Saturday, May 12, 2018

City Night Stroll

Hi weekend crafters! Janelle here today with a post just in time to inspire a night out on the town for Mother's Day!

There is a 10% discount available!
Add code TJ10Janelle during checkout
while shopping at Technique Junkies website!
Shop stamps, stencils, Color Bursts, and Nuvo markers, plus more!

My featured stamp today is from the May release called City Watercolors, and if you click the link below, you can see a fantastic array of ideas on the product website page. There are so many ways to color this scene!

  • City Watercolors Stamp
  • Life is Beautiful Stamp
  • Waterproof Black Ink Pad
  • Watermark Embossing Ink Pad
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Black, white and gray cardstock
  • Watercolors
  • Gouache or other waterbased opaque white
  • Paintbrushes
  • Tape (optional)
  • Flat Surface
I decided to try and create a night scene as soon as I spotted the street lights in the image. So I grabbed blues, grays, reds, yellows, greens and violet watercolor markers and started along my path.
Tips: Start watercolors diluted with water and do washes getting more saturated with color as shadows are accented. And try shadows fade upward because the city lights are brighter towards the ground.
Here is a line up of colors I used with Winsor and Newton markers. 
Sky - Payne's Gray, Indigo Prussian Blue Hue, and Dioxazine Violet. 
Tip: Start with a light gray wash around the street lights so they can be colored with yellow.
Lights - Gamboge Hue and Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue. 
Reds - Alizarin Crimson Hue and Fired Brick Red for brick and street lights, even a car, and clothing.
Green and Violet accents - Sap Green, Phthalo Green, and Dioxazine Violet. 
Tip: Change your saturated colors shades with black. If you don't have black, which is boring anyway, mix complementary colors (to make a gray orange, blue or yellow and violet plus a little white if you have it) to get a rich gray color.
To complete the sky and highlight the beams on the street lights use gouache in white and Lemon Yellow. The sentiment is embossed on gray paper with embossing ink and white embossing powder.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great weekend and remember you can get 10% off your order of regular priced items at Technique Junkies. Use code TJ10Janelle.