Sky and Clouds Tutorial

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Hi everyone! Ok so I promise a tutorial for doing my clouds so here it is! I have used  Reading Mae from Some Odd Girl.  Before we start please note that I have seen this technique by other designers and I have just mashed a few examples together to teach myself….it is by no means my original idea and just how I have interpreted it :) Here is my finished card below.


Copic Colours Used in Tutorial: 
Clouds C0, C2, C3 Sky BG0000, BG000

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, R11
Hair: E11, E13, E15, E18
Orange: YR000, YR02, YR07
Dress: B93, B95, B97, B99
Grass: G21, G85, G94, G99

Step 1: Firstly I like to draw a bounding box around my image so I know how far to colour the background. I knew that this one was going to be a circle so I lightly drew a circle in pencil. I then went around with my C0 marker and really lightly and roughly drew in the shape of the clouds (sorry you can’t see it very well!).

Step 2: I then go in with my C3 marker and shade around the bottom and ‘corners’ of the cloud. I do this very roughly and quickly and use almost like a blotting technique using the side of the marker to create a wide ‘dot’.

Step 3: I then take my C2 marker and, using the same technique as above, start to blend the darker colour out. I blot the C2 marker over the C3 and pull the colour toward the middle of the cloud to blend it. I do these steps very quickly to get the nice rough texture.

Step 4: Repeat step above using the C0 marker. How much colour you lay down will depend on the look you are going for (eg. storm clouds or white fluffy clouds). In my version, I have not extended the colour to the middle of the cloud to leave it a bit lighter. As you go over the darker colours you will notice that they lose some of their saturation and the cloud starts to look a little more blended.

Step 5:
To create the sky, I use BG0000 around the clouds, and BG000 closest to her body. You can use either a soft feathering (flicking away from the image) to create a more seamless look, or, as I have done in my image, you can use a rough technique like the clouds to blot on a more textured looking sky. I like to do this if there is only a small amount of sky as the lightness of the colour coupled with the messiness has a nice texture.
Step 6: To finish it off, I cut out the image (which removes all of the edge flicking around the image) (and sorry it is wonky I don't have a circle die cut...haha!!!), and I like to ink around the edges to tie everything in. In this image I have used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Broken Glass which just frames the image nicely finishing it off. And Voila! It is all done :) Hope you like her and if you have any questions please just ask! :) xx


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30 comments

  1. This is just fabulous as ever Alyce!! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us. Am definately gonna give this a try some time. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxx

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  2. Gorgeous colouring Alyce as always. Thanks so much for tutorial clearly explained. Thanks for sharing
    Hugs
    Suzie xx

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  3. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial Alyce. Your colouring is amazing as always!

    Hugs Sue

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  4. This is gorgeous thanks for the tut xx Jan

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  5. Totally gorgeous card and thanks for the tut x

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  6. Wowww, this is an amazing card, love it !!

    hugs Astrid

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  7. Your colouring is just amazing hunny, the detail in it is amazing! Stunning card. Joey x

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  8. Your work is absolutely stunning, thank you so much for sharing! All your cards and your fabulose coloring is my number 1 inspiration-source, you are the best :-)

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  9. one of my favorites..love how you did the clouds...thanks for sharing..

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  10. Beautiful, thanks for the step by step too!

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  11. Stunning card. Your coloring is amazing.

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  12. Oooo, you make it all look so easy!! This is something I really need to work on, it bugs me that I have such plain backgrounds! Thanks for the tut!!

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  13. You make it sound easy but I know its not. Love the effect you have achieved Alyce.

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  14. Wow awesome tutorial, thanks very much, love your colouring and cards, hugs Liz xx

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  15. Super sweet! Your coloring lets me know that I really need more copic colors, lol.
    Hugs, Dangina

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  16. Love her, love the coloring, love your background & design & distressing & embellishing...
    Love the tutorial, too! Thank you for that! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

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  17. Stunning, stunning, stunning. Thanks for taking time to show us your technique. With much appreciation, Nina

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  18. Beautiful Alyce! :) I am loving the pewter shades with the aged and distressed papers.

    Fabulous tutorial, thank you so much hun - your sky looks fantastic! :)

    hugs

    xxalisonxx

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  19. Perfecto! Stunning as usual Alyce and your coloring is just amazing. Thanks so much for the tutorial.
    Hugs,
    Katie

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  20. If I could do this..you could just stick a fork in me...because I would be done, done...DONE! You..amaze me!

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  21. Awesome, I'll give it a try, but something tells me I'd need lots of practice! hahaha!!

    TFS!!
    :)

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  22. Ok, definitely saving this with all of my other "Alyce tutorials". Best clouds I have seen in a long time and your tut is so easy to follow along with, great job!

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  23. Alyce, Stunning!!! Wonderful tutorial. I love how you did her face she is awesome. Thank you so much for doing the shy.
    Hugs, Patricia

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  24. Great coloring as always and wonderful break down on your tutorial for coloring clouds.

    Shelby

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  25. Such a fabulous image - love the background you created - just amazing Alyce :) Hugs Deb

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  26. I just noticed you said you dont have a circle die cutter. Do you have one now. I have a scalloped circle punch that is approx 2.5"
    I think off hand without getting off my butt and having a look. Its a good size and I dont use it. Let me know ok.
    Hugs

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  27. Thank you for a great tutorial! Your coloring skills are amazing!

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  28. Thank you, I will give this a try before I color the image encase I mess up. LOL!

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