Monday, July 7, 2008

How to Enhance Titles with Colors and Doodles

Noel included this adorable "Sunshine" tag in the Picnic Basket kit, and because I can't ever leave well enough alone, I decided to add some more to it...

This is how I often do titles or my own journaling/word embellishments. It's really easy and has the whole handmade/artistic look to it.

Step one:

Outline the stamped phrase (I used the blue marker that came in the PB kit).

Step Two:

Add some random "highlights" with an orange colored pencil. (Please ignore how messed up my pencil is- woops with the sharpener!!)

Step Three:

Color in the same direction all around your word, making it more or less a solid "block."

Step Four:

Add some more "highlights" and a frame around the block in a bright, contrasting color. Go over the top of the highlights and the frame with a black marker, doodling and bringing more detail to it.

Step Five:

Add the rest of your embellishments and voila! A very unique and fun accent for your pages.
You can also see where I did a similar technique here. :) With that one, I wrote out the title on white cardstock, and did a very similar process with the coloring- then I cut it all out and added it to the page.

The cool thing about this is that you can do lots of experimenting on small scraps and not worry about "messing up." I did the title on the "Explore" page twice- nothing really wasted and I got the look I was wanting.

So get out those pencils and pens and color! :)


Greta Adams said...

great tutorial....i spazz when it comes to doodling and art...i can't draw a straight line with a ruler...no joke

noelmignon said...

How totally inspiring!! I really need to break into my stamps more often!

Jana Eubank said...

So fun! I love how artsy this is! :D