Monday, September 5, 2011


Hi there all, and Happy Monday to you.

How much did you enjoy the SPECTACULAR SEPTEMBER BLOG HOP last week? Aren't the stamps all AWESOME, and how about the DT samples? I always love seeing all the different projects everyone comes up with.

At the moment i am enjoying experimenting with hair colors, in particular, different hair colors that are a bit "out there". Last week i colored CREEPER LULA, and had lots of comments asking how i colored her hair. For those who missed seeing her, here she is...

So i thought i'd give you a mini-tutorial on how to color this groovy-looking hair. I'm not clever enough to video myself coloring, so i have taken lots of pics along the way. Let's get started.

The first pic is of Creeper Lula with her ringlets colored blue. I have left her fringe blank so that i can show you step by step how i color it.

The second pic i have started by coloring with C1 in the area of her fringe that will be the lightest. I decide where to have my highlights by thinking about where the light source is, and where her hair would be shiny in real life.

Next i have taken C3 and colored from the upper and lower edges of her fringe in a flicking motion towards the centre. I follow the lines of her hair that are already on the image so that the strokes look like hair. I'm not too fussy here as i know that i can add more hair lines later.

In the next two pics i have added C5 and C7 in the same manner, with each darker color flicking less distance towards the lighter area. You can see how her hair is starting to look 3 dimensional already.

Next i have added C9 in the same manner, and then a few brushstrokes with C5 to give the look of strands of hair.

So, there you have regular black hair.(which by the way, has no black in it, only cool greys)  Now, in order to transform it into any funky color you like i go ahead and color right over the top of the entire area i have just colored in whichever color i choose. Today i have used BG13, as i have a particular designer paper in mind that i would like to use.
Last but not least, a quick splash of color all over to finish her off, and a paper-pieced headband and we have a pretty cute CREEPER LULA all ready to pop on a card for someone special.

Speaking of someone special, i will be making this LULA into a card that i will display on my blog tomorrow. If you are the someone special who would like to win my card, then make sure you visit my blog here tomorrow to see my card, leave a comment, and become a follower of my blog if you're not already.  I'll then choose a random commenter to send my blue-haired LULA card to.

I hope you have enjoyed my mini-tutorial on HAIR, and have a fabulous week of craftiness.



Carisa said...

that is so freakin' awesome!!! i wondered how you did that with the pink hair - i cannot WAIT to try this - thanks so much for sharing!!!

gobeagirl said...

Tracey she turned out fantastic! I love your tutorial and I am like you, I don't feel comfortable enough film myself coloring. I am so going to try your technique just as soon as I order her come Tuesday night. lol...Yay payday! Hugs, Lisa

WickedPixie said...

Thanks so much for sharing how you did this type of coloring! I was totally in love with that card on your blog the other day and really wanted to know how you did it!! :-)Traci

Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly said...

WOW! This is AMAZING Tracey and the step by step is awesome...I am soooo gonna have to try this! Thanks for a GREAT monday spotlight!

eva said...

wow! that's some awesome hair coloring! thanks for the tutorial!

Denice said...

What an awesome post! I love learning about black hair...which is one of my hardest colors to use!
Now to go and get a few C colors!

ChickieChirps said...

Awesome tutorial Tracey! Thanks so much for sharing!


Kim Y. said...

This is a wonderful tutorial, Tracey! I will definitely give this a try! Thanks!

GCLmom said...

Tracey, Thank you so much for sharing your technique. I'm heading out to Michaels with my coupons (and my kids - they are trained to wait in line with their coupon clipping mom) to get some of the Copics you used! I'm looking forward to my future successful creations because of you! :)

Elissa Reeves said...

Very nice colouring and yes I loved all the new releases I bought them all I cant wait until I can play with them.

Andrea C said...

Amazing colouring tutorial. Will be bookmarking this, thanks x

JustMeJustina said...

That is an awesome tutorial!! Thanks for sharing. I am going to try it with the same colors and see how mine turns out!! =)

Simply Sandy said...

Awesome tutorial! I love how you colored her hair blue!

pinkstampergirl said...

That's a really awesome tutorial and thank you for sharing it with all of us. I already do my black hair the same way with those colors too, but I never thought of adding hot colors to it, but now I will. Thank you sooooo much!!!