You Gnome Me

I have been playing with all sorts of things I have had in my collection for a long time, that have been neglected or not used at all!

So today I have my first card from my stash to share today! Today I pulled out the You Gnome Me set from MFT and kept it monocromatic with some blue pencils from my Luminance stash!

I really love the look on toned grey paper, I love seeing how much shade variation I can get while using the same pencils all the way thru.

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MFT Stamps – You Gnome Me – http://shrsl.com/22lpl (SSS)
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Caran D’ache Luminance Pencils – http://shrsl.com/22lpx (Blick)

The Greeting Farm – November Release Blog Hop

It’s the 15th, and the NOVEMBER RELEASE is now available for purchase in The Greeting Farm Store! Our three new sets Miss Anya Darling, Grateful For You and Cheeky Handy are in the store and ready for you to scoop up.

To celebrate we are having a short BLOG HOP, where one lucky fan will take home the entire release! You have until NOVEMBER 18th at 12pm CST/1pm EST to leave your comments on each Designer’s Blog and The Greeting Farm Blog (letting us know you completed the hop). We will announce the random winner later in the week.

Today I coloured her up in a black and white style with my colored pencils! I am over the moon with how she came out. Pulling out some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Inks!

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 TGF Design Team: 
AMY
ANITA
CYNTHIA
JESSIE
MARTHA
STEPHANIE
THE GREETING FARM BLOG  

This is a short hop so definitely worth playing along! And if you can’t wait for the hop to be over, you can purchase these stamps and cutting dies HERE

We will have more cards featuring the new stamps from our Design Team Leaders starting tomorrow so be sure to stop back by The Greeting Farm Blog to see more inspiration.  

Happy Hopping!

The Greeting Farm – October Preview Day 3

Hey all! Welcome back to day 3 of previews for The Greeting Farm! We are nearing the new release!

Today’s set is called The More the Merrier! It is full of the cutest little critters ever!

Let’s talk about this card! I had a fantastic time colouring up the little hedge hog and door! and for some reason while I had them all masked out I decided it was a door to no where? Notice the blue sky and green grounding. But, I was so happy with how it looked all put together that I did not want to change it and try and make it look like the inside or outside of a house. So I left it the way it was. I am really happy with how it turned out.

I have been doing so much painting with my watercolours lately, that it was so much fun to pull out my colored pencils and colour this one up!

Thanks for stopping by,
Hugz
Jessie

The Greeting Farm – September Preview Day 1

Hey everyone! We are back for another set of previews for The Greeting Farm! This month’s release is amazing!!

I pulled out all my coloured pencils for this one. One thing I love about this medium is how friendly they all play together. Prismacolor, Polychromos and Luminance. I can mix them in endless ways to create tons of looks!

I think added a little bit of detail with a white Posca marker and added some stitching to finish it off. The sentiment comes from the Holiday Wishes stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by,
Hugz
Jessie

The Greeting Farm – July 2019 Preview Day 2

Hey everyone! Welcome to day 2 of previews for The Greeting Farm!

Today we have a new Miss Anya set to share with you all! Meet Miss Anya Samoyed!

I recently picket up a small set of Caran D’ache Luminance coloured pencils, 20 of them. I love them and need more. But for now I am mixing them with my Faber-Casel Polychromos pencils.

Thanks for stopping by,
Hugz,
Jessie

Bring out the Sunshine

Hey everyone! I have been doing tons of colouring lately. But not a lot that I can show… yet!

So for today, I pulled out the Bring Out The Sunshine set from My Favorite Things, and coloured her up on Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. I haven’t coloured up anything on kraft cardstock in a long time.

I recently purchased a set of 20 Caran D’ache Luminance coloured pencils, and 4 additional colours to that. So I mixed them with my Polychromos to colour up this little lady.

My verdict on the Luminance pencils after their first use… I will be buying more. Lol I am an art supply junkie!

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Wallpaper Art

Hey everyone! This one took 3 days to complete, but I am in love with the way it came out.

I have wanted this set, Wallpaper Art from Altenew, since it first came out. I finally got my hands on it. I had this vision of white flowers on kraft paper. Which meant coloured pencils.

It turned out exactly as I imagined, and during the 30 day colouring challenge it fit in perfect. Took a few days to complete, with a little colouring a day.

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Jr. Hatter Frankie

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Hey everyone! Today I have Jr. Hatter Frankie from Little Miss Muffet Stamps to share with you all! I think she is so darling hugging her little stuffie!

