I'm back and it's only Thursday!
I have had a lot of people contact me and ask me how I do the masking / shading around my images so I thought I would take the plunge and do my first ever tutorial - be gentle with me!
Unfortunately (or fortunately!), I do not have a video camera, (I hate to hear myself on it), so I have tried to capture the technique with a range of photographs, so here goes:
Stamp or print out your image twice - one for colouring and one for cutting out and using as the mask, (scrap paper is just perfect for this).
Colour your image and then cut out the second image. You don't have to be perfect with the cutting out, I tend to cut into the black line of the image so I don't get a white border around the main coloured image.
Gently spray the back of your cut out image with a re-positionable adhesive - I find Crafter's Companion Stick & Spray is just perfect. Once you have sprayed it gently stick it to a piece of scrap paper to remove any unwanted adhesive.
Stick the cut out image over your coloured image. I also use a sticky note at the bottom of the image to create the 'ground' so to speak.
Now that the masking is done, you are now ready to start shading.
I prefer to use an Ink Duster from Inkylicious as I find I can control the amount of ink I want to apply around my image.
To help control the width of the colour around the image I find it easier by pressing the bristles together.
Dab your Ink Duster into the ink and dab the excess off on a piece of scrap paper before dabbing it around your image.
By dabbing the ink beforehand stops you putting too much ink around the image and prevents any potential big splodges.
Once you are happy with the level of colour you have achieved just peel back the mask and - TAH-DAH - there you have it - one image shaded.
I spent a little time practising around a blank image so I could get the 'feel' of the Ink Duster and the amount of ink I'm apply before moving onto a coloured image.
So, that's my very first tutorial done. I hope you were able to follow it and it made sense.
Enjoy the rest of your week.