Thursday, June 19, 2008

Please excuse me!

I am not so stupid that I spell words incorrectly! I promise. Iwasinahurry! Now I can't figure out how to go back and edit out the typos, so they will live forever in cyberspace! AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!!!

My love affair with Prismacolor pencils...

I adore Prismacolor pencils. I especially love new ones. They have that same sort of scent that a new box of Crayolas has. And while we're on the Crayola subject, I must confess that I bought five - count'em - five big boxes when they announced that they were changing colors. haven't touched them. The tips are just a perfect as they day they came off the assembly line. But I digress....
This morning I saw a post on Technique Junkies about Prismacolors, so of course I had to throw in my 2 cents. Those of you who know me personally know that I always have an opinion. May not be a good one, but it's all mine.
Anyway, I got several e-mails about a technique I described so am posting a down and dirty, quick and rough sample in a mini tutorial. Please excuse the rough coloring. I was in a hurry (That's my middle name – Candice Iwasinahurry Windham).

Step 1. This is just the basic stamped image. The image is a retired Stampin'Up! stamp.

Step 2. I colored the darkest parts of the image with Indigo Blue.

Step 3. I colored over the blue with Tuscan Red and extended the edges of the darkest areas a bit.

Step 4. This is a little tricky to see. I colored the entire image with the natural colors I would have used: Hot Pink, Pale Vermillion, Green Bige (Do you think they meant "Bilge"?) and Sand. I left the left side unburnished. I burnished the right side on the flower with white. See how the colors blend? I then went over some of the darker areas with just a bit of blue. The background on the right is blended with nail polish remover using a small paint brush.

One last colored pencil tip: When you sharpen them for the first time, be sure to sharpen the end with no printing. That way, you''ll still have the name and know what to buy when you get down to a nub on your favorite color.

One more tip (I lied about one last tip): You can purchase little metal pencil extenders at any art supply store to hold that last little bit of a colored pencil nub.

If you have any questions, please post in comments or e-mail me.

Thanks for looking!

NOTE: My server is not letting me preview. If this post is whomperjawed, I apologize! Candice

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Don't know what the posting problem was, but here are two tags and a Christmas card made with Artistic Outpost stamps. The images from AO are soooooooo cool! Gotta love 'em!

Has it been that long?

I can't believe my last post was April 30. What a terrible blogger I am!

In all fairness, things have been hoppin' here at the Windham household. Larry has been on a world tour...well, Minnesota anyway, and is now in yet an another band, which means we see each other only in passing during early evening.

Roxi and I had a soft opening of our new online store, RockCandy Designs, at Artiscape in Jackson, Tennessee this past weekend and it was a great success. We'll be up and running online at on August 1. We carry hard-to-find items for the mixed media artist and are stocked with the trinkets and treasures we use in our own art.

Roxi and I will also be teaching a cool class at the Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday, July 26. The all-day class will feature a two-part project which will include a beautiful book made with glassine envelopes and tags with a collaged cigar box to hold it. Check out the class list at

In my spare time I've been trying to get things ready for summer CHA as well as work on projects for Artistic Outpost and ScraPerfect design teams. I tried to attach some of the projects for Artistic Outpost here, but my photo-posting skills must be challenged today. I'll try to add some later tonight.

Have a fun-filled day!