Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Going Green!

Hello Everyone!! Today's tutorial is looking at greens - in particular colouring leaves! Anyone who has followed my work would know how much I love colouring floral images, so of course leaves are an essential piece of this. So let's have a look and see how today's image came together......

Start by stamping your image - I've used Simply Camellias by Power Poppy - in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.

In the Copic family there is a huge selection of greens to choose!  Whether you want soft spring greens, deep greens, bold and bright greens or muted grey-greens, you will find a great combination to suit your project.  Today I've used what would probably be my favourite green combination - G40, G43, G46, G99.  I just love the hues of this combo!

Lay down the base colour of G40.....

Then add some detail using the next darkest colour, in this case G43, particularly along the veins of the leaves......

Deepen the shadow areas with G46 (make sure you get on the underside of the leaves that would be blocked from the light)......

Go back with your next lightest colour (G43) and flick out from where you've added the G46.....

Then lightly go back with G40 (your lightest colour) over the edges of your previously coloured parts.  You don't have to colour over the entire leaf, the parts that you leave will stay light which will give you more contrast and interest.  You can repeat these last two steps until you are happy with the result.

When you blend with your lighter colours, you sometimes loose the depth from your darkest colour, so go back to add the contrast - I like to use G99 to really add some interest.

Then to make your leaves look a little less 'perfect' add a touch of E21 to parts of the leaves (it doesn't have to be much).  I really like the effect this gives.

Finish colouring your image in your preferred colours!!

I've used......
Flower - R00, R11, R12, R14, Y17
Bowl - C1, B0000, B000
Leaves - G40, G43, G46, G99, E21

Create your card!  You can find more details about how I made the card itself on my blog.

Hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and you're inspired to colour some beautiful foliage yourself!!
Happy colouring

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Copic Coloured Feathers

Hi Copic fans - today I thought I'd try something fun and funky - colouring feathers with my Copic Markers!  As it turns out the most difficult thing about this was finding the white feathers - as for the colouring the feathers, it was so much easier than I thought it would be and rather a lot of fun.

Gather beautiful supplies, I used:

  • Copic Markers: RV17, V09, B16, V17, BG13, BG57 & BG75
  • Kirarina Wink Pens: Candy Set
  • Molotow One4All Paint Pen EF 2mm nib
  • X-Press It Double Sided Tape
  • FabScraps Starburst Sprays: Tea Pot Purple & Time Travel Teal
  • White Feathers
  • X-Press It Blending Card A4
  • Ink Pads: Archival Royal Purple, Aquamarine and Delicata - Golden Glitz

Begin by cutting some of the X-Press It Double Sided Tape to size and trim the ends to fit the feathers, stick a piece of tape onto the back of each feather.  This provides a little extra strength and stops the feather splitting as you work on it.

Using a variety of Copic Marker Colours, carefully colour each feather - I varied my feather colours but used the same process on each.

Begin by adding BG13 - use the Copic Marker to create a chevron pattern.  Try to work in the direction of the feather - it's much easier!

Add some V09.

Use BG57 to begin smoothing out the colours by adding this colour between and over some of the previous colouring.

Finish colouring with BG75 - you can leave some white space if you like.

Once the feathers are coloured to your satisfaction, it's time to add some metallic glitz with the fabulous Kirarina Wink pens and Molotow paint markers - I added dots, stripes and even coloured some of the tips on my feathers.

To create a background for the feathers, stamp some text on the bottom of your white cardstock - I used purple and aqua inks with a little Delicata Golden Glitz over the top. 

Add a few splashes or drips of Starburst sprays and dry with a heat gun/embossing tool.

Remove the backing from double sided adhesive tape on your feathers and press carefully and firmly onto your card front.  Your finished card should look a little something like this.

I can think of all sorts of uses for these Copic coloured feathers now that I've finished this - I think I might make myself a pair of earrings next!

Back soon with more,

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Saturated Canary Hair Tutorial

Hello Everyone!  Welcome back to another Copic Oz tutorial!  Today I'm colouring this super cute Saturated Canary image called Little Loves and focusing on colouring her hair.  There are many ways to colour hair and an infinite number of Copic colour combos that you can use.  Some images have lots of lines to follow to guide you to where shading should be, others have wide open spaces for you to play in.  Some people blend the hair so it's flatter and others use lots of fine details to give a more textured appearance.  So lets have a look at what I've done with Little Loves for this tutorial.

Stamp the image in Memento ink onto X-press It Blending Card (I've used Tuxedo Black)

Have a look at your image and see where the shadows/highlights would be, for example, hair is always darker at the parts/crown of the hair, on the underside of the hair close to the head, on the inside of plats and underside of curls.  Look at the curve of the hair and follow the lines when you colour.  Here I've used another image to show the direction I'm going to add the colours.

Add your lightest colour, flicking it in.  (For more information on flicking/feathering and using the tips of your markers, check out THIS Tutorial.)  I've used E11 for my base colour.

Next add your next darkest colour - in this case E13 and follow the lines of the colour you've already laid down, just don't go quite as far as you did with the first layer.  Use the tip of your maker when you flick, you should have a finer line which ends in a point.

