Hello Flourishes Friends! Welcome to a Wednesday Tutorial! This week I’m going to show you the step-by-step on a technique I love to use! It’s called Pointillism, and I often get requests for tutorials on how to do it; using tiny dots to create depth and dimension. The technique is often used in art – primarily in a black and white form, but you can apply it to card-making and a type of art marker like Copics with multiple colors. It’s great fun!
I have many photos ahead, as I photographed each step of the process. I hope you’ll enjoy following along.
I began with our stamp set Cherries and Peaches. It has some great features that work well for pointillism – it has open spaces for adding the dots of color, and as you can see by how Marcella illustrated the set – she used pointillism to illustrate where much of the shading should go in the design. A great bonus!
Here is the first assortment of colors I used on the design. If you’re a beginner at this technique, I would suggest using analogous colors in your design, in other words, colors that are close to each other on the color wheel. This way as you build your dots, your colors will go well together. Using colors too far apart on the color wheel tends to leave you with a muddy feel and that doesn’t work for the designs. You’ll want quite light to dark ranges of shades within your colors as well. Our Copic Collections of colors are perfect for this sort of technique as they have an excellent range of colors.
What I sometimes do is begin by taking one of my lightest shades and lightly color in the areas where I know I’ll want the deepest shading in the finished design. It’s just a base coat to get you started.
Then you begin laying down light dots on the design. It’s very important that you hold your pen perfectly straight up and down. If you tip it at all your little dots will look more like slashes. Press lightly onto the paper to form your dots. Lighter pressure will form smaller dots and heavier pressure will form larger ones. I usually work in a “3″ or “triangle” formation. Two dots a small distance from each other and and then one out a little bit further, like forming the corners of a triangle. You will have many layers of color so you don’t need to fill every spot, you just add dots in the areas where you’ll have depth building. You want to leave areas white and gradually build color.
Then you’ll begin to add your deeper colors into areas where you want deeper shadows I add less dots the darker I go in color. Don’t worry if it looks a little bit like chicken poxs right now – you’ll be blending it all in with other dots.
Now I’ll switch to more of the golden tones into the peach, using that same “triangle” dotted formation to add in color.
You can begin to see the peaches taking on some realism and life with the continued addition of layers of dots. As I’m stepping back between colors I look at the overall design and determine where more color needs to be added or more depth needs to be put in.
Then as I’m getting finished with my color I’ll come back with some of the lightest markers and blend in some softer dots to “smooth” out the appearance of the dots. Another tip – if an area is too dark with dots and you don’t like how it looks, you can come in with your blender pen and dot the paper in those areas – it will pick up some of the color and soften it. Just another reason why Copics are such a great medium for this style of coloring.
Now one layer of R01 dots to soften between the colors and fill in any white space that you want to have a little color. The light colored dots are especially important for blending in between the colors.
Now I’ll show you a little trick! To get a look of realism in the shadowed areas of your design, I take a BV00 maker and lightly add some dots into those spots that are the darkest, cooling off those areas and giving the appearance of shadow. You don’t need a lot of this color, but just a touch really adds realism.
Next I compared my colored peaches to the designer paper I was going to use and realized that the paper had a rosier tone than my peaches had. So I added some R43 to tie it together more. I like cohesiveness in a design!
Now we’ll move on to the leaves! As you can see above, I’ve added some YG61 into the leaves where the darkest areas will be.
Now I come in with the YG63 & YG67 to add light layers of dots into the shadows, centers and veins of the leaves.
Now I’ll blend in the layers of color with dots of my YG61 marker.
And lastly on the leaves – another smarty-pants trick, I add BV00 into the shadows of the leaves, and YR20 into the highlights of the leaves. The YR20 ties the leaves into the golden tones of the peaches.
Now for a little background music…I add a little BG10 and BG11 in that same triangle point fashion giving the background a soft blue-green to match my designer papers and give it a dreamy feel.
And here you have the finished card! Doesn’t it have the look of fuzzy peaches? YUM! Below is a close-up.
A few other Flourishes products I used that you’ll want know about: Flourishes Classic Ivory Cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Perfectly Pierced Classic Frames Die, Color Made Easy – Terra Cotta Cardstock, Color Made Easy Emerald Coast Cardstock, Emerald Coast Seam Binding, Carta Bella – Hello Again Designer Paper, Inside and Out You Stamp Set, Memento Teal Zeal ink.
I hope you’ll try this great technique out – and this week’s Timeless Tuesday Challenge is perfect for it!