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Mixed Media ‘Birds’

By Cathy Andronicou
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Monika joins us today with this colorful design titled Mixed Media ‘Birds’. We gave Monica this image from the art coloring book by Katy Sue Designs, which has been beautifully illustrated by Sandra Rushton.

Completed drawing of a bird and very colorful flowers

By Monika Kuriata

We asked Monica for her inspiration for this project this is what she said "I was inspired by the picture to make a lot of happiness by coloring the bird and flowers. Thanks to beautiful, bright range of Chameleon Pens I was able to achieve it. I was surprised how bullet nibs can help with coloring tiny details and still getting a dimension of color on that small surfaces." We agree the bullet nib is great for coloring small areas and works really well with coloring book images!

Materials Used:- Chameleon Color Tones Deluxe Set: Sky Blue (BL3), Royal Blue (BL6), Grass Green (GR3), Spring Meadow (YG3), Summer Sun (YL2), Warm Sunset (YO3), Seville Orange (OR4), Crimson Red (RD4), Blue Violet (BV4), Deep Violet (VO4), Purple Grape (PR4), Hot Cocoa (BR2), Olive Green (OL3), Bubble Gum (PK3), Cool Grey (CG8), Deep Black (BK4), Colorless Blender (CB), Fine black ink pen 0,20mm, Eye shadows: Light yellow, dark yellow, pink, light blue, dark blue.

Instructions:

  • Select image from Katy Sue Designs Art Coloring Book Birds. (We have copied it onto card, so that we can show you the steps more easily).

Outline template of a bird and flowers before being colored in. And a piece of paper with a number of tests of color blends using Chameleon Pens.

  • Start with Sky Blue (BL3) to color beak and back of the bird as well as the back long feathers. Infuse brush nib for 5 seconds  and color back and long feathers of bird starting from the top and going down, infuse for 2 seconds to color the beak. Infuse Royal Blue (BL6) for 10-15 seconds and color again the back and the long feathers of the bird the same direction as previously. Infuse for 8 seconds add some shades on the beak of the bird.

Outline template of a bird and flowers which has had a sky blue color drawn onto the birds long feathers and beak

 

  • Use Cool Gray (CG8) for the head and rest of the feathers. Infuse brush nib for 15 seconds and start coloring the head and small feathers, color irregularly to get different shades on different feathers.

Outline template of a bird and flowers which has had the head and small feathers colored in with a gray Chameleon Pen

 

  • Use Deep Black (BK4) to some areas to make even more deepness on the feathers. Infuse brush nib for 5 to 8 seconds and color some of the feathers. Then use Blue Violet (BV4), infuse for 10 to 15 seconds to color a few feathers. Use Deep Violet (VO4) for the beak, infuse for 8seconds and color from the top going down. On the darkest areas make some stripes using Colorless Blender (CB) bullet nib. Then using Cool Grey (CG8) bullet nib add some details on the head following the existing lines.

 

 

Outline template of a bird and flowers which has had a deep black color added to the feathers using a Chameleon Pen.

  • Color the big flowers using Pink Bubble (PK3), Summer Sun (YL2) and Warm Sunset (YO3). Start with Pink Bubble (PK3) infusing brush nib for 10 seconds and color from the middle of the petal to the edges. Add some Summer Sun (YL2), infuse for 10 seconds and color in opposite way, starting from the edge of the petals. Add some Warm Sunset (YO3) to the petals shading from the edge of the petal to the middle. Infuse 10-15 seconds.

 

Outline template of a bird and flowers which has had the big flowers colored in pink and yellow using a Chameleon Pens.

Outline template of a bird and flowers which has had the big flowers colored in more yellow using a Chameleon Pen.

  • Color the leaves with Spring Meadow (YG3). Use bullet nib and infuse for 2-5 seconds and color leaves going from the edge to the middle. Repeat this with all leaves. Also color the stamens of big pinky-yellow flowers. Add Grass Green (GR3) to some of the leaves, infuse bullet nib for 3-6 seconds and color different leaves with different infusion. Add this color to stamens as well infusing for 2 seconds bullet nib.

Outline template of a bird and flowers which has had the flowers leaves colored in using a green Chameleon Pen.

  • For small flowers use Deep Violet (VO4) and Purple Grape (PR4). Infuse brush nib for 5 seconds, 6 seconds, 8seconds, and 10 seconds to get different dimension of the color for the petals, some color with (VO4) and some with (PR4). Color them from the edge of petals to the middle of the flower.

 

Outline template of a bird and flowers which has had the small flowers colored in using a deep violet  and purple grape Chameleon Pens.

 

  • The small flowers are colored using Crimson Red (RD4), infuse brush nib for 6 to 10 seconds and color from the edge of the petals to the middle of the flowers. 

Outline template of a bird and flowers which has had the small flowers colored in using a red Chameleon Pen

  • Color twigs using Hot Cocoa (BR2) and Olive Green (OL2). Start with Hot Cocoa (BR2), infuse brush nib for 6 seconds and color in all the twigs and small leaves in between the small flowers. Repeat all moves using Olive Green (OL2), infuse every time for different period of time (from 2 to 6 seconds) to get different shades of color on the twigs and leaves.

 

Outline template of a which has had the twigs colored in using Chameleon Pens
  • All the middles of the small flowers color with Crimson Red (RD4) bullet nib and then make some dots on the top of it with Bark  (BR5) bullet nib.

Drawing of a colorful bird and flowers

  • Color the Bands with Sky Blue (BL6), infuse brush nib for 8 seconds and color from the pointy end of the bands, repeat that moves with Royal Blue (BL6). Then Using Royal Blue (BL6) finish all tiny details of the bands infusing bullet nib just for 2 seconds the color should be quite dark. Then color the ends of the stamens using Seville Orange (OR4) bullet nib.

Drawing of a colorful bird and flowers using Chameleon Pens

 

  • For the background make some nice bubbles using Summer Sun (YL2), Seville Orange (OR4) and Crimson Red (RD4). Infuse brush nib for 8-10 seconds and start making a bubble from the middle to the edges of your imagined bubble. Repeat it many times using different colors.

 

Drawing of a bird and flowers with a background of colorful bubbles

  • To make your picture more expressive use super fine black ink pen and follow the existing lines with relaxed hand to get the sketching look of the outlines. Leave only bands and bubbles without black outlines.

Drawing of a bird and flowers outlined with a super fine black ink pen

  • For rest of the background use eye shadows: light yellow, dark yellow, light pink, light blue and dark blue. Use ear sticks with circular movement to make some clouds, more yellow near the bird and going further some pink and blues. Use a tissue to smudge all the eye shadow’s  background to get more smooth look.

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What a great design, we love the added bubbles and who would of thought to color the background with eyeshadow. What unusual things have you used in your crafting? We would love to hear - let us know in your comments!

 

 

Tags: eye shadow, feathers, katy sue designs, Life, mixed media, Nature, News, one pen bends, one pen blend, one pen blends, papercraft, sandra rushton, adult coloring book, adult colouring book, art colouring book, art colouring book birds, chameleon color tone pens, chameleon color tones, chameleon color tones pens

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