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September 25, 2014

LETRASET & DIGI GIVEAWAY!!!!! - PLUS HINTS, TIPS AND BASICS FOR COLOURING - PLUS VIDEO TUTORIAL




I will pin this post to the top until the closing date :)

Winner = Pack of 12 Promarkers & 3 digi images of their choice / 2 runners up will receive a digi image of their choice
Wow it’s finally here, my first post as a shiny new DT member for Letraset
To say I’m excited would be an extreme understatement lol.  

To celebrate my brand new shine, I’m giving away a fabby brand new 12 set of Promarkers :) 

As a bonus prize the fantastic Mi Ran of ArtbyMiRan is also offering 3 digi images of their choice, to the winner, so they have something to colour with their brand new pens :) Two runners up will also get to pick a digi image of their choice from Mi Rans store, so what are you waiting for?


To be in with a chance to win these amazing prizes, please become a follower of my blog, that way, you can be sure to see my next Letraset blog instalment and be in with a chance for my next giveaway. 

Please also leave a comment on this post, to let me know what you think or if there’s anything particular you would like to see covered or just a general Hi :)

 And finally please share this giveaway on your blogs via displaying my giveaway photo (below) and a link back here in your sidebar or if you do not have a blog, you can share on Facebook by creating a post and sharing the photo and link back to here. 


Winner = Pack of 12 Promarkers & 3 digi images of their choice / 2 runners up will receive a digi image of their choice

And that’s it, you have two weeks to join in and then I will get Mr random generator to pick a winner and two runners up. I will let you all know in my next Letraset post who the lucky person is :)

So:
1.       Become a follower of my little blog (There are 3 ways to follow, you only need to do one)
2.       Leave a comment on this post
3.       Share the photo and link back to here, on your blog or facebook

It’s as easy as that :)
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And now onto the post & Tips....lol: 

I am planning on sharing my colouring endeavours, hints, tips, advice and crafty projects. If you have any questions or would like to see a certain area focused on please feel free to let me know :) 

So where do I start? Primarily my first love for colouring is my Promarkers, I love the way they lay down so seamlessly and I love the way they blend and mix. There is an amazing range of colours and shades to pick from and this makes playing with colours so much fun :)

Just recently I coloured up some fabulous new stamps for their release and shop packaging and have been asked by numerous people for tutorials on colouring these specific Images and as there is a nice range of textures - hair, fur, skin, clothing etc I thought this would be a great place to start my journey with Letraset.



However, before jumping straight into how I colour, this fortnight I thought I would share my main hints and tips.

Feel free to read/print out the below or if you prefer you can watch this information on this 2 part video HERE - Video part one Video part two





My Colouring Tips!:

    1.       ColourChart – I find this essential when colouring with any medium and best if you use a blank one you fill in yourself and print/colour it in on the main paper you will use. Great for seeing pens true colours and seeing at a glance what colours you have and what you think will blend.



    2. Paper does matter – The smoother the better, and one that doesn’t absorb ink to quickly.

The card I use for my colouring projects can be found HERE: Marker Card

       3.      Fine tip nibs are a must for me. Normally I use these on every colour shade I use other than the colour I use for blending (the lightest shade).  Unless I’m doing bigger areas, then I will use the bullet nib or the tip of the chisel nib for flicks.



  4.       I try and use a minimum of 3 colours shades – Dark / Medium / Light. Your 3 shades can be from the same pen (see video)



    5.       You need to find the best way to shade for you, light to dark or dark to light. I tried both ways and I find dark to light much easier as I can look at what I’m doing and work out where the shadows are and add these first. 

 6.       I colour in sections where the image allows it, as this means you are blending wetter ink.





     7.       In general, I always do flicks/strokes and always in the direction of the lay of the hair or clothes etc

    8.       OK so my actual colouring technique is light flicks, I use a flicking motion and I flick away from myself, turning my image as I do this. 
I add my darkest shade andI then add the next lightest colour and repeat, going over the colour before but extending it slightly further with each shade. My lightest shade I use all over and blend it all.
 At this stage it will all now look a bit muddy and you will be thinking ‘oh no, what have I done’ but carry on, as these are your base shades.

So then you start again dark, lighter, lighter etc perhaps coming out a bit further this time and flicking the pen into areas where you think there may be a crease or shadow etc I DON’T generally use the lightest colour again, as this will muddy it too much and at this stage I am going for definition.

I do all objects/clothes/hair in the same way (flicks in the direction of lay) – The only difference is for objects/clothes I try and make sure all colours are blended smoothly – BUT for hair I don’t do this, in fact I try and leave some of the flick lines showing, for definition.


I am finding with every image I colour I improve slightly, so practise is definitely the name of the game. 

Hope you have found these hints, tips and basics useful and I hope you will enter my fab giveaway.

Don't forget to check out the blog for more amazing DT posts.

