Tuesday, June 2, 2015

House Mouse Designs Challenge -

This Weeks' House Mouse Challenge theme is in the kitchen.... well my laundry is just outside my kitchen so this works for me!  Laundry is NOT my favorite chore, but I do LOVE denim.  When my son was small, he owned every pair of Osh Gosh overalls and jeans that they made along with several Guess and levi brand outfits... I love him in denim. 
The denim was colored with my favorite denim color.  B91, B93, B95 and B97 or B99.  I added a bit of texture by dampening a piece of corderoy fabric with 90% alcohol and then dabbing the image after it was colored and shaded.  It dilutes the ink and leaves a great texture.  Then of course the cute little mice are colored with Copics as well.  Brown mice are E30, E33, E35, Gray mice are W1, W3 and W5.  Face, feet and tail are done with E00, E11 and R20 for the cheeks.

Give the challenge a go.  Although the theme is in the kitchen you can always add an anything goes theme to their challenge!  Win free goodies!

Colorful Hugs,

Jennie Black.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Watermelon Mice - House-Mouse Challenge #HMFMC193

Hello Everyone,

Today is time to play another House Mouse Designs Challenge.  Here is a fun image that I love.  The theme of this challenge is dots... well I am considering my seeds dots as well as my black paper has white dots.. so this is fitting!.  LOL....  Coloring the rind was fun, I wanted to have those dark green stripes so I wet the white area with blender pen then added the light green (YG13, YG03). The wet area allowed the light green ink to bleed into the area that was wet with blender soultion making it look lit it was fading into the white part of the rind.  I did the same with the dark green.  I made sure the light green area was very wet before adding the dark green allowing the two to blend together a bit for a gradual blend. I like how it turned out.  The reds were easy peasy as I love to color with reds. I used R20, R24, R29, and R59.  The seeds are even better if you leave a bit of white area for that shinny highlight.  They always look better if the area is left white rather than adding a white gel pen on top of the black. 
Let the rind colors bleed into each other

Well, that's it for today, Hop you enjoyed my post.  Stamps are available through Stampendous  The cute House Mouse Designs stamp called Watermelon Mice  is available here HMR32, the matching greeting is called Mice Greetings is available here

Join the fun and enter your own House Mouse Design creation here  - If you don't want to join take a peek anyways at all of the great entries.

Colorful Hugs

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Free Copic class with Jennie Black - Building Dimension Week 2 & 3


Well here is week two and three of my free Copic Coloring class series.  I hope that you enjoyed week one and all posted your coloring worksheets or samples on our Facebook Forum.  We learn from each other so it's always best to share even when we are not super pleased with the outcome of our work.  I can guarantee one thing in coloring....... That is you will not get better without practice, trial and error!

So Here we with a new lesson.  This week we will work on breaking down images into separate individual shapes, so that we can properly shade them. Let's jump in with our video of the week.
Here are some samples that I colored.  Note that the kitty in the hat box is copy righted so I found a similar one for you.  Thus the reasoning for two different kitties. You can purchase the pink kitty image from Crafter's Companion.

A few color combo suggestions both Copic & Spectrum Noir
Kitty in Hat Box - Step out

Flower step out and color suggestions
coloring page - Jennie Black
Ok that sums it up for my first free online class series.  I will post more based on how successful this one is!  I hope you enjoy the classes and give me feedback on what you liked most.  Again, these classes were first done for PAID classes so the format is a bit different from what the videos may say. 

Colorful Hugs,
Jennie Black

Copic Classes with Jennie Black - Building Dimension Week 1


I have taught many on line courses over the years and have decided to give a few to you for free.  The difference is that I cannot send you kits for the classes.  You can try to print the images that I provide here (when possible) or you can use similar stamps that you already own.  I will also not have a forum where I guarantee free critiquing of your images.  I will however have a private Facebook page where you can post your finished projects for comments with other classmates.  I will pop in here and there for a few comments.

First Video just explains a few basics and explains the materials that you will need.
Second video - Basic blending and layering (shading).

Recap from video
Lightest color pen: color image with your lightest color pen
Darkest color pen: add shading in using your darkest color pen.
Medium color pen: blend dark and light together with a medium colored pen.
Lightest color pen: now blend the medium and light colors together using your lightest color pen.
adjust as necessary.

Blank and colored samples.


Ok.  That's it for week one.  Your homework is to practice coloring images with layers such as these butterflies.  If you can't print the above blank sheet use a rubber stamp or digital image that you already own.   

If you would like to join the rest of the participants on a private facebook page just friend me and ask for an invite.  I am Jennie Lin Black on Facebook. 

Happy Coloring!
 NOTE:  The cute butterfly that I used in the video was purchased from Crafters Companion.  I looked today on their website and could not find it... maybe it is out of stock.  Hmmmm.  You can use any butterfly or dragonfly with layered wings.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Making Art with Stampendous!

This week's theme at Stampendous is MAKING ART!.....  In my world that is something that I try to do everyday.  There are so many stamps that fit this catagory.  Starting with this one that has a cute little House Mouse stamping across the card... Isn't he just darling!  My previous post also shows those artsy mice painting a flower. I hope you enjoy this card as much as I do


House-Mouse® Making Prints by Jennie Lin Black


From Stampendous:
HMQ12 Making Prints
SSC1214 Happy Greetings Perfectly Clear™ Stamps
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
SSH38 Small Perfectly Clear™ Acrylic Handle
Cardstock by Bazzill Basics®
White Cardstock
Patterned Paper
Glitter Paper
Ribbon from May Arts
Brad and punched flower as shown
Zip Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives


Copics:  Mouse: W1,W3, W5, Skin: E000, E00, E11
Wood: E30, E33, E25
Red: R20, R24, R27, R59

Monday, March 16, 2015

Color the World Spring

Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to share a few spring cards that I have made using House Mouse-Designs. I really love this image as it reminds me of myself.   I want to color everything! Flower: I started with my lightest color then slowly added my darker colors on top, using less of each color as I got darker.  The image looks much more vibrant in person (lol).  Hope you enjoy my card as much as I do.

Flower: r24m YR04, Y15
green: YG03, YG63, YG67 (note that I put the darker colors in the deeper areas that get less sun)
mouse: w1, w3, w5, w7
skin: E00, E11, R20 for cheeks.
ground: various browns: E00, E33, E35 and W3
sky: B000 and BG00
butterflies: Martha Stewart punch

colorful Hugs,

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

This Week's class projects - Distress Ink Watercolor

I hope you can join me at The Stamp Addict in San Diego, or Pages From The Heart in Monrovia this weekend for my Distress Ink Watercolor classes.  We will be playing with painting images using stamps and stencils from Stampendous!    All you need to bring is a small (ie: #4 round) paint brush and a detail pen like a pigma or Copic black marker... even a permanent black extra fine Sharpie will work.

Here are the projects we will be working on...

This one here is the bonus project of the week.... (I didn't advertise it until tonight).
I did a pastel colored one (hard for me), and a brighter version.  I thought that those who wanted could add a lake and mountain background, and others can do the simple background.  Both will be loads of fun. All are stamped with Stazon ink then colored with distress inks from a paint palette. The Watermelon is our freehand project for the month.    See you there I hope...  Call Stores for more information!