Thursday, August 27, 2020

Sending Hugs + Fineliner Tips

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I colored in front of the TV last night. We were watching an awesome documentary on the development of video games - notably one of my favorites - Space Invaders.

I started working the health food store my mom managed when I was like 13. The world was a wee bit less tightly wound then, so I was able to work and get paid and learn how to do life. I got paid $1/hour and saved 700 of those dollars and spent them on Calvin Klein and Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans at the Galleria in Houston, where my mom took me and my friend Mary to spend our hard earned money. 

But the store was located in downtown Bryan (the place my beloved Lyle Lovett sings about in This Old Porch), and there were just a few places available for lunch breaks: the Woolworth's deli counter (where I got my first paint by number set btw), Mr. Gatti's Pizza and Los Nortenos (the ACTUAL place he was singing about). 

I was a child, so I chose pizza, and in my defense - Mr. Gatti's was good back then in the late 1900s. But what I did is I went there - they had these super cheap, small, personal pizzas - I want to say they were like $1.50 - and I played the table version of Space Invaders for an hour. I freaking to this day LOVE that game. It's one of the best games of all time. 

And I got really, really good at it. My sister-in-law's cousin worked with me and would play me sometimes, and I'm pretty sure we got in trouble for being late back from lunch during epic Space Invader battles. If I had the money and the space, I'd have that tabletop game and I'd play the heck out of it!

I love all games and puzzles - it's the DNA from my dad - and so video games were just an evolution of all the puzzles I loved as a child - crosswords, logic puzzles, games, cards, physical puzzles. They so click with my psyche. 

And while we can't get together like normal now, there's still a HUGE community feel around gaming. I have a super duper fun friend group that plays Pokemon Go, and I think we chat more over the game during pandemic times than we might have before - so that's an unexpected blessing.

And if YOU are a Pokemon Go player - my friend code is 2089 0288 7039. Our group loves to raid, so if you like that, just let me know and I'll add you.

But we do all miss hugs, so that's what today's card is about!

I've been watching a bunch of tutorials on skin tone coloring, and really the secret is one from the old masters - UNDERPAINTING. No matter what skin tone you are coloring, you need layers of colors. I normally avoided coloring people because I think getting realistic skin tones is so hard, but if you watch a few tutorials, you won't be as intimidated.

I LOVE my fineliner tips for this - especially on the hair and highlight areas like cheeks and noses. 

Here are the colors I used for the skin tones - and I do have a coupon code for these markers below if you want to try them. They are the only alcohol fineliner/brush combo and I am obsessed. Skin - 6153 3165 3040 3050 4145 5118. Grass 8220 8270 8250. Clothing 7135, 7150 5245 7185. Hair - 3040 3050 3180.

I made the background with this stencil and ink blending and just flicked the grass with the markers listed above.

CM481 Kids United
[ HA ]
DI818 Kids United Frame Cuts (F)
[ HA ]
Layers of Clouds Stencil – Picket...
[ PFS ]
Graphit — Marker Universe
[ MRK ]
My Sweet Petunia
[ MSP ]
Pre-Cut & Scored Cardstock
[ CTC ]
Sakura CLASSIC WHITE Fine Line 05...
[ SSS ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]
Patience & Hugs | Unity Stamp Co |...
[ UNT ]

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  1. Wonderful coloring. Will be wonderful when we can hug one another again.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  2. I love the sky you created for the background and they are the perfect pair!

  3. What amazing shading! Love this stamp set!

  4. Sweet card.
    thanks for sharing

  5. My daughter-in-law LOVES Pokemon Go! I love this collaboration set (and the other ones)and your card is beautiful.

  6. I love your work on the skin tones. They both look so warm and happy like they just ran a mile together. I love the highlights on the shoes too.

  7. Your card is wonderful. The Kids United set is so timely and the sentiments are perfect.

  8. Super cute card Lydia. ❤️❤️❤️

  9. I love this card. I get sad thinking about hugs these days...are they gonna become a "thing of the past"??? I'm a big time hugger! Thanks for sharing.

  10. The sentiment goes perfectly with the girls hugging. The coloring is very pretty, too.

  11. Wonderful card and stamped image. Your coloring is just perfect!

  12. Love this stamp set amazing job on the coloring I'm going to have to get this stamp set and now after seeing all of this inspiration in this hop I have tons of ideas so thanks for doing this amazing hop

  13. Thanks for all the tips I appreciate it very much

  14. The girls are adorable! Love your card.

  15. this is a fantastic card (and the story was terrific, as ever!) Missed the live today...the internet...came unplugged. True story. Hugs.

  16. This is excellent, beautiful job on coloring

  17. The background is awesome and so is your coloring!

  18. You did a great job on the skin tones. I am trying to be better about it, but....I'm still not. All of my colors are flat, whether on clothing or flowers, or skin. I am trying to leave some lighter spots so it is more real looking. I LOVE YOUR work.

  19. Oh HUGS! Remember when we could hug?!?! Sweet, sweet image, perfectly designed!

  20. I always read every word of your intro and today is a 1st! You've always drawn me into a parallel memory and I smile, but today. Nope. Never did any those things and felt sad... then came the hug of those sweet children and the parallel appeared. Ya.. the hug of best friends. There's the smile... ❣

  21. Great card-I color in front of the TV too! Love these adorable kiddos.

  22. I don’t like tackling skins tones either! Lovely card, thanks.

  23. Love the scene you created with this sweet image!

  24. What a wonderful scene with those sweet little friends! Thanks for sharing this great inspiration! Take care! :)

  25. I really like the colors you chose.
    Fantastic job on the stenciling and ink blending!
    Thanks for sharing.

  26. This is a wonderful stamp set and you certainly have created a heartwarming card!

  27. Great card! I like how the girls are wearing the same colors.

  28. I think your skin tones are colored beautifully :) I have the same fear though. I often make it too splotchy, but yours are smooth and beautiful! Great card <3

  29. Lydia, you did a great job with the coloring-- I'd never know skin tones are something you shy away from. These buddies are so sweet-- I can feel the hug!

  30. Wonderful new stamps with such a great message! Your coloring is so beautiful.

  31. Underpainting and practice: the two keys to everything coloring! (Which is good to know since skin tones intimidate me too.) Those two little girls are so adorable, and I think you did a great job with their skin and their little complementary outfits.

  32. Oh how sweet!! Your little scene is adorable and your coloring is fabulous, specially the skin; I might have to check out those tutorials!

  33. Love reading your intros - such great memories! The two girls are lovely - the coloring is amazing and thanks for the great coloring tips!

  34. Hi Lydia :) I love your storytelling!!! AND your card today is an amazing showcasing of this new release! Thanks for bringing back some fun memories for me of playing pac man in our local pizza hut while waiting for supper....actually I think it was a sanity break for mom BUT that's okay cause we all need one! I have an ohuhu set of alcohol markers that I've broke out more lately but some of them have gone dry before I decided to use them....argh! I really just need to make a daily practice of it! Thanks for inspiring me :)


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