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Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Cardmaking 201, Stars and Stamps, Tutorial | 13 comments

Tutorial: Coloring House Mouse

“House Mouse” is an incredibly cute little critter image that we see a lot of on our OWH cards! They are so cute… and fun to color! Isn’t this little Monica Mouse adorable?

House Mouse image

 This week, we have an awesome tutorial on coloring that little House Mouse by Ellen Jareckie, the House Mouse artist herself! Sandy was able to capture this bit of video tutorial while at CHA in LasVegas last week. Watch Ellen demonstrate her coloring technique using  colored pencils and Turpenoid! Turpenoid is a solvent that can be applied to an image that is colored with (not water-soluble) colored pencils. You can use blending stubs or even q-tips, as Ellen demonstrates here. It works by breaking down the wax and spreading it so that the result is a beautiful, blended image. This is such a fun technique for coloring!  I would explain more, but Ellen does it so much better. There is more about the Turpenoid in a little Q&A at the end of the video, so be sure to check that out.

For those who have been smitten.. tons of those little House Mice.. Mouses? . . can be found at  Stampendous and they are available in digital, cling mount rubber and wood mounted varieties.  Here is Sandy and Ellen’s video… enjoy!

I hope that you will follow Sandy’s directions at the end of the video for leaving comments on YouTube … feel free to also comment here and leave a big round of applause for Ellen for sharing with us today.  I’ll leave an InLinkz this week for you to share your creations. If you don’t have a house mouse image to color, you could also give this coloring technique a try on a different image and share your result with that. Tutorials can always be found in the archives, so feel free to take as much time as you like, and discuss this kind of coloring too. I don’t have much experience with it myself, so I would love some more tips from you coloring pros!


  1. Love the MOUSE collection and thank you for sharing this video as I also didn’t know about turpenoid. I have to go get some!

  2. What kind of colored pencils was she using? Prisma’s?

    • I’m not sure Kristy.. I know that they are not water color pencils, but maybe Sandy could confirm what brand she was using!

    • She is using prisma pencil crayons which most of the artists recommended for this technique. But you can use Crayola pencil crayons.

  3. I dont know why but I don’t see a link to the video, what am I missing?

  4. I have about six House “mice” in my stash. Of course Mudpie is my favorite. I love to make a story on the front of cards using these cute guys. Everyone should have at least one. But just like potato chips you cant just have one.

  5. I had have used this technique before. I never tried baby oil before and I’m curious to try it because the smell will be a whole lot nicer. However I am worried if it leaves a greasy feel on paper and will smear on the cardstock.

    • I’ve tried the baby oil thing before and didn’t really care for the results. Maybe I used the wrong kind of baby oil… I also worried about oil staining through the paper onto other layers of the card, but I used watercolor paper and that never seemed to happen. I think I will try the terpenoid next!

  6. TFS your tips Ellen…adorable image and your coloring looks like painting.

  7. I adore House Mouse and some of their bear and bunny friends. Thanks for the tut, Ellen and Sandy! Didn’t know about the natural Turpeniod, had tried the other and couldn’t take the smell. Tried Baby Oil and worried about residue and bleed through, so this will be next on the list! Also the makeup applicators, since I didn’t like always having to clean and sharpen the stumps! As to how many House Mice, Mouses, Meece? I’ve got, I’m not telling!!

  8. awesome coloring! thanks for sharing! will have to try the natural turpeniod. thanks Ellen for sharing your talent. Love House Mouse!

  9. I’ve been using Prismacolor pencils with Odorless Mineral Spirits for years. I buy both at Michael’s in the art section. Thanks for telling us about Turpenoid. I didn’t know it would work the same. Love my House Mouse collection.

  10. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I love the House Mouse line of stamps and really enjoyed seeing how the creator colors them. I can’t wait to try this technique. A softer look than using colored markers.

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