Sunday, November 8, 2009

I dare you to Doodle!

I have a simple tutorial to share with you today.
I get a lot of questions about doodles, as my cards usually have some kind of extra little pen marks! Doodles are easy - the secret is to not worry about being perfectly straight. Doodles are meant to be loose and fun! You can doodle around images or incorporate your doodles in with your image. It can change the appearance of your stamp image, doodles around layers... it's endless.... as much or as little as you want. So the card I am sharing is very simple in style and uses simple doodles. The pictures below show step by step how I dressed up my image and layers using fine tip pens. You can click on the pictures to enlarge the images. For this card I chose to work with Flourishes set "Chairs for You".
The first image I stamped was the little puppy dog. I used Memento Ink and I stamped on Neenah Peppercorn 80#. I created a mask with Eclipse tape, layering that over my original puppy, I wanted him in the front to appear sitting on the chair.

After covering the puppy with his mask, I then stamped the chair. Since Flourishes stamps are clear, it makes for easy stamping and positioning of images when you are masking since you can see through the stamp.

I removed the mask and used Copics to color in the puppy and the chair arms.

My image is still snug in my Spellbinder's Nestie, I tacked it down with a little piece of tape when I cut it out, to prevent it from shifting. Then I used a fine tip Red Pen to create an inner frame, just by tracing along the Nestie's inner edge.

My image is still snug in my nestie. I used Copic Y17 to airbrush around the edges.
You could also achieve a similar look by sponging some ink, it will clean right off your Nestie when you are done by using a cloth and a tiny bit of your stamp cleaner.

After removing the image from the Nestie, it leaves a nice clean border. Which of course you can choose to leave a nice, clean and crisp edge, or you can fancy it up!

Did you notice I added no color to the chair in the above pictures? I wanted some stripes on my chair, so here's where the doodles start........ I just drew some stripes in! My stripes are not even or straight. They do not need to be. Note - on the arms of the chair, I did curve my stripes to bend with the shape.

I used a Copic to color in every other stripe. Then, I decided I wanted MORE stripes and added some tiny little cross lines in between each yellow stripe. Are you thinking this looks tedious? I promise it is not... just let go of the feeling that it has to be straight and even. Enlarge the pic... you can see my marks are quick and easy! When nothing is straight -- then nothing looks "off"!

Now to the edge of my Nesite.... using the inner frame I drew earlier, I am going to create a polka dot frame to mimic the DP I am going to use on my card. Again.... I am drawing random and loose circles, running off the outer edges and corners, but mainting the clean frame line towards the image.

I want my polka dots yellow and the background red. Since the dots will be a lighter color than the background, why bother coloring in all the little circles... No thanks! I just shortcut and run the chisel tip of the marker down each side, filling in all the dots with one stroke.

You can see the DP (by Graphic 45) here... I am just creating the reverse of that pattern.
Now I used the brush tip of a Copic to fill in the background of my frame.

Some stitch doodles around the outer edge of the card to wrap it up.

I added some layers and a little silk bow to complete the card. You can see each step was easy, no fuss, no straight lines, an no trying to make everything perfect and matching when I doodle. I changed the look of the image, I created a frame and added some stitch doodles on the layers.
Now... it's your turn!
Thanks for letting me share my Doodles with you!
I hope you picked up a tip from the pictures or my instructions!
Jenny Gropp
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Robin Kirkpatrick said...

Excellent post, Queen Doodle! I can't believe you drew the stripes on the chair - I thought you had paper pieced it at first. Very nice job!

Kraftychick said...

Fantastic tips - thanks for sharing!

Heather T. said...

You are the Doodle Queen indeed!

Anonymous said...

Great tips, Jenny. I love all your doodles and have learned to search them out. Some are obvious and some are not - as in the chair stripes... Who would've guessed?

Sue P Snellville, GA

Julie Koerber said...

This is so fun! I imagine it would be relaxing too to just sit and doodle the day away! :-) Too fun Jenny!

Unknown said...

This is such a great tip!! Love how the plain chair was transformed with just pens and markers. TFS~

Stacy Morgan said...

So cute and fun, great colors and I like your doodling.

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

Great tutorial, and great card, Jenny. You have dared me to doodle and I can't wait to break in this set since I just got it. Thanks.

Unknown said...

You are so dang clever! Yeeeessssssssss, I picked up some great tips. So THAT's what all my Micron pens are for..........

shulsart said...

Wow, wonderful tutorial, Jenny. You make the doodling look so easy. You are the Queen!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Great tutorial, Jenny!! I wish I had read your post before I made my DT card for the Creative Card Crew this week, which is to add a doodle. I really struggled with it, but you have made it look so easy and given me plenty of ideas. I really love the look you achieved with your doodles on this card!