Thursday, May 12, 2016

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Marika Rahtu

Hello Everyone! It’s Marika Rahtu and I’m over the moon excited to be a guest here over at Wplus9. Ever since I started crafting, I’ve been a huge fan of Dawn’s designs, illustrations and colouring - to be honest she has been one the biggest inspiration for me to start colouring. I used to watch her watercoloring tutorials over and over again and dreamt to be able to paint the way she does.

Today I’m sharing card that I made with the Beautiful Bouquet: Ranunculus set and one of my all time favourite stamp sets: Flora and Fauna 2. I remember how I drooled over this beautiful set and I had to wait for a long time to get it since it was so popular and always sold out. At the end, I was able to get it and every time I’ve made a card with it, I’ve loved the result! You just can’t go wrong with this set. There are so many different ways to use this: you can relax while colouring these beautiful images or you can use the outline only with dark inks and have fun with the background.

I used my favorite technique and colouring medium today - no-line colouring with copic markers and coloured pencils. I love the technique! I just love to see how the image starts to get in focus while adding the details with pencils. I made this into a video tutorial and a speed colouring video. Colouring takes time so I split it into two parts for your convenience. Hopefully you like them and find them helpful.

In the video below I demonstrate how to add dimension and depth using colored pencils to the hummingbird and assemble the card. The base layer of Copic Marker coloring is already laid down.

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The following video shows the full process of coloring the bouquet from Copic Marker to colored pencil in fast motion.

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Thank you so much Dawn and Wplus9 for asking me to a guest at your channel. It’s really been a true pleasure and a dream come true. Thank you so much!

Hello! Dawn here and I just had to pop in here to say WOW! A HUGE thanks to Marika for sharing her wonderful talent here and for the kind words as well. I find it incredibly hard to believe there was ever a time that she "dreamt to be able to paint like me". Because as far as I'm concerned, I have a ton to learn from her!

Featured Supplies

For your convenience, here is a list of all of the supplies (or equivalents) used on today's project(s), along with links to purchase. Please note: this list does contain some affiliate links.

20 comments:

  1. Marika, I've often thought you needed to a part of Wplus9!! Wonderful to see your gorgeous coloring talent and sweet self here:))

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  2. Marika, you AMAZE me with your talent! What a stunning card!

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  3. Marika always does such a fantastic job. So glad you had her guest here at WPLUS9!

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  4. Marika, this is stunning, amazing, beautiful and out of this world!

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  5. Marika, you continue to amaze me. This is absolutely stunning.

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  6. Masterpiece!

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  7. This girl makes images SING!!! OMGosh amazing~

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  8. What a coup to get Marika to GD. She's an amazing colorist and the card shown here is no just another masterpiece to add to her portfolio. Between Dawn & Marika the artistic possibilities on this blog are endless.

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  9. What a perfect match - Marika and that hummingbird!!! Thanks for the video too.

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  10. This is totally amazing! LOVE the coloring, and all the details!!! ~ Andrea

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  11. Your card is amazing! I'm smitten with your talent!

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  12. Hello Marika. Yes I watched both videos love to watch you lay down color.. So very happy you r a guest designer on WPlus9 Dawn is also so extremely talented... Your card is amazingly beautiful and such a feast for the eyes..

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  13. Marika you are a coloring genius - fabulous job!

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  14. Another stunning Marika card!

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  15. Marika, I think that any stamp you put your hand to turns to magic ... pure art with your amazing colouring skills!

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  16. Your color techniques are truly outstanding and belongs in an art gallery.The card you created is so fabulous. Thank you.

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