Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Texture for Australia Day


Hello Everyone!  Can you believe January is nearly over --- that means back to school time for Aussie kids and of course AUSTRALIA DAY!  Do you have something special you like to do to celebrate our National Day?  Go to the beach, BBQ with friends, family or neighbours or perhaps you have the Australian Open Tennis or the Tri-Series Cricket in your sights?  I'm sure one thing we all agree on is that the kangaroo is an iconic Aussie animal!  In preparation and celebration for Australia Day, I've been using this sweet CandiBeans image called G'day Izzy to create a textured kangaroo.

I've started by stamping G'day Izzy in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.

Next I've coloured the Kangaroo with E11, E13, E15, E17 for a reddish-brown kanga.  I have coloured her a bit darker as you get better results if the colours are darker.

Note:  Only colour the part of the image that you want to texture!!  If you colour everything you have to be super careful that it's not all textured and we don't want Izzy to have a fuzzy face now do we!!

Take a Colorless Blender Various Ink refill and a piece of old toweling (such as an old washer), add a little blender solution to the washer (but not TOO much!).

Gently dab the damp cloth to the image where you want the texture to be.  Don't hold it there too long or the texture will be much stronger and spread further giving a whole different look - feel free to experiment on a swatch sample, but don't risk it on your image!

If you do happen to leave the cloth on there a tad too long, don't fret; simply colour your image again with your Copic Markers to smooth it out and try again.

NOTE: Colorless Blender Markers and Solution are colour MOVERS, so don't be surprised if some of your colouring happens to move outside the lines after you use this technique.  Simply tidy it up by using your Colorless Blender to push the colour back inside the line.  :)


Finish colouring your image!  I've used mostly Greens and Golds since they are very Australian!  :)
Hat/Stump - E30, E31, E33, E35, Y11, Y15, YR24, G40, G43
Dress/Shoes - Y11, Y15, Y17, YG11, YG13, YG17
Skin - E000, E01, E11
Hair - YR21, E33, E35, YR24
Grass - G40, G43, G46, E11


Make your card and send it to someone and make their Australia Day one to celebrate!

Happy Colouring
Kathy  :) Pin It

Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 Copic Certification

We can't believe that its already 2015! How are you going with your crafty new years resolutions?! Perhaps completing the Copic Standard & Intermediate Certification program will help get you on your way?!

Standard Papercraft  Certification
The Papercraft Standard  Certification is designed for papercrafters, scrapbookers, store owners, store employees and designers. Our one-day intensive program will teach diverse applications for Copic products.  The classes are technique based and no finished projects will be produced. This class aims to provide a hands on class covering the most important aspects of Copic’s product lines and techniques. It includes detailed product knowledge, blending techniques, testing inks and papers and how to achieve the best possible results when colouring with Copic. You will receive a comprehensive  manual covering the full range of Copic products and an extensive kit of Copic products. You will also have an opportunity to use all of these products hands-on, as we cover their function and differences between them.

Intermediate Papercraft Certification
The Copic Papercrafting Intermediate Certification was developed for people who want to know more of the artistic aspects of working with Copic products. You must have completed the Standard Copic Certification class. In this class, you will cover shading, shadows and color.  You will learn composition and design in paper crafting, coloring trees, working with reds, skin tones and coloring hair.  Most importantly, you will learn to improve your own designs. If you want to take your coloring to the next level, this class is for YOU! You will receive a comprehensive manual and Copic bonus gift.


To register your interest- please click here! Dates and locations will be based on demand, so make sure you let us know if you would like to attend.
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Copic Mixed Media Journal Page

Today I will be using a few supplies from my X-Press It and Copic hoard to create a bright and happy journal page, using my 'word' for the new year!  



You will need:
  • Copic Markers: N9, N7, N5, N3, RV06, RV09, RV69 & Blender '0'
  • Copic Airbrush System
  • Copic Opaque White Paint
  • AtYou Spica Pens: Turquoise & Lavender
  • Molotow Paint Marker: Signal White EF, Shock Blue, Currant & Skin Pastel
  • X-Press It Mask It 
  • FabScraps Stencil - DS003
  • Bruynzeel Aquarel Pencils (watercolour pencils)
  • Assorted Stamps


Here's how I made it.



Gather a bold stencil, I used a pretty flower stencil from FabScraps, some favourite Copic Multi Liners for outlining and X-Press It Blending card or Blending Journal.  Using pale grey, print the word Bloom onto your page or card (for more lettering tips have a look here) using a printer.

