Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Water Tutorial


Hello Everyone and welcome back to another Copic Oz Tutorial!  Today I'm focusing on colouring water and am using this pretty vase of Azaleas by Power Poppy.

Start by stamping your image in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.

Next I've laid down a base of Colourless Blender "0", which makes your next colour a bit softer and easier to blend because the paper is 'primed'.

Then I've used B0000 to colour in the water.

I've then flicked in B000 from each side.

I've then used the Colourless Blender again to go over the middle to lighten it up a bit.


To colour the rest of the vase, I've used C1 in the shaded areas at the top and the sides of the vase at the bottom. You can also add a little down the very edges of the vase to help give the illusion of the vase curving.


I've then added C3 to the shading at the top of the vase and a little B0000 as reflected light at the bottom.

To give that translucent effect to your image, add some clear glue over the top of the water!  It will be raised for a little bit until it dries.

(I've only used the light colours on the stems and leaves in the vase and then lightly went over it with the Colourless Blender before adding the glue.)

Colours used for the rest of the image are -
Flowers - RV000, RV52, RV55, RV66
Leaves - G20, G21, G24, G28, E21



Hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and if you are colouring some water, why not link up your creations in the comments below, we'd love to see what you create!

Happy Colouring
Kathy  :) Pin It

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Layering Copic Colours to Create a Beautiful Night Sky Effect

I'm back this week with another idea with many uses - layering your Copic colours, for a beautiful though abstract result.  I often hear Copic beginners expressing their frustration with learning to blend, well while you are mastering blending why not play with layering.  Layering colours is much easier, gives interesting and unexpected results and can be used on many projects.  I have used this to create a journal page, but you could easily use this as an amazing way to colour clothing on a stamped image, create a beautiful name tag, a stunning background or anything else you can think of!

For this page I have used:
  • X-Press It Blending Journal
  • Copic Markers: Colorless Blender '0', N0, N1, N3, BG11, B13,  B69, B79, RV06, RV09, BG94, B97 & B99
  • Molotow Extra Fine Paint Marker

 To create this page:

Start by stamping, printing or writing onto the lower right of your page.


Using very pale Neutral Grey (or Cool Grey) colours roughly draw the outline of a hole onto your page.  This will be used as a guide for the final step so don't spend too much time on this.


Next add BG11 and BG13 and blend slightly - just enough so the colours look smooth.


Add B69 and then darken using B79.
Where the B69 borders the BG11 or BG13, pounce the BG11 over the darker colour - this will make the darker blues go a little mottled and cloudy and add some of the aqua into the blue.


Add a hint of RV06 and darken with RV09.
Where the Cerise borders the blue, layer RV09 over the blue, while these colours will not blend, a little of the Fuchsia will be introduced into the blue.  In doing this, you are introducing a hint of one colour into another - your finished result will be much nicer.


Then use BG49 to add a little more depth - I have used it to create something of a pattern.


Darken the image by layering B97 and B99, both over and around the existing colours.  I've also used these to outline my 'hole' in the paper.


Continue to add more layers (using the method of pouncing one colour over another where 2 dissimilar colours meet) and fill in any pale spots with the colours you have already used.  I have tried to create patterns that look vaguely cloudlike (you could refer to photos of the night sky for ideas if you like).
To finish I have used B79 and B99 to add fine lines and outlines to some of the patterns.


Flick paint from the tip of a Molotow Paint marker over your coloured image and carefully draw some starbursts.  Leave to dry.


See how the white paint really makes the colours 'pop'.


To finish the page scrunch up some paper, tear a hole to match what you have drawn  (this is a tiny bit fiddly) and roll back the edges of the paper around the hole.  To make sure this stays exactly as is, glue down the rolled paper pieces.


Between the starkness of the white page and the depth of colour, this really leaps out at you.  This is a really simple way to use colours that don't naturally go together, just remember to keep layering until you are happy with the result and pounce one colour over another so that there are no harsh edges.

Hoping you all have a wonderfully creative week,
KatePin It

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

All about WOOD!


Hello Everyone and welcome back to another Copic Oz Tutorial!  Today it's all about WOOD!  Wood is a very on-trend item right now, whether it's colouring wood, texture, embossing folders, wood buttons or any kind of wood product!  It's perfect for giving a warm, rustic or country feel to your projects.

I'm using Power Poppy's Farmer's Market stamp set and focusing on the wooden crate holding the apples.  To begin, I've stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.

Then I've laid down a base of E30 all over the crate.

Next I've used the TIP of my brush nib to flick in some E31.  We are NOT blending these colours, simply adding 'stripes' of colour over the base.  If you are heavy handed, I suggest practicing on some scrap paper first.

Also using the TIP of the brush add some E33.....

And some E35.....

To give some stronger contrast, add some E37 in the same way.

To help soften these colours together, go over the crate using E31.  Don't use your blending techniques as such, simply flick the E31 over the top so you keep the lines (or woodgrain effect) of the previous colours.

