Skin Tutorial – Polychromos Coloured Pencils

Hi Guys!

I got so much nice response on my how to colour skin with Copic so thought I would follow it up with a how to colour skin with Polychromos. Polychromos is coloured pencils made by Faber Castell. They are oil-based and there for will go on a little bit lighter than Prismacolor pencils, which are wax based. I love my Polychromos as I feel I get better control with them, but with that said you can get similar results with any kind of coloured pencils. The key is to be very light handed and work in layers, loads of layers.


In this tutorial I’m after a storybook feel and therefor I don’t burnish my image nor do I use any kind of blending medium. Instead I’m very, very light handed so that I can get in many layers and still see the paper peaking through. To do that I also chosen to work with a paper with a little bit of tooth, the paper I’ve chosen is Neenah Solar White, it’s one of those great papers that can double as a marker paper, and my absolute favourite if I do a copic/coloured pencil mix. The image I’ve used is called Mila’s Love Heart and is by Make It Crafty, I have printed it with my Epson WF-3620 on 25% opacity so that the lines are very light.

Before I leave you with the video tutorial I want to do a little shout out to Jane Allen, who is the inspiration to this storybook style, she’s an incredible colourist and artist. You can find her creations over at Jane’s Box of Colours.

Walnut Brown
Caput Mortuum Violet
Medium Flesh
Venetian Red
Warm Grey III, I
Burnt Umber
Brown Ochre


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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

A couple of days ago I saw a post on instagram by the incredible talented Elaine aka Marker Geek where she had coloured an  Stamping Bella image with her Twinkling H20 water colours. And I was reminded that I own two small sets of those!

So I dug them out and had a blast! I also wanted to play along with the new Lawn Fawnatics challenge, interactive cards. And I choose to make a Pop-up box card. I made it as an easter card and hand delivered it to my Mother-In-Law, even tho the awesome thing with the Pop-up Box cards is that they fit flat in an envelope.

The awesome thing with the H20s is that they have mica in them, so they are super twinkly, sadly it is super hard to get that to show up on photos.




Hi Guys!

Marika here with a new card! It’s my dads birthday tomorrow and of course I’m late out as usual. But I did want to make him a special card, and as he loves birds I just had to use the gorgeous Woodpecker. He comes as this and with a tree trunk, but I wanted to make a more abstract distress ink smooshed background, where the tree is more an idea than something solid.

I also chose to use a very tiny sentiment so that the woodpecker got to be in focus.

For more insight how I did it, you can watch the video below.

White: Y000, Y000, C0, C2
Black: C6, C8, C10, 110, B63, B66, B69
Beak: B60, B63, B66, B69
Talons: W00, W2, W4
Red: R12, R05, R08



Skin Tutorial

Hi Guys!

The long awaited skin tutorial is here! And with everything that has been long awaited I kind of are a little bit scared that you will be let down. That this is not at all what you wanted. So I really appreciate any tips and ideas that I can take with me to the next colouring tutorial that I make, and also please tell me if there is any other tutorials that you would like to see.


Todays image is a gorgeous one by The Greeting Farm, sadly this stamp-set was retired ages ago but it is one of those sets that I just can’t let go of.


One of the biggest tip I can give you when starting out colouring skin, find a combination that is close to your own skin. We all see out reflections everyday and even if we don’t think about it we do register how light falls on us. It will be easier to colour with colours that we are exposed to everyday. When ever I colour other colour skin I use reference images, it helps me figure out how to best represent other colours. Hope this video help you out.


How to park – Cross Stitch

A couple of months ago I was asked to show what parking is, how I park on my cross stitch projects. I did record the video but I never got to edit it. So I found myself having some time to spare today and decided it was time to get it out to you.

Parking is a way to organise your different threads on your projects while stitching. You “park” your threads and stitch row by row or column by column. Personally I found that with the parking I don’t need to fasten as many times and in the long run I stitch faster, also I love seeing the progress.

For more details see the video below.


Need needles? You can get them here: http://etsy.me/2nLRk1S


Inspired by Lawn Fawnatics

Hi Guys!

I love challenges and when I started out crafting I did all the challenges. One of my favourite ones have been the ones containing Lawn Fawn products. So when Lawn Fawn announced that they where having a challenge blog, Lawn Fawnatics,  I got so excited.


Being that I was in Florida when the first challenge was announced I thought I wouldn’t have time to enter. But here is my entry, and the process video to go with it, and there is about a day to spare!


The team of the challenge is Birthday and I decided to make a scene tag using loads and loads of fun lawn fawn products.

White: W0, W2, W4, 0
Red: R37, R27, R24
Green: G02, G05, G16
Fox: YR16, YR18, E08, E19, E47