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Tutorial of the month: January - a colouring tutorial for beginners

Happy new Crafters! Can you believe it's January 2017 already? To celebrate we're giving you a colouring tutorial for beginners. We're wanting to challenge our customers to try out a new craft for 2017 - so we're going to be providing tutorials throughout the year for you to be able to gain inspiration from and try new things! Why not?!


Jen has provided a fantastic colouring tutorial to convince you to make a  'getting into colouring' your New Year Resolution! If you have never tried colouring with Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, then this could be the tutorial for you! A beginner herself, Jen will take you through step-by-step, showing you a few tricks that will help you achieve a really pleasing result and get you started on your journey to becoming an accomplished colourist. We hope you enjoy our January tutorial of the month!


Step 1) Darken the areas of the shoe where shadows would form with AB3.


Step 2) Colour over the areas which will be blue with AB1 all over.


Step 3) Blend the edges between AB3 and AB1 with AB2.


Step 4) Deepen the shadowed areas with AB3 using a light dotting motion and sweep over all transitional areas with AB1 to achieve a seamless blend.


Step 5) Highlight the cat's mouth, nose and ears with AP1. Also highlight the cherry in the glass.


Step 6) Use RB3 to colour the areas of the cat which would be in shadow.


Step 7) Sweep over the body, and tail of the cat with RB1.


Step 8) Use RB2 to blend the transitional areas between RB1 and RB3.


Step 9) Sweep RB1 all over the image including the face and ears to achieve a seamless blend.


Step 10) Use RB2 to add contours to the cheeks and chin of the cat and deepen any shaded areas on the main body, if required.


Note) The glass, feather and gems are coloured in the same way as the shoe. The background was coloured with FS1 and layers of FS1 were added in areas where shadows may fall to deepen the colour. FS1 was also used to blend away any areas where the colours had bled over the outlines of the stamped image. Finally, mount and decorate the card with papers and coordinating die cuts from the range.

Crafty Tip) Have the pens you are going to use out on your desk ready to follow the step by step.

Crafter's Companion supplies used:

We would love to see what you make! Share your projects and cards with us on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram(#crafterscompanion), on Pinterest (@CraftersCompUK) or on Twitter (@CraftersCompUK)!

All the best for January and the Year ahead!

Crafter's Companion x

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