Friday, 16 August 2013

16th August Week 8 - Colouring White

Friday challenge time! 

Before we get to business today we have to remind you that you can catch another great dedicated 

LIVE Graph'It show on Create and Craft TV

 this Sunday 18th August at 2pm GMT (Sky 671). Nikky will be on air live showing lots of techniques and sharing information for you so please make sure you tune in to see the latest goodies - there are some great products coming up and lots of new items and some gorgeous new stamps too! You can also email into the studio with any of your questions and she will try and answer them live on air if they're read out (email:

So let's get to the challenge! Last week we challenged you to colour Yellows and Oranges - but this week we want you to show us your....

Whites! Yes, we said white!

White can be such a difficult thing to portray and many people struggle with it but there are some cool tricks to getting it right, which we'll show you today...

You can use ANY brand of alcohol marker to enter our challenges!

Before we get to this week's inspiration and prizes, it's time to announce the winner of last week's challenge. We're so pleased to announce that our Top 2 entries are:
1.  Jaybe

We loved all your work and congratulations to Jaybe who won our fabulous prize of over £30 of Graph'It goodies!! Well done! Please email Nikky here to claim your prize and please grab your winners blinkies from the sidebar.

The winner of this week's challenge will win a fantastic prize worth £30 which will include the Graph'It marker 'Wood' set of 12 brown markers which is fabulous! 

Let's get to the great team inspiration this week...Remember to join our Facebook group too, Graph'It Markers UK, where we have daily inspiration and share some of our favourite makes & hints and tips every day, it's a great place to be!

Cara....I have to admit this is the first time I've ever coloured so much white on one image, because the papers I used were mainly blues. I used the cool grey's which have a blue-ish tint to them.  If the main colours on my image were... say purple .. i would use the lightest shade of lilac and a blender to colour in the white ... I use this rule whenever i'm colouring white and it seems to work for me!
Colours used:
Wings and clothes: 9102, 9101, 9100, blender
Skin: 4170, 4150, 4135, 4125
Hair: 3270, 3250, 3220, 3210
Holly and ribbon: 5245 & 8160

Simonne ... I decided to create a scene using digi images and the fab cloud paper from the Polkadoodles Bonbon Belles double CD for my card. I find colouring white really hard. I usually leave the highlighted part uncoloured and then colour where I think the shade would be.  For this card I used the Neutral Greys (9500s) to shade the white parts of the parasol and the deckchair.  If I was colouring snow, I would probably use the Cool Greys (9100s) as they have a lovely blueish tone to them, and if I wanted to colour something like a wedding dress, I would use light creams and beiges for a warm ivory effect.
Graph'it Markers used:
Parasol & deckchair: Red 3180 3170 5250 5220 5210, White 9503 9501 9500 0000
Wood: 3210 3245
Huts: 5220 (red) 7175 (navy) 7130 (light blue) 9500 (shading)

I use a few different techniques when colouring white areas depending on what it is ..for snow I tend to use a blue grey then use the blender to soften the edges as I have with the snowman..but for the fur hat I felt it needed a warmer more creamy white so used 3310, then 4170 and 4155 then using the blender in a dotting motion lifted areas of colour to add texture and finished with a few flicks of white gel pen ...the image is from the gorgeous Polkadoodles "Here Comes Christmas" CD and the papers are from the yummy "Angelberry Christmas"...
Graph'It Markers used
Skin - 4180, 4170, 4155
Browns - 3190, 3150, 3125, 3280, 3245
Reds, 5245, 5240 (deepen with brown 3190)
Greens - 8160, 8150, 8240
Blues - 7180,9140,9103
Fur - 3110, 1210, 4110 and blender
Snow - 7105 and blender 

I have used this gorgeous Angel image from the beautiful Angelberry cd rom from Polkadoodles, for my white I have used cool grays and the blender.
Graph'It markers used
Skin 4135. 4145.4155.4170. 5120
Hair & clothing 7125. 7105.9101.9201
1130. 1250 & blender 

So there is our inspiration from the fabulously talented Graph'It team this week!...

You have until  Sunday 26th August at noon GMT to enter below by adding your creation to Mr Linky below - don't forget you have the chance to win a fabulous prize! The winner of this challenge will be announced on Friday 31st August here on this blog. 

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  1. GORGEOUS samples this week, Chaps x

  2. as soon as i saw the challenge i KNEW what i had to do lol

    great samples so inspiring


  3. Those Whites are truly awesome, gorgeous work from the DT as always

  4. Fantastic DT creations as ever, and what a great challenge. Thank you. Jane xx


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