Why Rosie's Book?

While growing up, I had a dear friend, Renee, that lived next door and with whom I spent much of my childhood. We grew, in different directions, and went on our merry way. Many years later, I ran into her parents and they kindly reminded me of the laughs they still have over my book. “What book?” I wondered with a puzzled look. "I don't remember a book." Hardy laughter accompanied their response. At some time during our childhood, I tried to convince Renee about something that her parents didn’t agree with. I told her that proof of its truth could be found “in my book.” Naturally she went home and tried to convince her parents of the same thing but they weren’t falling for it. She needed an edge and told them emphatically, “It’s in Rosie’s book!” After they caught their breaths from reborn laughter, they let me know how “Rosie’s book” has been cited for many other things throughout the years. They’ve also mentioned that they’d like to see “Rosie’s book” one day. I can’t remember all of the things that I said were in “my book” but I’m sure my dear friend’s parents can recall much more than I ever knew about – LOL!!! So, here it is . . . my version of things you might find In Rosie’s Book . . .

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Copic Creations Pleats or Folds Challenge

My new Colors of Copics class this month at the Scrappers Cove in Milltown, NJ, focuses on filling images of things that are black.  When I saw the Copic Creations Challenge to use pleats or folds in clothing, I knew I wanted to elaborate on using the Copic toner gray color family for filling images of black cloth.

Stamping Scrapping is sponsoring this Copic Creations challenge and two random winners will receive either a Magnolia Tilda or Edwin stamp.  Find out more about the challenge and Stamping Scrapping here.

I have printed this Dover Digital Image of the grim reaper on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White using my Epson Stylus Photo R1800 printer.  As you can see in this pic of the image, the artist added very few lines to convey folds in the flowing cloth of the robe.  I think I need more folds to meet this challenge.  I began by filling the image smoothly using T0.
I added more folds to the cloth by first deliberately streaking a medium T6 as I attempted to follow the lines of the image.  I added some deeper shadows to those folds by streaking a darker T9 next to and touching the medium strokes. Find more about deliberate streaking here.

Leaving very narrow areas along the edges of the robe untouched for highlights, it's necessary to fill the robe using the medium shade as a base color.  This also helps to soften the edges of the streaks in the folds.  I added some dark shading with T9 at the bottom of the robe as well as above and beneath the staff.

I used T0 and the colorless blender to add more highlights by using short, quick, very light, overlapping strokes in places along the edges of the robe.  A great way to accentuate the highlight and control its length and width is to outline the highlight mark with the medium color.

This pic shows use of all four Copic Gray color familiesToner Grays (T0, T6, T9) fill the robe; Cool Grays (C1, C3, C5) fill the Scythe; Warm Grays (W1, W3, W5) fill the gravestones; Neutral Grays (N1, N3, N5) fill the wisps of fog above the gravestones.  I love that I can see how different these Grays are and show why a Copic user must have all four Gray families to get the needed look!  LOL!!!
Using a 1" circle punch and mask for the grim reaper, I used W3 and W5 to airbrush a spooky sky around the image.  I airbrushed a little G85 around the base of the grassy area in my attempts to soften the transition there.  I removed the masks and airbrushed a bit of YR07 in the center of the moon with a little Y13 at its edges.  I laughed a little at the irony of using a ticket punch for the corners, then the more that I looked at it, the more uneasy I started to feel.  I gave myself the creeps!  Guess that's realistic enough for me!  LOL!!!  I better just add a sentiment and a bow and call it done.

Here's the completed card that shows how folds can be added to images of cloth using Copic markers.

Use this Copic Toner Gray combination to fill your images of a witch's black hat, a vampire's cape, scaredy-cats, hunting bats, etc.  Add the Black 100 or Special Black 110 only if you want to add a very narrow area to your deepest, darkest shadows.


Heather said...

Hi Rose,thanks so much for your lovely comment and congratulations at being spotlighted on your reflections card. AND.......you've done it again, another stunner. Wonderful layout and papers and your image and colouring are awesome - never has my gob been so smacked.
Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us once again at Copic Creations.
hugs Heather xx

Lilian said...

Wowzers Rose! I so agree with Heather... Your coloring is just wonderful! Thank you for your tutorial and Thanks for joining the Copic Creations challenge! Congratulations on being spotlighted at Copic Creations..you truly deserve it!

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

Golly, Rose, another fabulous card and image, and again your coloring is super! Congrats on your "In the Spotlight" spot on our challenge blog. Thanks for joining our Copic Creations challenge again. Keep 'em coming.

Unknown said...

Beautiful Rose!!! Your shading on this is phenomenal - thanks for the tutorial on how you accomplished this! congrats on your spotlight award - you are extremely talented! Glad you joined us again to share your talents!!

Cindy H. said...

Wow, this is totally awesome!! Love how you enhanced the image and then colored it! Thank you so much for the tips, too.

Liza said...

Such a spooky card! It is a great image and amazing colouring.

Liza x

Jodi said...

Rose, thank you so much for your sweet comment! I love this card, it's spooky but it really fits our challenge perfectly! Great work!
Thanks for joining us at Copic Creations!!
Jodi =)

Jane Wetzel said...

ANOTHER OUTSTANDING work of art! Sooooo glad u joined us at Copic Creations! :)

Alaine said...

Uh. WOW!!!! This was amazing what you have done!

Unknown said...

Wonderful Job Rose as usual!!