Mostly Copic with a dash of Prismacolor and a sprinkling of gel pen

Mostly Copic with a dash of  Prismacolor and a sprinkling of gel pen.

I love this Power Poppy image, Everything’ Rosy. I have coloured it several times, using various colours and techniques. In this image, I added a dash of white gel pen to the edges, let’s call it artistic licence. That’s what’s so great about art, you are free to create, add, delete or alter your work any way the mood hits you.

Thanks, so much, for dropping by. I hope you will visit again, soon.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Gloria

I love my Copics more, everyday!

I love my Copics more, everyday!

I have always enjoyed colouring. In fact, I had “adult” colouring books, such as Fashion through the ages and English cottages, back in the 1990’s, before colouring became the new way to relax. Back then, I had a box of inexpensive coloured pencils and the most one could say about my coloured pictures is that they were…coloured. I didn’t know anything about shadows, shading, blending and other special effects.

Fast forward to 2017

I have been using Copic markers for about five years. I have taken a few Copic workshops and would have taken more, but they only come to my home town of Ottawa, Canada, every couple of years. That said, there are many things you can do and many resources available to help you take your colouring from basic to beautiful; from simple to spectacular. Following are some tips that have really helped me. I hope they help you, too.

  • watch free on-line tutorials–there are thousands;
  • be inspired by others’ work;
  • CASE (Copy and Share Everything)–that’s what crafters do;
  • experiment with your Copic markers to discover new and creative ways to take your work to the next level;
  • when buying digital images or stamps, be inspired by the coloured samples on the websites; a great one is Power Poppy, which shows samples by several artists for each digital image;
  • visit digital stamp sites, such as Vanilla Arts Co., which offers a free monthly digital image that comes with a speed colouring video and a “recipe” showing which media and colours were used (e.g., Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, etc.);
  • experiment with blending colours and make notes on which colour combos blend well together;
  • keep track of which Copic markers you have by using the Copic Color Chart or Sandy Allnock’s Copic Hex Chart;
  • follow Facebook fan pages for Copic artists, such as Sandy Allnock, Vanilla Arts Co., Mo’s Digital Pencil, to name just a few.

And a few final tips…

  • if you don’t use your Copic markers regularly, the tips will dry out and will have to be replaced. At a cost of about $7.50 USD for a package of three, it can get expensive.
  • Copic Sketch markers have a shelf life of about three years, whether or not they are used unless, of course, you fill them regularly so that they don’t dry out;
  • to avoid having to buy a large quantity of Copic Various Ink Refills at one time, I always buy a marker and a refill together.
  • keep your markers in good shape by cleaning your markers and marker caps regularly.

I hope you find these tips useful. I’d love to hear and share any tips you might have about any aspect of paper crafting, Copic art, Prismacolor art, or just about anything else you can think of.

That’s it for this time. Thanks for dropping by!

Gloria

Copic Airbrush System

Copic Airbrush System

I just bought my first Copic Airbrush System! I chose the ABS-1N, which includes everything I need to become an airbrushing pro…well, that and a little practice. Here’s what’s in the kit: 

  • Air Grip
  • Air Adaptor
  • Air Can 180 (40-45 minutes of air time)
  • Air Hose
  • Air Can Holder

I tried it today on a pretty image called Pure Prairie Bouquet by Marcella Hawley of Power Poppy. I used a digital image, which I sized to a fit on a 5″x5″ piece of cardstock (the finished card is 6″x6″). I then printed out two copies and sent one copy through my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a “mask.” A mask is an cut-out duplicate of the image you want to colour. I placed it directly over the image, and then used my airbrush to create a blue background.

Let’s Add a Special Effect

To create a special effect, I put a few drops of Copic Colorless Blender on the corner of an old facecloth and dabbed it over the airbrushed area.

Next, I removed the mask and coloured the image with my Copic markers.

Here’s how it turned out… I would love to hear your comments and creative suggestions.

Pure Prairie Bouquet

Copic colouring…I love my Copics and Vanilla Arts Co.!

I’ve been learning new techniques for colouring with my Copics since I discovered Vanilla Arts Co. The digital images are amazing and each one comes with a “recipe” that shows what colours were used to achieve a professional result. And, if that’s not enough, they also provide a free speed-colouring video that shows you how to colour the image from start to finish. The great thing is that you can stop and start as often as you like so that you can work at your own speed. I joined their Free Digi Club (free of charge) and I receive a free digi once a month, along with the “reciped” and access to the speed-colouring video. Here is one I did last week, called Hudson the Bear (I got it free from the Free Digi Club). The image to the left is what you receive and the one to the right is after I coloured it using the speed colouring video as my guide. I’m really impressed with the results. I probably couldn’t have done this without see the techniques used in the video. Try it out for yourself. I promise you will fall in love with Vanilla Arts Co. Oh, and by the way, I don’t work for the company, I just love their products!

HUDSON THE BEAR before I coloured it. Click on the image for a larger view.

When I received the image I thought,”holy cow, how am I ever going to colour this so it looks real?”And, then, I started the speed-colouringvideo and was amazed at the results I achieved.

 

HUDSON THE BEAR
after I coloured it. Click on the image to see a close-up of the details.

I’m a BIG fan of Vanilla Arts Co. and a BIG fan of Copic markers. Put me together with them in the same room and I’m in Colouring Heaven!!!

Thanks, so much,for stopping by. I hope you will drop in again, soon. Until next time, happy colouring, happy crafting, happy everything!

Gloria
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75th Birthday card for Lois

cupcake-cu_peHappy Birthday, Sis!

My good friend, Lois, whom I like to think of as a sister I chose for myself, just celebrated her 75th birthday. Because we live hundreds of miles from each other, we weren’t able to be together to celebrate her big day. So, I did the next best thing (as all card-makers do), I made her a special birthday card.

This gorgeous cupcake image is by Vanilla Arts Co. I just discovered them a couple of weeks ago and I am in love with their images…but, I digress.

I decided to make an easel card so that Lois could stand it up easily on a table or shelf. The best part of making this card was, as always, colouring it with my Copic Markers. Here are some photos of the finished card…

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Isn’t this a beautiful image? It was such a delight to colour.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is a view of the card in the easel position.

 

 

 

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Here is the card opened to display the inside messages.

As it happens, Lois is in the process of making some big life changes and I wanted the messages in my card to be encouraging to her as she works through the decision-making process. I just know that this coming year is going to be fantastic for her!

So, that’s it for this time. I hope this inspires you to make a card for someone special in your life.

Until next time, happy card-making, and have a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!

Gloria