Tuesday, April 5, 2011


I get lot queries about coloring and the medium i use,so thought of giving a tutorial here.Its a very simple one without much technical details,hope it will be useful to you all.

So,this is all you need.,..a stamped or digi image,watercolor pencils(i use steadler),a 0size brush and a cup of water.

There are two ways,using either a light, medium,dark shades or using paper white as the lightest shade.I use a medium n dark color here and use paper white,..this gives some lighter tones,where as if you need the coloring to be dark use light,medium and dark shades of same color.

First use the light color n fill half of the picture,not filling type just give strokes as it will be nice for the pleats of the dressed.Then take the darker color n give strokes only in the edges,..
Then take the brush,dip it in water,drain the excess water and merge the colors,..it will be really nice to see the colors blend:))
For hair i used light orange,medium n dark brown.
For hair,give strokes both the sides,..that is from upside and down leaving the paper white in the middle.Start with orange,the medium brown,.and very little amount of dark brown in the edges.

For skin here i used skin tone n medium orange,or you can use light orange n light brown or light brown and dark brown,.
Fill the skin parts with skin tones,n colors the edges with orange.

So this the finished one,..in the same manner do the shoes n other parts.I have used some glitter pen for the frills,..or you can use glitters also.

Sorry for the poor photographs,i always find difficult to photograph tiny things.Hope you understood the basics,..if any doubt shoot me a mail to kavi_kalalayaa@yahoo.co.in

Tips to remember:
  • Don't sharp your colors pencils too much as i will end up in breakage,if u need a sharp edge to color small parts then use a knife to sharpen the pencil,.or the your total pencil will go off with in a day.
  • If you are using a digi,be careful while giving the water washan the black will come out.So better don't go over the black lines
  • Finally,if you are posting a tutorial see to it that you put your water mark in all the photographs as there are some people who are doing cut,copy,paste work and posting it in their blog.I experienced this initially,and its really hurting as you have to spend hours to write a tutorial.I really stopped giving tutorials after that.

So here is my finished card,..lot of pastel n pink shade cards from me in recent past,so i have decided not to use it,..but after seeing PLAY DATE CAFE color challenge i wanted to make one as it is one of my favorite combo:)I promise you to be back with some really dark color combos in future:)))

Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge - Just Add Flowers
House of Gilli - Ribbon and Pearls
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
My Partner in Crafting Crime - Layer it up
Creative Cowgirls - Spring or Easter
Dream Valley Challenges - Things with wings
I Did It Creations - Anything Goes
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - ribbon
Allsorts - Blooming Blossoms
Little Claire's - Any Celebration with Spring Theme or Colours
Card Makin' Mamas - embellish it
Patties Creations - flowers or flowers & pearls
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes
Yvonne's blog:coloring challenge

Happy crafting,


Ujjwal said...

Thanks for sharing the coloring tips girl!! The card has turned up beautiful.

P.S. You may want to enter it in Yvonne's recent color challenge at Do More with less.

Larisa said...

Nice colouring) Thanks for sharing this with us))

Romina's Cretive Crafts said...

wowers !! thanks for sharing the tutorial !!as usual there is nothing new about u n tilda !!U ROCK TOGETHER !!

Sandi said...

Kavi - Your coloring tutorial is super! Beautiful finished card!
Thanks for playing in our 'Flowers OR Flowers and Pearls' challenge!
♥ Sandi
DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
and Pattie's shop
Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

Hussena said...

wow kavitha never knew that the beautiful images used in cards can be done this way .thank u so much for ur tutorial it is a real eye opener.and ur card is so beautiful i really love the colors that u have used.
ps: i have passed on the versatile blog award to u, please check the details in my blog...hugs and wishes.

Fiona said...

Such a pretty card Kavitha :) Thanks for playing along at the Play Date Cafe!

Tejal said...

Beautiful tutorial...the card is lovely! fantastic colors and the felt flowers are just superb!

brenda said...

Such a pretty card.

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation and joining in my Bloomin’ Blossoms theme at Allsorts this week

B x

There's a Stampalot voucher up for grabs here

mansi said...

Lovely card Kavi!!thanx for the coloring tips.

Karen's Fun Blog said...

Beautiful card and great tutorial! THanks for joining us on House of Gilli! : )

Yone said...

Tks playing with us at House of GILLI! Hugs,Yone

Spardha said...

wow!.. its beautiful!.. thanks so9 much for the tutorial! :D

anandhirajan said...

pretty card kavitha.Thanks for shar

Priyanka Bokdia said...

thanks for sharing the colouring tips.. beautiful tutorial.. i loved the pinkyy card!!! those blooms are so cute and so is the digi!

Posh Cat Crafts said...

Hi Fabulous creation with wonderful details thank you for joining us at Craft your Passion
PS Wonderful Tutorial too

Lynne in NI said...

Ohhhh what a pretty card! Great colouring tutorial too! Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley ... hope to see you again next time.

Michele Gross said...

great tutorial and love the felt flowers :) Thanks for playing with us at The Play Date Cafe!

Jinny Newlin said...

Fantastic tutorial! And such a sweetly, embellished take on our color story! LOVE those rolled, felt flowers! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

She's beautiful! Thanks for sharing your coloring tutorial too. Thanks for playing in our challenge at Catch The Bug!

AshKuku said...

Natural light makes the creation look very different & bright from the one captured inside.... Everything in this post is AWESOMELY ADORABLE!!!!


yyam said...

Really pretty Kavitha! :)

Awesome coloring and the finished product looks so polished with all the lovely layers and textures!

Thanks for playing along with my guest Tesa's challenge! :)

Cindy2 said...

Your card is beautifully put together, lots of great embellishments. Great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing your talent at the MSL 'ribbon' challenge. C2

Shelby Goolsby said...

Beautiful!! I love the layers and those flowers are gorgeous!! I am so happy you joined us at PCC this week. Hugs,Shelby

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

WOW!! Love the tutorial--makes me want to get some pencils/markers/crayons and color in my images! LOVE that little gal! SO many details on your card--beautiful! Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the PDCC!

ladyjanet_56 said...

Lovely Image beautiful card thanks for sharing with us at PPC good luck. Janet

Pattie G said...

What a beautiful card! I love how you used our flower theme for this week’s challenge. Thanks for joining us this week at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
Hugs ♥

Poppet said...

Thank you for the tutorial Kavi, I understood it perfectly.

Your card is beautiful and the papers very pretty. Tilda looks fab with her butterfly and all the flowers you have made.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful card with us at the Creative Cowgirls Challenge. :-) xx

bosenberries said...

Thanks so much for playing along with My Partner in Crafting Crime's 'layer it up' challenge! Good luck with the extra draws!

TesaB said...

Sooooo pretty! Great colring!!! Thanks for playing in our challenge!!!

Varshitha said...

thank you soooo much for ur nice tutorial share...