Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mini Masking and Shadows Tutorial

Hello! We listened to feedback that you would like to see more tutorials as well as some specific comments on masking flowers so they spill outside the basket. Here you go! I've also added a photo with lines to show where I added shadows on the basket image to make it and the shadows the flowers cast more realistic. These are the same color Copics from the previous tutorial, plus a couple additional ones I've noted. This is a tutorial I featured yesterday on my blog. Please enjoy!

Here is a sample using "Holiday Basket" and flowers from "Buds and Vases". Cardstock is Pure Luxury Just Peachy, Grass Green, and White with Basic Grey Nook and Pantry on the side and some yellow 5/8" gingham.

I used most of the same markers from this basket tutorial post, adding the deeper orange color (Light Mahogany E07) inside the flowers (Flesh Pink E95). See how different this white basket looks? To make it stand out from the white background, just add shadows to the edges with W-3 and E51 and just a touch to the edges of each strip the way we did in the previous tutorial.

I stamped the flower bunch first, covered with the mask, then stamped the basket.

Then I stamped a single flower on either side, removed the mask and then stamped and cut out three separate flowers to pop up over the image to make a fuller arrangement and add dimension. In the photo below I outlined the areas where I added shadows on the sides of the basket and under the masked flowers. TIP: Notice how using the light and dark gray closely match the real shadows cast from the popped up flowers to the left and right of the basket. If you need help trying to see how dark a shadow would actually be, try popping up an image on a foam dot this way to see how it would look and then keep adding color to your drawn shadows until you have a close match.
Hope this is helpful in showing how options for adding to the basket are unlimited! (Hmm, which set to try with it next?) ;) Thank you for visiting today, I appreciate your feedback! Please let us know if you would also like to see tutorials with pencils, watercolor, other media for coloring. Thanks!

1 comment:

KonaRose said...

How pretty this is! The colors on the flowers really jump out at you! And I love how you left the basket 'quiet' so that the flowers got all the attention. Wow.

aloha, rosy