used Blue Breeze Card Stock and the new Petite Plaid Paper Pack. The snow was created with the aid of a natural sponge and some Picket Fence Distress Ink. I then applied some dots on top using a white gel pen.

The little penguin die cut was adhered to the tag using foam tape for added dimension.

COPIC COLOURS USED:

Body: C00, C0, C1, C2, N4, N5, N6, N8 Shadows: BV20, BV23 Hat: B91, B93, B95, B97 Goggles: R89, W1, W3 Snowboard: BG10, B91, BV20, BV23, W1, W3 Beak/Feet: YR12, YR18 Black Multiliner

Now for today’s tutorial on coloring black and white images.

How many of you start to panic when you have to colour something that is black or white? Come on — I know you do! Well, worry not, I am going to talk you through it, step by step.

As always I start with the image, stamped on Blending Card by X-Press It with Cement Gray Hybrid Ink.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Now, as we are using the no-lines technique, we need to think about colour placement in order to prevent us from losing those lines and getting into a pickle. You also want to start with the palest colour as this helps avoid darker colours bleeding into the paler ones. So I began by adding C00 to the shadow areas on the penguin. I had already decided that my light source was coming from the right.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Next, I put some C0 on top.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Then I added some C1 to deepen the shadows a little more.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Finally, before I began to blend, I used a small amount of C2 in the areas I considered would have the darkest shadows, like under his hat, goggles, and chin.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Then it was time to blend with C0 to soften the edges of the ink layers, but please note I did not add colour to the areas I had left white.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To finish off his head and tummy, I blended the entire area with C00. Now don’t panic, I know it now looks really dirty compared to all the beautiful crisp white card around the image. It is just an optical illusion, and as soon as you add the other colours, the area, I assure you will look white again!

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I then turned my attention to the penguin’s left wing, which I coloured with N4, going right up to the line by his body.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Some N5 was applied nearest the body, to help give the impression that the wing is behind him.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Finally, a small amount of N8 was added up against the body. Be careful with these darker colours — they pack a punch, and you are working in a very small area. Use the tip of your marker and rest your hand on the desk for support to help with your pen control.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Once I was happy that I had enough depth to my shading I blended the colours with N5 and N4. Remember you can always go back and add a little extra dark ink if necessary. It was then time to focus on the right-hand side of his body, beginning as before with N4.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Repeat the same process as for the left wing by adding a small amount of N5. But be especially careful to leave a thin white area on the underneath of the wing while colouring right up to the line on his body. You will see why in the next image.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Can you see that I added dark areas of N6 by his head, under that wing, and around his bottom? Take special notice of the area under that wing, by adding darkness underneath you give the impression that the wing is sitting on top of his body.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This is emphasized further in the image below. Again be sparing with that N8, it’s dark.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I then blended the darkest areas with a combination of N6 and N5 before going over the areas I had left white with N4.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

OK, so the right-hand side of his body is coloured, now it’s time to look at how I shaded the left side. As before, I started with N4.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Then repeating the same method, I added some N5. Be aware you have another wing/body area to address as those stamped lines are going to disappear with the dark grey colours you are adding. So I made sure that the part of the body by that left wing did not get any N5 added.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

A small amount of both N6 and N8 were added where the shadows would be at their deepest, i.e., near the goggles strap, under his head, and by his bottom. This was blended as before.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

OK, at this point, we jump ahead. I coloured the rest of the image before I tackled the last part of the body that I wanted to explain in more detail…..adding the shadows. Oh and by the way, have you noticed that the dirty grey head and body actually look white now?

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For the shadows, I chose to start with BV20. I added it to the area underneath the hat, under the goggles and a triangular shape under his head.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Those shadows were not quite dark enough for me, so I added a small amount of BV23.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Going back with BV20 and blending it with the BV23 made a difference and helped give that little penguin some depth and dimension.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

And here he is complete with shadows on his snowboard, done in the same way as above. I also gave him a pair of eyes with a Black Multiliner.

To finish him off I added little dots of White Gel Pen to his eyes and beak.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

So there you have it, my method for colouring images that are black or white.

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

I do hope that this step-by-step guide will give you the confidence to try this for yourself. Oh and don’t forget I love seeing your work, so please remember if you post it on social media to tag MFT!
Pull out your penguins, zebras, and pandas…thanks to Jane’s comprehensive tutorial, it’s time to color them with confidence! You know what to do — tag us at #mftstamps when you share; you might just be spotted!

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  • Msrsha

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    Love watching the videos, helps to explain any question I have about the project!

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  • Shawn Harcrow

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    I dont usually like cutesy images, bout I love the new eyes bundle. Will be ordering these after the holidays.

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  • Janet

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    Great tutorial, Jane!! You are awesome!

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