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 . . .

Friday, December 10, 2010

Copic Creations Challenge: Light Source

The latest Copic Creations Challenge focuses on attention to a light source.  Placement of an imaginary light source is a particularly useful technique that helps images look more realistic by providing a guide for adding shading and shadows.  Whimsy Stamps is sponsoring this challenge and offering a $15 gift certificate and 5 free digital stamps for two (2) random winners.  Find out more about this challenge and Whimsy Stamps here.  I'm thrilled to use a Whimsy Stamp for my entry in this challenge.

(The latest iCopic Color Challenge is to use dark blue, light blue and white colors.  Although I've added some browns for the walrus, a significant part of this image focuses on the ice and calm water so I think it meets the color criteria for blues with white.  iCopic is offering 6 Ciao markers and 2 sets of Christmas Washi tapes to a random winner of this challenge.  Find out more about the iCopic challenge here.)

I'm really excited about how the front of this card turned out.  I first prepared this image as a part of my class sample for an upcoming Colors of Copics - Reflections class.  When I saw what I had done with this walrus on the class sample, I could hardly believe that I made it myself!  LOL!!!  I kept looking at it and wondered if I'd ever be able to do it so nicely again.  So, I challenged myself to a re-do.  Here's the results of my self-challenge and a peek at part of my Copics Reflections class.

This adorable Whimsy Stamps Walrus is perfect for filling with Copics as it's a great big open image with lots of room for shading and highlighting.

I wanted this fellow to appear to be floating on a piece of ice so I used cardstock and scissors to freehand cut an imperfect block of ice.  I used temporary adhesive to place the block of ice over the stamped image of the walrus.  Using a pencil, I lightly traced around the mask, leaving the spaces through the walrus unmarked.  (This image shows lines through the walrus - don't do that!  LOL!!!)

I want to show a reflection of the walrus over calm water and that means the block of ice will be reflected too, so I flipped the hand cut block of ice and using a pencil, lightly traced around the entire piece, to create the reflection of the block of ice.
My walrus has some added height over its reflection due to the block of ice it sits on.  Much of the walrus reflection is hidden by the ice.  I had to place a thin mask (cardstock is too thick) over the walrus, ice and ice reflection to protect those areas from ink when I added the walrus reflection in the next step. I stamped the image onto a clear plastic Stamp-a-ma-jig mat in Memento London Fog grey ink and IMMEDIATELY lined up the base of the grey image with the base of the black image (bottoms of walrus’ flippers) and pressed the ink from the plastic mat onto my project.
Cool, huh?  Now I'm ready to use my Copic markers to fill this little guy in with some magnificent color.

A little paper trimming, corner rounding, and embellishing with QuicKutz flourishes and Sizzix 3D flowers left me very happy with this card as an example of how to add a reflection to icy cold but very calm water.

Can you tell that my light source is coming from the upper right hand corner, far above the bow-tied star?
Copics used:
Walrus - E31, E35, E47
Top Ice - C3, C1, C0, B000
Bottom Ice - C5, C3, C1, C0, B000
Water - B91
0, Multiliner 0.2 Black


Beate said...

Gorgeous card! Amazing and coloring!
Hugs and smiles

Jodi said...

This is just beautiful!! I love the pretty coloring you did and the awesome reflection you made!! Thanks for joining us at Copic Creations!
Jodi =)

Rica said...

Hi Rose, another awesome creation. I love that the Walrus takes centre stage - brilliant work on creating the ice for him to 'lounge' on and stunning reflection. And it goes without being said your colouring is totally amazing.

So glad you joined us again at Copic Creations,
hugs Heather xx

Renkata said...

Wow this is so gorgeous colouring.

mycardz said...

Hi Rose! Wow, just another winner. I love that you include the step-by-step photos, that is so helpful. You really did a fantastic job on this adorable image - what a perfect image for this technique! As always - perfect Copic-ing too! hugz, Mary

iCopic said...

Wow! I really love the reflection and i think you did a FANTASTIC job on this. Only If i can colors like you gals I would be so happy.hehe.

Ashley T.

Donna said...

Beautifully gorgeous job as usual, just love it.
Curious about one thing, and you don't have to post this, you can erase it if you like, won't bother me Rose, but curious you have such a great reflection of him in the water, how come his reflection does not show any of his whiskers or hair? Just wondered. Was this intentionally done? Should he not see his whiskers, asking for future reference as I would like to try and tackle this feat!!

Thanks for your great inspiration!!
Love and hugs, and Happy Holidays!!

Rose said...

Donna, et. al - The reason that I did not include the whiskers in my walrus reflection is because I think that small details like whiskers would get lost in that distance between the reflection and the real object. When making an image look more realistic by adding a reflection, it's important to keep in mind that the main image is still the focal point and deserves extra special attention. The reflection helps to support the main image but it's far less important to include all the minor details, like the walrus' whiskers.

That is just my opinion. As always, you can do whatever you want to your image - LOL!!!