I’m no Hallmark, but …

cards-and-backgroundsI played with background techniques this week.  I started with alcohol inks  …
Some are gorgeous, some so-so, and some will just have to grow on me … I used different background medias (Yupo, Futura, and even acetate).  It’s all learning … (I’m almost  ‘fluent’ in watercolor paper manufacturers, too!)

close-up-background   card-making-set-upmore-backgrounds first-card koala-card-maybe

new-nurseAnd, I’m discovering more about shading and coloring.  Darn, those flesh-tones are tough!  Here is my latest nurse.  I haven’t decided if she’s jaundiced, pre-renal or just nauseous … Aargh!

So, I finally made a skin and shading key, to help me better choose color BEFORE the marker hits the paper.  Yep, it’s all learning!  I do have some cute pups going …

chi-and-skin-tones pug more-dogs

I’m also pretty pleased with Magda! And, my little monster dudes …

improving  monsters

Tonight I pulled out distress oxide inks for some other background techniques … I think I’m getting close to assembling an actual card!  Winking smile  I’m just waiting on a few more supplies to arriveSurprised smileDO-backgrounds

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