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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Top Tip Tuesday-Copic Tutorial

Hello everyone!
So glad you can stop in today to join us for a new Top Tip Tuesday tutorial. I am thrilled to be able to share a quick and easy way to start using Copic markers.
Let me start by saying- I am not Copic Certified, I have no formal training. This is my own opinions and steps I use to color images. This is just a guide to help you and I hope makes you want to play with Copic markers.
I have shown in this first step what colors I used and also how I put down the base colors. This is how I like to work, using the darkest color first.I have outlined the bear with the lightest gray, it makes the white pop or almost as if I colored the bear white. I also added a shadow under the bear and Penguin almost like they are standing in snow. Do you think it looks realistic?
In step two I am showing you how I add the second and sometimes a third color. I also use the blender to remove some color. Did you know the blender removes color?
Did you know that The C -gray colors make Black?
In step three you can see where I have started to color the scarf and hats. I try to use the darker colors where there would be shadows or folds. If you think about this scene I am assuming the light is coming in from the left so that side of everything will be lighter.
In step four I am adding the extra colors to the accessories and using the blender to remove any extra and also take off a few spots to give that worn look -see the red hat, and the scarf and how I used the blender to remove the front sections?
This is the final step showing you everything colored and the few spots where I removed using the blender.
So did these steps make sense to you? Do you think this will help you get started ?

Here is my finished card- I cut out the image with a Spellbinder shape, even had the image overlap the shape.
Now you know I had to add a few flakes to make this realistic.
Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.Background paper from CTMH
Hope you enjoyed my tutorial on using Copic markers. Please let me know if you have any questions. I will try to help.

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  1. I wish I could color with markers like that :(

  2. too Penny! I opted for Promarkers but just can't seem to get the hange of blending ;-/

  3. You are so artistic, creating shadows and blending... I just don't get how to decide which part should be lighter, which should be blended and where shadows should go. Your work is so beautiful!

  4. Dawn... thanks for the tute!! I have not been brave enough to try out copics yet but your little demo makes me think that even I might be able to do it!! Thanks for the inspiration!
    barb :)

  5. Gorgeous demo, Dawn! Someday I'll (hopefully) have Copics...then maybe I will color as nicely as you. :-)

  6. This is gorgeous, thanks for the tips I really appreaciate it, as I'm not very good with copics yet!

  7. You make using those copics look so easy :)


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