Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Make it Colourful Challenge #14

Good morning!  Happy Wednesday and 1st of October! Hope you are having a good week so far! I haven't had much time for crafting yet, but hope to remedy that situation a little later today.  Right now, I am here with my DT post for the new Make it Colourful Challenge.  As you know, we have only one challenge a month now and it will always be something to get you creating outside of your normal boundaries.  No more easy peasy challenges!  The challenge for this month is to color only with ball point pens (or another medium you are completely unfamiliar with)!  Crazy, right?  I know that's what I thought when I first saw the challenge! As always, there are some great resources on the Make it Colourful blog and lots of amazing inspiration from the DT to get you started, so go ahead and give it a go!

Here is my project.  Now, mine is definitely not so amazing!  In fact, I really struggled with this one for a few reasons.  First, it's just hard!  Second, I only had a few colors of pens to work with, yet I picked an image that would have required a few more, for sure. I'll know for next time. Lastly, I don't think I used the right paper to get a good blending effect.  All that said, it was fun and challenging and in the end, I was happy that I at least gave it a try!

The image I chose is Tropical Waterfall from Make it Crafty.  I printed it on Make it Colour Blending Card and colored it entirely with ball point pens.  I used a pack of Staedtler pens that I got at Staples, but you can use any brand and you don't need a lot of colors, depending on the image you select.  I used the cross-hatch method for the coloring.  There are links to some great videos on the technique on the blog.  Be prepared to wipe the nib of your pen frequently to get clean lines.   I could have done that a little more, I think. 

Anyway, there you have it!  My first attempt at coloring with ball point pens!  Be sure to go check out what the rest of the amazingly-talented MiC DT did.  You are sure to be inspired!  We hope you will join in on the challenge!  There will be a special album set up for your entries in the Make it Crafty store photo gallery.

Have a great day and see you soon!


  1. Oh my gosh, this turned out beautifully, Carla. That is something I've never done and is a bit scary, but what a fabulous job you did. Love the crosshatch method. I have to check out the videos.

  2. WOW! I am so impressed with your coloring on this using the pens!! I've not tried that before, but it certainly looks interesting! I think you are too judgmental on yourself because I think it looks stunning!! Beautiful job!! HUGS :)

  3. Wow, very cool! I don't think I would even attempt this type of coloring, but you did a wonderful job! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  4. Carla, you are such a master with the colors. I just look at your cards with such awe.

  5. Well I applaud your efforts Carla. I wouldn't have a clue how to color with ball points. Hugs!


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