As part of my Christmas craft I’ve bought a lovely set of Country Companions stamps. Anyone that follows my blog will know that I tend to ‘colour’ using chalks as they are less permanent. I decided it was time to take the leap and use pens, a much deeper level of commitment. I’m no artist, in fact when choosing subjects for GCSEs I was told ‘anything except art’ which demonstrates how lacking I am in that department. I have however purchased pens in the past and dabbled with their use (mainly the fine tip end to add faux stitching to the edge of panels on cards). I was really tempted to stamp the images then just go for a splash of colour, for example just adding it to a hat or a present. In the end I came to the conclusion that was cheating and I’d better try and do it ‘properly’.
I stamped my image and used the picture on the stamp set as a guide to where shadows should be. I began with the lighter colours, going over them again to add depth and using some darker colours too. My pens are from 3 different sets, so it was hard to blend and match them, hence why the red stands out so much. It was quite good fun, a more ‘serious’ version of adult colouring in. I won’t be doing this for every card though as it’s very time consuming. (If you get a Christmas card from me and it only has a die cut decoupage shape added, it doesn’t mean I love you less!)
I’m glad I tried it out and I will be doing it more. I may still use the chalks on days when it’s all going wrong-sometimes it takes long enough to get a ‘perfect’ stamped image and messing it up with an errant pen mark would finish me off!
For now, though, I’m branching out into the far more boring task of sewing name labels into school uniform. I know how to party on a Saturday night!
How do you colour your stamped images? Do you have any tips for doing it well? (Other than ‘give up and buy some cards from Poundland’!)