Mar 18

Let’s Copic! Ahoy sailor boy!

Woo-hoo! You have no idea how much I’d love my various blog features to grace these pages more often, but it is what it is and when it does happen, I’m a HAPPY chicken! Today I bring you another colouring tutorial. I had so much fun with this little guy from the Penny Black  Ahoy stamp set, I’ve been dying to colour him but alas it had to wait. There’s a couple more images in this set and I swear I won’t rest until they’re all coloured (well, at least the boys!). LOL

The layout is based on Retro Sketches #106:

I hope you’ll enjoy 🙂

I actually had an accident along the way, with a marker leaking ink and leaving a nasty pool on the paper right on the coloured image – these sadly happen often but I’m determined to salvage the work when I can, and so I did now. I’m keeping it real, LOL!
To save you the details, I suck at refilling markers because all those I attempted to refill in the past, do leak. Badly. I’m not sure what the problem is but I assume it may lie in over-stuffing them with ink. Any ideas, please share!

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Sep 30

Let’s Copic! Happy Haunting!

Hello! It’s been a longer than I anticipated but I’ve got another Copic tutorial today! This one is a quick study of monochromatic, and I’m working with the fabulous Haunted Halloween stamp set from Penny Black. Here’s what the finished card looks like.

Once coloured, I cut out the house and adhered it over the same image, stamped on a piece of yellow cardstock. Before I did that, I stamped the fence, witch and sentiment and used Distress Inks to ground the image on the card front.

Enjoy 🙂

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Jul 19

Let’s Copic! Teacher’s Pet Tia

I’m excited to bring you another Copic tutorial today, and as you could see from the sneak peek on the FB page, it’s a Some Odd Girl image! Doubly excited because I haven’t coloured one of these sweeties in way too long, and (some of you might remember that) I LURVVVEEEEE them. I must admit that I’m very picky when it comes to the stamps for colouring, but there’s something about these gorgeous wide-eyed girls that makes me want to gobble them up. I picked Teacher’s Pet Tia, not because I’m in need of a school-themed card but because her hair looked fun to colour. Let’s admit it, even though it’s often a challenge, colouring hair IS so much fun 🙂

Enjoy 🙂

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Jul 08

Let’s Copic! Summer Blossoms and a blending tutorial

Hi there! You might remember that a little while ago I promised to launch a new series on my blog, with tutorials on Copic colouring. Well, it’s finally here and I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy it 🙂
It wasn’t an easy decision as I personally think there are plenty of artists out there who do way better job with these babies, however I was approached many times by people asking about a tutorial on my colouring, and I guess you guys know best what you’d like to see here 🙂 Still I think I need to answer some potential questions…

1. I’m not affiliated with the Copic brand, X-Press Graph-X Supplies or any store that carries Copics. Just a big fan.
2. My collection of Copics is relatively small, as of now I own approx. 160 markers. I try to do best with what I’ve got and it often means that I’m using unusual combinations. The beauty of Copics is though, that more often than not… well, it works! I’m so NOT a purist in mixing the colours in the same family 🙂
3. My colouring can be all over the place, messy, imperfect. If you’re looking for impeccable, I suggest you hit another place, lol

Right! How about this lovely Summer Blossoms image from Flourishes?


I decided to use the sketch from the July Release Challenge on the Flourishes blog:


Today I’d like to show you my blending techniques. I suspect there many be nearly as many ways to blend, as many there are users… and there’s no right or wrong, as soon as you learn the basics. To me, the key to successful blending is to use feathering, which means working from the darkest colour towards the lightest one and easing on the pressure as you do so. The rest is open to individual preferences and in the tut below you will see that I lay down the colours in a multitude of different combinations. It all comes down to what feels right for the moment.

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