Trace over the outline of the word with Black 0.5 Copic Multi Liner.


Place the stencil/mask at the top right corner of the page, using scrap paper to protect the rest of the area.  Use an airbrush to add RV06 all over the stencilled image.

 Swap to a darker colour, RV09 and add colour the the outside three rows of petals.

For the final colour select something even darker, I used RV69 and add colour to the outside row of petals only.

Repeat these steps, until the entire page is covered with stencilled flowers.

Use the Molotow white paint marker and Copic Opaque white to colour the printed word.
Outline letters using N9, N7, N5, N3, the greys will create a subtle outline.

At this stage you will have something a bit like this, you could leave it there,
but I had to add a little extra.

Using Memento Tuxedo Black stamp a few images onto the page (roughly mask the word with Mask It before stamping).  Use Bruynzeel Aquarel pencils to add a hint of green to the stamped leaves and black to create a shadow around the figure.  Blend with a waterbrush and let  dry.

 For a little extra pop use a Molotow paint markers to colour the skin, and also as a wash (mixed with water on a palette) to add a hint of colour to the wings.
For some sparkle add a touch of Spica - or a LOT.

Finish by adding a hint of white to the wings and leaves for contrast.

The end result looks like this - I love how the original stencil pattern recedes or pops forward depending on the placement against the stamp!


So grab those Copics and your favourite stamps and stencils and have a play!

Wishing you all a wonderful 2015 - Happy New Year!

Kate

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Stormy Summer Skies


Hello Everyone!!  Today's tutorial is meant to be Summer themed and yes, usually people reach for things related to the beach, pool, drinks or BBQ type things.......after the last few weeks, the most appropriate thing here in 'sunny' Queensland is Stormy Skies!!  We've had a shocker of a start to Summer, storm after storm not to mention the massive storm that had hail the size of cricket balls pelt the city and caused over $800 million worth of damage.  So on that note, let's go play at creating some stormy skies......

I've used this cute image by Unity from their Hodgepodge of Happiness stamp set, stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics.
Umbrella/Boots - Y11, Y15, Y17
Bench - E81, E84, E87
Dress - B00, B12, B14, RV11, RV13
Grass - YG11, YG13, YG17, E81, BG93

So far our sky is just white card and that doesn't look very stormy at all!  To create some clouds I've used some X-press It Mask It and Spellbinders Labels 6 Die.  (You could cut your own custom shape if you don't have a cloud shaped die!)
While I have the Mask It out, I've stamped another image (also onto Blending Card because it's nice and smooth and you can reuse the mask), put a piece of Mask It over the top so it's stuck to the white card and then cut the image with a pair of scissors.  You want to cut it nice and tight otherwise you'll have a white line around your image.

Peel off the Mask It and place it over your coloured image.


Because the sky goes a weird green colour when there is hail in a storm, I'm lightly airbrushing the sky with BG93 first.

Then peel off your cloud shape and place it in the sky of your image.  I've used C3 to make my storm clouds.

Once you've lightly airbrushed around the edge, move it around and repeat.  This will give the effect of clouds in the sky.  I've gone a step further and added some C5 to really deepen those clouds.  (Not totally replicating the recent hail storm - they were more like C9!)

I've also gone back and added a little more BG93 as well as an all over C1 to dull the clouds a bit.  I've also taken the BG93 and airbrushed down the the ground - it won't effect the coloured image since she is protected by the Mask It!  Once you are happy with the way your sky looks, peel off your mask and put it back on your original stamped piece and save it for the next time you need it!

Make your card!

Just to note - I would never recommend sitting on a bench under an umbrella in a hail or electrical storm.....in fact I'd be running for cover and unplugging all the electricals in the house!  However, she makes a cute card don't you think?!

I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and everyone here at Copic Oz would like to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!  See you in 2015!

Happy Colouring
Kathy  :)Pin It

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Easy Typography for your Copic Projects

Today I'm going to let you in on a little secret - my lettering isn't always what I'd like it to be, so I CHEAT.  So in an effort to help all those other typographically challenged people out there, I'm going to share my secret formula for creating beautiful lettering on your cards, journals or scrapbook pages.