Thanks for popping in :)

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Hugs 
xx

54 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful tips, and thanks for the chance to win some yummy Promarkers

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  2. Thanks for your tips and techniques to colour the images, fabulous job done!!!
    I am your g+ follower. and posted the pic in my sidebar. Thanks for the chance to win some new Promarkers!!!
    I want to know the basic steps for skin colouring and which shades to use.
    Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Vinita :) Skin will be one of my next tutorials, so don't forget to check back, hugs xx

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  3. You go girl xx so well deserved xx I'm already following your delish blog and wish you lots of love and wishes xx
    Sandie xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Miss bean throwing Sandie ;p Huge hugs and thanks for all of the encouragement ;) xx

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  4. FABULOUS gift and the tips are super appreciated...am a follower, and will put on my side bar...thanks for the chance to win....and I will be back for more tips especially with promarkers as I have just bought heaps and need help.xxxThe Journey is the Start


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    1. Thank you Annie :) Good luck, and you are in for so much fun with your Promarkers :)
      xx

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  5. Looking forward to SEEING all your creations. Just joined your blog. Thanks for giving me a chance to win Promarkers. Good luck lady ...

    jdaisy9402 - Jan

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  6. thanks for all your great tips and thanks for a chance to win some candy xxx

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  7. Already a follower of you lovely blog! Congrats again on your Letraset DT post, I hope you have oodles of fun!
    Thanks also for the hints & tips & for hosting the giveaway! Off to post on my side bar!
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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    1. Thanks so much Dawn, much appreciated :) Huge hugs xx

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  8. hi hun :) great post, i have so much trouble with the flicks, they are just too fat what am i doing wrong?, ill be having another go following these tips wish me luck xx

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    1. Hehehe Good luck, but you'll be fine i'm sure, what pens are you using Kay? I'll PM you, hugs xx

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  9. Hi I'm a newbie to colouring too / so anything is appreciated but would like to know more about blending pencils

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    1. Hi Linda :) All colouring is pretty similar and follows the same sort of basis. The main difference with pencils is you don't need to section in the same way as they are already dry unlike markers, and you can blend with the lightest colour but may find it easier using a blending solution in the same way you would use your lightest shade with a marker. I will try and do some pencil tutorials though too :) hugs xx

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  10. Oh Samantha - love your videos - I absolutely am enthralled by your accent!! And your techniques are terrific - can't wait for further videos.

    Jackie

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    1. hehehe thanks Jackie, glad you like the accent, can't say i do lol! In fact its awful hearing my own voice on the videos hehe. Glad you found bits helpful, hugs xx

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  11. just sat and watched your vids - very helpful, thank you. Congrats on your new DT position, well deserved :) All this and the chance to win as well! Someone is in for a treat. TFS x

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  12. Fabulous tips and loving the tips. Congratulations on your new DT position and I am now following you all 3 ways.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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    1. Thanks Linda, sorry my fault, i don't think i explained too well, you only need to follow one way :) I have amended post above now, sorry and thank you, hugs xx

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  13. Posted on behalf: Looking forward to learning lots of techniques

    Regards,
    Sue hare

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  14. Posted on behalf: have become a follower :)

    Regards,
    Linda

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  15. Posted on behalf: Thanks for the tips. I've got lots to learn!

    Regards,
    Danielle bigland

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  16. Posted on Behalf: Thanks for the wonderful give away and tips:)

    Regards,
    laura wallace

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  17. Posted on Behalf: Keep up the good work. I would need tips on how to colour hair and faces as im new to stamping. I have shared your link on my fb page. Good luck x

    Regards,
    Zareeda Sardar

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  18. Posted on Behalf: Thank you for sharing your video's

    Regards,
    Viv Bartlett

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  19. Thank you so much Marilyn, good luck :) xx

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  20. So glad you found the bits helpful, you're welcome to shout if theres anything in particular you need help with, even computer related :), hugs xx

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  21. Thank you Millan, hope you enjoy the videos and find them useful :) xx

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  22. I have some Pro Marker pens packed in a box in the garage. I have been thinkin I should go and dig them out and have a go at colouring some stamps. But if I won these ones, I wouldn't have to pull all those boxes apart looking for them lol. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  23. Congratulations on your design team position. Super hints and tips and great giveaway. I am already a follower and have posted your pic to my sidebar.
    Mags
    x

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  24. Fantastic tutorials, Sam! I learnt loads! My friend is a fan of Promarkers (I’m a Spectrum Noir girl I’m afraid, sorry) and she has been struggling so these have been invaluable! More please!!! xx

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  25. love the way you have explained the flicking I am now a new fowler thanks again

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  26. Congratulations Sam, wow wonderful new adventure. All the best for this and thanks for sharing your tutorials, very helpful, thanks cheers Sue N xx

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  27. I have now joined your blo., Your tutorials are really easy to follow and I just love them, I am quite new at using Promarkers so this is wonderful. Congratulations on your new adventure. Thank you you cheerio from Marjorie T. x

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  28. Great tips. Just what I needed x

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  29. Thank you for the tips etc watch both vids on YouTube found it very useful. Where are you from in England? Hugs Theresa x

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  30. Thanks fo the great tips! Will print it out and watch the videos once my dear son is off to snoozeland! Thanks for sharing, and can't wait for more inspiration from you!
    Xo/Sofia

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  31. Great tips, love the images, thanks

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  32. Oh my goodness Sam, that's brilliant! Congrats!! So glad they were sensible enough to pick someone as talented as you for their team! :-)

    (Not entering the candy, as I have them all already, so shall let someone who needs them have a chance, but just wanted to say congrats! ) x

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  33. Nice digis stamp great colors.....

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  34. Great gift I would love to win it. Very cute digi stamps.Joyce Johnson

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  35. add on behalf: Wow what a fab blog lots of good tips and beautiful colouring :D xx

    Regards,
    Andrea Tomkins

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  36. Am a follower of your blog and hope to win this great prize. Have never won anything in my life, so hope that Lady Luck is with me this time :-)

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  37. Became a follower of your blog. Would love to win. Thanks for the chance. Hugs

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