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This week’s main prompt was to take inspiration from the blog and work of Gennine.

I put off doing this page until almost the last minute because I was struggling with what to take from Gennine’s gorgeous work. In the end I decided to go with the obvious 7 day format, but I also took a stab at creating a bird like her beautiful art.

I started by creating a digital background, mainly black with borders put together from my Native kits here at SBG, and printed it out. I outlined and doodled on the background using white marker, and laid out the 7 day week and dates.

I filled in the text, and used coloured pencils to shade, decorate and colour-enhance the background, including over the black areas.

I drew the bird on a piece of paper, and scanned it in. I used a background paper and blend modes to turn it into a blue and gold embellishment with white outline, and printed it out on gloss photo paper. I then coloured around with black marker before cutting it out and gluing it to the page.

I would thoroughly recommend trying coloured pencils on a black background, it was really good fun and I will certainly try this technique again, I think it has a lot of potential for interesting effects.


Background and border elements from my Native kits
Pigma Micron black markers
Uniball Slingo white marker
Prismacolor coloured pencils
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