Hi everyone. Vera Yates here today with chalk tutorial for you.
For many of us it’s all about coloring with Copic nowadays. But, back in the day, before Copic became so famous, chalk was one of the coloring technique that I used quite often. What I love about chalk is that it allow you to color anything quick.
Let’s take a look at my card first.
This is what I start with. I stamped the image and then pulled out my old chalk set. And I am not kidding when I say old. I have this set since 1998. Still works like a champ, though. 🙂 Just like with Copic, I start with the lightest color first. I simply use some cotton ball and tore the cotton ball into smaller pieces. I feel like I have more control using smaller pieces.
For starter I rubbed the lightest color in circular motion to fill in the whole image. Then to add depth, I go to the next darker color and again rub the chalk in circular motion just around the edges of the image. You could see the color depth below.
I continue the process by adding the darkest color last. And I want the darkest color to stay on the bottom part of the image, so instead of using circular motion, I used dabbing motion first (this help to pile up a bit more of the chalk powder into the area that I want to shade darker) and then the circular motion to push the color into the paper. At least minute, I decided that I want my puppy to have a slight blush, so I dab a bit of pink chalk to the cheek area.
Once that done, I fussy cut the image. And here’s another tip: use different thickness of pop dots to add better dimension to your image. I actually curl the image a little bit, as you can see on the picture below the puppy is no longer flat and you could see that I used thicker pop dots for the stomach, thinner on the head and I used regular glue on the edges.
Here’s the final result shown from the side. The tail and the hind legs glued directly to the card, the stomach pop up the most and the head just pop up slightly. I think this way it add different depth to the 3d dimension instead of just flat pop up all over.
All in all it takes me less than 30 minutes to complete this card. Including the coloring & the fussy cutting. And the nice thing about using chalk, if you feel the color is too dark simply rub the color off with eraser (use good soft eraser by the way, like Staedler) and then you can come back and fix the color. So, what do you think about coloring with chalk? Please share your thought on your favorite way to color an image.
That’s it from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by here and I hope you enjoy today’s tutorial. Have a fabulous Wednesday!
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