Colouring, Papercrafts

Using your tech for art


Do you ever look around, see something beautiful and wish you could draw or paint it right there and then?  Me too!

I have had this Christmas cactus for around three years, and it has often bloomed with these lovely pink flowers.  I’m not great at keeping plants alive, so the very fact this has survived at all is surprising.  I noticed that the cactus did not flower this year, so in distress I did some research.  It appears that to bloom, it needs to be kept in the dark for at least 12 hours per day.  So I moved it to a new location, and sure enough, within a month it has over a dozen pink blooms.  I was so happy, and it got me thinking about capturing the scene, wishing I could draw well.  Then, I remembered that I had an app on my phone called “Pencil Sketch”, which turns photos into sketches (no surprises!)

So here was my sketch, which I printed out on paper suitable for colouring.


I then used Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils and markers, blending with water to get a nice watercolour feel to the picture.  As the plant is standing on a mirrored surface, I finished that area with clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker.


Overall, I’m happy with how this turned out.  I’m now wondering how the same technique will work on a human face..?  (But whose?!)
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