Monday, 30 January 2017

Free cupcake rose line art to colour by Art by Barb

We have a wonderful free cupcake rose image for you to colour and get creative with over at Art by Barb FB group



I used a mixture of Faber Castell and Spectrum Noirs coloured pencils to complete this coloured piece. I failed at colouring cream icing with red sugar sprinkles so had to cover up with chocolate! I will not be defeated though and will keep trying until it works!!!

Pop over to Art by Barb FB group and go to the file section to download for free the cupcake line art.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Bubbly Love line art by ArtbyBarb

I set myself a challenge to draw and colour a plait with a difference. There are many different plait patterns that act as a guide for the artist, but over the years and try as I might, I get confused with the pattern of drawing a detailed plait and abandon it due to frustration.

For this drawing and after many hours of following online tutorials to try and get the plait pattern to stick in my head ...  I had a light bulb moment and got it... and Bubbly Love was drawn....


Bubbly Love is currently free with every 5.00 GBP and over purchase made this weekend at  Art by Barb Face book group 

That's what I love about art whether it be, drawing, colouring or any type of craft, initially a new technique will elude us, but with perseverance (well, a lot in the case of my plait saga!) we have an eureka moment and jump for joy at the discovery we can do it!!





“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”
– Earl Nightingale

Join us at Art by Barb group to share and showcase your artbybarb colouring and makes. 
Barbara :)

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Handmade Rocks Digital Stamp Set Showcase by Art by Barb

Handmade Rocks Stamp Set includes everything you will need to design your own digital stamp.


Background props:
  • Wall
  • Pavement
  • Cracked wall
  • Plain cracked wall
  • Bus stop or sign
  • Sign

5 separate sentiments, boy and girl Handmade Rocks characters, plus a ready to click and print digital stamp design.


I used a mixture of  Faber Castel and Spectrum Noirs pencils to colour both of the images.




Visit Art by Barb FB group for a fabulous offer exclusive to members.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

How to remove the background from a digital stamp with word

This tutorial will show you how to remove the white background from a digital stamp saved as a jpg. You will then be able to merge the image with a background scene of your choice.

Start by opening word.
Click on insert >> picture to import the digital stamp



Click on remove background



 Use the handles to select the area you want to keep. White and the outline will be selected and kept. The deselected areas will turn purple and will be discarded.



When your happy with the selection click on keep changes. If you've missed some areas click on Mark Areas to Remove and drag the point line to select the area you wish to remove. Click on Keep Changes.


and that's all there is to it!

Now the fun bit....insert a background scene as shown in the below previews

Follow this tutorial to show you how to create a scene



I hope you find this tutorial useful. Please reach out if you need further help by joining us at Art by Barb facebook group or leave a comment

The digital stamp used in the tutorial is available in a bundle until the 4th January over at Art by Barb facebook group.


and the back ground scene is available on the group or Etsy



Colour along with a Child Challenge at Art by Barb

Before Christmas we held two colouring challenges one for adults and the other for children.
Both challenges proved to be very popular, so I thought let's combine the two and voila....
Colour along with a Child Challenge was created and will launch today at Art by Barb facebook group.
Unfortunately, I didn't have a child to colour along with me but you can visit Victoria's Crafting Creations blog to see how Vic and her daughter Tiegan coloured the image together.


The free image for this months challenge is Baker line art. Available in a boy and girl version. 

I coloured the image with mainly promarkers and used a light grey pencil for the hat and mouse and a black pencil for the cat.

 Pop along to Art by Barb and read the pinned post for full details about how to request the free image and enter the challenge.

Hope to see you soon,
Barbara