With the Collab Nation Black & White stages all finished up, it was time to start adding colour and making them into prints.

I loved how the piece looked in Black & White, which made it a challenge to plan out the colours. I’d put it off for weeks and lost count of how many times I changed my mind on the colour scheme. With the exhibition deadline was drawing ever closer, I just had to make the call, get on and get it done, or risk missing out on having this piece in the show!

I’ve had the Black & White version as my phone’s screensaver for months but it wasn’t until I started colouring that I noticed all the awesome little details in the other artist’s work. Remouse, Kabi, CBLOXX and Aylo gave me something brilliant to work with and I was falling in love with their additions to the piece all over again. I really enjoyed colouring it and wished I’d started sooner!

Collab Nation 4: Stina Jones x Remouse x Kabi x Morbid x Aylosdoodles

I sent the finished piece through to Collab Nation HQ just in time for the print deadline. Given how close I was pushing it with my submission, I hadn’t thought to ask ahead about which colour mode was needed for the print ready artwork! I’m so used to working in RGB with my own Art Print supplier that I hadn’t realised the Collab Nation printer required the more standard CMYK, so the colours came out a little more blue than in my mock up. However, the more I looked at it, the more I preferred the blue tones, so asked for it to be kept as it was – it was a happy accident and I was pleased with the results!

The finished coloured collabs are now on display at the Collab Nation: With a Hint of Colour Exhibition, at Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery in North Wales, until 15th November – well worth a peek if you can make it down!

To see more of the collabs from this project, head over to the Collab Nation Facebook page – facebook.com/Collabnation

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    Stina Jones is a Freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer based in Manchester, with over 10 years industry experience producing fully bespoke imagery for everything from print and web marketing campaigns, through to animations and artwork installations. Clients include BBC Digital, HTC Mobiles, British Airways, Ordnance Survey, Atkins Global, Access to Music Ltd, ValueMyStuff.com, Bitters 'n' Twisted Venues, among others.

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