31 July 2016


Happy Sunday :)

Sponge. Perhaps I'm being a little presumptuous here. But. Sponge. Not just for washing baby arm pits. I know, it's an overwhelming thought. So, while you let that sink in for a moment, let's talk about backgrounds.

My style is very clean and simple. But every once in a while, I fancy a little 'pop' of colour behind an image. Sometimes, if I feel like getting ink all over my hands, nails and desk, (that's with scrap paper in place, by the way. If I didn't have the paper, well. Nuff said.) I'll get the Air Brush out. And sometimes, I like to get a different fix of Messy. I know, the shocks just keep coming, don't they?

So, let's take Thinkingofyouabella, who, is perfect for a little Arty Farty Background Moosh. Now, before I tell you that I am going to colour around the edge of the image with RV91 and R81, as rough and messy as I like... You want to do this part first. Trust me, colouring the background first is a must.

You'll notice I have already decided my Light Source will be Top Right, which is why I have more of the R81 on the left hand side.

Now, you'll want a plate, or a Craft Mat, or something you can squirt some Colourless Blender on. Dip your piece of Sponge, (or in fact any fabric with some texture to it, (Put the Bath Towel back please!)) in the Colourless Blender and then apply your Sponge, to the background ink. One pink elephant. Two pink elephants. Three pink elephants. Stop. Move around your image until you have Mooshed the whole lot with the Sponge. You may need to re-dip your sponge as you go.

It's worth noting that you get different effects by:

using different fabrics
varying the amount of pink elephants you count
changing how much Colourless Blender you start with

I used a lot of wet as that was the effect I wanted, but if you use less, the texture of whatever you are pressing against the paper shows more. So play around.

Now the Mooshing is done, we can colour the image.

Finally, I doodled some and called her done. But that's only because I chickened out of doing the thing I had planned to do. Maybe I'll show you that another time ;)

Copics Used... 
Background; RV91, R81
Skin;  E000, E00, E21, E70
Eyes; G24, C1, C3
Lips; R81, R83, R85
Hair; E11, E13, E15, E37
Top; YG61, G21, G24, G94

Make it Colour Blending Card
Stamping Bella Thinkingofyouabella Rubber Stamp

Thanks so much for stopping by... Have a great day.  


Tracey T said...

I wondered where you were going with the sponge when I saw it on my Dashboard... Love the effect this gives xx

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coops said...

Just stunning Faye <3

xx coops xx

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

I LOVE your CAS style Faye. Your colouring is so insanely fabulous, you make CAS sexy! Awesome tutorial, love the smooshing and the pink elephants. I just may have to give this a go, if only I can find an old baby sponge! LOL. Thanks for making me smile reading your fab post. Inspired as always. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Cathy said...

Beautiful Faye!

Sue said...

Faye - this is amazing. Totally gorgeous colouring and I love the tutorial - I am seeing lots of them pesky hefelumps!

Nakamaru said...

I LOVE your CAS style Faye.
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