Saturday, June 12, 2010

Some Odd Girl Blog Hop

Hi All,

Welcome to the FIRST Some Odd Girl Blog Hop! We are happy you've joined us and I know the Oddies have a ton of goodies to show you! So just take the journey thru the blogosphere and not only will you see some lovely projects but you will get some sneaks of our June 15th release! You should have arrived here from Leah's blog, but if not, start your hop at the Some Odd Girl Challenge blog and make some Odd stops on each of our Odd Girls' blogs ending up at Kristy's blog.
Some Odd Girl Blog - STARTING POINT
AND if you leave all the Oddies a lil love you may just win our WHOLE June 15th release!

So why not be Odd? You have until 2pm EST on Sunday June 13th to make the entire hop. We will be choosing our winner that evening. Get to hoppin!

It also happens to be the Some Odd Girl Digi Day over at SNR Cad Universe! This is really exciting for us, and we want you to head to the SOG Group to participate in a couple challenges, and get some giveaways! Also, if you become a member of the group, you will get notices of challenges, new releases and freebies from Some Odd Girl!

A few people have asked me about what to do when they are just starting out with Copic markers.  I have a couple of tips below - the VERY basics for beginners.  Here are some dodgy pics I took too : )

Here is a shot of my whole Copic collection - you can tell I have run out of storage and need to figure something out! (Don't mind the other crap in the background! LOL)

When you are deciding what Copics to purchase, I always recommend getting 2 or 3 markers within the same colour group - just varying in shades of darkness.  The first letter will denote what colour family the marker belongs to (ie. G is green, and B is blue).  The number in the middle denotes the hue; so, that will give you your different colours within the family.  The last number (on the right), gives you the lightness/darkness of that colour (ranging from 0 to 9).  I have 3 pictures below of colours that I would start off with, so that you have enough to do some shading. You will notice the the letter and the middle number are the same.

My most used colours are the following:
Skin: E000, E51, E53
Hair: E25, E29 OR E31, E33, E37, E29 (Brown hair); 100, C9, C5, C3 (Black Hair). I don't often do blond or red, so I will leave those out : )
Blues: B00, B02, B05; BG13, BG15, BG18
Green: G21, G24, G28; G00, G05, G07
Red: R20, R24, R27
Orange: R02, R05, R08
Yellow: Y21, Y25
Brown: In addition to the hair above, I also like to use E71, E74, E77.

Here are some basic pics of me trying to blend - I chose to work with R20, R24, and R29.  I drew a circle with my Copic Multiliner onto a scrap of Neenah CS, and coloured it in with the lightest colour, R20.
Then, I took the next colour, R24, and added that to the left side of the circle in a curved shape - shadows on circles are not straight, they are curved. I am also imagining my light coming from the right side, which is why the darker areas will be on the left side.

Then, I took the darkest colour, R29, and added that to the farthest left.

I went back over it with my middle colour to blend the middle and the dark colours together, to get rid of the harsh line between them.  You can see that line has already blended, in comparison to the picture above.

Then, I went back over it with the lightest colour to blend the light and the middle colour together, to get rid of the harsh line between them.  I do a lot of layering - going back over the image with colours, until I have the effect I want.

Depending on the thickness of the cardstock, you may often see the marker soak through the back of the paper - this is not a bad thing, and often helps with the blending a bit.

Completely unrelated, here is my sneak peek for the upcoming release on June 15 - you are gonna die for these images!:

My card base is Whisper White.  Then, there is another layer of Whisper White, embossed with the Distressed Lines Cuttlebug folder, and that was matted with Almost Amethyst.
The next panel is an Almost Amethyst piece, which I sponged with Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, and Brilliant Blue inks, then embossed with the same folder.  I matted that with a Basic Black piece and an Almost Amethyst piece.  I wrapped some Bashful Blue ribbon around that layer, and added 2 pearls from the Pretties Kit with Mini Glue Dots.

I printed MerMae onto Neenah Solar White CS, coloured her with Copics, and cut her out with Label Four Nesties.  For her little bubbles, I added some blue Liquid Pearls for some extra girlie shimmer!

Well, your next stop on the hop is Shelly! Let her know I said 'hi' when you get there!

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!


This N That said...

WOW! You brought her to LIFE! WOW!

MrsK said...

OMG Robin What a gorgeous card you've made her come to life totally cute!

Sal xx

Amanda said...

Beautiful colouring job! Your card is exquisite!

And thanx for the Copic tips! LOVE your collection! I need to add to mine!!

Amanda said...

BEAUTIFUL colouring job! Your card is exquisite! She's super cute!

And thanks for the Copic tips! I wish my collection looked like yours!

Maria Therese said...

Oh this mermaid is a cutie!! Love her!

Kim Sonksen said...

HOLY merMae....your card is stunning and I adore your tips on how to chose colour and how to blend them!

Rachel said...

WOW!!! your card is GORGEOUS!!!

Jaspere said...

She is just gorgeous! Your coloring is top notch.

Marcie S. said...

Your colouring is just freakin' gorgeous!!! I wish I had half that talent!!

Calypso said...

Great information about the copic markers!! I never knew the tid bit about the numbers....I have to go check my collection and see what I have going on!!! Thank you!!

Your Mermaid is absolutely adorable, I love your attention to details. I really do like the new collection!!


Calypso said...

Thank you for educatting me on the Copic Markers. I NEVER knew what the letters or number meant. Now I have to go see what I have....but great information.

Your mermaid card is absolutely adorable. I love your attention to all the small details. Fantastic!!


scalder said...

What a cute card!! Love the colouring and thanks so much for the tips:)

Cor* said... on my wishlist! I am so scard of them. I like my watercolor card! Am so excited you guys are hopping!

bjs said...

Robin, the card is shimmery and girlie and pretty. I LOVE your color combination. Thanks for your tips on working with copics. Of course I will have to go out and get more since I don't have all that you mentioned.

Nyte Stamper said...

0o0o I love this card.. Loving the colors on this..

alicaz said...

oh wow! amazing coloring! I want this image too now! :) TFS!

Josephine said...

I love your card and you gave me a great idea for a card Josie

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

She is darling! I love the textured white background and beautiful coloring.

MommyScraps said...

LOVE the tutorial, thanks for sharing, and LOVE how you colored the amazing mermaid! :)

ladybrayton71 said...

Beautiful coloring!

Tonia said...

Love the card! The Copics tip is very helpful! I am new to digital stamps and saw all the different colors and had no clue how they worked or which colors to start with! Thanks for the tip!

Sanwanya said...

very pretty love the coloring!!

Tracey said...

wow, your coloring is amazing! i love the new images...thanks for sharing!

Kerry said...

Yay for Copics!! I have the same situations with my Copics too. Oh well, it's all good. LOL! Super super cute card. The coloring is amazing.

Amy said...

Robin your card is stunning!! You're coloring skills are AH-mazing! I can't wait for this release!!

KarenB said...

Beautiful colouring Robin, and thanks for the Copics tips :)

Piali said...

Love the the Mermaid !! Gorgeous!!
Fabulous coloring!

bosenberries said...

colouring is fab.. can't wait to get my paws on some copics!! Card is beautiful, Robin

A Sarasota said...

Thanks for the helpful hints! Happy blog hoppin',