I have been waiting for the perfect time to color the Bees in Foxglove digital image by Power Poppy. And I found it! Debbie is hosting a Celebrate Spring theme at The Sisterhood of Crafters starting today. It is such a perfect theme for this time of year! So, won’t you pull out your stamps, ink and paper and come join our challenge? We certainly would love to see you in our gallery!
I have had foxglove in my garden several times in past years. Generally foxglove are biennial flowers. Basically this means the plants grow the first year, flower the second year and then scatter seeds for future generations of flowers. These foxglove plants provide the gorgeous array of flower colors that are usually associated with the grandiflora variety. But my goals in gardening were to build perennial beds that would last several years. So the perennial variety of foxglove, Digitalis mertonensis, was more to my liking. Why foxglove in my garden? To attract hummingbirds early in the Spring! You can read about the Merton Foxglove at this website.
I must admit that various Copic markers and colored pencils scattered my craft table as I decided which were closest to the strawberry colored blooms, LOL! The final coloring is almost my vision! So, I will tackle this image again soon!
- Bright strawberry colors! The Merton Foxglove flower blooms are many different shades of red that vary from plant to plant. Finally I selected the blending group of R35, R32, R21 and R30 with an underpainting of BV23 and BV20 in selected areas. In retrospect, I wish that I had left more of the outside center flower area lighter. Perhaps next time! Then various colored pencils helped to shade the deeper areas of the flowers.
- Leaves! Although I tried other groupings of green Copic markers, I went back to my favorite blending duo of YG17 and YG03 with an underpainting of B34 in selected areas. The immature flower buds contain a coloring blend of YG03 and YG21. I love the effect a light pink pencil application gives to the bud tips.
- Bees! Oh my… even with the help of last year’s guided project by Amy Shulke, I still struggled with these bees! I used Y21, Y26 and E23 for the body and BV20 for the wings. Details were added with a dark brown Staedtler triplus fineliner which is Copic safe. (Copic safe meaning that if you have to add more alcohol coloration over the top of the fineliner details, it won’t ruin your Copic marker tips!)
- Blue background! My favorite background technique learned from Amy Shulke!! She calls it “parchment”. I used colorless blender over B00.
- Card fold! Another oh my!! My finished trimmed image panel measured 4-5/8″ by 6-5/8″. My usual go-to card folds didn’t work well with this size. So, I made up my own fold. Cardstock was cut 12″ by 7-1/2″, scored at 3-1/2″ and again at 8-1/2″. I ended up cutting away 1-1/2″ from the right scored panel before I added the designer paper/cardstock panels. The belly band helps the card to stay shut for delivery.
- Papers! The Bees in Foxglove image is a Power Poppy digital design. However, the remaining products are Stampin’ Up! I used Botanical Butterfly designer paper (a free Sale-a-bration product choice with a $50 purchase). The card base uses Call Me Clover cardstock with highlights of retired Barely Banana cardstock.
I have been a follower of Amy Shulke’s tutorials at Patreon for more than a year. One important piece of information that I have learned from Amy’s classes is that colored pencil is key to adding detail that brings floral images to life. As this is the largest image I have tackled on my own, I, subsequently, sorely missed her step by step guidance regarding color selections and blending techniques. But Amy’s primary goal is to inspire her students to apply the knowledge that she has shared to our own coloring. If you’re interested in expanding your coloring technique, click here to explore her website Vanilla Arts.
I hope my non-stamping sister Barbara enjoys and appreciates my birthday card for her! On a personal note, I am at the outpatient surgical center today for cataract surgery on my left eye. The right eye surgery is scheduled for next Wednesday. I am hoping for clearer vision as well as perception of colors! In between these two surgery days, I will have a steroid injection to help alleviate the back pain in my lower lumbar area. Perhaps my inner youth will once again be released, LOL!!
Please let me know if you have any further questions on my project.
Have fun stamping!