Wednesday, 13 August 2014


Today I wanted to show you a little project I have been working on that's for me, in my craft room.
As lots of you know, I'm totally unorganised sometimes...well all the time! I need constant reminders of what I have to do and write lots of lists to keep me on track, of course I'm always losing aforementioned scrappy lists, so when I saw this board at a craft show I knew it would be perfect as a blackboard
The board came blank, and I first masked off along the base of the words and gave it two coats of
Next I used Mod Podge and decoupaged some pretty paper onto the words, I don't like to tear my papers as I don't like the finish, it was quite hard to do them all in one piece but well worth it to have a nice finish.
I used a black gel pen and did some faux stitching on the words, and a white gel pen around the blackboard.
I couldn't resist one of the latest digi stamps by Mo Manning of Mo's digital pencil, She's called Blanche! I just think she is so brilliant, and it appeals greatly to my quirky side! She also comes with a cute little slogan, which I printed out and stuck to the blackboard.
So, what to colour her with...Spectrum Noir blendable pencils of course!

I started to colour her skin with 093, its the darkest tone as I wanted to work dark to light to see if I could achieve the same results, happy to report it works!!

I then went onto 009, gently going over the first colour and a bit further into the white.
I then finished with 005, I also left some white paper, I know that's a bit scary but its ok, the colours are pale enough for them to not leave a hard edge and look glaringly obvious.
I finished her skin by going back over with 093 to deepen her cheeks and anywhere that may have blended out a little too much.
I then finished the picture with the following colours:
Macaw: 011, 015, 062, 063, 046, 118, 120
Chair: 041, 063, 064
Desk: 084, 087, 104
Dress: 056, 058, 059, 061, 065, 029
Lamp: 018, 019
Paper: 038, 040
Tote: 036, 030
I took a long time to "fussy cut" her out with a knife, so that the black would show through,
I love her a lot, and hope one day I look that cool!
 But until then....
Happy Colouring everyone
Nicky x


Tracy said...

Oh wow Nicky this is fab ! I love this image, always makes me smile :) xx

Laine said...

Fabulous project Nicky. Love this image.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nicky, wow what a gorgeous project love the image and those colours are fabulous.

Hugs Erin x

Mrs O crafty blog said...

Nicky this is fab.. I love Blanche, Px