Hi everyone :o)
I have had many requests for a tutorial on how I colour the faces on my beloved Magnolia stamps so I found some time last night and sat down and took some photos while I coloured up this little cutie pie.
First of all, I have to say, I didn't invent this style of colouring! I first saw two of my lovely Magnolia DT teamies doing it and had to try it myself and well, it stuck. Camilla S from Norway paints with water colours and does a lovely subtle line on her faces which is just stunning. Alberto from Italy was the other teamie I was inspired by. His work is also outstanding. I encourage you to check out both of their blogs.
Ok, so this is obviously going to work with the colours you usually use to colour your faces. I constantly change which colours I use hehe, so at the moment my colours of choice are E 13, 11, 01, 00, 000.
My favourite blending card is Make It Colour from Make it Crafty. It is also available from Quixotic Paperie in the UK. If you have tried Xpress It blending card and like it, you will love this card from Make it Crafty - it can hold a lot more ink and doesn't bleed as readily as other card stock. I find it is also easier to blend the colours. It makes colouring a quick and easy task.
The first thing I do is take my E13 (darkest shade) and I draw a curved line from the middle of one of Tilda's eyes through the other eye and flick the marker end as I pass through her second eye. This leaves a thinner end on the marker line. I then go back to the first eye and flick outwards a little bit. Then still using E13, I colour the areas that will have the shaddows.
Using E11, I carefully blend the E13 out a bit, making sure that I don't blend below the E13 line as this is what creates the definition in Tilda's face. You can also see from these photos how I colour her little knees in.
Using E 01 I blend out a little further, but not too much as I want to go in with E 00 next.
Now you can see I've gone in with E00 and finished her forehead and smoothed out her cheeks a little bit.
And finally E 000 to finish filling out her face. If you think she needs more definition you can go back in with the darker colours and add more shaddows.
You can see that I've then used my 0 blender to fix some little boo boos haha.
So that is how I do the faces on my Magnolia people. Its pretty simple and I think it just adds a little bit extra to them.
I hope that helps a little.
I'll be back on Wednesday to show you my finished card with this little sweetie.
Thanks for visiting me today :)