Saturday, September 5, 2009

Water in a Pond

How to color water in a pond
Here is a reference photo from a lake. This was taken on a slightly cloudy day when the water was still. Look at each of the points in the photo that I describe below.

A couple of basic rules about water reflections-

1. Still water gives crisp reflections, moving water will be broken. The more your water is moving, the more the reflection will be broken, so it's a matter of taste as to how much accuracy your reflection has. It looks more accurate to have still water near the object and gradually make water far away more broken as the light from farther away gets more distorted.

2. Reflections are about the same size as the original object. Reflections are just a trick of light on a body of water, and from a distance the main body of a reflected object looks about the same size. There may be a few stray bits of color reflected in ripples farther out, but for the most part, keep the reflections reasonable. If there is a distortion it will usually be towards the viewer.

Don't go overboard with the reflections! Remember which part of your artwork is most important - is it the objects above water or the reflections. You'll need to make artistic choices to make the important things stand out more.

3. Water is one or two shades darker/grayer than whatever it's reflecting. This is your clue that it's a reflection. Since the sky is usually blue, your reflection water usually has a slight bluish tint to it, which is where we get the idea that water should be blue. Water is not really blue, water is clear. We just draw it blue for simplicity sake.

The mood of the water also is determined by the color of the sky. On a dark, overcast day then you'll get dark water with little light reflected. On a bright, sunny day you'll have bright water with more light reflected off the surface. In this photo you can see that it's a middle day, so the water is kinda dark, but not too bad.

Blank picture to color
Here is a line drawing you can print out & color. You can color with Copics over some inkjet printouts, so test before you print to know if your particular ink will bleed or not. Otherwise, you can print it on a laser printer or photocopy it and you'll have no problems coloring.

Water In A Pond
I'm starting today with anything above water already colored. That way we can focus on just the water. You'll see that my sky is a nice light B00 and my grass is a simple YG03 and YG07 combo. The rocks are a neutral gray and the cat-tails are a simple brown. This is a nice, easy scene to color - until you start coloring the water.

If we start by coloring the water the same color as the sky you can quickly see how flat and fake our scene looks. However, we must remember that the water will be the same tone as the sky - just slightly darker and grayer.

By adding a base tone of our sky color it will give the final picture hints of our underlying blue sky and pull the two elements together more. So go ahead, color your water with the same color as the sky (Other colors I like for blue skies include B0000 or B000, B32, BG10, BG0000)

Next, we need to darken the water and tone it down a bit.

If I add a color that is in the same blending group as the sky then our water will be too vibrant. Remember, water is more gray than sky. In this case I will need to use a blue that is grayer by about 2 or 3 families, so I reach for something in the B30's. The lightest shade is B32, the last digit - 2 - tells me that it will be 2 shades darker than our original color which ends in 0.

I shadow the edges of the pond with the B32 and I leave the middle area still light, as this would have the most direct reflection of the sky. Already this is a big improvement over the flat blue we first had.

Time to add contrast. Remember, contrast makes things more interesting so we should always look for ways to improve our work. To give the water contrast and shadows I reach for a color that is 2 shades deeper than B32, which would be B34.
I darkened things near the shore, and the shadow side of each object near the water. I'm not adding too much, just enough to make it look interesting. Then I take the B32 and smoothly blend the dark blue into the middle color (You can leave yours kind of streaky as long as your streaks are in the same direction as the ripples). I also added a hint of shadow to the ripples to add variation as well.

Now we can add the reflections of objects. This is a matter of personal taste. You might like the water just as it is.

I start with the largest objects. In this case it's the rocks. I take the same two grays I used on the rocks and I am lightly scribbling in the direction of the ripples. Note how it's not smooth and perfect and you can still see blue under the gray. This is OK. This is what increases the illusion of water. You can see that where I have a ripple I left the darker blue alone. This also heightens the idea of water.

The rock closest to us is much bigger and closer, therefore it's reflection is much crisper and deeper. The ripples don't affect it as much when it's that close.

Now I can add the shadow of the grass. I use the darker of my two grass colors and lightly add the illusion of grass. to darken it up I added hints of the B34. This helps give the water a deeper, brighter blue-green feel, and it tones down the vibrant YG. Now our little pond looks almost done.

For the final step today I need to add white back in. To do this I took some opaque white and a very fine paintbrush (or toothpick) and I painted back in a few small highlights. I added some glints of light to the ripples in the water and I gave a dab of highlight to each of the objects in the picture as well. Now we can really feel how bright and crisp our day is with the sun shining on our serene little pond.

