Monday, September 29, 2008

Colored Pencils with Karen Lockhart

Lockhart Stamps are amongst my favorite stamps. I started collecting them two years ago; my first stamp was the limited edition snowglobe from 2006. The image is of a daddy snowman lifting his baby snowman into the air, and it just made me smile.

Since then, I've expanded my collection to include a lot of the fantastic images that Karen Lockhart has to offer. There are several things that always hold true about these stamps - they're always beautifully etched with amazing detail, they're always light-hearted and whimsical, and the samples ALWAYS have gorgeous layers of color from pencils.

I've been a long-time fan of Prismacolor pencils. My mom, the artist, gave me my first set in college, knowing my affinity for (horrible) sketching, and I've had that set ever since. (Come to think of it, I've had the majority of my Prismas longer than I've known my husband...) One thing that always grabbed me about the Lockhart stamp samples, though, is that elusive coloring technique.

So when I was scoping out my new neighborhood stamp store (Angela's Happy Stamper, if you're in the Washington DC area, I highly recommend it!), I noticed that Karen Lockhart was scheduled to teach some colored pencils classes. OH yeah - signed up for that baby right away!

Well, the class was Saturday night, and did I have FUN! I learned so much (mostly all those elusive tips that I had been yearning for!). Karen is on her way to Buffalo Stamps and Stuff, so if you are nearby - GO! I promise, it is so worth it.

One of the new-to-me techniques was using white pencils on black paper. (I'm always so neglectful of black paper!) Here's my sample from class:

Isn't that cool? My friend, Becky Oehlers did a similar technique this weekend, too, so this is definitely catching on! It ends up looking so stunning!

I couldn't resist picking up several new Lockhart images! I picked up this one for a Halloween card for my niece:

I also had to stamp up this Candle Stocking right away. It reminds me of the stockings that my grandmother knitted for my brother, sister and me when we were little:

Isn't it darling - all the detail is just amazing. Ah, stamp love.

I hope that your weekend had a little creative fun in it, as well. Be well, Jenn


hemidemisemiquaver said...

That is hysterical! You did a fantastic job at this. I just love it. LOVE it I tell you!

StamperSharon said...

Wow, looks like you DID have fun! Gorgeous coloring, Jenn -- I can't wait to see more of your Lockhart work & coloring!

Anabelle said...

LOVE what you did with the pencils, Jenn! When I come down, will you show me what you learned??? LOVE that white technique. I'm totally going to try that. Beautiful cards!!!

Miki said...

Your class sounds like it was so great! I wish we had a decent stamping store nearby. Oh wait, no I don't...I would be broke! I love your examples Jenn and the white pencil is so pretty!

Linda Beeson said...

Jenn - I can tell you must have learned a bunch at that class cause your examples are really great! LOVE that white rooster on the black paper!

lakind said...

I went to her class at BSS last Thursday and was inspired, but I'm just not that talented with the pencils. It was fun meeting her and I have to post what I did on my blog!

lakind said...

I posted the cards we did at Karen Lockhart's class. They are different from what you did. I would have liked to seen the white on black! So cool! Here's the link:


Joan said...

You did a fabulous job on these. I was in the afternoon class, so just missed you!