Thursday 13 June 2013

June - Day 13

Hello blogworld

Y'know just as I was typing this post I realised just how fried my brain is - I've been using the prompts to work out what day of 'a post a day in June' we are at, why didn't I just look at the date each day??  Oh dear, early senility calling me thinks.

Anyhow, today's prompt - and I've been a good girl and managed to do the double!!

Day 13: What do you want to learn to do? Can be crafty or non-crafty OR Craft something that has stripes

What do I want to learn to do?  How deep and meaningful do you want to get?  Be braver, be more ambitious, be happier?

How about, seeing as how we've had a lot of angst and problems this week - I just go for a simpler learning ambition.

To colour better!  I've seen lots of on-line courses for improving colouring with Copics (look at people's side bars - a lot show some sort of Copic certificate) but I've not seen an on-line course yet for Promarkers. Why are there no courses that I can find for Pros, am I not looking hard enough, or do they not exist?   Oh and I'm sure someone will say look for one locally - I live near Gods waiting room, no-one round here colours - they all do flowery decoupage, honestly, they do, honestly!

So in lieu of a proper course, I do a lot of YouTube looking and staring at other people's colouring, trying to work out how they did that, what colour they used, and how on earth they get their light source shading to work!!!

I would also like to learn how to take a better picture, I got a digital SLR bridge camera a few years ago, with the intentions of taking marvellous pictures - it pretty much only comes out now to take pics of my cards.  Sad, very sad!

Anyhow there you go - my learning ambitions.

Now for some card-candy:

Front shot:

The Arty Farty:

 The Close Up:
I used:

Some Odd Girl - Tiny Princess Tia
coloured with my Promarkers (apart from the pink - that's Copics)

Wot no - again!  I must be feeling ill!

My Mind's Eye: miss caroline - all dolled up
DCWV - The Garden Party

Anything else?
Ribbon and sentiment from my stuff
Distress Inks - edges of papers
Glamour Dust - crown

Do y'know I didn't like this one when I first made it, but I think it's a grower.  I still think my cutting out skills and colouring of pleats need a lot of work, but I'm starting to like the colour combo.  And I certainly prefer it to the last SOG card I made, I used the same sketch that time - but something went seriously wrong that time!!

See y'all tomorrow,

A challenge, or two:

Some Odd Girl: June Sketch Challenge - Was so pleased to be a winner last month, thank you!


catherine said...

Your colouring is fantastic Sarah - I couldn't do it!!!
If you type in tutorials on promarker colouring I'm sure you will be there forever watching all the You tube videos!!!!

Great card and super colouring.
x catherine

Rachel Parys said...

What a doll! I love the combo of patterned paper you used! Thanks for joining the SOG challenge!

Winnie said...

You do excellent colouring already I think - but I guess we are never quite satisfied ourselves are we? x

Jo said...

Your colouring is fab! Once I start on youtube that's my evening addictive as pinterest!
Hugs Jo x

Sue said...

I think your colouring is fabulous Sarah - honestly!
Your card is gorgeous, such a she is such a sweetie and I love the papers and layout.
Sorry to hear that Emily is having trouble with that nasty boy again, I hope the school sort it properly this time.
hugs Sue

Kim said...

fabulous card! And your colouring always looks great!
Kim x

Chris said...

Sarah, it's a beautiful card, the colouring looks great to me!
How horrid that poor SWMbO is having problems with that spiteful boy again, it's so stressful for the whole family when a child's unhappy at school, hope it's sorted quickly!

Vicky said...

Fabulous hun...:o)

biggest of hugs Vicky xx said...

Sarah your colouring is fantastic. Love your card so pretty. Love Alison xx

An Occasional Genius said...

I'm the other side of the waiting room so I know exactly what you mean lol!!! Beautiful card xx

Juls said...

this is just so gorgeous!! Hugs Juls

Unknown said...

This is lovely Sarah! And I agree...more Promarker courses would be great! :)
Lizy xx

Mel @ Melusberry HQ said...

Cute card! Love Princess Tia from SOG and love the papers too! So sweet! :) xx

Alyce Kit and Clowder said...

sarah this is adorable! i love her expression and the gorgeous papers :)

Alyce Kit and Clowder said...

sarah this is adorable! i love her expression and the gorgeous papers :)

Bárbara said...

Looove this cutie, so wondelful sweet card! Love the papers and colors AND the coloring!

Christine L said...

Well I think your colouring and your photo taking are just fine!! In fact more than fine, they're fabulous!

Loving this card... the colour combo is perfect... and the design too!

Have a good weekend.,,
Christine x

Kairen said...

I think your colouring is brilliant too. I've not coloured a successful blonde yet

Mrs A. said...

Hi Sarah,
Think I can help you out here as I have just this very morning been looking at some videos on a friends blogging page for how to colour with Promarkers. Now whilst I'm none the wiser for working out for myself where the heck the light source is supposed to be coming from she does give a few tips with the two particular videos I watched. Namely the one on colouring in jeans on 13th June
and Gorjuss Girl on 10th June. What I particularly found good was that Lindsay gives you the colours and no's of the pens she is using along the way. Here is the link.
Also regarding your camera I came across this.
I am absolute pants at taking photos so whilst I am not sure if I have photoshop elements on my computer and haven't got a clue where to look for it I am going to enrol and see what I can learn.
Hope this helps. Hugs Mrs A.

coops said...

so gorgeous sarah.really sweet image and I love your pretty colours.
I agree I would love a colouring course on promarkers as other pens seem to have them, regarding your camera.i really had to play around with the different settings on mine and I still aren`t happy with some of

xx coops xx

Tammy said...

Absolutely adorable Sarah, sweet image and it's colored beautifully!
Hugs, Tammy

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ah this is so cute, what a sweet card, Love that you are managing to blog every day, Im struggling with once a week!!! Love Hazelxox

Katie said...

Awww, this is adorable Sarah! I think your coloring is awesome but it's always good to try and keep improving no matter how good you are :) A tip for cutting images out- take a thin black pen or maybe your Promarkers and color the edge that you cut black. It's kind of tedious but I've found it makes a big difference- hope that helps! Oh, and thanks for joining us at Some Odd Girl this month! Hugs, Katie

RiNNE said...

So very sweet and adorable! Thanks for playing with us at the SOG sketch challenge!

Leah's Crafty Life said...

Sarah your card and coloring are gorgeous!! I second what Katie said with the outlining with black marker, makes a noticeable improvement, especially against the pattern papers we like to use. :) So happy you joined June's Sketch Challenge with us at Some Odd Girl!!