Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tek Tuesday – More than JUST a stamp!

Hey there all you crafters it's Tek Tuesday here at the Cafe!!

We are sad to announce that Meredith has left our team.  Her plate was getting too full being on numerous Design teams and trying to juggle family life...she had to step down as part of our Tek Tuesday Team.  Even though it's sad to see her go, Kendra and I have been having fun hosting a few Tek Tuesday Tutorials.

For our tutorial today we will be showing you how easy it is to take any digi stamp, enlarge it, lighten the image, print it, colour it with watercolours (or other medium) and voila! ~  handpainted/coloured artwork for your walls.

I chose to use Calvin for this, I enlarged him to be big enough to fit an 8.5" x 11" sheet of water colour paper.  I'm thinking you could probably send the file to your local print shop too and manage a larger scale, just check on the kind of paper they'll print on, or maybe bring in your own?  In my Coreldraw program I changed the outline colour from 100% black to 20% black, (Kendra tells me it can be done in Paint Shop Pro also) You want it light so it resembles a light pencil sketch.  Either that, or if you want really simple, just change your printer settings to a fast draft print (or equivalent).  Print it and then heat set it, rub it with microglaze, or spray it with a fixative.013 I then coloured him using my water colour pencils 015adding the water after he was completely coloured, (you can see above where I’ve added the water around his eyes).... 

Calvin5 There you have it... pretty simple, artwork ready to be framed and hung on your wall (I just finished him today, so maybe we’ll be back once he’s framed!).

And one last close up… (ain’t he cute?!)

Calvin2 Glad you stopped by this week, pop back in on Friday for Feature Friday Challenge #14.  Diane will be hosting a colour challenge... I've seen her card and it's awesome!!

Craft with you soon!!
Kelly "the imaginary illustrator" ;)


  1. OOOOhhhh Kelly!!! This IS art, amazingly beautiful. Your coloring is magnificent! And Calvin, what a cutie!!!

  2. great tutorial, love your doggy!
    hugs, Valerie

  3. Thats just amazing - so beautifully coloured!


  4. Thank you! This blog post will be advertised on CraftCrave in the Tutorials category today (look for timestamp: [23 Feb 01:00pm GMT]).

  5. Kelly, Calvin is FANTASTIC! I've seen him in person too and really, he's even more amazing then :) Your "colouring/painting" makes me a bit green to be honest! LOL

  6. Kelly WOW!!! he looks Amazing!!! beautiful job.

  7. Oh my gosh! That looks great. Very professional looking! The image is adorable:)

    Thanks you Kelly and Kendra for stopping by my blog and checking out my card:)