Have you ever stop to take a closer look at a hydrangea?  If you have, then you will notice that hydrangea is really a bouquet of tiny flowers cluster tightly together to form one single, large flower.  So when coloring a hydrangea, if you focus on coloring one tiny flower at a time rather than as a single, large image, you will find hydrangea is quite a simple flower to color.  And that is exactly what I will be showing you today.

    In this tutorial, I will be walking you through step-by-step on how to color this beautiful Large Hydrangea wood mount stamp from Hero Arts with Copic markers.  First, we will focus on coloring each tiny flowers on the top layer.  Then, the bottom shading layer.  Finally, we will conclude with the leaves and stem.


    Here are the supplies you will need to complete this project.  For the direct link to where you can find these products, please see the thumbnail below.

    • STAMP: Large Hydrangea (Hero Arts Wood Block Stamps)
    • COPIC MARKERS: V000, BV02, BV17, V06, RV55, YG00, YG03, YG25, YG67, Colorless Blender (0)
    • WHITE PEN (any brand, medium point)
    • PAPER: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock
    • BLACK INK PAD: Memento Tuxedo Black (good for Copic coloring)
    • Other Supplies You May Need:  paper trimmer

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    Step 1 – Coloring the Hydrangea

    1. V000 (Pale Health)
    Start by coloring in each individual (top layer) flower completely with the lightest color V000 (Pale Health).

    2. RV55 (Hollyhock)
    Still focusing on one flower at a time, color each petal outward starting from the inner tip and stopping halfway with RV00 (Hollyhock).

    3. BV02 (Deep Reddish Blue)
    Next, dab the darkest color, BV02 (Deep Reddish Blue) on the inner tip of each petal.

    4. V06 (Lavender)
    Blend over BV02 and RV55 with V06.

    5. Repeat V000 (Pale Health)
    Blend the edge of V06 with V000.

    6. BV02 (Prune)
    Color the entire bottom (shading) area with BV02 (Prune).

    7. YG25 (Celadon Green)
    Add in a splash of green color by coloring in a few leaves to the outer edges and bottom (shading) layer of the hydrangea with YG25 (Celadon Green).  Repeat step 1-7 until you reach the desire vibrant color level.

    Step 2: Coloring the Leaves & Stem

    1. YG00 (Mimosa Yellow)
    With the lightest color YG00 (Mimosa Yellow), color the entire leaves and stem.

    2. YG67 (Moss)
    Outline the darkest area with YG67 (Moss)

    3. YG25 (Celadon Green)
    Next, overlapping slightly where YG67 ended, color in YG25 (Celadon Green).

    4. YG03 (Yellow Green)
    Repeat the last step with YG03 (Yellow Green)…overlapping slightly where YG25 ended.

    5. Blend With YG00
    Blend entire leaves and stem with YG00 (Mimosa Yellow).  Repeat step 1-5 until you reach the desire vibrant color level.  

    TIP:  Use the colorless blender (0) to remove excess color from area you want to make lighter.

    The Magic Is In The White Pen
    Have you ever wonder how to make a cluster of tiny flowers individually pop out?  Here’s my secret tool – the white pen.  Simply dab a small white dot with the pen to the center of each flower and just like magic, individual flower begins to pops out right before your eyes!

    TIP: You can use any white pen.  The two I use interchangeably are the Uni-ball Impact Gel Pen and the Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  Here I am using the Sakura Gelly Roll in point 10.

    Sneak Peek…Coming Up In Next Post

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