Please send me a link of your example if you try coloring this pond. I would love to see your colored picture! Have fun coloring.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Copic Marker CLubs

What is a Copic Marker Club?
It's a way that people come together and share boxes of Copic markers each month until everyone has all the colors they want and each person has a storage case of some type to store them in.
For example:
We sign everyone up and divide you into groups of 3. Then, we order enough markers so each person gets six markers each month. Each person's cost per month is $37.00 for sketch markers, which includes shippping & tax if local.

How many colors can I collect?
You can collect one box and stop or you can sign up again and keep collecting other colors.

What kind of Copic Markers do we get?
We are currently offering 1 club- Sketch. We feel these are the best to collect.

What's the difference between Ciao and Sketch?
Both markers have replaceable nibs, both have the same ink inside, & both can be refilled. Sketch markers are designed to also work with the Copic airbrush system. Ciao come in 144 colors, Sketch come in 39,323,456,987 colors. LOL! Just kidding, but the sketch come 322 colors & won’t roll off your table.

When will you be starting your next club?
The next one will be starting in Dec.

How do I know what box I should start with?
You can start with any color you want or leave it up to me to decide for you.

How much does it cost to join?
Currently it costs $37.00 for the Sketch club per month.

How do I pay for them?
On the 15th of each month you mail me a check. You will not be billed, you will need to remember to make the payment.

Once I join, can I quit?
You can quit when your club has finsihed accumulating thier markers. Please don't quit in the middle of a box. That just ruins it for everyone else in your club and makes it hard on us if we have just a handful of markers here and there. They become harder for me to get rid of that way. Once you've fulfilled your 9 month club committmemt, and have collected the full box, you can opt to collect more or not.

How will I know when and how to sign up?
Subscribe to my blog at
I will be making the announcement there and if you subscribe, the info will drop right in your email box. I hope this info has been helpful. If you have more questions, contact me.
Ciao baby , ~Karen


