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!