Friday, 28 August 2015

Wk 35 - Anything Goes/Backgrounds - Colouring Challenge at Graph'It markers sponsored by Stamping Boutique

Hello Colouring Fans! Welcome back to another new week at Graph'It Colouring Challenge!
This week we are thrilled to be sponsored by the fabulous

Make sure you pop by and have a snoop in the lovely Stamping Boutique digi store and grab yourselves some great digis!

This week our challenge for you is
We would love you to show us some unusual backgrounds you've created for your images but we know this is not something everyone does all the time so if not - then Anything Goes!
You have until 11th September to enter the challenge and winners will be announced the following week.
We have some great prizes for you this week! 
PRIZE 1: 2 fabulous digis from the Stamping Boutique - but, If you use a Stamping Boutique image for your entry you can win an extra digi from the Sponsors store!
TO WIN: - random winner from the Design Team's Top 3 favourites, chosen by

PRIZE 2: Pack of Graph'It Markers
TO WIN: You must be in the UK and a random winner will be chosen by - please add (UK) to your name on your challenge entry.

Before we get to the inspiration we are excited to announce that we have yet another new stockist for Graph'It, so you can now purchase your markers from 
CULT PENS who also ship International so if you're overseas it's a bonus! 
You can also grab an awesome deal of buy 3 GET ONE FREE
over at Cult Pens right now so have a look Here
You can also purchase Graph'It markers through good Art and Craft stores across the UK, France and Europe...

We are also looking for a couple of Guest designers to join us here at Graph'It so if you love your Graph'It markers and would love to join in with us simply add GDT after your name when you enter on Mr Linky!
So let's get to the inspiration....

Yvonne - Hi there everyone! I got to play with Princess Jennifer Latte Bubble Bath.  Now we were challenged to make interesting backgrounds so I picked this for my colour palette:
I attacked my poor image and cut out the inner frame and round the image itself. I then scribbled some markers onto acetate, spritzed with some Mix It Fluid, swirled it around and pressed the card onto it.
The markers used are as follows:
Skin: 4105, 4125, 3110
Hair: 3105, 3110, 3160
Bath: 7215, 7130, 7170, 6130, 6140
 Towel & Headband: 6130, 6140
Latte: 9102, 9100, 9500, 9501 blender
Bubbles: 9501 & blender
Background: 6130, 7125, 7115, 7170 Mix It Fluid

Caroline...As we were challenged to make an interesting background I was a bit worried as I hadn't really done this before so this was really new for me... but once i got started really enjoyed the challenge.  I used Princess Jennifer Latte Decorating the tree....this was my colour palette...

Graph'It colours used: background colours 7185 ,7175, 7165, 7150, 7145 , snow 9100, 9110 and blender pen, tree 8270, 8250  8220 ,5210 5245, 5150, 5245, 7250, 7220, 6130, 6120
face 4150 ,4120, hair 1270 , 1130, box 3140 , 3125 latte 1110, 1130
White Graph'It Shake marker for stars

Nikky...I didnt follow a colour palette this week, I kind of forgot if I'm honest haha! I was playing around with a few colours and came up with this cool background effect which I have fallen a little in love with. If you want to know how I did it you can check it out below for more details, it's VERY easy when you know how!  I used the same image as Caroline Princess Jennifer Latte Decorating the tree....
I love how when you just play around with different things you discover the new and awesome stuff and then wonder why you never did that before!
In my excitement I forgot to write down the colours as I was creating but to be honest I didnt use that many, but from memory they are
Background: 7290, 7280, 6140, 2150, 1180
Tree - 7290, 7280, 6140 plus 8280 over the top which made it go this lush green colour
Girl - 4145, 3105 skin, hair 3125, 3180
Outfit - 5260, 5280
Graph'It Shake White marker
Mix'It Fluid

To create the background: 
1. Important! Do NOT colour your image first!
2. Take a piece of acetate and with any colour, lay it over the image and then roughly trace around the outline of the tree and girl, leaving plenty of white space from your outline to the outline of the image. Turn over the acetate. This is important! If you don't, you will end up with your image back to front!
On a piece of scrap paper, lay the acetate with the outline side down away from you and then apply colour to the acetate, just applying colour here and there randomly with the chisel end, but keep an eye on your image design and follow your sketched outline and roughly where you would want the colour to be. Try not to muddy the colours too much, you want definition, especially if you want to create a glow. So as an example, with mine I did a yellow outline around the image and added the blues further towards the edges.
Now take the Mix'It fluid spray and lightly spray onto the acetate from about 6" away - all the colour will retreat into tiny bubbles like oil on water. Next, spray Mix'It quite heavily onto your uncoloured image to really wet the paper - the wetter it is the better, but play around because you will get different effects depending on what you do and how wet the paper is. WORK QUICKLY so the Mix'It fluid doesnt evaporate too fast.
3. Once the paper is wet (a couple of sprays should do it but you need to work quite quickly), lightly spray the acetate again, quickly turn over and apply it over the top of your image, aligning it to the image. Squidge and smooth it around so you can see the colour transfer and move on the paper, then remove it and see how you did! You will have loads of colour still left on the acetate so you can keep spraying and applying it to transfer more colour and fill any gaps as you wish. If you like, spritz again on the paper as well - the more wet the paper the more it will bleed so it's worth practicing to get a feel for it. You can still use your blender marker to push the colour around or apply other colours over the top with your markers if you want to - the choice really is yours as to what you want to achieve and what you're happy with.
Play around - as you can do this BEFORE you colour your image it doesn't matter if you get bleeding or it doesnt work out - just start again or keep going till you're happy with it! 

It's seriously addictive! Once you're happy with your results for the background then colour in the rest of your image - don't forget if you get any bleeding across the image you can push the colour back out again because GI's will move - I got quite a bit of bleeding on the fur areas of her outfit so I just used my blender to push back and on the tree I moved one colour out with another on the baubles so it didn't look a mess. Easy peasy and a great technique for loads of different things!

Claire C I've used this supercute image Princess Jennifer Latte Decorating the tree and added a stripey wallpaper background using my Graph'It markers.

Colours used: Skin: 3105,44125,150,4147
Hair: 3245,1230,1210
Reds: 5245,5215,5210
Greens: 8280,8260,8250,8230
Background: 7110, plus 9501
Baubles, 1180, 2150, 6170, 5245, 7130
I've also used Graph'It Shake pens in Gold and Silver, Mix It fluid and palette

Stunning makes from the team this week and we hope we inspired you to make some great background effects for your images too - go on, give it a try, banish those white spaces!

We'll see you again next week with last time's winners and more inspiration for you, can't wait to see what you make for us!
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