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;
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 Can 180 (40-45 minutes of air time)
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.
I have been using my left over cotton yarn to make colourful and cuddly little blankets for tots. They all go to a local shelter for women and their children. I hope they bring smiles to some little faces. I hope this inspires you to do something creative with your left-over yarn and fabric. (Hats, mittens scarves, stuffed animals, doll clothes…we are only limited by our imagination. Check out Pinterest for some great ideas and inspiration). 🙂
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!
I love working with the bright colours and watching these little blankets take shape. These all-cotton blankets will stand up to all the wear-and-tear a kid can give them. They are a perfect size for cuddling, hugging and generally dragging around. My blankets go to a local shelter for women and children, where I hope they are bringing big smiles to little faces. So, here’s number seven…number eight is in progress.
Thanks, so much for dropping in, I hope you will stop by again soon.