It’s time for Thrifty Thursday at Stamper’s Delights. This time I’m using Reaper Nevaeh, which is 1/3 off. Several other Halloween themed images are also on offer for this Thrifty Thursday, so be sure not to miss out on them! You can see inspiration for those from the rest of the team, so be sure to visit the Thrifty Thursday Deals blog post for that. Also be sure to check out the information on the Halloween Mystery Box.
I looked up images of female reapers for this and decided to go for a simple but striking ink blended background. I started by printing the image twice – once directly onto my card base and a second time onto scrap paper. I fussy cut the scrap paper version and used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to turn it into a mask which I then positioned over the image on the card base.
With the mask in place I started my ink blending. I wanted red fading to black. I used Catherine Pooler’s Tutti Frutti ink for the red, building up the colour in layers until I was happy with it. I them switched to Twilight as an intermediary colour, though I gave up on it quickly as it wasn’t working well – I think it needs reinking. Finally I used Midnight for the black. I worked back and forth between the red and the black until I was happy with the blend.
With the ink blending finished I added some splatter details flicking on some water mixed with Perfect Pearls, which also added some shimmer. I then carefully removed the mask from my image, and used my adhesive eraser to clean up any glue that had stayed behind.
I started the colouring with the skin, which is how I often approach colouring characters. Lately I’ve been colouring a lot of darker skin tones but I wanted to go pale and almost sickly looking for this one. I included a light green-blue in the colours I used to try to achieve this, but perhaps could have gone more intense as I feel that intention doesn’t come across clearly.
Next I coloured her dress. I decided to mimic the background by going for red and black (or rather, dark grey) for her outfit. I only have one red pen in my Spectrum Noir Illustrator marker collection. Depending on the look I’m going for I sometimes get quite creative with the colours for shading the red. This time I used a couple of reddish browns to underpaint the areas I wanted to be darkest, which created a nice shaded look once the red was added over the top.
I used the same red combination to make the wrap on the scythe red, before using earth browns for the handle and a light grey for the metal part. I used the same greys for her crown. For the skulls I used some cream shades.
The last thing to colour was her hair. I decided to go very pale for it. I used the same caramel and ivory markers that I had used for the skulls, and additionally used the mint that I had used for her skin.
Having finished colouring the image I added some final touches with a white gel pen, as well as grounding the design by adding some shading beneath the image.
The last element to add to my design was a sentiment. Initially I stamped it with white pigment ink, then brushed over the word with Perfect Pearls for some shimmer. The white ink smudged though, so I restamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink, which left the original white version as a fun ghostly halo around the word.
I do wish my hand/wrist was up to the task of making a more intricate scene with this image as I think it could be a lot of fun. But for working with my current limitations, I quite like how this turned out. Please do leave a comment and let me know what you thought. Don’t forget to hop over to the Thrifty Thursday Deals blog post for full information, as well as inspiration from the rest of the team. You can also find links to their blogs below.
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Thrifty Thursday Deals Team:
Charlotte <- that’s me!