The following are color-matched values for Stampin’ Up!®’s exclusive colors. This list includes the nine colors retired in 2005. You can use these values to color-match scrapbook journaling, to create a custom sentiment inside of a card, or to create a color-coordinated element for a hand-stamped party favor. Remember when printing on vellum that it is best to print in a DARK color, layering your vellum over a lighter color. When printing on cardstock, you may wish to try different color combinations to achieve either dramatic or subtle effects, just as you would with your stamping.For those who don't know how to do this: Open Microsoft Word. Type desired text in your selected Stampin’ Up!® font & highlight. To change the font color, choose FORMAT from the top menu bar. Select FONT, then FONT COLOR. Select MORE COLORS, then choose CUSTOM. You will find a place to enter R, G, and B "values" for the color mixing. Print your text on your printer and compare to your cardstock ring to ensure they match.
SOFT SUBTLESAlmost Amethyst: R-189 G-189 B-255 OR H-170 S-255 L-222**Apricot Appeal: R-255 G-184 B-73 OR H-26 S-255 L-164Barely Banana: R-248 G-250 B-156 OR H-44 S-230 L-203 **Bashful Blue: R-215 G-235 B-255 OR H-149 S-255 L-235Blush Blossom: R-255 G-226 B-204 OR H-18 S-255 L-230**Certainly Celery: R-125 G-153 B-63 OR H-56 S-106 L-108Lavender Lace: R-215 G-215 B-255 OR H-170 S-255 L-235Mellow Moss: R-111 G-136 B-60 OR H-57 S-100 L-98Pale Plum: R-215 G-173 B-211 OR H-217 S-88 L-194 Perfect Plum: R-125 G-61 B-119 OR H-217 S-88 L-93Pretty In Pink: R-250 G-181 B-201 OR H-243 S-223 L-216 Sage Shadow: R-147 G-187 B-115 OR H-66 S-88 L-151
BOLD BRIGHTSBrilliant Blue: R-46 G-46 B-182 OR H-170 S-152 L-114 Gable Green: R-197 G-254 B-154 OR H-67 S-250 L-204 Glorious Green: R-57 G-155 B-66 OR H-89 S-118 L-106 Green Galore: R-159 G-253 B-89 OR H-67 S-249 L-171 Lovely Lilac: R-170 G-54 B-255 OR H-194 S-255 L-155Only Orange: R-254 G-103 B-0 OR H-17 S-255 L-127Orchid Opulence: R-182 G-109 B-255 OR H-191 S-255 L-182Pink Passion: R-255 G-83 B-169 OR H-234 S-255 L-169 **Pixie Pink: R- 255 G-118 B-194 OR H-232 S-255 L-187Real Red: R-212 G-0 B-0 OR H-0 S-255 L-106Tempting Turquoise: R-113 G-252 B-255 OR H-129 S-255 L-184 YoYo Yellow: R-251 G-229 B-19 OR H-38 S-247 L-135
EARTH ELEMENTSCameo Coral: R-255 G-113 B-143 OR H-246 S-232 L-155Chocolate Chip: R-66 G-28 B-28 OR H-0 S-101 L-47Close To Cocoa: R-147 G-97 B-69 OR H-15 S-92 L-108Creamy Caramel: R-214 G-160 B-88 OR H-24 S-154 L-151Garden Green: R-57 G-125 B-55 OR H-84 S-99 L-90More Mustard: R-216 G-175 B-0 OR H-34 S-255 L-108Not Quite Navy: R-0 G-79 B-118 OR H-142 S-255 L-59Old Olive: R-149 G-146 B-0 OR H-41 S-255 L-75Really Rust: R-199 G-77 B-9 OR H-15 S-233 L-104Ruby Red: R-212 G-29 B-30 OR H-0 S-194 L-121Summer Sun: R-242 G-204 B-16 OR H-35 S-229 L-129**Pumpkin Pie: R-232 G-138 B-0 OR H-25 S-255 L-116
RICH REGALS**Always Artichoke: R-68 G-79 B-55 OR H-62 S-46 L-67Ballet Blue: R-97 G-134 B-205 OR H-156 S-132 L-151 Bordering Blue: R-155 G-155 B-168 OR H-170 S-7 L-158 **Bravo Burgundy: R-100 G-15 B-35 OR H-245 S-188 L-58Brocade Blue: R-135 G-176 B-219 OR H-150 S-137 L-177 **Elegant Eggplant: R-108 G-0 B-77 OR H-255 S-255 L-54**Handsome Hunter: R-15 G-51 B-23 OR H-94 S-139 L-33Night of Navy: R-0 G-0 B-75 OR H-170 S-255 L-38**Regal Rose: R-251 G-129 B-175 OR H-239 S-239 L-190Rose Red: R-255 G-27 B-130 OR H-236 S-255 L-141**So Saffron: R-246 G-210 B-127 OR H-29 S-221 L-187Taken With Teal: R-0 G-156 B-152 OR H-126 S-255 L-78
NEUTRALSGoing Gray: R-150 G-150 B-150 OR H-170 S-0 L-150**Sahara Sand: R-149 G-151 B-121 OR H-46 S-32 L-136Whisper White: R-255 G-255 B-255 OR H-170 S-0 L-255Very Vanilla: R-249 G-248 B-224 OR H-40 S-172 L-237Basic Brown: (using Chocolate Chip) R-66 G-28 B-28 OR H-0 S-101 L-47
RETIRED COLORS*Mint Melody: R-189 G-255 B-189 OR H-85 S-255 L-222*Mauve Mist: R-255 G-194 B-216 OR H-240 S-255 L-255*Bliss Blue: R-177 G-216 B-255 OR H-149 S-255 L-216*Eggplant Envy: R-153 G-0 B-153 OR H-213 S-255 L-77 *Forest Foliage: R-22 G-74 B-56 OR H-112 S-138 L-48 *Baroque Burgundy: R-134 G-0 B-67 OR H-234 S-255 L-67 *Rose Romance: R-250 G-90 B-150 OR H-239 S-240 L-170 *Positively Pink: R-255 G-145 B-177 OR H-243 S-255 L-200 *Marvelous Magenta: R-198 G-0 B-170 OR H-219 S-255 L-99*Retired 06/30/05 -- **New Color Available 07/01/05RGB = Red, Green Blue -- HSL = Hue, Saturation, LuminosityThese colors have been customized for an Epson Stylus CX6600. You may want to tweak some of the values if they're close--remember that each printer, even those of the same make and model, will mix colors slightly differently. This information was compiled by Kaylyn Butler Conover thanks to the generous sharing of many women on Use by individuals and sharing with other stampers is enthusiastically encouraged. This information is offered up as public domain: If you have been charged a fee for this document, have been offered this document as a “bonus” for an eBay purchase, or found this among a “packet” for which you paid a fee, you have been scammed. Please contact Stampin’ Up!® at 1-800-STAMPUP to be referred to a legitimate, honest demonstrator in your area.