This week we are featuring ever so talented Laurie Wilson. I came to know Laurie through her work and she when she mailed me cards that she created using AIF images i was instantly in love with her work!
Laurie's Brand at Aifactory store is Clearly Deslightful Designs , she has her own blog which is quite popular as well . We sure are happy to have her at AIF!
I am a SAHM (stay at home mom), 35, married to a Texan who is gracious in letting me continue my crafting adventures. I started illustrating in October 2007, with my first release on December 1 2008, for an online clear stamp company. I enjoy crafting paper projects as well as illustrating.
I feel that my style of illustrations has a wide range from cute to realistic. I also feel that my illustrations have developed over the past 3 years, as I became more experienced with certain images and styles. Many times, I will see something in nature, outdoors, or while I am at the grocery store which often lead into some image or idea in my head and I try to keep thinking on it until I get home to sketch it out before I forget it.
The little giraffe, for instance, I had recently seen a cute giraffe on the news and I studied him as quicly as I could and then searched for some more photos on the internet to get an idea of the proportions of his body and certain characterisitcs portrayed in facial expressions.
Flowers are everywhere and so I find those pretty easy to draw up in my head, especially with my own flowers around the house to look at and watch how they grow and change.
Which is your favorite item that you have listed here at Aifactory?
I think right now, it is the giraffe. Although he has a lot of fine detail, the end result of coloring him is quite rewarding as a finished craft item.
My goal is to provide a nice variety of illustrated images and to continue to keep paper crafting and illustrating as equally balanced as possible.
What kind of images you will be uploading here at Aifactory in the coming days?
Cartooney furniture is on my drawing board, as well as more flowers and animals.
What is your process of creating digital images? which softwares do you use?
All my final illustrations are drawn digitally in Adobe Illustrator using a Wacom pen tablet, whether they start out as a hand sketch or an image in my head.
Walk us through your typical workday?
Workday? LOL! My workday is basically my home life with a twist. I get up, feed and play with kids (if my husband hasn't already done that). I'll get my coffee and sit down at the computer and look through emails. I may start or continue a few illustrations that I have been working on, and then maybe create a card or two, then it is back to tending to the kids--lunchtime, naps, etc. I just fit my work into my daily activities. I have my calendar filled with things due on certain days for the whole month and I just plug away at that, getting things done early as I can manage it. Some days, I don't even sit down at my craft table or computer.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Mia and AIFactory has been tremendously supportive and I am so thankful for her patience and encouragement!
Aww laurie! thank you for such encouraging words! will catch you later , as i have a gift for readers from Laurie! yay! so wait for our next post !
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This way of coloring is easy, and I think anyone can do them if they put their heart to it! Especially since you will have step by step photos to follow along with.
So, here is my completed card below. I have posted this card on my personal blog with card supplies if that interests you, HERE. But below, I have outlined the steps I took to color and the tools I used.
First, I used the new Love you Ella digital stamp set HERE from AI Factory.Close up of sweet Ella!Before I get started, I will list out the essential supplies needed for the watercoloring.
- Markers made for watercoloring, I use Tombow here, but have used Stampin' Up! brand in the past
- Watercolor paper, I use 90 lb. Canson brand and find it to have exceptional blending ability
- Waterbrush, I use Yasutomo brand and the second smallest round tip size
To prepare your waterbrush, unscrew the cap and fill the reservoir with distilled water. Some brands have a little piece of plastic in between the screw on cap and the reservoir that has a very tiny hole. It is difficult to get the water in THAT hole, so you use a fingernail to loosen that plastic piece up and slide off the reservoir. Then you have a larger hole for adding the water. Replace the little plastic piece and then the screw on cap. Make sure it is finger tight, meaning you do want it tight, but don't "white-knuckle" it so tight that you warp the threads and render your waterbrush useless. (I bet you know how I know that!)
I print on Canson 90 lb. watercolor paper. This paper is lightweight and works in a laser printer nicely, and is a wonderful blending "canvas" for your art.
I printed the Ella image twice and the rose bouquet image twice. I sized the roses to be about the size of the heart she is holding, so that I could glue the roses on top of the heart. I just wanted her to be holding and smelling those beautiful roses, as if someone just gave them to her!
The markers that I use are Tombow brand, made in Japan. I have also used Stampin' Up! dye ink markers and have achieved a very similar effect. I believe there are other watercoloring markers out there, but I have not purchased or used any other brand.
Below is a picture of the Tombow marker colors that I used on this project.
What you should do first is cut out one of the Ella images with a die cut or special cutter so that your panel is ready. You won't want to handle your completely colored image too much with your fingers and tools after coloring, so it is best to die cut it first.
NOTE: My steps are typed ABOVE the photo I am describing.
1. Start coloring portions of the image that are on the inside first, and work your way out in all the other directions. Here, I started with her face.
As you can see below, I gently applied the 850 porcelain color with the brush tip of the marker, all the way around the perimeter of her face, and then I applied a stroke under each eye.2. Next, before blending, I used the 772 pink color to add a little circle for her cheeks.
3. Now it is time to see the blending magic happen! Gently squeeze on the reservoir of your waterbrush... and I do mean GENTLY. Trust me, the water will flow. Test it on scrap paper first to make sure you have an even gentle flow of water, and you may even want to practice your watercoloring a few times on scrap print outs before starting a special project
Now gently stroke over the color you put down and blend toward the center of the face moving your waterbrush bristle in a slow sweeping back and forth motion. Go right over the circle cheek color and see it blend out. TRY TO KEEP YOUR BRISTLE ONLY WITHIN THE AREA OF COLOR YOU ARE WORKING WITH. This does require a steady hand, so practice, practice, practice! You don't want water to saturate the hair and other areas where you will want to add different colors to.
13. For the roses, I have used colors 772 and 837. I have applied quick brush strokes of pink to most of the rose petals and then just small strokes of the rose color along some of the edges where I imagined darker colors of petals to be.
I cut out the 3 roses on the left so that I could use pop up adhesive on them over the main bouquet.
15. Color and blend the heart lightly. You won't need much color since the roses will be on top of them. Next, color the hair bows, legs and arms and shoes.
16. Add some color around your image to help "ground" it. I used the 991 yellow marker. This will help bring out your image and make it appear more dimensional and not just floating in space. Using a different color under the feet will help her appear standing on something solid, however, on my card, I chose to just use the same color all the way around.
19. Using foam pop up adhesive, add the 3 rose section on top of the bouquet piece. This makes the bouquet look a little more full of roses.
Thanks to Mia for letting me take over a post today to share a little of what I do to color.
Happy stamping and have a wonderful day!
Here is the completed card again.