AECP: Build a Garden Scene Card

Mar 12, 2019 | Encouragement Cards | 1 comment

AECP: Build a Garden Scene Card

Mar 12, 2019 | Encouragement Cards | 1 comment

Altenew Educator Certification Program Participant Badge

It’s time to chillax with some coloring!

I took my project over the top today with a combination of Copic and Polychromos pencil coloring. I am not embarassed to say that the elements took me about 90 minutes to color. And I was a-ok with that! Sometimes it’s a nice thing to get lost in art and coloring and a process that can get you to focus so intently, that everything else just melts away. It’s called stress relief, and you should try it! 😉

Class #9: Seasonal Scene Building

I’ve been holding off on this class because I knew it would take some time. I wanted to have some time to explore possible stamp sets and to mess around with coloring techniques, and fail a few times if necessary. The class itself is a good one! The six lessons are packed full of great ideas, technique guidance and fantastic samples. It’s one I highly recommend – especially if you have troubles putting together a cohesive grouping of images to create a “scene”.

My Project

I fell in love with the Garden Grow stamp set the minute I saw it. I’ve been coloring it with Copics and Polychromos, but I know that there’s some watercoloring in it’s future too!

The Technique & Design

I started off by stamping the entire stamp set on some Neenah Solar White (80#) as I wasn’t sure what images I would use in the end. Then, I decided on a bright, primary color palette – red, yellow, blue – to be accented by a combination of both gray and brown neutrals. Then, the coloring began. I work out the basic shading (only 2 or three colors) using Copics, then work in the rest of the detail with Polychromo pencils.

Once the coloring was finished, I carefully diecut the pieces. This step cannot be understated. You MUST be careful to not ruin all the hard work from coloring by mis-aligning the dies! I used lots of Post-its to make sure none of the dies moved!

Once I had all of the pieces cut out, I started arranging until I had a scene I was happy with. Then, I decided on background and sentiment. For once, I didn’t use Altenew products for those parts. The gingham paper is from Lawn Fawn and the sentiment is cut up from a Carta Bella paper pack.

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Time for your closeup!

I didn’t do a video for this project as I’m not confident in my coloring enough to teach it yet. (Soon, though! I’m working on it!) But, I thought you would enjoy a few closeups of the finished scene.

9 down, 1 to go!

Saturday is my last project for AECP Level 1! Then, I’ll submit to receive my final project assignment. Be on the lookout for a roundup and additional giveaway opportunity next week!

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For the Altenew Educator Certification Program - level 1: Seasonal Scene Building. Features Garden Grow stamp set & dies, Copics, Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. For more details, click through to the blog post. #pmretreat #altenew #AECP #scene #encouragement #grown