Color with me – Jungle House from the Magical Jungle, part one

Something Basford, something jungle, something happy, something colored… Well here comes part one of our new color along! Yay! This time from the Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford. We’ll be using Faber-Castell Polychromos.
Don’t forget to tag your progress and results with #colorwithiris in Instagram so I can see, like and share your results!

Stuff used on day one:
Faber-Castell Polychromos (120 set)
Pencils listed in order of appearance. Feel free to use other pencils and/or replace some colorways entirely with something else you like

  • Chrome Oxide Green
  • Earth Green Yellowish
  • Dark Naples Ochre
  • Terracotta
  • Indian Red
  • Ivory

Today was all about the background. And for the curious, no, I didn’t stop there just to take my nail polish off 😀 This was shot over two days since my kid woke up in the middle of filming, which is lately her thing. Anyway background. You can easily work more layers onto this to get an even more intense look but I wanted it to look relatively subtle in the end because I want the house to be the focus in the end. We’ll see how that goes.
As you can see, I flipped the book around a bit here. This just makes it easier for me because my natural stroke is best in the up-down movement. Thus it’s easier to flip the page rather than try to do something that feels uncomfortable. Try out different angles to find what suits best for you.
The right side of the background is a bit messy for me since I can’t get the book to lie down completely flat and it’s pretty hard to have uniformity over a curved surface. If that happens to you too, don’t worry. Be gentle with your strokes and try flipping the book.
You can use a blender instead of the Ivory in the end to blend and burnish but Ivory does add a bit of coherence and oomph to it all so I’d recommend that.

End result of part one:

Next we’ll start on the grassy-leafy bits, it will be up hopefully tomorrow.

All parts of this tutorial:
Day one – background
Day two – grass, loads of leaves
Day three – more leaves!
Day four – house, bird, snail

2 thoughts on “Color with me – Jungle House from the Magical Jungle, part one

  1. You may already do this, but I have seen a comment that if you heat the binding with a hair dryer or heat gun, it is easier to open the book for two page pics. I haven’t tried it yet, but I will!


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