Two reliable ways to create beautiful typography:
  1. Use Word (or similar program) to create desired lettering, choose a outline only font, print this in very light grey using a laser printer.  You can trace straight over this printed word with Copics and if you are neat, no one will ever know you didn't write this yourself!
    NB: test your printer ink to make sure it is Copic safe before trying this, all laser printers are Copic Safe, only some ink jet printers have Copic safe ink.  For information on how to test your ink read this post.
  2. You learned this second method in Elementary/Primary School.  Print the word onto paper, flip the paper over and scribble on the back very heavily in soft lead pencil (eg: 2B), turn the paper back over place it over your project and then trace over the word - this transfers the carbon/graphite from the pencil creating a copy onto your card or page.
    NB: Only one thing you need to know here, tracing over pencil with Copic makes the pencil permanent - you can't rub it out later!  So this works best if outlining with black or dark coloured Copics that will hide the pencil lines.


I used the pencil trace method for the lettering on this project, as I knew I would be using black, which would hide the pencil lines.


For today's project, I will be printing directly onto my X-Press It Blending card and tracing over the printed text.


What I Used:

  • Copic Multi Liners: 0.3 Black, Turquoise, Pink, BS Cool Gray (Brush Tip)
  • Copic Marker: RV09, BG32 & BG49
  • AtYou Spica: Turquoise & Pink
  • XPress It Blending Card
  • Font - Victorian LET

Begin by tracing over your printed outline with a black Copic Multi Liner - I used 0.3

Using your favourite coloured Copic Multi Liners add a little doodling, I started with Turquoise.

Then add a little pink, leaving quite a bit of white space.

Swap to some of those yummy sparkly Spica pens and add a little more doodling.

Finish by adding simple dots to fill the remaining white space - don't make all of your marks doodles, keep some marks simple so your design doesn't look too busy.

To make your design pop off the page,  edge your letters using a cool grey - I used the Copic Brush Tip Multi Liner for this as it has a wondeful precision tip.

To complete my card I needed some ribbon, sadly I didn't have a colour to match the Turquoise, so Copics to the rescue!  I coloured some white ric-rac with my Copic Marker BG32.

I had the same problem with the glitter on my tree, so once again I used my Copic Markers in RV09 & BG49 to recolour the glitter elements on my embellishment.

When you put it all together the finished Christmas card looks like this.



I hope this post has given you a few ideas about how you could incorporate Copics into your Christmas cards and create beautiful lettering on your Copic projects!

Back with more next year and wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
Kate
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Reds and Greens


Hello Everyone!  Welcome back to another Copic Oz Tutorial!  Today we are talking Reds and Greens and of course what could be more perfect for this theme at this time of year than holly?  Holly is a lot of fun to colour and you can get such fabulous effects by focusing on your contrast to really make your image POP!

Today I've used the Heaven and Nature Sing stamp set by Power Poppy and have stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.  My FAV reds are R32, R35, R37, R39!  A lot of people do struggle with reds, however I find these blend beautifully and I love the shades of these markers.  For greens - particularly for Christmas themed images - I always reach for G20, G21, G24, G28.  I love the contrast from pale green through to very deep green!

I've started with the holly leaves by laying down a base of G20

I've used the shading on the stamp as a guide to where to deepen the colour with G21

Deepen this shading again with G24

Then I've added the darkest colour (use a light hand), G28.  Remember you can always add a little bit more, it's much harder to lighten something that is too dark.

Lightly blend your colours, always using your NEXT lightest colour!  I blended a *little* bit of G24, then a *little* bit of G21 and finally some G20.  You don't have to go over all the leave, the parts that you leave will be lighter and be the highlight to contrast with your shadows.  If you want to deepen your shadow areas, add a little grey or a deep blue-green!

To make the berries luscious and pop of the page - I start with R32

Then darken with R35 - remember you don't have to add much and it's only on the edge.

For a little more contrast, add some R37

Now you could stay with these three colours and lightly blend to finish your berries - or you could darken them some more for greater contrast.  Below, I've left the bottom one with the above three colours, the middle berry I've added a little R39 and the top one I've added a touch of RV99 to really darken it up! 

It's up to you how bright or dark you want to go.....I decided to darken all mine!  :)

You don't have to stop your reds and greens there!  I've finished my image off with lighter reds for my peachy-toned flowers and different greens for their leaves.
Flowers - R11, R12, R14
Leaves - G40, G82, G85, E21 (for a slight browning effect)
Flower Centres - Y21, Y28

I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial, thanks for popping by and if you are colouring Christmas themes right now, why not leave us a comment where we can find you!  We'd love to see what you create!
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