Monday, February 11, 2019

Enjoy Today

Tierra Jackson is my jam.

As a designer, I know how hard it is to get comfortable with a range of styles, instead of just focusing on one style - I don't think very many people can pull that off. But she does in her illustrations and I really admire that. She has some ultra realistic images, and some super sweet story book type images like the one I'm using today.

So today, let's take our hats off for this artist.

This adorable fox image is my favorite size to paint - nearly card front sized. I wanted to do a video based on a conversation I had with my friend Susan Wymer, who makes beautiful cards, but is always asking for suggestions to make them even more amazing. One day she sent me pictures of two cards - one was mine and one was someone else's. They could not have been more different, but she said she loved them and what could she do to make her cards look like that. What she couldn't put her finger on that was present in both photos was the fact that they were done in strong complementary colors. As different as they were, that's what made them eyecatching. Once you get comfortable with complementaries, your work will be more appealing to you.

So I have a video for you on this card today which will be below, so I won't spend too much time on the details, but I just watercolored the fox with three Distress Inks: Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain, and my unexpected color - Peacock Feathers. I used a waterbrush - I save my fancy brushes for actual watercolor, and I used punches to punch glimmer dots from this glitter paper. The cardstock is kraft and turquoise sea. The sentiment is from the fox set. I went all crazy and put one of the larger dots in the corner of the watercolor paper and then trimmed it. I like it!
So here's the video - if you don't like real-time watercolor, then just skip on by - I didn't speed anything up because I wanted to you to be able to see that this only took ten minutes. Supplies listed below the video.



Cuddlebug Fox - Unity Stamp Company
[ UNT ]
SHOP Stamps - SHOP by ARTIST - Tierra...
[ UNT ]
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad RUSTY...
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PEACOCK...
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WALNUT...
[ SSS ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair ACORN Ink...
[ SSS ]
Concord & 9th NEUTRALS GLITTER 6x6...
[ SSS | C&9 ]
EK Success CONFETTI DOTS Large Punch...
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Sizzix CIRCLE Small Paper...
[ SSS ]
EK Success Slim Edger Punch SWISS...
[ SSS ]
Arteza Water Brush Pens, Set of 6
[ ARTZ ]
Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
[ BLIC ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- Kraft -...
[ GNK ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock-...
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Ranger Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 x 18...
[ SSS ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | CST | ART ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | MFT ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]

Loveyameanitbye.

7 comments:

  1. OH MY GOSH I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!! Thank you for using Unity. We appreciate you and your talents more than you could ever know. Thank you for ALL THE AMAZING SUPPORT through the years! Much love to you!

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  2. You’re killing me smalls. I resisted this in my last Unity order (which just shipped today) and now the need monster says I need it to color. Agggghhh! At least I already have those Distress Ink colors already ;). Super duper adorable and love what you did with the dots!

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  3. I love watching you paint - makes me think that I can do it too!

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  4. This fox is so adorable! I loved watching your video; you gave so many helpful tips for watercolouring with ink. (I laughed out loud when you referred to his '5 head' - my son says that about his own head!)

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  5. Gahhhhhh I love watching you paint!!! It's so relaxing and I love learning little tips and tricks. The bean toes - stinkin ADORABLE!!!!

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  6. bravo, girl! thoroughly enjoyed watching you paint and learned while i did.

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  7. Love unexpected colors. Thanks for the video.

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