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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Cardmaking: Using Your Colouring Pages

If you have been destressing with adult colouring, like I have, then you probably also have a rather large collection of colouring pages or books cluttering up your life. I like to turn my pages into practical objects that can bring to joy to others, as they have already served this purpose in my own life. In today's blog, I share a couple of ideas for turning your colouring pages into cards in just a few short steps.


This card was created by sticking the coloured page onto an A3 cardboard folded in half. Shiny tape was stuck all around the edges to frame it. Wooden hearts were then stuck along one edge with rhinesones attached to the hearts.


The card opens up to the top.


This time I again used an A3 sized cardboard, but did not quite fold it in half. I left the bottom 'half' about 1 cm longer than the top. I then stuck the coloured picture down and added green tape to the top of the card.


I also stuck green tape to the bottom page of the card, creating a false illusion of framing, and a nice surprise element when the card is opened.


In this case the picture was so busy and demanded so much attention, that I did not want to distract from it by adding too much. Instead, i carefully chose the colour of the A3 cardboard to support the picture. I only added a row of rhinestones to the bottom to complete the card.


This card also opens to the side.


This time I moved away from the strong colours and used pastel shades. I chose my A3 background to support this. I then framed the picture on three sides with blue tape. On the fourth side, I added stickers of flowers and butterflies. Some of these were stuck down while others were raised with the help of 3D squares. I then finished the card by randomly adding pearly rhinestones to the picture and the stickers. I also drew freehand antennae for the butterfly.


This card opens from the bottom.


This picture was a lot of fun to colour, but slightly boring to use as is. I added blue tape to two of the sides.


I then printed a mermaid from my book  Designs By Miekie 1 to A5 size.


I coloured the body.


Then I coloured the hair.


I used the same colours to colour the tail. I blended with white.


I then cut the mermaid out very carefully.


I mounted her with 3D squares.


The mermaid was stuck in place on top of the card.


This card also opens to the side.


Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
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You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
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If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Colouring In: The Masterpiece

Last month the PNA had a colouring-in competition to promote Francine Rivers' book The Masterpiece (Die Meesterstuk). I loved the picture and grabbed an entry form, not knowing if I would have time to colour it by the due date. The picture went into a drawer and I discovered in the nick of time. I decided to blog the process of colouring the picture before sending the entry off to the adjudicators by email. I have no idea if it reached them on time, as I only sent it very late at night of the evening that the competition had closed. Regardless, enjoy the steps of colouring this bird with me.


There is not a single are in this design that is not coloured in less than three colours, and these are allowed to overlap in places, as well. Afterwards, every single area is blended with a white pencil.


I start on the darkest blue.


This is followed by the medium blue, and finally the lightest blue.


It is then blended with white. The white is a wax pencil, which gives the picture a bit of a shiny finish as well as to blend the colours.


I use darker colours on some of the feathers, including black and blueish purple.


Start with the black.


Move on to Indigo.


Fill in with dark blue.


Blend with white.


Progress.


I now add some aqua tones, which is mixes of blue and green.


This time I start with the lightest shade.


I move to the medium shade.


The greenest colour fills in the spaces.


Blend with white.


The beak is done in grey.


This is followed by black.


Then orange is added.


Yellow highlights are added.


Blend with white.


The surrounding 'loose' feathers are coloured in the same colour combinations used on the bird. Start with the darkest shade.


Move to the medium shade.


Fill in with the lightest shade and blend with white.


Use all of the colour combinations on the loose-flying feathers.


Even the lettering is shaded.


Again all three shades are used.


Blend with white when done.


The top lettering is done in the shades of the darkest feathers.


Start with black, followed by indigo.


Finish with dark blue and blend with white.


Pay attention to getting the logo of the PNA right.


Even this is done in two shades of red.


Blend with white.


Progress.


Now we need to tend to the background. If the light were to come from the top right corner, the shadows would fall to the bottom left. Use a dark grey to colour the shadows of all the elements on the page, including the lettering.


Fill in the top half of the background with a lighter shade of grey. My grey had a greenish undertone.


Fill in the bottom half of the background with yet another shade of grey. This time the grey had a blueish undertone.


The background is blended with a clean tissue.


The completed picture.


Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
You can subscribe to any of these blogs and receive regular updates by email. Simply register your email address at the top of the applicable blog.