I’m on the Heffy Doodle blog today with another scene card for you. My family love highland cows and I’ve been wanting to do a scene full of cows ever since the Highland Honeys set came out. Plus, who could give up the opportunity to add in a punny sentiment?
I started off with some Alcohol Marker Blending Cardstock and some Lawn Fawn Jellyfish ink – my favourite combo for no-line colouring. Then began the masking/stamping task of making sure to stamp those cows nearest first, mask them, then stamp the ones in the back. Now, I fully admit to being a lazy masker, and because I’m using a light ink I could get away with just one full mask of the cow and a few strips of Heffy Tape. In the end, I stamped out 9 cows in total.
And onto the markers! I used my Copics for this one and as is usual, I started out by colouring in the background to prevent bleeding of the darker foreground colours. The cows are going to be coloured in bright oranges so I wanted some muted greens (YG90s) and bright pale blues (B0s) as a backdrop.
I then started in on the cows. I tried to show my process for this one, but I ended up getting too carried away before I remembered to take another photo! I start out with the second to darkest marker (E19) and map out the darker shadow areas. Highland cows are very hairy so I used lots of little flicks to give their coats some texture. I then mooooved (!) up the colours to some brighter oranges (YRs) and added in some even darker highlights (E29) to add some more contrast.
I used my coloured pencils to come in and add some finer details and gain some more definition between the highlights and shadows. Plus, the finer lines help to add even more texture to their coats!
The sentiment from Home Sweet Home is perfect, with just one slight change. It needed another ‘O’ adding in to give that mooooooo effect. To do this I drew a pencil line so I could align the stamp and partially inked up the sentiment. I then waited for it to dry (necessary with Versafine ink to prevent smudging!) and then moved the stamp over and stamped the other part with the additional ‘O’. In fact, I have just realised upon writing up this blog post that I forgot to erase the pencil line you can now see in the final photos. Ooops!
I love the overall effect of this – it reminds me of some of the highland cow art that is currently popular!