Monday, 16 April 2018

Black and White - with or without a splash of colour!

Hello again lovely peeps.
What another gorgeous array of wonderful entries into the last challenge.
Remember to hop on over to the challenge blog to see who our winners were.

Before I get on to the new challenge I just want to mention that Mitzi has extended the New Release discount codes which are now good up to and including Wednesday 18th April.  If you haven't seen the new release - where have you been?? Lol

Seriously though, pop on over to the showcase blog to see all the fabulous new release images and what the fabulous design team have done with them all.
Okay then, without further ado let's get on to the new challenge.
This month's challenge is called:
(With or without a splash of colour)
So you have a choice here - do you go completely grayscale or do you add just that "pop" of colour.
I have done both here because I couldn't decide what to do.
Of course you could do the same - if you use Aurora Wings images you can enter the challenge three times so why not give them both a go?
Pop on over to the challenge blog and see the fantastic inspiration by the rest of the Design Team by clicking HERE!

Now there are a couple of images that really lend themselves to this theme and they both feature a Pierrot Sprite.
So this first one is plain black and white

Featuring Pierrot Sprite
You can find this little fella at the Aurora Wings Shop here and at the Aurora Wings Etsy store here.
As soon as I saw this theme I knew exactly what I was going to use - no question.
The background paper is from a Papermania capsule collection called Liquorice Sherbert.
I used a Claritystamp Stencil to put the harlequin pattern on top of the polka dots and you can find that here.

The sentiment is also one from Claritystamp and you can find that here.

So that was all fine and dandy and then what happened?
Well Mitzi only went and introduced a Happy Pierrot Sprite!!
So now what was I going to do - I love them both - well I would wouldn't I - they're sprites! 😁😁
Well there was only one thing for it - I had to use both of them.
So because the second one is a happier Pierrot I thought he would be ideal for a bit of colour.
So here is the second one:

Featuring Happy Pierrot Sprite - you can find this gorgeous little fella at the Aurora Wings Store here and at the Aurora Wings Etsy store here
Now I tried really hard to get this to look black and white in the photo - it looks more black and white in real life honest.  Trouble is this Mi Tientes paper is a bit more creamy than white so sometimes it looks off white in photographs. Hey ho.
Now I have got to tell you I am pretty proud of those balloons.  They look like transparent balloons and you can see through the first one to the second and the second to the third!! Yay.  I would never have coloured balloons this way until I started the online colouring classes at Kit and Clowder.  I am sooo happy with the way my colouring is changing - and those balloons!!!!! 😃😃😃
If you want to improve your colouring please do think about visiting the Kit and Clowder website at www.kitandclowder.com - there are numerous classes you could take and I promise you - you will not regret it.  If you could just mention that I sent you over if you do decide to join in and purchase a class that would be great.
The sentiment is, once again a Claritystamp and you can find that as part of one of the fabulous arty wordchains here.
Both images are coloured with, yes you guessed it, my Prismacolour pencils.  They take a bit longer to colour a picture than when using markers but I do love the depth of colour that they give. 
So, I can't wait to see all your gorgeous black and white (or with a splash of colour) projects this month.  Have fun everyone.

As you like it challenges - favourite colouring medium and why.
My favourite colouring medium is pencils.  I find them more forgiving and easier to blend with and I think they give a lovely soft look to my colouring.  For example, I would NEVER have got the same effect on those balloons with markers and I am so so proud of them.