Thursday, 21 October 2010

How to..... Black Hair

Hi there,
I've been extreme multi-tasking lately and have managed to do a couple of new tutorials while simultaneously making up some samples for a demonstration, so without further ado, here's how I colour black hair...


As usual I have stamped the image ( Sitting Gorjuss Girl from Sugar Nellie ) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and this time I've used smooth notebook card from The Papeterie.




The first colour I use is black, using light feathery strokes, I've coloured quite a large area of the hair (more than I would usually colour for any other hair colour. I've left enough white areas, where I imagine the light would be hitting, for blending.


Next up, I again use feathery strokes over the black areas and slightly into the white areas, this blends the 2 colours a little - don't worry about the blending being seamless yet.
 I repeat this process with IG3, moving a little further into the white areas - but leaving a little white visible as a highlight.

By colouring over the Black and IG5 areas with the IG3 you will notice that there is a bit of bleaching - to counteract this and also to give the hair a glossier looking finish I use Indigo Blue over the darkest areas, using very light feathery strokes.

I then used Powder Blue over the whole hair area using very light feathery strokes, this blends all the colouring without bleaching out too much of the depth of colour. 

If necessary you can touch up the black a little...

And this is the finished image...
thanks for looking and hope this was helpful.

18 comments:

Kat said...

Great tutorial Debbi. I find black hair the most difficult and always tend to do brown!

Kat xx

Lorraine Robertson said...

super tutorial honey and hope you've not burned your fingers out too much with colouring... you've got a big demo coming up only 10 sleeps time... lol...

Hugs
Lorraine xxx

Andrea said...

Wow! Your colouring is amazing - thanks so much for this tutorial - I just cannot get hair right!
Love, Andrea xx

Kirsti said...

It's very good Debbie, but I still wouldn't be able to do it...rubbish at colouring in...xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Thanks hun your a darling!
hugs shell xx

jenny said...

Fab tutorial Debbi, great idea to finish off the blending with powder blue, must try that :)

Jenny x

Hazel (Didos) said...

Thanks so much Debbie, Loved this wee tutorial as I am hopeless at hair on my images. Thanks again. Hazelxoxo

Liz, said...

Brilliant, hadn't thought of using blue.

Liz x

kaz_za's crafty corner said...

omg i sooo need lessons off you...!!!! i love your promarker tuts ... they help me out a lot...!!!! would love to see you demo.. but would take a few hours just to get to scotland on the train... lol...
thanks 4 sharing your hints and tips...
kaz_za

Cazzy said...

That is very helpful, I have wondered how to do darker hair and black hair, and also black fur on dogs or hair on horses.

Thanks Debbi,

Cazzy x

Marie said...

Supertut! Just what I need to learn! Thanks sweetie!
xMarie

Mary J said...

I would never have thought of using powder blue! Thx for the tutorial!

Lyse said...

Coloring in black is not easy, thank you very much for this tutorial and I guess it will also takes a lot of practice to make it as beautifus as this one.

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Mona E said...

I have been looking at your tutorials and i think they are amazing. You are so talented. I have been wondering how to get a glossier look on black hair and now i have found this perfect tutorial. I have never thought about blending in some light blue colour. But now i will give it a try. Thanks a lot. Love your blog. It is sooo much to learn here. I will put you on my regularly reading list. I am so happy i found this blog. Hugs...Mona

~ Demae ~ said...

I love the tutorial and gorjuss! thanks!

Maria said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I would never have thought of using powder blue! (could you please tell me which one is the name of the green color?)
Hugs,

Maria

Marleen said...

fab tutorial xxx

Cloudedbrains said...

Finally got this stamp and can't wait to try your tut's Debbie :o)

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