Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Busy and Exciting Weekend!

Green Moth Maiden designed by Ching-Choukuik Digital Stamps and colored by Carla Brooke
Its' been an exciting weekend for me. I tackled the monochromatic coloring competition sponsored by Kit and, using the free digi stamp designed by Ching-Choukuik Digital Stamps. I chose Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol as my medium. I'm very happy with the results. Then I was notified that I was picked as a new member of the Creative Ladybirds Creation Design Team! That is really so cool, I will be showing you what I can do with a variety of lovely new digital stamps. So come and check back, because the first challenege is March 1st.
Decoupage greeting card by Carla and Sandy Brooke

Now aside from that my husband Sandy and I have been at work, making 3D pictures in shadow box frames. I had been doing 3D cards with the decoupage cars. The frames look so cool using my husbands' color sketches and my hand cut decoupage cars.
Shadow framed decoupage picture by Carla and Sandy Brooke
On top of all that I took my first Zumba Gold class in several years. Veronica Scott was the instructor at the new studio run by Fitness 1 and she was wonderful. I very much need to get back in shape, loose a few pounds and bring up my endurance level. I hope to get more into it the next time.

Come again and see what I have to show you!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Drawing Digital Images: It's the Process!

I've been working on designing my own digital images for a few weeks and I have to tell you, I'm pretty proud of the progress I've made to improve my drawing. Of course like everything else, I do things my way!

First I have to say that I am very big on collecting books on the subject of drawing Mangas. My latest addition is really cool. "Shojo Fashion Manga Art School Year 2," has a world of ideas for unique and colorful clothing to help me create my characters.

While concentrating on these images I also copied by eye without guidelines and discovered my eye is pretty good! Taking the characters from the book and making them my own is a lengthy process, but I'm in love with the results. So check this out:

My rough draft next to the original.

My good copy next to the original using a ligh tbox over the rough draft.

Using the light box over the good copy of my image, I made a template.
Using the light box, I designed a new outfit over the template.

I used Prismacolor and Gamsol on my finished images, which were first drawn in pencil and then gone over with a black Pigma Micro Pen #01.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Digi Stamps, Digikits & Craft Artist, Oh My!

Little Laura in the English Town digikit.
I've been working with the many wonderful digikits put out by Daisy Trail to use with the Craft Artist 2 program. The background of the card above was made with parts from the English Town Digikit. My digital stamp Little Laura is in the foreground. She is colored in Prismacolor Pencils and then I went over each color with Gumsol.
This is Little Laura, available for your use.

First I draw the figure on drawing paper and work out the dimensions and try to get the right proportions in the figure. Then I go over the drawing with a fine line marker. After that I put the image on my light box and trace the drawing again in pencil on card stock, adding her clothing and erasing the unneeded lines. After that I go over all the lines on the image with a 01 fine line marker. Since I have had problems with the images before this one showing up totally in the Craft Artist program, I went over the part that had the problem and used the 03 thicker fine line marker on Little Laura's legs. The cut studio in the Craft Artist program had no problem working with Little Laura!

I did mention that I worked on other images, so I will show you my other cards and give you the colored images for your own use. All I ask is that you let me know where I can see your work with my image and give me credit for my work on my image.

Laura in English Town digikit.
Laura digi stamp
My Katie digi stamp in the garden of the English Town digikit.
Katie digi stamp
Laura digi stamp on the beach in Summer Seaside digikit.
Laura digi stamp
Have fun, I did...let me know how you are doing.

Friday, December 19, 2014

More New Digital Stamps by Carla

My friend Sue Peck introduced Ian, my very first digital stamp! The background is a couple of images (merged) by Zoe at Make it Crafty. Ian and the backgrounds are printed onto neenah paper, colored with Promarkers and Spectrum Noir Pencils. You can find wonderful work by Sue at the following address:

I'm still working on my new digi stamps, but I feel I am getting better with each one.After drawing my images in pencil, I use a Pigma  Micron 01 to darken the lines. Then I scan them into my computer and save them as line drawings and print one to color. I use Prismacolor Pencils and then go over the colors with Gamsol (I don't go over the skin tones).

Here are my Laura digi stamps for you to play with free of charge. All I ask is to let me know where I can see your work and to give me credit for the drawing.

Enjoy and let me know what you think of my latest work. Next time I will have project or two to share with you using these digital stamps.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My Personal Digital Stamps

Ever since I discovered digital stamps by talented artists such as Maurie Manning, Cheryl Grant and Rick St. Dennis and began creating cards with them, I've wanted to learn to design my own. But I keep discovering more wonderful artists and buying more digi stamps, so I've enmassed a very large collection. 
It's time to try my hand at my own creations so, I bought a couple of books to get me started. I like the detailed Manga style, originally created by Japanese artists. The books I am using as my guides are “Drawing Manga” by Jeannie Lee and “Manga for the Beginner” by Christopher Hart. I found that basic the Manga body is actually about the same proportions as figure drawing in general. Of course there are ages and heights to be considered which can change the basic build considerably.
Here are my very first attempts at drawing a preteen boy and girl. Please feel free to take them and use them, but let me know where I can see them and please give me credit for the line drawings. I hope you enjoy Ian and Katie!

Come back again to see what I will create next!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Handmade Holiday Cards Part 2

The holidays are a great time to get creative. For this card I used the Christmas tree stamp from Stampabilities #OR1059 and Hero Arts stamp H5267 Santa. It was colored using Tombow Water Color Markers and metallic Gelly Roll pens. I gave the card depth by using foam dimensional on the back of Santa.
Glue scrapbook printed paper to the front of a 5” x 6.5” card base.
Stamp tree on watercolor paper using jet black, Stazon Solvent Ink.
Use Tombow Watercolor Markers to color green areas, followed by red on the ribbons and bows. I use a waterbrush to drag color on the ribbons.
Color ornaments in assorted colors.
Use Metalic Gelly Roll pens for the star and some embellishments of ornaments.
Cut out tree leaving a white edge around the tree and gifts.
Glue tree to the print paper on the upper left.

 Print and color Santa on watercolor paper.
Cut out Santa leaving a white edge.
Add red glitter to hat and stockings.
Place foam dimensionals on the back and adhere to the card.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Handmade Holiday Cards Part 1

I appreciate any chance I get to be creative. The holidays in December give me that opportunity. This will be the first of several posts on my blog to show the ways to vary the cards you make beginning with one Christmas tree stamp from Stampabilities #OR1059.

Stamp tree on watercolor paper, using jet black, Stazon solvent ink.
Use Tombow Watercolor Markers to color green areas, followed by red (you can use a waterbrush to blend the ribbon) on the ribbons and bows.
Color ornaments in assorted colors.
Use metallic Gelly Roll [en for the star and some embellishments of ornaments.
Cut out tree leaving a white edge (I didn’t use the gifts at the bottom of the stamped tree).
Glue tree to holiday print card base (I used Recollections 5.5 in. x 4.25 in. cards).
Add holiday stickers for interest both as ornaments and gifts.
Check my next blog for another card using this great stamp!