Finish colouring your image!!  (I've used YR21, R32, R35, R37 and R39 for the apples and YG61, YG63 and YG67 for the leaves).

Now you may think that the wood tutorial ends here, but why not continue your wood theme through your card using some Sticky Barc?  This product is made of ultra thin real wood with a self adhesive backing. 

Because it is so thin you can die cut it!  I've found a die that will fit my image inside and used it to die cut the Sticky Barc.


When I reach back into the long lost memories of Woodworking at High School, I remember doing some word burning to create, OK, not images, but words onto wood.  To create this effect, I've stamped the apples from the bottom of the crate in Memento Rich Cocoa directly to the corners of the Sticky Barc!

I really liked this result - you can also airbrush, stain or colour Sticky Barc to give it a distressed look.  Finish creating your card!


I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and if you have a try at creating some wood themed projects, why not leave a comment below so we can see your fabulous work!!

Happy Colouring!
Kathy  :)Pin It

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Stendoodling with Copics

Today I'm back with another project using my much loved Copic products and some simple doodles.  Now this is a wonderful place to begin for anyone who is new to doodling or colouring with Copics, all you need are a few stencils, your favourite colours and a little time.  The reason that this is so great for beginners, is that this project uses a technique called Stendoodling.  What is Stendoodling?  Well to create a Stendoodle you use a stencil or mask to create a shape (eg: a feather), you then use another stencil to create sections within that shape (eg: sun rays) and finally, use smaller stencils (and a fine marker) to create patterns (doodles) within each section.

For this card you will need:

  • Copic Markers: RV11, RV17, RV25, V16, YG23, R17, YR15, YR16, Y11, Y15, B04, B16, BG13, BV08, E13, V05, N1 & N3
  • Copic Multi Liners: 0.05, 0.3 & 0.5
  • X-Press It: Blending Card and Double Sided Foam Tape
  • Hazel & Ruby - Fat Roll Washi Tape - Colorblock Quotes
  • Assorted stencils


Gather your favourite supplies, I've tried to choose colours from the same ring of the Copic color wheel - this way I know they will work well together.


Draw outline with Copic Multi Liner 0.5, add sections using stencil and Multi Liner 0.3 and finally add the fine detail inside each section using Multi Liner 0.05


Pick a section and colour using Copic markers in RV11 and V16, this wasn't dark enough so I went over the pale RV11 with RV17.


Pick another section and colour with YG23 and RV25 - these colours make eachother 'pop'.


Next add YR16 and B16


Next add a little mint with BG13 and E13


Time for some 'hot' colours with R17 and YR15


Next add BV08 and Y15.


Now a few more bright colours, BG13 and YG23 (you may notice I've used both of these before in other colour combinations).


Add in a little V05 and Y11 - colour carefully as too many slips will make the pattern muddy.


Add in YG23 and RV25.


Next add B04 and Y15 to your final section.


To lift the image from the card a little I have used N1 and N3 to outline one side of the image, this adds a little depth to the image, if you need a little help with this have a look at the Cast Shadow post.


Cover base card using strips cut from the Fat Roll Washi Tape - Colorblock Quotes, this gives a wonderful colourful background to coordinate with the brightly coloured feather.  I also mounted one of the quotes on scrap card and raised it off the background using foam tape.


Put it all together and the finished card looks like this, bright, happy and colourful.



So if you're looking for a simple project to brighten up your day why not give this a go!

Back with more soon,
KatePin It

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?


Hello Everyone!!  It's time for another Copic Oz Tutorial and today I'm getting in the Winter spirit.....or perhaps it is Christmas in July, either way come join me as I build a snowman!!

Like many Mothers of young girls, I've been surrounded by song and images of the movie Frozen so I thought I would have a 'snowy' tutorial for all those like me that are looking for inspiration and ideas along this line!  :)

Today I'm using JustRite Papercraft's Applique Christmas Labels One stamp set (complete with bits to build your snowman) and I've stamped the snowman, hat and arms in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.

Now many people when colouring white decide to add 'cool' shading with Copic C1 but I think to get a 'cooler' feeling, particularly for things like snow, it's better to work with the very, very pale Blues and have flicked in colour around the edge of my snowman in B0000.

I've deepened the shading using B000

To really cool those shadows down, I've added some BV000.

I've lightly gone over these areas with B0000 again to smooth it out.

To soften any harder edges in the middle of the snowman, I've gone over them lightly with the Colourless Blender (0).

I've cut my image out using Spellbinders Labels 28 and then drew in a little bit of a scene using the Copic Multiliner 0.3 pen.

Then I've used B0000 and BV0000 to colour the snow surrounds.

Then I've made the white of my snowman pop a bit more by colouring around him with YR30 for a sunshiney glow.

Keep colouring your snowman, hat and arms in your preferred colours and create your card!  If you are looking for a tutorial on colouring black top hats you can find that here - Colouring Black.  For a tutorial on creating that 'glow' around the image you can find that here - Let Yourself Glow.

Hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and happy colouring!
Kathy  :)Pin It