How to Colour Outside Your Image

Hi stampers.  Are you ready to learn how to colour outside your image?  My tutorial comes about by way of a request, so thank you for that.  You are full of ideas and I like to hear from you.  In fact, everyone who leaves me a comment receives a response as a way of saying thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

My sweet little image is from Stamping Bella and is from the Tiddlyinks collection.

My tutorial requires Prismacolor pencil crayons.

Any colours will do, but for those of you who would like to use the colours I do, I will provide my Prismacolor colour names and numbers.  Blue:  Mediterranean Blue, PC1022; Dark Green:  Dark Green, PC908; Light Green:  Lime Green, PC1005.  The printing on the pencil crayons are very difficult to read, so I did my best in reading them.

In a circular motion, colour around your image with blue.  Why a circular motion?  Because you are going to blend your colour in a circular motion.  More further on.

With your tortillion well dipped into Odorless Mineral Spirits (OMS), rub the colored pencil and pull the colour out towards the edge of your paper.  When rubbing your colour, pull it towards the edge of your paper and do not stop when you think the colour has run out or you might leave a noticeable line.  Make sense?

To ground your image, run a line (in this case Lime Green) under the figure and blend in a back and forth motion.

To add grass, draw little sprigs like the large image to the right of the image.

Well, wasn’t that simple?  Nice and quick too.

Beth’s Tips

  • 100 lb/110lb  paper from Staples or Business Depot works well for card fronts, and for colouring with Prismacolor and OMS
  • Colouring around the image really adds pizazz.  Try colouring around your image with yellow
  • Colour the outside of your image in a circular motion because the blending will be in a circular motion.  This provides a natural flow of colour
  • Ground your images with ground.  It can be green, gray, or any colour you wish.  Grounding your image really finishes off your piece
  • Pick out your papers before you start to colour and coordinate your colouring to the paper
  • Add an unexpected pop of colour like I did with my yellow flowers

For a full listing of my tutorials, please visit the two pages at the top of my blog

Posted on : Nov 16 2010
Posted under cards, Tutorials |

9 People have left comments on this post

Nov 16, 2010 - 12:11:36
K Hutchinson said:

GF this totally ROCKS! I need to do this with my images! Thanks so much for all the tips!

Nov 17, 2010 - 05:11:17
Maryann said:

Thank you so much hun for another really awesome tutorial here. This is sure something I have wanted for a while, so it was really wwelcome here and all the great tips, you added too are just very very helpfull hun. And your card is as always looing sooo great. I love it. Thank you sooo much.
Have a wonderful day dear friend and take good care.
Big hugs Maryann

Nov 17, 2010 - 05:11:17
Viv said:

Brilliant tute Beth!! Your card is SO pretty too!
Hugs Viv xxx

Nov 17, 2010 - 07:11:52
Jeanette said:

I’ve so happy to know how to do this now. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

Nov 17, 2010 - 07:11:56
beth ullman said:

What a sweet adorable image Beth and as always fab tutorial you always make them look so easy.

Nov 17, 2010 - 09:11:52
Cynthia M said:

Thanks for the tutorial! It is amazing how the colouring-outside-the-lines adds so much depth and pizazz to the card. I went back and checked your other cards and lo and behold, this is something you do often. Imagine my surprise – I never even noticed until you told us! Aack. What does that say about my powers of observation?? In my defense, it is a subtle addition but it really does “make” the cards. Classy. Topnotch. And just that little extra oomph! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day and God Bless!

Nov 20, 2010 - 06:11:22
Cindy Lee said:

Thanks for the tutorial, Beth! It’s definitely helpful for a beginner like me. I know nothing abou coloring.

Nov 23, 2010 - 06:11:06
Sandy in NH said:


Dec 17, 2011 - 05:12:39

Awesome drawing information, really inspiring!

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