Sooo…the story goes like this. My friend Barb came for a visit. She drove up to Arizona from Texas in her class C (medium size) RV and parked it right next-door to me. What a fun way to travel and a bit easier to maneuver then our 43 ft Toy Hauler. The best part was we got to hang out and color for a week.
During this fabulous week we had some fun playing and experimenting with everything from paper to fibers (felting, my new found love). One of the many fun things we did was a coloring challenge like we had done together (with our friend Zoe) in the “olden days”.
For this new challenge we were to take one of Barbs adorable new Polka Dot Pal images (sold through Whimsy Stamps) and turn it into a Muppet, any Muppet. Oh yes, challenge accepted!!
I have a soft spot for the Muppets’ Animal, so I jumped onto the computer and looked up all the different images I could find. We both started out using the Polka Dot Pal Harley from the latest release. We added him to the tree stump accessory. After careful consideration and a little pencil sketching I got right to the fun part…coloring.
First we stamped him in a light gray so that our Extreme Creative Color Placement would dominate the original lines. This is the image we started out with. Adorable Harley sitting on a tree stump.
After doing some crazy drawing I started applying ink. I actually find the drawing part harder. I would much rather go straight in with color and hope for the best. You can see his eyes are actually in the mouth area. Crazy right?
Once I got into it I couldn’t stop. The most fun of it all is seeing it actually come to form.
YES! Complete. I wasn’t totally satisfied with his vest but as I tell my students…look at the big picture not the little details that bug you at that moment.
I hope you enjoyed the few step out photos I took along the way. This was such a fun time creating. One of these days maybe you can join one of our crazy challenges too, or why wait…grab the stamp set and show us what yah got!
Although I would love to share what Barb created, because it is THAT amazing, you are just gonna have to head over to her blog HERE and see the phenomenal job she did. You are going to just squeal!!
…I can give you a hint though
…it wasn’t Animal!
FYI a little info on Creative Color Placement
- Creative Color Placement (CCP): means creatively placing ink (or coloring) on the image to create features. Careful as to not alter any of the artists original lines, but rather accentuate features. If you were to add black lines similar to the artists image-lines THIS could be considered “altering”.
- Extreme Creative Color Placement (ECCP): same as above but WAY over the top, almost to the point where the image isn’t recognizable unless placed next to the original uncolored image for comparison. Again, adding black lines is not recommended as this could be perceived as altering an image.