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MFT Color Challenge #84

This is my first color challenge! Usually I stick to sketch challenges because while I like coloring, I’m not great at it and I have a really random collection of pretty papers which rarely lend themselves to a color challenge.

But, today I decided to expand my repertoire and…yeah…I’m super happy with how this one turned out!!


The Ohuhu markers were a treat for myself using my Amazon money (I have an Amazon credit card that gives me cash back) and I really like them.

Well, except, I’m not sure how the quality compares to other brands. You see that red marker in the corner of the picture? It’s my Geranium and I adore this shade of red! It was definitely love at first sight when I was first playing with these. It’s so deep, but not necessarily dark…it’s just perfect! BUT, both ends are broken already and I haven’t been doing that much coloring with them, despite it being my favorite color of the set. Poo. I’ve never been a heavy handed colorer, even as a kid with my crayons, so I know it wasn’t because I hurt the marker; I figure I just got a bad marker. It happens. This is the only one that has broken so far, so I’m reserving judgment on the rest of the set. Color-wise, they’re pretty fantastic and they lay down color beautifully!

I wasn’t really trying to do any fancy shading with the flowers. I just outlined each segment pretty quickly, then lightly filled them in. Each section was colored with a different color, except for the centers which are the same as the main body of the flowers.

The color challenge was specifically called for My Favorite Things colors Lemon Chiffon, Cornflower, Orange Fizz, and Nightshift Blue. I don’t own anything My Favorite Things specific (well, I might have received some items through swaps without my knowledge), so I just grabbed the Ohuhu colors that seemed to match best, then added a couple of shades lighter or darker to give me some variety:

Pastel Peach, Fruit Pink, Light Orange, and Marigold for the oranges and Sky Blue, Napoleon Blue, and Prussian Blue for the Blues (I feel like there’s some irony with Napoleon and Prussian blues).

I tried my hand at a bit of ombreing with the background since I didn’t have the color card stock I wanted. Yeah….There will be a lot more of that in my future! I used a piece of probably expensive, high end linen letterhead paper for the ombre. There are some serious perks to working in a print shop! I have easily 1500 sheets (8.5×11) of this paper from where we were cleaning out the warehouse and it’s soo soft! The watermark says Beckett Enhanced Writing and it’s a warm shade of white (I didn’t pay too much attention of the box it came out of). My fountain pen (which has Platinum Mix-Free Cyclamen Pink in it right now) bled straight through a scrap piece, but it wrote pretty good. A Pilot G2 wrote perfectly and didn’t bleed through. Anyway, I like that the linen texture is very noticeable, but doesn’t affect the performance of the paper. It gives a little bit of depth to the ombre I created.

Ombreing is also the reason I’ve kept my Geranium because it won’t matter that the tip is broken when I’m just laying down the color :-).

The flowers are from a page of an adult coloring book I got for Christmas last year. I love the idea of adult coloring books (the detail of the images), but I don’t have the patience for all the detail. I prefer to color just the main bits and leave the rest of the image uncolored so that everything just pops better. But in this case, I decided to fussy-cut the flowers out and not even worry about the background details. I used a black Sharpie to darken all the cut edges and I’m amazed by what a difference it makes!

I’m ridiculously excited by how cute this card turned out! I love that the ombre isn’t perfect. I tossed in the bit of bronze-foiled washi tape so that I could also enter this into the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for this week as well. And since Simon Says Stamp is still an “Anything Goes”, well, I’ll share this one there as well.

By the way, keep an eye out for my post scheduled for Monday morning!!