I determined which paper pad I wanted to use next for my Patterned Paper series — Spice Market by Basic Grey. Except now I can’t find it. It’s a six by six pad, and I’ve looked through ALL my 6 x 6 pads, and my 12 x 12 pads, too, and it’s nowhere. It’s got to the point, I have so much stuff, I can’t find things when I want them. Which is one reason why I needed to go on a buying moratorium. To use some of this stuff up.
So I was all pissed off and disgusted, and I was watching some YouTube videos to soothe myself. And I found that Katy Racoosin over at her Daily Marker blog is running a 30-Day Coloring Challenge. It started on June 1. The first project was a lovely butterfly shaped card, colored with Copics.
Oh, I thought, coloring. I can do that. Just ten minutes a day, she says. Butterflies are one of my favorite decorative motifs. I have a big butterfly stamp. I can do that.
Well, Kathy Racoosin is an experienced Copic colorist, and I … am not.
I have to admit I half-assed this coloring while watching Kathy’s videos. I just thought it would be fun to give it a try. It’s far more blotchy than it really should be, if I had paid more attention. And the fussy-cut image is smaller and thinner than it seemed while stamping, and the Copics bled through the paper pretty bad (Neenah Solar White). The shaped card wouldn’t do it.
So I mounted the butterfly on a kraft card and added a sentiment and called it a day. You know I do love the contrast of bright colored images on kraft paper. The sentiment is kind of hard to read in the pic — it says “Believe in Yourself.” It’s a Mod Podge rub-on.
Oh, to give the butterfly somewhat of the iridescence of a real butterfly’s wing, I sprayed it generously with Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Mist. And I put a spritz of Pewter Distress Stain on the card behind it for some interest.
So that was 30-Day Coloring, Day 1. Days 2 and 3 … no. No-line coloring is too advanced for me. I’ll check back in with it later.
Just wish I could find that Basic Grey pad. Where the hell did it go?