No Black and White Here!

If you know me at all you know that I am most comfortable with black and white... this blog is helping me get out of my rut!

This week I took advantage of the 40% sales at Michael's and got 4.5" x 6.5" pads of color coordinated cardstock.  I knew that if I had them I could do something with color!

Yesterday I was thinking that this might be a good way to start a collection of Copic pens... just buy pens that go with my paper...a few at a time.  But I have to tell you, there is just something about spending $3.50(on sale) - $6.50 for a single marker that goes against everything in me!!! The problem is, to do a beautiful job of blending (their selling point) you have to have 3 or 4 pens to blend!  and that might be for just one thing on a stamped image!  OUCH!  So... no buying Copic pens for me!  I just spent $200 to upgrade my CorelSuite package so I AM GOING TO USE IT!!!

One of the problems with printing what you color is that it may, or may not, be the same color once it is printed.  After having the Copic debate with myself I decided to get serious about choosing the correct PC colors.  To do that,

1. I printed out a Pantone chart so I would know how MY printer printed each color.

2. I then looked for all the unique colors in my paper pad (the one I will be showing is Cafe Mediterranean...comparing them to my chart to get exact matches.

3.  I was then able to go back to Corel PhotoPaint and created a color palette of only the colors I identified in step 2.  So, now I can color with the right colors!!  WHOOHOO!!!

4. I also printed out the color chart with the pantone RGB formulas on it and glued it to the front of the pad of paper  (not sure why? but I'm certain there's a reason!)


Now I am "paying" for my CorelSuite upgrade by not buying pens!  Not to mention, I only had to color the flowers once and can now print it out to any size, any time, as many times as I want to! 

Here are two different things using the same palette:

3 Response to "No Black and White Here!"

  1. scrapcat 1 says:
    April 18, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    lovely colouring nancy, keep up the good work


  2. Carisa says:
    April 19, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    that is awesome!!! i had to come see how you color on the computer. i have photoshop and just might have to try this some time. i love the idea of having the color pallate to match your DP. beautiful!!!

  3. nancyb says:
    April 23, 2010 at 6:44 AM

    Thanks so much ladies! Sorry for the slow response...I was out of town earlier this week and too tired when I got home to reply! I don't know why but it doesn't automatically let me know when there is a comment?! Must be a switch I'm missing. ???

    Anyway, it is my goal to do as much as possible before I print the "stamp" out. Yesterday I played with "sponging" the edges... it worked, but I didn't do it dark enough so I need to add more today...and I can, because it's saved :-)

    If you go back to my first few posts you will see another cool part about using the pc to color.

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