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Shadows & Shading – My favorite tip to make it easier

Happy Friday, all! Over the past few weeks I’ve been answering your questions in videos. Today’s video focuses on another question that came up at Facebook: What are some tips for shading when coloring images?

One of my favorite tips for shading is to do a “shadow study” before you actually start coloring the image on your final project. This gives you time to really think about how it will be shaded. I showed this technique a while back in a video for Simon Says Stamp. Wow! Was it really 6 years ago? Time files!

I used Sugarpea Designs Chunky Monkey stamp set for this card. Isn’t that little guy so cute? I just love him! :) The watercoloring was done using Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy today’s video.

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  • Reply Kristie Maynard March 17, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Great information and adorable card. Thanks for sharing this with us. I’ve never done something like this for the shading and this was very helpful.

  • Reply Stajah March 17, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Saw this on YouTube, I really enjoy your tutorial and all the effort and time you put into making videos. I’ve learned so much from you in regards to coloring and techniques. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us.

    Love this card it’s so cute!! :)

  • Reply Hideko March 17, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing how to do shadow study, Kristina! Such an adorable card! I love it.
    I once again realized that a great amount of practices and studies were behind your beautiful art works. There’s no shortcut…

  • Reply Rosy Newlun March 17, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Ultra sweet scene Kristina. Thank you for sharing your shadow study and watercoloring technique. I love your colors of blues and purples in the background!

  • Reply Charlotte C March 17, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Oh, my, I love that stamp set. Sold out! Drats. I will wait. Thanks for all the great info on shading. You are pure genius and so generous.

  • Reply Lagene March 17, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Awesome watercoloring! Thanks for the shadow study!

  • Reply Rhandi D March 17, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    This video was very helpful in the understanding of where the light comes from and where the shadows should be. Thank you so much for these wateroloring videos that you have been doing. You do an amazing job of teaching us. Thank you so much

  • Reply Tammy B March 17, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Really cute card! Thanks for the great tips on shadowing.

  • Reply Irene March 18, 2017 at 4:43 am

    This video was so helpful to improve my shading! I have started using a colour shaper with a silicone tip to apply my masking fluid…I ruined too many cheap brushes! (I got my at Hobby Lobby from Royal Sovereign Ltd) Thank you for continuing to inspire me!

  • Reply Colleen Howell March 18, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Great tips thanks

  • Reply Mary Wright March 18, 2017 at 5:22 am

    That’s gorgeous, thanks for the tips with shadows, I am still learning, I wonder if you could do a tutorial on shine too, I use a white gel pen to add a shine to flowers and other objects, but it never seems to look realistic. xxx Mary xxx

  • Reply Cindy C. March 18, 2017 at 8:03 am

    So cute!!!

  • Reply Teresa Doyle March 18, 2017 at 8:45 am

    This is an adorable card and there water colour tips are so helpful!

  • Reply Marg Brown March 18, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Love your videos, cards and commentary. I struggle with realistic shading so thanks for this post. You make it look so easy. I look forward to new posts. Thank you. Marg in Australia.

  • Reply Julie March 18, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for the shadow study tutorial. It doesn’t come easily to those of us who haven’t had as much practice.

  • Reply joanie blevins March 18, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    What kind of stamping ink do you use with watercoloring? I need an ink that does not smear when I get it wet.

  • Reply Dotty Jo March 19, 2017 at 7:47 am

    What a great idea! Thanks so much, I always struggle with shading, Jo x

  • Reply Maureen Reiss March 20, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Super cute!!! Great idea for the shading chart!!

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