June 29, 2009

A Day With Karen Lockhart

Saturday was a much needed play day. I spent the day in Nashville, Indiana playing with colored pencils under the expert guidance of Karen Lockhart of Lockhart Stamps. Be sure to check out her website and her new stamp releases. She also has several techniques posted to help guide your coloring adventure.

The first class was all about layering colors to create depth and interest in your stamped images. The petunias are one of Karen's new releases. Notice the subtle difference in the colors of the garden gloves. By coloring one of them lighter, it is easy for the viewer to determine which glove is on top. The lighter spot in the center of the pot gives the illusion of its rounded shape.

Next, we incorporated the use of a stylus to add interest to stamped images. Check out the lines and flowers in these cute slippers. If you look at the original Lockhart stamp image, you'll notice that the lines and flowers aren't part of the stamp image. This technique, which Karen has graciously shared on her website, is a fun way to add your own personal touch to your stamping and it helps stretch your stamping dollar.

Near the end of our day, we learned how to color on black cardstock with a white pencil. By starting with a white pencil on dark cardstock, you provide a foundation upon which you can build with other colors.

Throughout the day, Karen reminded us of the importance of creating a story with our artwork. This butterfly is just one example of the many events that make up my life story. The colors of the butterfly mimic the colors in my business logo.

Today's post would not be complete without a proper thank you to:
  • Our instructor, Karen Lockhart, for sharing her ideas and inspiration
  • Our special guest for the day, Tanya Fox, editor of Cardmaker Magazine and one of my favorite books, "CardMaker's Sketch Book", for sharing the latest issue of the magazine, and
  • Cindy and Wayne of Papertrix for arranging a day full of fun, education and shopping!
Have fun creating your own story in your artwork.

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