Ballgown with Rainbow Skirt and Black Bodice

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I couldn’t properly tell you if this is the product of a good mood or a bad one. I work best when my heart feels brilliant; gloom separates me from ultramarine and crimson red as surely as a broken hand would. But sometimes I overdo it, too.

Oh, well, it was fun, and I’m sure someone will make a good collage out of it on Polyvore someday!

36 thoughts on “Ballgown with Rainbow Skirt and Black Bodice

  1. Although it’s not the type of thing I would wear, I like it. The contrast kind of grabs your eyes. How did you make the fabric look like it was gathered?

  2. This is my favorite yet, I love color and your dress got all the color without overwhelming me. Awesome Job!

  3. I really like this. It’s so happy, it made me feel a little better. I just found out my adviser gave me the wrong info for a class I’m taking in college, so now I’m stuck in a class I hate. Maybe I should put this dress on my bulletin board to make me happy.

  4. Thanks, everyone!

    Janani, it’s kind of hard to describe – in a way this is sort of what I do when I’m almost on autopilot. For this, I started out with a layer of a light color – for example, the red base is Poppy Red – lightly applied all over the area (not hard at all, you still see lots of the white). Then Crimson Red in thin lines over it: more at the top and thickly around the sides, and just kind of all over the place in the middle of the red part. Then Tuscan Red at the edges and top, and over the Crimson Red lines, and the colorless blender to smooth it all together and especially bring out the Poppy Red. Then there’s just a little black between each section and at the very top, under the bodice part. I don’t know if that makes sense? I already put away the pencils, I forget which colors exactly I used.

  5. Betty, let’s see if I can remember… Poppy Red, Crimson Red and Tuscan Red; Spring Green, Kelly Green and Dark Green; Light Cerulean Blue, Sky Blue Light and Indigo Blue; Parma Violet, Violet and Black Grape; Sunburst Yellow, Goldenrod and ???? I believe Canary Yellow, could be Lemon Yellow too; Pumpkin Orange, Yellowed Orange and ??? – I think Pale Vermillion, I like that one so it’s probably the one I used. Black, French Grey 90, French Grey 50 (I think).

  6. Woah! So nice after a day of rain. The storm passed right north of us (as in, half hour away) so all we had all day is rain and now it’s all freezing. Fingers crossed for no school.

  7. My eyes went all googly when I saw that gown. I aboslutely LOVE it Liana!

    If you want a good example of how Liana does her gathering effect check out her colourless blender tutorial. The breakdown shows the steps she used to achieve her effects. I learned a lot from that tutorial.

  8. We are in the midst of a blizzard, with 35 mph winds, and two feet of snow. Everything is shut down and everyone is snow bound–your lovely rainbow of a dress could not have come at a better time! I shall have to print out several so that each of my granddaughters paperdolls can have one!

  9. I… would wear this. I wouldn’t even need an excuse, I’d just wear it out to the grocery or walking the dog. “Geez, lady, what’s the occasion?” “IT’S WEDNESDAY, ISN’T THAT ENOUGH?” This is why I am not allowed within a hundred miles of a frock shop.

  10. Wow…when I first pulled up the screen, it dazzled me. It’s like…if you hadn’t done the bodice in black, it could’ve turned out all wrong. Or if one of the colors on the skirt was a shade different, the mood would totally flip out.

  11. I love it! I have a suggestion though. i noticed, in the past that you made soem Naruto costumes, could you make more? (its kinda strange i know! :) your amazing!

  12. That is seriously gorgeous. Maybe you should make a sun one, and a cloud one, or a rainy one…all sorts of weather :D.

  13. Im screaming right now Liana! I am in LOVE with this dress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the best one you have done yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :0 :)

  14. i think it’s great! It sorta reminds me of what a female version of the Sixth Doctor would wear to a fancy dress party.


  16. I know this is my second comment, but i couldn’t help but not do it. I really like how there were subtle sparkles on the bodice of the dress. How do you do that? Oh, and i was curious, but I’ve tried to use white colored pencils before to highlight stuff, but it never works. Any tips or something? :D

  17. Thanks, everyone ^^;;

    Juliet, I might… I have this tendency to pull up Naruto on Hulu when I get sick, and just lay in bed and watch them fight until I have to go to sleep. The last time I was sick, I think Sasuke was gathering his team members… I wonder where they are now? ^^;;

    Tracy, I like that idea – that’s a good idea to store away for days when I feel like I just want to play with color ^^

    Tracy, to be honest, the bodice owes more to Photoshop than it does to my coloring! This dress is significantly changed from the original scan, because the colors didn’t seem right. (I have vague ideas of rescanning it because the original is prettier, and I was tired and just wanted it to look all right ^^;;) The original bodice has more of a flat look to it, and when I was adjusting the colors I was mostly looking at the skirt, but whatever I did picked up the lighter spots in the bodice and made them more apparent, or the rest of the bodice darker. I liked it, so I posted it :)
    I find it real tricky to highlight with white – it can give something a pearly look, or it can make it look kind of flat and like I tried tacking it on as a highlight at the last minute, which is basically the truth. I used to use white to blend things together before I had the colorless blender on my side, but now I don’t really use it that way unless I’m trying to fix something that I know in my heart is beyond help ^^;;

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