Sunday, August 18, 2013

Color Me Creative Challenge - Anything Goes!

It's an anything goes challenge at Color Me Creative (CMC).  No limits, no boundaries - a free and easy challenge - much like the Wryn Hanging Around digi from Tiddly Inks.  I'm using her as a B-day card for a friend who is one year shy of 60!

I'm not trained in art at all (not even an art class in elementary school).  I've taken a Copic class online, attended Copic Certification two summers ago. I've tried to relax and give myself permission to learn, practice and develop my skills. It's helped by concentrating on one thing at a time in my Copic coloring.  Hair has been my most recent focus.  I thought I had it down - until I came across this girl!  I am really happy with the end result because I was able to give her hair the movement I was going for.  Let me tell you that it took a while to get there!

Here's a close up of the final version.

But she started out looking like the girl to the right.   I didn't like the color and because there wasn't much variation in her hair color, the movement I was trying to achieve was missing.  (The photo looks better than she does IRL.)

Then, I got out my pencil and tried to 
think more strategically about light and shading and where the sun would reflect
on Wryn's hair.  After I put the pencil in, I got out my markers and just messed around.

I still wasn't happy, so at that point, I went to my favorite tutorial spot "Google - images" - and typed in the name of the digi and looked at what other people had done. This allowed me to really study ideas for Wryn's hair.  I found a card that Amy H. posted on her blog.  From her work, I used a new image to pencil in the shading I saw on Amy's card.

Then I got out my markers and tried again.  This time was a lot closer! Woo!  Some of the shading needed to be adjusted.  I was in the ballpark and gave it another try. . .   

. . .  and here she is!  So for those of you who are working on your coloring, hang in there - and keep practicing.  I actually love to play around like I did here.  It's so satisfying to have an idea in my mind and be able to get it on the page.  

I hope you will find an image to color and play along with us at Color Me Creative.  The anything goes challenge runs through August 30th - that's two weeks! Check out the DT inspiration and join us.  Our sponsor is MarkerPOP

Copics used:
Skin:  E11, 00, 000 & R20
Hair:  E37, 35, 31, & YR21
Shorts:  W5, 3, 1
Shirt:  Y02, 07, 26 & YR 04, 07

Challenges Entered:
Creative Fingers - anything goes
Crafting by Designs - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Button Up
DL Art Thankful Thursday - August challenge
613 Avenue Create - anything goes
7 Kids College Fund - anything goes
Make It Monday - anything goes


  1. Hi, Cathy! Welcome back! We are so pleased that you decided to join us again this week. I absolutely love your project. Nice texture from the embossing, great paper combinations and wonderful color integration. Your Copic skills are fabs! Hope we get a chance to feature your coloring tutorial on our challenge blog next week! Thanks for playing and thanks for dropping this wonderful project off by our house at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  2. This is so awesome, great coloring and what a cute image I love it.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes August Linky Party. Have a great weekend my friend
    DIANA L.

  3. Gorgeous card and colors. I spotted this on MIM..Loz

  4. Brilliant card! Cute image beautifully coloured, thanks for the tutorial too! Spotted this on MIM xxx

  5. Oh this is just lovely. I saw it on MIM. I love the entire thing.

  6. Gorgeous card, the image is very cute! Thanks for joining at Creative Fingers: Anything Goes

  7. Love the hair very cute! Thanks you for playing along with us at Tiddly Inks!

    xx Tracey xx

  8. I think her hair turned out awesome! Sometimes it definitely take a few tries when it's something new :) Awesome card- I love the DP you used! Thanks so much for playing with us at Tiddly Inks!

  9. Wow - thanks for sharing your thinking on the colouring!!! Wryn looks wonderful! Thanks for joining us at the Tiddly Inks challenge. Karen :)

  10. I think your coloring skills are superior! Thank you for the helpful tutorial.
    I will refer to this one often when I'm trying to color hair. It is very informative. I love the mixtures of papers, colors and the basic design of your card. Very well done. Please share with us again at 613 Avenue Create.

  11. Love the card! Great tutorial, as well. Thanks for participating in the challenge!

  12. Thank you so very much for joining our challenge at
    Hugs, Rhea

  13. WOW! You are my inspiration. What dedication you have to your art. The image and card turned out beautiful. I love seeing the little photos of your journey to the perfect Wryn hair. Anyway I spotted your card on MIM. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  14. Fabulous card Cathy, and love the cute image...fabulous colouring and you CAN see the movement in her hair..great design and papers...
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  15. Beautifully coloured and created, love the cute image
    Hugs Julie P

  16. Very cute and your coloring is gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us at
    Hugs, Christine

  17. Hi Cathy, thanks so much - I am totally flattered that you used my image as your inspiration. Your final image looks great, and it's fabulous that you have documented your progress to share with others. I am not that brave! I have actually started a blog now ( so I'm not using my PPC page anymore. I would love for you to stop by for a visit :) ~Amy.

  18. So very lovely, great work on the hair. Thanks for joining us at Creative Fingers, hope to see you again real soon.
    Teresa DT

    Ceesa's Card Creations

  19. Wow, love how you showed your coloring process here. It turned out great! I think I would have given up. Lovely card!


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