Happy Wednesday one and all and welcome RubberMoon fans! I have another Copic and RubberMoon tutorial for you! I am passionate about RubberMoon stamps, not only do I think the quality and artistry is top notch, the team and Quality of the people running RubberMoon just can not be beat! I am also CRAZY passionate about Copic markers and the amazing versatility that these markers and inks have so when given a chance to share their abilities I try to give you the full view of what these products can do.
This week I have two beautiful stamps created by Kae Pea, See The Moon and New Moon. These two stamps are truly a favorite of mine not only because they are beautiful but because my family used to sing this song EVERY time we saw the moon when I was growing up. Yes…EVERY time. Come to think of it if any combination of us are together in one location and happen to see the moon together we often STILL will be heard singing this song. So you can imagine there is a large portion of personal history and memory tied to an image like this.
For coloring today I am sticking with my Copics but I wanted a much softer look, one that is more suited to the dreaminess of the image. I could paint with the Copic inks, and I will show you that technique another day I promise, but for today I chose working on vellum or in this particular case on tracing paper. You would get a very similar effect working on either, I just happened to have tracing paper within arms reach. I am also using Memento ink in Tuxedo Black, and Copic markers B0000, B00, V01, BV04, B24 and R22. (In the photo you also see V04 and my colorless blender that I did not end up using.) For the card I used a small bit of watercolor paper, natural twine, blue burlap fabric and kraft cardstock.
Step #1 – On your tracing paper or vellum stamp your moon image and on a few also stamp the words to the song. I did not add them to all of mine since I was not sure exactly where I was going to end up with my project.
Step #2 – On the BACK SIDE of the tracing paper color in the entire moon face with B0000. I am working on the back to soften the look of the Copics. If you let the ink dry completely you will not have any issue with smearing even on the vellum or tracing paper if you choose to work on the stamped side of your work. You will barely be able to see this layer but it is putting a wash over the entire face to help the next layers go on smoothly.
Step #3 – Using B00 go into the areas where you would like to add a little shading like under the brows, the nose the cheeks, chin and along side the nose. This should blend fairly well as you go if you work quickly on top of the B0000. You can always come back to soften the edges just slightly if you need to.
Step #4 – Add V01 into the cheeks and down the length of the nose.
Step #5 – Use your BV04 to add your deepest shadows under the brow and small touches under the nose and bottom lip.
Step #6 – Go back in with your B0000 to soften some of these edges. They will not have perfectly smooth blends on the tracing paper or vellum but more of a painterly quality to them. Also add R22 to the bottom lip.
Step #7 – Using your B0000 go around the outer edge of the moon about 3/4 – 1″ again laying a base for the colors to come.
Step #8 – Use both B24 and B00 to add streaking around the moon.
Step #9 – Use your B000 to soften the streaking around the outer edge.
Hopefully you will be able to see a difference here, in real life there is a striking difference when I turn my image right side up again so I have the stamped image facing me. The black becomes much more striking and the colors all soften one more step to a very watercolor look.
To finish I decided to stamp the words to the song onto a small piece of water color paper and then layer my colored image over the words so they show through. I added a simple bow of tine and layered it on top of blue burlap and a kraft cardstock base.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you will come back by again! Next Wednesday I have a HUGE announcement that includes a prize giveaway, so you rely need to make it back!