Candy Corn tricks & treats
Exciting new changes are being unveiled here at Vanilla Arts! One of the surprises that many of you have been asking for is the re-release of some of Amy’s retired Copic Marker and Prismacolor colored pencil Workshop classes.
Back by popular demand…
The retired Digi Club image, “Candy Corn.”
Halloween is coming and Amy has delivered!
For our newer followers, this will be something brand new. However, if you’re one of our beloved Vanilla Arts alumni who has already colored this wonderful line-up of Halloween confections, don’t fret…
We have a special treat for you!
Jumbled or straight?
Thanks to Kathy, our resident digital stamp expert, colorers will now be able to create their own unique candy corn image! You may choose to color Amy’s festive stamp as it is; all in a nice row, neatly doing a little line-dance…
…Or maybe you want to throw caution to the wind and alter the Candy Corn into your own delectable jumble.
(Are you starting to realize that with terrific computer design information like this, your coloring possibilities are endless?)
So let’s have Kathy take it from here. She’s got a Bonus Byte mini lesson on a monster mash mix-up that will knock your socks off!
And while you’re at it, check out our other issues of Computers for Colorers for more tips & tricks! Click the button below.
altering the Candy Corn digital stamp with iPad procreate
A Computers for Colorers- Bonus Byte
by Kathy F.S.
Remember Halloween when you were a kid?
You and your friends would come home from a rollicking night of trick-or-treating. Before anyone even bothered to detach mermaid tails or put away pitchforks, they gleefully dumped their loot bags and spread out their stash of sweet treasures.
Somebody else got something you really wish was in your bag!
Similar thoughts ran through my mind when Amy said she was scheduling the re-release of her Candy Corn image.
Don’t get me wrong, I love this digital stamp. My problem is that I’m a loooong-time Vanilla Arts student
I already have this project hanging on my kitchen wall!
Then I started to think… If only the image could be changed just a little bit…
Well, why not?!
I mentioned the possibility of this to Amy and she was all for it! Not only did she give me permission to alter her candy corn digital stamp, she is generously giving me this fantastic forum to tell you how you can do it too!
So, friends, follow me and let’s see what wonderful things can be done with this delectable row of candy corn!
The stamp itself is one long line of 8 candies. Amy told me she did this on purpose, to allow people to cut off a few kernels to fit better on card fronts.
That’s the sign of a stamp artist who trusts you. She’s not giving you a stamp and leaving you to figure out how to use it. She’s saying “here are the pieces, now go create something new!”
For starters, I can separate the pieces and then put them back together anyway I want. I can make a simple composition of three pieces of candy.
Or maybe I can create a flower made up of candy corn petals!
Since I have Amy’s permission to edit this image (and now you do too!) I am pretty much limited only by my imagination.
The steps are the same when it comes to editing this image whether you make a simple or complex creation.
From your iPad, launch the Procreate app, and then follow these steps:
1. Start a new document
2. Insert the candy corn graphic. Procreate refers to this as, “Insert a Photo”
3. Activate the Freehand Selection tool
4. Isolate one piece of candy corn by drawing a loose loop around it
5. Copy and Paste the isolated piece of candy corn. Procreate places the piece of candy on it’s own layer.
6. Return to the Inserted Image Layer in the Layers Panel and repeat steps 4 & 5 until all the pieces of candy corn are on separate layers.
7. Open the Layers Panel and select one of the single pieces of candy corn (tap on the layer).
8. Activate the Transform tool
9. Move this piece of candy, rotate and/or resize as desired. Once you are satisfied, repeat steps 7, 8 & 9 until all the pieces of candy are placed in the desired locations.
10. If you don’t want to use every piece of candy corn from the Inserted Image, turn off the visibility of the extra layers or simply delete them.
11. I prefer to turn off the Background Color (remove the checkmark from the Background Color box located at the bottom of the Layers Panel).
12. Depending upon what I might be doing with the image, I may export it via the Share option in the Actions Panel (tap the Wrench icon to locate this) or use this same option to Print the image for coloring.
What can you do with this stamp?
Your imagination may go to unexpected places as mine did. Originally I wanted to put some candy corn into a dish.
Somehow that idea morphed into putting them into a little trick-or-treat bucket!
If you want your artwork to be unique, take the time to brainstorm a bit about your projects.
You will be shocked at the creative ideas that are unleashed!
In the end, I used my new digital image to create this funky 5”x 7” Halloween greeting card.
I hope this “bonus byte” of information has triggered your craving to learn more about what you can do with digital stamps on your computer or tablet.
But this byte is just that…a small “bite” of information.
If you want to satisfy a deeper hunger for artistic design, stay tuned for more of my monthly in-depth C4C tutorials.
Until next time . . .
Kathy FS is a Vanilla Arts student who enjoys hand-lettering pointed puns, realistic coloring, and getting up early to sleepwalk the dogs. You can follow her on Instagram here.
Want to color Candy Corn?
Take the Candy Corn Class:
Candy Corn is an hour of video based instruction which includes the cast shadowing, base markering, and pencil details to make the candies appear dimensional yet accurately shaded. Also included is a Technique Deep Dive video where Amy talks about the importance of luminance in markers and opacity in colored pencils.
Baby Pumpkin, Candy Corn, and Tonic all work hand in hand to help you develop bold and vibrant colors. Baby Pumpkin is a beginner level introduction to paper staining for stubborn marker colors. Tonic covers glowing greens in a fun lesson on colorful texture.
If Halloween is your jam, you can’t miss this total approach to vibrant, spooky, and downright eerie color.
Color Kathy’s Candy Corn Bucket Digital Stamp:
Vanilla Arts tech guru Kathy has created a fun candy digi stamp that would be perfect as a stand alone project or to make some fabulous cards for your favorite friends & family!
Kathy’s recipe is included to recreate the shown coloring sample but one of the great things about the Candy Corn Bucket digi stamp is that you can use it at anytime of the year! Red/white/green for Christmas; Red/pink/white for Valentine’s Day; Pastel colors for Easter; Red/white/blue for the 4th of July! The possibilities are endless!
Candy Corn doesn’t have to be limited to Halloween!
Check out these images for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter and Fourth of July!