Pencils used
Skin (Prisma colours) – Dark Brown, Terracotta, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Ocher, Clay Rose, Peach, Light Peach, Eggshell, White
Hair (polychromos) – Black, Warm Grey VI, Warm Grey V, Warm Grey IV, Warm Grey III, Warm Grey II, Warm Grey I
Pink (Polychromos) – Burnt Carmine, Pompeian Red, Cinnamon, Light Flesh
Yellow (Polychromos) – Ocher Brown, Green Gold, Light Yellow Ocher, Dark Naples Ocher, Naples Yellow
Stuffie (Polychromos) – Walnut Brown, Burnt Umber, Nougat, Bistre, Prismacolour white

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Hugz,
Jess

Shell-ebrate

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Hey everyone! Today I have a sweet little shaker card, I promised myself I would eventually use my fuse tool.

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I really like how flat the shaker cards lay when you make them with the fuse tool, although they do not shake as much as the ones made the old way with foam tape and acetate the thinner profile is worth it.

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hugz,
Jess

Let’s Talk Coloured Pencils

*First things first this review comes from a cardmaker (crafter)*

I personally, at this time, own two brands of pencils complete sets, and have a couple of pencils from a third brand I will touch on these at the end.

Prismacolor Priemer Pencils 

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Prismacolors are probably the most commonly known pencil brand, they are readily available in online stores, as well as locally. Prismacolour pencils are available in sets as well as in open stock (individual pencils, so you can replace the pencils as you need without needing to purchase an entire new set). In terms of artist grade coloured pencils these are at the lower end of the cost spectrum.

These pencils are wax based and have a very soft lead, unfortunately due to the way they are currently manufactured the leads have been knows to fall out of their wood casings, and to be not centered causing breakage during sharpening. The lack of adhesion to the casings cause the leads in these pencils to break at the slightest bump of the pencil. Sharpening can be difficult causing pencils to be eaten faster due to leads breaking during sharpening.

Wax based pencils cause “wax bloom”, which is when your work gets a milky white haze on the surface of your work when you use lots of heavy layers with your pencils work. Waxy pencils layer easier and tend to have more brilliant colours. The white and cream in prismacolours are fantastic and fairly opaque with the wax and softness of these pencils!

To remove wax bloom you can wipe your work with a soft cloth, just make sure do wipe it lightly as using lots of pressure with the rag could remove some colours or if you have not brushed off all of the loose pigment could cause your image to look blurred by rubbing that loose pigment into the paper that has not been coloured.

To prevent wax bloom you can purchase a coloured pencil fixative, and use it in light coats between layers on your work.

Wax pencils also tend to leave loose pigment behind because they are such a soft pencil and break apart so easily, make sure to brush your work off using a soft brush or canned air so as not to make marks on your work with that loose pigment.

Faber-Castell Polychromos

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Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils are an oil based pencil (soy bean). There are 120 different colours in this brand, again they are available in sets as well open stock. These pencils are not as common as the Primacolors but they are still easily accessible in online stores.

With these pencils being oil based they react especially well to Oderless Mineral Spirits for blending, I tend to do this for my base layer just to get the colour nice and smooth to start, they do blend well with just layering the pencils, but being as they are oil based and are a harder lead take your time and let the light layers do their work. The bonus in these harder leads is that these pencils hold their point a lot longer then the softer wax based pencils. The white and cream in this collection is not nearly as opaque as the wax based pencils and they tend to be more translucent. But the black is amazing! Oh the black!

Just because I am referring to these as oil based with a harder lead do not let that fool you, they still feel soft and lay down their colour wonderfully, but the hard lead makes those details easy to achieve without constant sharpening.

These do have a fair sticker price on them! They are on the more expensive then the Prismacolors, but, considering how much pencil I lose do u breakage of my Primacolors I find that they cost me about the same in the long run.

You will not experience “wax bloom” with these pencils as they are oil based! There is also not as much loose pigment floating around my page with these pencils.

I find these pencils play nicer layering over my copics then the Prismacolors, this could be because there is no wax laying on top of my alcohol markers.

Caran D’ache Luminance 

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These pencils basically the top of the line wax based coloured pencils. Their price tag could make you fall over. Currently I only own white and buff titanium in this range. But I absolutely love them! They are still the soft pencils with the smooth consistency you expect from a wax based pencil. But they do not break as much or fall out of their casing and all of those issues me, and many others, experience with the Prismacolors.

I can not speak from personal experience about working with this range on its own, as stated above, I do not have them all. Yet. But the two colours I own are absolutely magnificent. They are so opaque and play well with my Polychromos.

Many artists that use these pencils exclusively say that the “wax bloom” is not there with these pencils like it is with Prismacolors. I will test this for myself if I ever get a larger range of these pencils.

Thanks for stopping by,

Hugz,

Jess