This is a long post, I’m in a chatty mood lol
Today over at Color Me Creative we are having a new challenge which is all about fluffing your feathers! Each month EVERY CMC Challenge Entry for that month gets the chance to win a prize and we also pick a random winner! That winner will win a Gift Certificate to Oozak.com!
So we will have 1 Challenge Winner for EACH Challenge (prize listed below each challenge) AND 1 winner from all that month's challenges to win the Oozak Gift Certificate! Two ways to win, but you gotta play!!
This new challenge, #19, will run until June 10th!
‘Use the Inspiration Photos below to inspire your project if you'd like but your image should have feathers on it or something needs to be colored feather-like!! If you don't have an image with feathers, than color feathers on a skirt, a flower, be CREATIVE!!!’
This challenge could be the technique feathering or just colouring feathers on angels, birds, fairies, it’s up to you. When I heard what the challenge was I have to be honest I was worried! I remember doing my Copic certification class where everyone was really good at feathering, and well to be honest I was amateurish! I decided this was a technique I was going to crack!
A couple of weeks ago I decided to sign up to all of Suzanne’s online Copic classes, you can find more about them here. There were things I wanted to colour but wasn’t sure about. Now I can just pop in and out watching video lessons as and when I want to try out a new technique or learn about how to colour something. For this card I watched a video in Class 2 which showed you how to feather. My images started off absolutely appalling, but after several attempts I finally feel like I managed to learn how to do it properly. I truly believe this is what Copic learning is all about, practice, practice, practice. I don’t tend to get frustrated with it at all, I just think ‘ok, this/that didn’t work, I’ll try it a different way next time’. Eventually, it finally comes together.
The advantage of being on Suzanne’s team, or even just joining in all of these challenges, is that you have to learn how to do it, you move outside of your comfort zone and it ‘makes’ you learn which often is the best way!
I’ve learnt so many things since doing the courses, one of which is that it’s ok to darken shadowed areas. When I first started I was a bit wary of adding too much shading, now I’m slowly starting to get a bit more adventurous . More importantly though as you use your Copics you start to feel less intimidated by them, or by how well other people colour. You just get on with it lol.
I’m not sure if you cantell from my photo but I ran out of black printer ink when I was printing off this cute little Hula Girl digi image from Make It Crafty, so I used navy instead! That then triggered off the fact that I wanted to use some blues so I pulled out the fab new Echo Park ‘A Walk in the Park’ which worked really well with it.
With this card I’m not sure which was more exciting, the fact that I now ‘get’ feathering, or the fact that I managed to colour the whole image in using Sketches which I’ve been collecting for a while now. I am so excited to share this little pot of colours with you. I know that’s sad, but it’s just so fun being able to show them all off in their glory. A pot of total yumminess! Yes, I’m an addict lol.
All of the DT girls have made their feather projects pop on by and let them know how lovely they are.
So even if you’re terrified of colouring feathers please join in with our challenge, you really will surprise yourself what you can do with just a little practice! I have!