Sunday, March 10, 2013

de rigueur: adjective

prescribed or required by fashion, etiquette, or custom : proper
I loooove Mermaid images. They are so exotic and shimmery and fun! Combine all that with Faber Castell products and you power....awesomness!! Which I believe is totally de rigueur for a mermaid!! This is a card that I made for my friend Jamie ♥ I can show it now since she already received it. 
Faber Castell products used:
Metallic Gelatos
Art Grip Aquarelles
PITT pens
other product:
Ranger - stickles
Let's make an aquatic Mother's Day card!
Fish should be fun, bee-cause next to mermaids, I love a good pun! Whooo doesn't?
First cut a piece of water color paper to fit your base card stock. Water color paper is very important since we are going to use water on this card....water....on an aquatic I the only one rolling their eyes about right now? lol

Then sketch your design out and draw over the pencil lines with your PITT pen.

 Now erase your pencil lines, with a white eraser. DON"T use the erasers that are found on the end of your everyday pencils! They will leave marks, so go out and buy a good artist eraser. Mine looks horrible, it's a couple of years old, but I LOVE it and it works fantastic!!  Don't worry, the PITT pen will NOT smear....and it is India Ink waterproof goodness!
Next, I am going to do a crayon resist, so using crayons first,
Then I did a silver metallic gelato wash over the entire card, adding in the blue and gold metallic. On top of the metallics I have added another layer of crayon to the "scenery". You can really begin to see the shimmer this card is getting now.
I started adding in some detail with my PITT pens and now I need to add some shadowing. I rubbed a small bit of the gelato onto my wax paper, and using my water brush helps me get into those tiny corners and define areas.
Once you get your base colors finished go back over the fish with black PITT pen to really make them pop out. You can see the difference in the 2 fish with one re-outlined. I'm not outlining the back ground, I want it to look soft and watery.
A close up of the coloring, if you click on the picture then you can truly appreciate the shine.

The finished card for Mother's Day, #20.
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Unknown said...

Fabulous tutorial and beautiful card. I have lots of Mermaid rubber stamps that I have to confess some have not even seen ink yet!

Redanne said...

Wow Sandee, two fabulous watery cards! The mermaid is gorgeous and I really love your beautiful fish. Did something similar with my Granddaughter a few weeks ago, love using watercolour paper too. Love, love, love these great cards! Hugs, Anne x

Winnie said...

Great card! She is so fierce! I love your fish too. I have a bunch of gelatos, but I don't have the metallics. I will look into them. They are so fun to use and I mostly use them for backgrounds, but thanks for sharing this technique.

Sandi McLean said...

Adore both cards! I haven't used my gellatos...will be coming back here to follow your directions!!

Krisha said...

Hi Sandee,
Love the pun (yes my eyes were rolling LOL) I really like your fishies, and the detail you added to them, all made a GREAT card.
Happy Sunday.

The Scrapbook Lady UK said...

very pretty! good joke on sentiment. great tutorial. With fisher as a surname this would have been highly appropriate for me! jenx

Claudia N. said...

I love mermaids too, sandee!

I really admire your colouring! You did an awesome job with it!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Claudia xxx

Tuire Flemming said...

Hi Sandee! Love your tutorial!
You were wondering about my "ten commandements"... The challenge was to make a top 10 list. I found those old advertisements, which told "do this" and " do that" ,"Do not tolerate pimples" and so on... That's why I called them commandements. And that lady was so humorous, 'cause she seems to be trying to smile so desperately! :D
Tuire xx

Kalea Wavedancer said...

:-) Love my mermaid, and the larger fish looks like the fish in the children's story "The Rainbow Fish".

Jean said...

Wow - love how you did the fish!

Julia S-W said...

Wow Sandie - what a totally fab mermaid (love those skulls too!). The colour techniques are just wonderful and such a great step by step element in your post.
Thanks for your well wishes too. Have a good week.

mum of two said...

Sandee, this is awesome! Not on chance I could create something like this - the coloring is amazing. TFS :)

Purple Monkey Moments

Pam said...

Your cards are gorgeous! They look like watercolors!

May said...

Love both these cards Sandee.. Your colouring is Beautiful... I've never used Faber Castell Products...They give a fabulous effect.. Hugs May x x x

Tracy said...

thanks for stopping by my blog :-) I just wanted to say i love that you draw your own cards! a girl after my own heart. Its wonderful!

Dawny P said...

Fabulous work chick :) A great design and lovely colours. Thank you for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge, hugs, Dawny x

Heathers Inspiration said...

Wow these are Absolutely Gorgeous :)
Love every detail Heather x

Jo Nevill said...

Fabulous ! Amazing sketching

Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Challenge this week


Jo x

Craftychris said...

Both cards are brilliant! Thank you for the tutorial - the only problem is I cannot draw! Am absolutely rubbish at it! xx

Neet said...

Two great cards Sandee, I love the way you have coloured them.
Hugs, Neet xx

Heather said...

Beautiful creations, both fabulous images and wonderful colours. A great tutorial!!

Thanks so much for joining with Simon Says Stamp challenge
Heather xx

wwilloww said...

I love both of your cards! Those are such joyful, whimsical colors and images. Great fun for whoever is lucky enough to get them, well that means Jamie is already pretty darn lucky... your artwork is just beautiful!!! Those 2 fish you drew are too adorable!!! I am sure people will be thrilled with your one of a kind mother's day cards...

lena-dailyscrap said...

Goergeous card - love the colours and the "shine"...

Jeri said...

Lovely. Thanks for sharing with us at Cardz TV.

Gibby Frogett said...

Brilliant artwork - great tips & information too Gill x

Sarah said...

Wow! This is so cool. Thank you so much for creating with us at CardzTV!

Sylvia said...

Fabulous drawing and colouring.

Sylv xx

WendyK said...

Brilliant cards, love both of them

Deanne Saunders said...

Great stuff!!! Thanks for participating in our Chocolate,Coffee and Cards challenge!! Hope to see you again next week!


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