Cardmaking, EBE by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen

Coloring a Scene with Copic Markers + EBE Sneak Peek

Hello! I’m a huge fan of the Leading Ladies and am very excited to be joining in this latest release. I love coloring stamped images using my Copic markers and I also enjoy putting them into various scenes on my cards. So today I will walk you through how I colored in a simple class room for Teacher Lady to live in.

First I stamped Teacher Lady using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Copic X-Press It card stock, as well as a few of the accessory stamps that I wanted to sit on the desk that will be colored in beside her. Notice I masked the pencils and ruler so that only the top halves of them show. This will allow me to also color in a container to hold them.

To get started sketching I always grab very light markers in whatever color family I will be working with. For instance, I used E30 to block in the desk and C1 and C3 to sketch in the floor line and white board frame respectively. This allows some forgiveness if a line goes wonky or I change my mind on something further into the process. Because I wanted the canister holding the ruler and pens to be a nice, bright green I sketched it in using YG00.

Once you have everything laid out where you want it, it is time to start adding in the details. I wanted to keep the white erase board behind her nice and bright but it still needed some dimension so I feathered in BG0000 and BG000 from the left and right sides leaving the center white. The desk on the other hand is going to be an old school pine board desk so I used E35 to sketch in the wood grain lines and E34 is pulled down in short strokes from the lip of the desk to create a drop shadow.

Next, go over the whole desk using E31 to knock down the intensity of the wood grain and smooth it out. To make the class room cheery I went with a yellow wall, first laying down a base of Y11 then adding Y21 to give it some depth. The first layer of carpet also goes in now and I chose B91 because I like the grey blue with the yellow.

Finishing off the coloring of the scene is all about adding a bit of dimension. C7 darkens up the white board frame and N2 and N4 are added to the B91 carpet, making sure to pull the colors from just below Teacher Lady’s feet and and the base of the desk to create the cast shadows. E35 is added beneath all of the items on the desk to help ground them in place, including the canister that I finished using YG03, YG25 and YG17 and B04, B06 for the stripe on it. Y26 was added to the yellow wall around the black frame for a bit of shadow there as well.

The coloring is now complete but what is a white erase board without some writing on it? So I masked off Teacher Lady’s head, the microscope and ruler using Inkadinkado Stamping Mask paper before stamping in a bunch of the messages included in the Teacher Lady set using the standard dry erase marker colors of red, blue and green.

Now it looks like Teacher Lady has walked into her classroom to be greeted by an entire wall of positive messages!

Supplies List:The Essentials by Ellen Leading Ladies – Teacher Lady will be available on Sunday, August 5th!
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