Hello Everyone and welcome back to another Flourishes Copic Tutorial! Today I thought it would be fun to show you how I would colour the Cattleyas from Flourishes’ Orchids Stamp Set! These gorgeous flowers are so elegant and delicate looking that I thought they would be perfect for a Mother’s Day card since that special day is just around the corner! Orchids come in such a wonderful array of colours that you can have fun trying all sorts of combinations, however, today I’m simply going to show you one of my favourites using the Black Cherry, Pistachio, New Leaves and Cool Neutrals Collections!
Stamp your image in Memento Tuxedo Black and use the RV91 from the Black Cherry Collection to colour in your petal. Be careful around the fluted edges using the tip of your brush nib and remember if you do go outside the line you can fix it with your Colourless Blender!
Next take RV93 and gently flick in some colour from the edges and follow the line of some of the folds to add some definition.
Add a little RV95 to darken parts of the petal that would be darker, such as the folds and near the base of the petal. Lightly flick in RV93 and RV91 until you are happy with the look of your petal!
To colour the throat of the Orchid, use RV91 to flick in from around the outer edge, don’t colour the middle at all.
Feathering is a fantastic way of blending two colours from different colour families, which is perfect for the throat of the orchids! Use Y11 from the Daffodil Collection to flick from the centre of the throat into the RV91 layer of colour.
Darken the edges by flicking in some RV93.
Darken the orchid throat even more by flicking in some RV95, but don’t go as far as the RV93 – leave yourself room to blend some more yellow.
Blend by flicking in RV93 and RV91 and then feather blend Y11 and darken the throat by flicking in some Y15.
To colour the leaves, I’ve used a combination of the Pistachio Collection, New Leaves Collection and Cool Neutrals Collection. Begin with a base of G40.
Next add some G82 to where the darker areas of the leaves would be. The Flourishes stamps usually give you great clues as to where the shadow areas would be!
Next, darken those shadow areas even more with G85.
Blend with G82 and G40. Remember whether it’s 2 or 3 colours, always blend with the NEXT lightest colour. With your leaves, blend G85 and G82 with G82 and then blend G82 and G40 with G40.
I like a lot of contrast in my images by having very light areas and very dark areas. You can darken your shadow areas with G94 (you only need a little), but I thought I would desaturate the shadows using the Cool Neutrals collection by adding some C3 – you could even add a little C5 to really add some contrast!
Finish colouring all the leaves and petals as shown and add a little B0000 from the Ice Blue Collection around the edges and complete your card!!
Colour Collections used
For those of you who like to watch and learn, there is a video for you below. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s tutorial!