Add your next darkest colour - in this case E15.  Once again use your tips to flick, following the lines of the colours already laid down, just not as far as the previous colour.

Then use your darkest colour - here I've used E18, flicking in using the tips and not going as far as the previous colour.

Now we are going to go over the lines again, but going lighter.  Here I'm using E15 over the E18 and dragging the colour out still using the tips.  With hair, you don't follow the traditional blending, rather adding many layers of colour of the other for a textured appearance.

Again, use the next lightest colour (here E13) to go over the previous colour and drag those lines out.

Use your lightest colour (here E11) to go over the previous colour and fill in those spaces.  You can leave white space for your highlights to add interest and contrast.

Sometimes you'll lose some of the contrast from the darkest colour after adding all the extra layers, so just go back and darken those areas until you are happy with the result.

Finish colouring your image in your preferred colours!

Hair - E11, E13, E15, E18
Skin - E000, E00, E01, E04, E11, E21, R20
Dress/Eyes - G20, G21, G94, G99
Lips - R20, R22
Butterfly - YR00, YR12, YR16, YR18

 Why not try different colour combinations and have some fun!  Make some cards or projects, or simply make it into a resource for your technique journal!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mail Art Made Easy with Copics

Hello gorgeous Copic Oz fans, today I'm going to show you how to create a beautiful piece of mail art that's almost too pretty to send!  This is a great way to create custom envelopes and really impress your postie, plus it's a simple way to reuse some of your own art to make something new.  If you don't want to make your own, there are an amazing array of beautiful stencils and masks on the market these days and this technique is versatile enough to look amazing with most of them.

You Will Need:

  • Copic markers:  Y06, BV11, B02, BG05 & RV06
  • Copic Various Ink: Colorless Blender
  • Copic Multi Liners: 0.3 & 0.5
  • AtYou Spica: Turquoise, Clear and Pink
  • Fab Scraps Stencil: Stars
  • X-Press It: Blending Card and Mask It film
  • Mini Mister bottle filled with Colorless Blender
  • Black acrylic paint or gesso


You can watch this being created on our YouTube channel or follow the instructions below.

Step 1: Gather some bright colour Copic markers, your favourite paper and Mask It film.
Fold card to create envelope.

Step 2: Cut a speech bubble shape out of Mask It film and adhere to envelope.

Step 3: Using an Airbrush add BV11

Step 4: Add Y06

Step 5: Then add B02

Step 6: Add RV06

Step 7: Finally add BG05 to cover any remaining white areas.

Step 8: Lay star stencil over envelope and spritz with Colorless Blender, allow to dry.

Step 9: Draw design onto Mask It film (if drawing your own design make sure to
REVERSE it so your design turns out the correct way), cut out and apply to envelope.
Paint over envelope with black gesso or acrylic paint.

Step 10: Allow paint to dry for approximately 2 minutes and then carefully remove mask.
You will notice there are a few areas that need a little smoothing or filling in.

Step 11:  Use Copic Multi Liners and Spica pens to fill in gaps, decorate and address envelope.

Once all the edges are smoothed and a little extra colour added, your unique mail art envelope is complete and will look something like this.

I'd love to see if you create any mail art with your Copic markers, please share your art on the Copic Australia Facebook page.

Back with more soon,

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lunch Notes

Hello Everyone and welcome back to another Copic Oz tutorial!  If you've been browsing around Pinterest, you may have come across handmade Lunch Notes - little messages for your kids when they open their lunch boxes (or perhaps your hubby??).  Since I have 3 kids of my own and two still in Primary School (I've been told by the High Schooler, under NO circumstances am I to slip one of these in his lunch box) that I would have a go making these myself!

I've grabbed the Sassy Succulents stamp set by Power Poppy, a Memento Ink Pad, X-press It Mask It and X-press It Blending Card.

I wanted to overlay the images and Mask It is perfect for the task!  A great way to create a mask that you can use over and over is to stamp the image you want to mask onto X-press It Blending Card, then remove the backing sheet and place the Mask It over the top.

While the Mask It is over the top, use a pair of sharp scissors to fussy cut very close to the edges.

Next stamp the same image onto another piece of Blending Card and then peel off the Mask It shape and place it over the top.

Ink up the other stamp you want to use and stamp it over the top of the Mask It covered image.

Peel off the Mask It to reveal the images.

Colour your image!  I've used a variety of colours......
Large Cactus - G12, G24, G28
Large Pot - E93, E95, E97, E99
Small Cactus - YG21, YG93, YG97
Small Pot - B00, B12, E93
Pebbles - C1, C3, YG93, E93, 0

Why not use the tips in last month's tutorial about shadows and note how the pot in front has left a cast shadow on the one behind!

 Cut the card to size and either write a message to your sweetie or use a suitable sentiment stamp.  I really like this sentiment in the Sassy Succulents set and thought it would be perfect to remind a child that they are perfect the way they are!  You could simply mat this with a piece of coloured cardstock, but if you can frame it with a pretty diecut.....why not use it!

I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and why not surprise those you love and leave them a little message in their lunches - I bet you'll make their day!

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