Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Free fortune teller digital stamp plus sentiment

Free character digital stamps

You're very welcome to use my images in your arts and crafts. 

Please do not share the files but of course you're welcome to share your creations with the images. Credit Art by Barb.




Friday, 4 January 2019

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Coloured Pencils Tutorial - How to acheive a smooth blend

The hand is conformed to use a writing pressure and that's how it will want to hold and use any writing/colouring utensil. So, firstly we need to retrain the hand.

The obvious way to apply pressure is to press more firmly, but that will cause you to tense up and take away the relaxation element of colouring. Also it will cause your hand to tire easily, which is off-putting.

Hold the pencil further away from the tip end. This is a comfortable way to hold a pencil for colouring, and it will allow you to use small movements of the finger to produce a much larger movement of the pencil tip, therefore more coverage of colour can be quickly applied. 
To apply more pressure move the hand closer to the pencil tip. A firm pressure is unnecessary. A writing pressure is enough to achieve a nice blend. 

Let's begin...

Pick three pencils a light, mid and dark tone of your choice. 

  • Use the light to lightly lay down colour all over the circle
  • Use the mid tone to apply colour from the bottom to the centre of the circle
  • Use the dark to apply colour to the bottom quarter of the circle
  • Use the light colour to go over all of the circle 
  • Repeat the above steps as many times as it will need to achieve a good blend
  • Use a cotton bud to give it a spit n polish! not literally!!! just go over it with a dry cotton bud and for larger areas use a cotton wool ball 
  • Final step. Practise is key, so please don't give up. Keep on having a go!
I hope you find this tutorial helpful. 

Saturday, 4 February 2017

An Intro to colouring with pencils by Art by Barb

My mission here is to introduce you to colouring with pencils. If you've purchased pencils and they remain unloved somewhere in your stash, now is a good time to reintroduce yourself to them!

Many colourists over look the true value of pencils at first. Guilty as charged ma-lord! Initially I only used them to add depth and shade to images coloured with alcohol markers. Over time I began to use the markers less in preference of the pencils. Eventually I came to realise from personal experience that the online hype about pencils is true.... they're a perfect medium to colour with.

Pencils are like a fine wine: time is needed to develop the best possible flavour and should be savoured slowly by the consumer.
Yes the process can be rushed and a wine produced as a result, but the wine will lack in flavour.
A similar result is also true with pencils. They're not to be rushed.
To know how to use pencils, is to love using pencils!

I can't recommend one brand over another, because I've only used Faber Castell and Spectrumnoir and one lonely Derwent pencil which I absolutely adore and wish there was a stockist near by.

I have used the cheap pencils from the cheaper stores (a present from my children who thought it would be a humorous gift. Backfired, as it gave me a chance to try em!!) and Ok, you don't get the rich vibrant colour but they are perfectly exceptable to use.

I use a cheap super smooth card stock. Nothing fancy shmancy.

Art supplies can be expensive and people are made to feel as though they must have the top speck supplies to achieve a good result. It's not true, well not in regard to pencils. It's the technique that will help you to create great colouring!

There are many different techniques you can use to blend pencils. My favoured technique and the one we will discuss in detail in my next blog post is to colour lightly and add layer upon layer until the pencils will want to naturally blend together. Especially good for achieving flawless skin!

Thank you for reading,
and until next time...keeeEEEeeep Colouring!!

Butterflypose and free sentiment by ArtbyBarb

Sharing another one of my coloured creations ... Butterflypose digital stamp is available for you to colour, create and craft with on Etsy.

Coloured pencil tip: 
Apply a feather light touch and build up many layers to achieve a smooth and seamless blend.

Free Sentiment

Until next time...keep colouring.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Art by Barb Question time....

I think a couple of the questions that I'm often asked do you come up with an idea for your art? and the follow on one is "How long does it take you?"

For me it's not a quick may start with a suggestion, I might see an inspiring image or a memory of my children might spark an idea for a drawing. 
Once the seed is sown, I allow my mind to play with the initial idea for a while and then I begin to draw, ink and colour it.
My fair lady for you to colour, create and craft with on Etsy

Colouring the image is never a quick process either, something that even I question, why does it take me so long?! and my mind reverts to a memory with my art teacher at school.... 
I had drawn a pencil image of two swans in silhouette on a moonlit lake, surrounded by a foliage border and I proudly showed it to him. He just looked and said "It's ok, now go away and spend a week adding depth and shade" My former fifteen year old self flounced away, I feel sure she was muttering something unrepeatable under her breathe! 
So, I took him at his word and worked on the drawing in my spare time. 
A week later I show up at his desk with no expectation of praise. He caught me completely off guard and went wild with excitement "Can you see the difference?" he exclaimed "you've taken an ok piece and turned it into a spectacular piece of artwork!!" and I guess that lesson stuck with me to this day. To the point I spend too much time and I have to consciously tell myself to put down the pencils and step away. It's done! 

It's Mine for you to colour, create and craft with on Etsy

By the time I get to the card stage and as you might imagine I like to keep it quick, simple and clean by adding an appropriate sentiment.

Here is the sentiment for you to use

We have a super reward system for shopping with us on Etsy

Until next time...keep colouring!!