More coloring fun with Colleen

Hello everyone,

It’s Colleen and I’m back to showcase another one of Varada Sharma’s gorgeous digital stamps! Today I’m featuring the Lovely Lotus digital stamp. This is a set of individual succulents that can be combined to create a delightful spread!

I layered several succulents 4.24×5.5 in size using Photoshop, added the sentiment, and printed it on Neenah Solar White cardstock on my laser printer. If you use an ink jet printer, allow the ink to dry before coloring so that the ink doesn’t bleed. I love how the succulents appear to be layered one on top of the other! That’s the beauty of playing with digital images!

Next step was to have some fun coloring these beauties! I used a variety of shades that are typically seen in succulents. The Copic markers used are YG05, YG07, YG09, Y17, YR07, YG63, G02, G17, G94, RV06, RV09, RV66, and RV19. I start with my lightest shade and build up to the darkest shade.

TIP: Break it down to coloring one petal at a time so the ink stays wet and blending goes more smoothly. You’ll reduce the risk of bleeding outside of the lines.

Once the Copic coloring was finished, I went back in with colored pencils to add shadows and more color. I love how colored pencils add a rough texture that helps the petals look realistic.

TIP: My Copic markers bled outside of the lines a bit, so my solution to that dilemma was to outline the flowers with Y15 and Y17! Try that tool if your markers bleed outside the lines!

Once the coloring was done, I added Glossy Accents on the petals to look like dew. Isn’t that a cute touch?

I hope that you got some helpful tips on designing and printing digital stamps. They are so flexible and fun! To shop Varada’s release, click here. For my Instagram page, click here. For my blog, click here. I hope you come visit me!

Hugs! ~Varada

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