Vintage Santas


The first time that I color a detailed image, like this Santa’s Lap from the Saturday Evening Post collection at Cornish Heritage Farms, I try to color it similar to the label. I find that very helpful in getting my bearings with the image…the shading, the shadows, etc. Then I like to try to branch out and try my own color schemes. I still use that original label as a reference, but it’s somewhat easier the 2nd and 3rd time around. So, if you struggle with an image that you see beautifully colored in your mind but not the same affect on paper, keep trying. When I recently completed my Copic Certification, I was shocked when Marianne (marker goddess) said it sometimes took her HOURS to color an involved scene. I don’t know why I thought I could do it in 30 minutes… eye rolling here.


This was an image I colored at the lake this past weekend. I used the panel to work into this week’s Sketch Challenge at Splitcoast.


The key with Copics is patience and giving the ink enough time to give you solid coverage. This is how this colored image looks from the back. See how the ink soaks through and gives you almost a complete picture on the back of the cardstock? This soaking is what gives you the ability to meld you colors together and move the color for shading.

See you tomorrow with some fluttering inspiration….

7 responses to “Vintage Santas

  1. Lori, these are just stunning! I love the look of the bright green jammies with the dark Santa suit on the first one. WOW!!!

  2. Beautiful samples, Lori — I love the unexpected brown and the rich red/burgundy is gorgeous!

  3. I love the vintage feel of both of your cards Lori!

  4. Oh, LOri, Santa never looked so good. You captured all of his features and those of the child. thanks so much for sharing this with us….MaryAnn

  5. What a beautiful look to these vintage Santa’s! Great coloring on them. Thanks for sharing them with us.


  6. Love the vintage Santa image! Wonderful cards! Deb

  7. Gorgeous vintage Santa cards!! Your coloring looks wonderful on both!!!

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