Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Coloring White On Kraft

Hi All!
So this is the first tutorial in a series I am going to show you over the next few months. In this post I am going to color white on kraft.There's many ways to so it and in fact it would depend on what kind of white youre coloring. Is it snow? You would want cool colors. A polar bear? Creamy colors. Each "white"would require slightly different pencils. You get the idea.
So today we're doing a sailor suit on this little cropped cutie by Mo Manning.
I'm using Lyra pencils and a kraft cardstock very similar to "Lunch Bag Kraft" which is what I would recommend you have a go with . I have noticed that true kraft is becoming increasingly difficult to find in the craft stores so the Kraft Outlet is a real treasure!

1) So just start out by coloring all over with White (ignore his face and hair I got carried away. lol)

2)Add your Dark Gray in the deepest shadows. It will look a little strange, that's ok. We like strange. :) 

3)Now grab the Medium Gray and blend the dark gray into the white as best you can. It will still look a little "childish" at this point. 

4)Now grab the silver gray and blend still further. You'll start seeing the shades come together now.

5) Light gray is next and just keep blending!

Its looking good but now it needs some "punch" so this is the "clean up phase":
6)  brighten the lightest areas with pure White
7) deepen any shadows that look a little "washed out"
8)  sharpen your lines with a black pencil and 
9) add a touch of Aquamarine in your darker grays to make the white look a bit "cleaner". It's kind of like adding  "blueing" in  a hair rinse, but you don't want to overdo it or you'll have blue  hair  sailor clothes instead of white. :)

So there we have it! I hope you've had fun and next time we'll tackle the little boy's hair which will be a nice blonde.
Happy Crafting!


Tammy Ortiz said...

This is A great tutorial. I love your finished project. I am so impressed with your coloring.

Anne said...

Hi Dorcas you are the Kraft Queen and this is a brilliant tutorial, thanks so much for sharing

jules said...

Hi Dorcas, thanks for sharing with us!!it does look fab!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing!

It's looks very nice.

CraftyC said...

A wonderful tutorial Dorcas, thanks!

Denice said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial...what a great technique!

Nancy said...

Thanks for the GREAT tutorial! I will have to give this a try! Your result is adorable!

José said...

Hi Dorcas,
What a great tutorial, I will be follwing it, and give it a try to do it myself. Thanks a lot.
Hugs, José

Linda w said...

This is great Dorcas, I shall be eagerly awaiting each tutorial....especially if you using the Lyra I'm not getting on with mine very well as yet. I need some guidelines as to what goes with what...instead of just opening my box and looking bemusedly at all the pretty colours, I may actually complete a picture I'm pleased with lol........No pressure of course lol. Hugs lin

dj1952 said...

Dorcas, thanks so much for the tutorial. When I get back to normal, I want to give it a try. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, dj

Tine said...

Nice tutorial, Dorcas.
Tine :)

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

So cool watching this pasty white dude come to life! Your shading is awesome!

Alice Wertz said...

sigh.... i am just so in love with your coloring, Dorcas!!! can you please share your skin colors, too? both for white and kraft papers. also, what kind of paper do you use when you color on white? and do you always blend things out with baby oil/gamso/goo gone? thanks! =)

Linda Carson said...

I really admire your artwork on kraft paper! Thanks for teaching us the "how to's"!

Tracy said...

Oh keep 'em coming Dorcas. I'm soaking up your instructions like a sponge. :-) You've made it so easy to follow and I'm so glad your covering the shading and shadowing parts. Those always mess me up. Thanks! Hugs!

Debbie Pamment said...

AWESOME tutorial from one of the masters of colouring on Kraft - you may yet get ME trying it LOL.

Ulina /Apricot Bubbles said...

Brilliant, Dorcas! You are so talented!

Dawn B. said...

Fabulous tutorial. I would have never thought to use a gray to add color. This looks so great. Love it.

Pat said...

Thanks so much for the great tutorial!! You never cease to amaze me with your talent, girlfriend!! Hugs. Pat Frank

CanadianScraps43 said...

Wow your so kind to share your secrets of amazing colouring. This blows me away. I love your work and have looked at this a couple of times already. I wondered how you got to cover up the kraft paper so well. Now I got it, you coloured in white first. I should have figured that out. Da!! Thanks for sharing sweetie. Hugs.

Dörte said...

Thank you for this tutorial. I was wondering how to color on craft paper but now I've got the idea.
Hugs Dörte

Annemaritta said...

Thank you :) I came to read about kraft + skintones, but saw this kraft + white.

Thank you for spending time and making excellent tutorials, Dorcas. You make many crafty people smile.

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