Monday, August 8, 2011

Something To Celebrate

HI Again!
Well I've been in a coloring mood lately. There's tons of things that need to be done in the garden for a second crop planting etc but it's so stinkin hot I can't motivate myself to do much out there except tend to my ducks.
isn't this cute? I know that pink isn't technically a 'boy color' but oh well. It's called artistic licence. :-)

Papers: DCWV
Image: Mo Manning
Sentiment Tickets: Whimsy
Lace bow :re-purposed from a gift tie.
Button: Sew Sweet
Colors: Prismacolors and Lyra Aquarelle

A Few Challenges:

Critter Sketch - Carnival
Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet - must include Kraft cardstock - Carnivals, Parades or Parties
Paper Creations Ink - Stitching Theme
I Did It Creations - Children
One Stitch At A Time -  Use a Digi
OK, so what is there to celebrate? Well, I'll tell you something!
Look what came in the mail today.
(It's one of the perks of babysitting for my sister. ;-)

Is this not BEAUTIFUL!!!!

And because I needed to make up a minimum purchase requirement for shipping, a few Carbothello Pastel Pencils.

Now, I know what you're all thinking.
What about my prismacolors? Aren't I being kind of disloyal??
Well, hey. It's like this.
Prismas are great. Love em to bits. But there's one thing I really hate about them and that's the ease with which they break. Now Sanford is an excellent company and if any prismas break you can send them back to the company for a a replacement and I've done this several times, fact is, I always have a pile of pencils "to go back" at any given time. It's just the "con" side of having a super soft pencil.
Anyway, Lyras are also fabulous pencils . They're soft and creamy as well. Research tells me that they don't break as readily as Prismas due to the fact that they're oil based rather than wax based.
(which means that they also wont leave a "wax bloom" on your artwork)

I had a few Lyras in my stash, some aquarelles and Lyra skin tones , so I'd been experimenting with them the last week or so, mixing them with my prismas to see how well they work. And the fact is they work beautifully.
So From now on you're going to see me using both Lyras and Prismas. Prismas have a wider color range but like I said, Lyras have the durability.

The Carbothello was just a fun experiment. I haven't tried pastel pencils before so I thought I'd give it a go.
That's it from me!


Sara I. said...

Absolutely adorable! Love the papers and little embellies!! What a sweet thing for your sister to repay you with! Have fun with your new set!

dj1952 said...

Gorgeous card! And who cares if there's pink on the boy's card? It's probably not going to a boy anyway. LOL. Congratulations on the pencils, I know what you mean about the breakage. I have a few colors that I know within a few weeks I'll have to send back. (No matter how I sharpen them.) Hugs, dj

Ulina /Apricot Bubbles said...

Wow, I guess I´ve never seen so many pencils at a glance! I´m sure you´ll have lots of fun with these!
And your card is pure joy, too!

Kim Duran said...

Oh my! Just wow! Your card is AMAZING! I just love the way the colors look against the kraft paper! Perfect image for the theme too! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at The Kraft Journal! I just adore it!

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

Adorable! Awesome coloring! Glad your pencils made it. You'll have to show me the wonderful side of these!

Boxofcolours said...

OOh, have fun with your new pencils Dorcas - they look fabulous! ~ Jane

Lynn said...

amazing coloring, wow! what happy mail, nothing like a box of new colors to "play" with!

Chelsea said...

Those pencils are yummy!

Barb said...

Oh my! Dorcas, the card is adorable and all those beautiful pencils just take my breath away! Happy coloring!

Pat said...

Hey Dorcas! Yikes...what a fun purchase!!! Well, your coloring is already stunnnnnnning! I much better can ya get?! Oh, I'm so envious!! Maybe now that I'm "retired", I'll take a colored pencil class! hehehe! Your card is gorgeous, baby doll! I got some craft paper I'll be studying your tutorials once again!! Hugs...Pat

Dana said...

