Chasity knows how to make Halloween cute! Here is her wonderful tutorial on how to create some simple spooky designs using Kelly Creates pens.
SUPPLIES from Kelly Creates: Multicolor Fineliners, Multicolor Bullet Tip Pens, Black Fineliners, Metallic Jewel Small Brush pens, Metallic Jewel Bullet Tip Pens, Blank Paper Pad, Deluxe Lettering Kit,
OTHER SUPPLIES: Washi Tape (Pebbles Halloween Collection 2020, SPOOKY), Orange Cardstock, Vellum (optional), Adhesive Runner, Paper Trimmer, Scissors, 12 x 12 Acetate Sheets, WRMK 123 Punchboard, Twine and Tulle optional
Hey Everyone! Hope you’re having a wonderful October! Halloween decorating is in full swing here! Even though things will most likely look a little different this year, Halloween is still one of my favorite holidays.
Today I am sharing an easy illustration tutorial with you, so you can create some cute crafts for the little goblins in your life, or make fun cards and send some happy mail!
The illustration technique I used is called “STIPPLE”. As you might have noticed, I have really been loving my Kelly Creates Fineliner Pens, and these are perfect pens to try this technique. A great feature about Kelly Creates Fineliners is they can be used on shiny, non-porous surfaces, such as acetate without smudging or smearing. My projects are made using either acetate or vellum, which sometimes can be tricky, but you can draw on paper too.
Now, let’s talk about stipple as an illustration technique. Stippling is nothing more than using tiny dots to create areas of value, or shading. By adding many small dots, you create a shaded area and add dimension to your illustration. If you use fewer dots with more spacing between them, you will create less shading.
We will begin with some acetate cards that I cut down from the 12×12 Acetate sheets. I made my cards 6” x 6” folded. I used a sheet from Kelly Creates Blank Paper Pad and drew a simple pumpkin using the drawing pencil & eraser from the Kelly Creates Deluxe Lettering Kit. NOTE: Use a plastic sandwich baggie or clear bags instead of acetate to make some cute treat bags!
Then, I laid my acetate card over the pumpkin so I could trace it onto my card with the Kelly Creates Black Fineliner 01.
See how I just traced the outline of the pumpkin, with a Kelly Creates Fineliner, so I can go back and use the stipple technique to add some dimension to the pumpkin.
It’s so nice how quickly the Kelly Creates Black Fineliner ink dries, even on the acetate. The next step is to start with creating the shadows with the stippling. Again, this is just adding multiple small dots to create dimension and shading.
I started along the creases of the pumpkin, making the dots closer together and using more of them. As I moved away from the creases, I spaced the dots further apart. See the progression in the image below.
Stipple is a really fun and easy technique to try. After I finished the black stippled pumpkin, I created an orange pumpkin, with a brown stem using the Kelly Creates Multicolor Fineliners and Bullet Tip pens. This time, I did not trace the pumpkin. I just placed the acetate over the drawing of the pumpkin and started stippling. It worked well!
Keep adding the little dots to shade the areas of the pumpkin that are darker. You know what? Take your time and you will find this very calming and meditative.
How fun is that! You really can’t get it wrong, and it’s very relaxing to just play with dots and shading. And because you all know I love to turn my work into projects, I used some of my craft supplies and created a few Halloween cards and candy holders for my little Trick or Treaters!
I took a piece of orange cardstock and cut the pumpkin out with scissors so I could layer it behind the black stipple pumpkin card to add some color!
I added some adhesive and put the orange cardstock pumpkin inside the acetate card. Then I embellished the card with some Halloween Washi tape and Baker’s Twine. This is an easy way to quickly embellish projects.
I really love the look of acetate cards, and they have a dramatic effect with the stipple technique. The Washi tape is a quick way to dress up any card!
If you want to add a little something to the orange pumpkin, you can cut the same pumpkin from vellum or Kelly Creates Tracing Paper and layer it on the inside of the card the same way as the orange cardstock. I also added a small Happy Halloween sticker to the vellum pumpkin. The creative possibilities are endless; just have fun with it.
OK, so now that you have mastered the technique of stippling, I wanted to just quickly share some other projects I created with the Kelly Creates Fineliners and acetate because I was having so much fun.
Again, because the Fineliners dry on acetate so nicely, I wanted to create a treat box that was clear. I started with a 12×12 piece of acetate and wrote “Trick-or- Treat” in the center with a Kelly Creates Black 08 Fineliner using faux calligraphy.
Then I used the WRMK 123 Punchboard and created a clear acetate box to hold some goodies. This tool makes it really simple to make boxes, but if you don’t have this tool, you can find templates online to print and trace. Since you are working with acetate, it’s simple to see where to trace and cut!
Once you have assembled the box, add some goodies and some twine and tulle, for a fun little hand lettered treat!
The last technique I wanted to share is going back to the stipple technique, but on vellum instead of acetate. Following the same technique and process as the acetate, draw a friendly ghosty on vellum and stipple him to create dimension and shading.
I started with a 12 x 12 vellum sheet, and created the ghost and stippled away! NOTE: You can also use Kelly Creates Tracing Paper instead of vellum.
I trimmed the paper down to 4” x 12” and wrapped it around a small milk jug and added my goodies! I also lettered the word ‘BOO’ with my Kelly Creates Black Fineliner.
If you really struggle with drawing these ghosties and the pumpkin, download this free printable! Click HERE or click the image below to download the printable PDF.
I hope that you are inspired to try this stippling technique and also to make some Halloween projects! I did want to share one final tip as well because Kelly’s products are just so great. The Kelly Creates Metallic Jewel Pens work just as well on slick surfaces such as acetate and vellum and dry without smearing and smudging. Here are two cards I whipped up using the Silver Jewel Metallic Small Brush Pen and the Metallic Bullet Tip Silver pen. Give these a try next time you have a slick surface you want to letter on!
I hope that each and every one of you has a wonderfully spooky Halloween, and please be sure to share your projects with us using the hashtag #kellycreates! Give stippling a try… I promise it’s easy and a fun new way to use the Kelly Creates Fineliners! Thanks for stopping by!
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