Wednesday, November 25, 2009

More Copic Colouring

Anime GirlMore practice with my Copics... this one was an image I purchased from 123RF and tweaked a tad. I changed her hair, shirt, jacket, added details and changed what she was holding (previously a honking huge gun!). I then removed the colouring so I could print it off and colour it in with my Copics.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

2 Copic Cards

2 Copic cardsSince I was asked to make two cards for co-workers, I took the oportunity to play, er, use my new Copic markers. ;)

I didn't just use them to colour in the stamped images; I also coloured some embellishments to ensure they matched! On the "For You" card, I used B97 in the flower, so I also chose it to color the tag, string and jewel. On the "Happy Birthday" card, instead of hunting down some matching cardstock to mat the stamped image, I simply punched white cardstock and then coloured the layers with E11 and E57, (which I used on the hedgehog).

Now I no longer have to sweat that I may not have the perfect colour ribbon, brad or other embellishment; because they are alcohol inks, my Copic markers will colour them all!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Copic Cats

I found these new stamps at Michael's the other day, and being a cat-lover, had to practice with a few shades and colours with my new Copics. I recorded the colours I used and keep these little sample images in a small artist's portfolio so I can refer to them later:

Saturday, November 7, 2009

First Copic Drawing

Copic Deer
My first real drawing with my new Copic pens... if you don't count a small cartoon Reindeer I coloured in for a greeting card.

I created it for my other blog I'd Rather Be Blogging to illustrate a close encounter I had with four does on the way to work early the other morning.

I started with a pencil drawing, outlined it in 0.3 black Multiliner, and coloured it in with E11, E21, E25, E29, E57 and E49. Shadows were coloured with W1, W5 and W7.

I'm still learning, but already am in love with using these markers!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A New Treat

Those darn enablers over at the 2Peas in a Bucket Scrapbooking site... after reading so many message board posts about something called "Copics", I came to discover the wonderful markers used by many artists. Unlike regular felt pens, these Japanese alcohol-based markers are fantastic for creating beautiful blended colours. Now many crafters are using them to colour in stamped images or drawings too.

They're not cheap and it takes practice to use them properly. So while on a business trip, I absorbed as many YouTube video demos as I could and read blog posts for tips and tricks. Then a few days later I purchased my first pens in what, I am sure, will be a moderate collection (the Sketch markers have over 300 colours).

So here's my first attempt - a reindeer to adorn a simple holiday card:

After more practice, I hope to do some real drawings of my very own using these new goodies too.

My Magnolia Cards