I noticed that this season I seem to be gravitating towards non-traditional holiday colors so this image provided an opportunity to explore other combinations. My husband (who is not a fan of purple) questioned my color choice, but I think that the violet ribbon provides a beautiful contrast to the orange. I added a sentiment from the Holly GoLightly clear stamp set by Power Poppy.
And speaking of that ribbon – I still have trouble recognizing folds when I’m coloring, but Marcella gives lots of hints in her images. In this case, I just worked section by section instead of trying to plot out the darkest areas across the entire ribbon first. Also, when coloring folds, you can’t be afraid of dark colors because you need the contrast between the deepest valleys of the folds and the highlights.
The same goes for the orange. When we buy our markers, everyone loves to buy the pretty markers, but the reality is that you have to have some of the muddier colors in your arsenal to add realism to your coloring. You’ll see below that in addition to some pretty yellows and oranges, I also used a couple blue violet markers, specifically along the bottom of the orange (to help give the illusion of a curve) and along the cloves (to help raise them visually from the surface of the peel). Those BV markers are not the prettiest colors, but your coloring is always going to be flat unless you start layering them in your blend along with your pretty markers.
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Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Digital 100#; Bazzill Smoothie Cardstock in Gummy Bear; Doodles – Margarita Lime by Dare 2B Artzy
Stamps: Spiced Orange Pomander digital stamp set (*) by Power Poppy; Holly Golightly clear stamp set by Power Poppy
Ink: Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Die: Large Stitched Rectangle Stackable by Lawn Fawn
Copics: Y32, Y35, Y38, YR04, BV00, BV01 (orange); E21, E23, E25, BV23 (cloves); V01, V04, V05, V06, V09 (ribbon); BG93, BG96, BG99, G29 (leaves); BV01, E00 (berries); B60 (shadow)
Sponsored by: Power Poppy