Adorable card and loving those gorgeous balloons! Can't wait to see and hear more about your new goodies! The look pretty amazing but I always get weak in the knees around ALL art supplies ;)

Georgia Ehrmann said...

wonderful creation and I love your matter what pencils you use! lol! Thanks for playing at IDIC and Critter Sketch this week!

Mote said...

I'm glad that you found for yourself Lyra. Indeed, European companies produce colored pencils on oil pastels. And they are of excellent quality. They are more expensive than Prismacolor. In winter 2010, I conducted a serious research on pencils. The results in my blog.

You can follow any responses to look at my blog. Colored pencils europen companies like Faber Castel, Lyra, Koh-I-Noor made ​​on the basis of oil.

In the name of all the pencils is present "Polycolor" word. Only FB Polychromos.

A lot of useful information in the blogs of people involved in drawing pencils.

I also read good reviews about these pencils.

Mote said...

I use several sets of pencils (Lyra? Prismacolor, kohh_I-Noor). They have a different palette and do not replace each other. For example, I love the color red in Prisma, the Lyra has no such red colors. Lyra is in red in crimson. And so many examples. Brown color are underrepresented in the core set of Prisma and Lyra.

Lyra has a separate set for browm color.

Here, the palette.

I like to use them for human hair and animal hair, as well as to create shadows.

debby4000 said...

Love your fabulous card Dorcas, adorable image.

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful cards you have made dorcas and great set of rembrandt polycolor.
they are great it's a beautiful gift from your sister.

greetings karin

Gaynor said...

Gorgeous card as usual, you are so inspirational, Loving your work, thanks for sharing with us at OSAAT and good luck Gaynor, DT :)

Yenni Natalia said...

abosolutely love the boy. he looks so happy. :)
congratulations for the new set of colour pencils. tell me more about it with your card :)


Anita said...

Such a sweet and beautiful card Doracas!

Gurkiss said...

Such a wonderful card :)

Thank you for joining us at IDIC this week.

Hugs Gurkiss

Roxann said...

Thank you so much for the pencil "class". It is definately something to ponder. Your card is gorgeous and the two examples with the different pencils are stunning!

Jacee said...

Stunning card Dorcas, the balloons look great.
Hugs Jacee

Pat said...

Love your work with pencils. I have not yet braved them yet and they still sit on my shelf begging me to dig in with them. Your card is so wonderful and colorful. Love the digi and Thank you for joining us at Paper Creations Ink - Pat

Dilsaver Designs said...

You have colored your image so beautifully, I to am a Prisma gal but detest the breakage. I may have to try these also, thank you for the breakdown and sharing your wonderful card! And thanks for joining us this week @ Critter Sketch :)

Tracy said...

The pencil master has spoken. LOL I'm sure glad you know all that stuff to share with us. Your card is fabulous! I especially like the effect you got with the balloons where they touch. Awesome card Dorcas! Thanks so much for sharing it with us this week at The Kraft Journal!

Sara said...

Beautiful Card Dorcas! I love all the colors that you have used! And the layout is wonderful! Your coloring is absolutely beautiful! Thank You for joining us at Paper Creations Ink! Have a wonderful rest of the week! Happy Creating! Sara

Crystal said...

Wow, this is fabulous, love your colouring on the kraft cardstock & I'm so jealous of all your new pencils :)
Thanks for playing along with our "carnival" challenge over at Critter Sketch :)

Chocolate Orange said...

Such an adorable card !! Im scared of any pencil crayons lol memories of being at school and spending hours sharpening pencils i think.
Thanks for sharing with us at One Stitch At A Time for our 'Use A Digi' challenge. Dont forget to stop by again next week to take part in the Pretty In Print contest.
Choccy x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Creation Love your work

Thanks for Joining us at Paper Creations Ink

Audrey Pettit said...

How gorgeous this is! Absolutely stunning coloring and a beautiful design. Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Kraft Journal. :)

Jessie/knightrone said...

SO super duper cute!! I saw your pencil post as well, and I WISH I had the coloring skills with pencils that you do...when I use them, it's a gobbled up mess, lol!

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