Saturday, May 14, 2011

Maya Making Wishes

Welcome to another day and a new challenge with Make it Colourful! This week we're challenging you to color with the "dotty" technique, also known as stippling or pointillism, depending on the application. Check out the challenge post for a tutorial link and come play in the challenge this week!

I used two images on this card, the foreground being Maya Making Wishes from our sponsor this week, Chrissy's Art 'n Heart, and the background is Forest Flowers from... yep you guessed it, Make it Crafty! I loved how these two images came together to form a common theme.

I used the stippling technique on the ground to create rocks and again around the images to help give the illusion of a sky. I always start with the darkest colors and work my way to the lightest, then go back with some of the darker colors for more depth. On the sky, sometimes I like to give the image a uniform "glow" all around, however, this time I kept it sporadic on purpose to help with the fantasy look - like it's got a mystical energy to it or sprinkled fairy dust. LOL

As you might have noticed, I gave it another go coloring raindrops. It's my THIRD attempt however I'm not sure if any improvement was made towards the true challenge. I originally started with an all Copic technique, however, being a gluten for punishment and foolish use of plain copy paper, I had to finish each raindrop with a black liner pen and white gel pen. It really helped define the edges better and it matched the two raindrops that were already on the image.

Because the images were already busy with color I used solid ribbons to embellish the card and help tone down the business. Plus I have somehow accumulated quite the collection of ribbons that appears to be impossible to depleate! Although, I'll sure try! ;D

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge #5 (to die for, diecuts)
Penny's Challenge #53 (anything goes)
Creative Belli Blog Challenge #117 (S is for stippling)
Divas by Design Challenge #1
(anything goes)
Crafty Creations Challenge #118 (aything goes)
DZ Doodles Digital Stamps Challenge #10 (phot inspiration)

DT: Make it Colourful Challenge #11 (dotty backgrounds)
Main Stamp:
Maya Making Wishes (CAH) and Forest Flowers (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Spotted Owl Soup (Jillibean Soup)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E11, E13, E04
-browns: E41, E42, E43, E44, E45, E47, E49
-yellows: Y32, Y35, Y26, YR30
-greens: YG11, YG13, YG17, G28
-blues: BG000, BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07, BG09; B00, BG01, BV20, BV00
-grays: W2, W4, W6, W8

Did you know? Stippling is the creation of a pattern simulating varying degrees of solidity or shading by using small dots. Such a pattern may occur in nature and these effects are frequently emulated by artists. In a drawing or painting, the dots are made of pigment of a single colour, applied with a pen or brush; the denser the dots, the darker the apparent shade—or lighter, if the pigment is lighter than the surface. This is similar to—but distinct from—pointillism, which uses dots of different colours to simulate blended colours


  1. This is a georgeus and adorable card, love the way you`we put it together. :)

    Hugs, Anne.

  2. Beautiful card! I love the raindrops and the dots.


  3. I love it, Barbara, those raindrops are just awesome! my compliments!
    hugs, Alina

  4. This card is amazing I love the way you colored the water drops and the brightness of the colors!

  5. Hi Barbara, your card is just gorgeous. Your colouring is fantastic and those raindrops look like they are about to roll of the card. Thanks for joining us this time at Divas by Design. Sarah

  6. Hi, Barbara! Card is amazing! I even can feel how little fairy is making her wish!!!
    With best regards,

  7. WOW Barbara, your card is gorgeous! I love the way you've coloured the raindrops :-)
    Claire xx

  8. Hello.
    Beautiful card. Lovely image.
    Thank you for joining us at Penny's Challenges and Good Luck.

  9. Gorgeous Barbara...and super colouring too hun..

    thank you for joining us at Divas...and good luck!

    hugs Vicky xx

  10. Wow stunning as always! Raindrops look perfect and dots too, wish i could colour half as good!

    Thanks for joining us at My Mums Craft Shop for our Dies Challenge.

    Kitty xx

  11. Fantastic colouring & a gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at DBD x

  12. Very pretty, love the technique you used for the ground.
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations this week

  13. The closeup really helps. I have heard of pointillism but have never tried it yet, you seem to do this technique marvelously well. Nice to have you join us at Divas by Design for our first challenge!

  14. Beautiful card, thanks for joining DZ Doodles challenge.

  15. Gorgeous Barbara!! Great tips on going dotty:)

  16. Gorgeous card and beautiful colouring! Thank you for joining us at DZ Doodles.
    Joyce xx


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