3 Tips to Overcoming Your Fear of
Coloring Large Scenes with Copic Markers
Today we are talking about Coloring Large Scenes with Copic Markers. I’m using the NEW Mushroom House Background Stamp from Hello Bluebird and the new release is available for purchase today! Make sure you hop on over to the Hello Bluebird Blog and leave a comment by 4:00 PM (MST) for a chance to win a $50 gift card.. The winner will be announced by 5:00 pm MST on Thursday the 25th.
I have a Free Beginner to Copic Markers e-course and I ask a few questions to those who sign up and Coloring Large Scenes with Copic Markers — or a large area is a problem area for many people. So I wanted to break it down and give you some tips to make coloring larger areas less intimidating. Let’s go over some of the reasons why people are hesitant to color these large areas.
Use lighter colors. For some reason using the bolder colors always scared my students when I was teaching locally here in Southern California. Also, if you mess up by the infamous blob or going outside the lines a little it’s much easier to hide or cover it up.
Color in sections. I color from dark to light, for me it makes more sense to pull out the darker colors with each lighter shade. Normally I’ll add all the shadowed areas and then keep pulling color out with each lighter shade until the image is all filled in.
When coloring this larger image by the time I’m done shadowing on the house or grass by the time I work my way back to the next color the ink is already drying making it more difficult for the colors to blend. So, instead I’ll start with under the roof and blend out all the colors till I get to the lightest (in the center of the house) then I’ll do the bottom left corner and then the right. The lightest color E40 will all meet in the center of the house and then I’ll do the smaller areas like under the windows.
Coloring a larger image most people think, “I need more of a variety of colors.” But that simply is not true. I used E40, E41, E42, E43 and a tiny bit of E44.If you have a color combo from light to dark you can easily get 2 or 3 different looks with that shade. Look in the photo below. I can use E40-42 for dirt, blonde hair, the house, cream colored shirt or other clothing. Then use the E42-44 for other items on your card, like I did with all of the gnomes hair and the pants. It’s just all about how much of that main color you want down that you would add more of.
Another example is the top of the mushroom. I used R000, R30 and R32 which is the same color as the flowers and cheeks minus the R32. You could also mix colors like the R32 to the E43 and E44 for an auburn color hair or even a green to the E40’s for more of a kaki.
If you’re confused about the Flicking Technique and want to learn more about the different ways to color using Copic Markers check out my blog post and video on Different Styles of Coloring with Copic Markers.
I enjoyed coloring these little gnomes so much and adding patterns on the clothes. I have a few other gnomes colored up for another card where I added some patterns. Creating patterns and textures on your stamped images is a great way to always get a different look to your cards using the same stamps.
Want more Copic Marker Color Combos? I’m now adding Copic Marker Color combos as well as tips on coloring with specific colors over on my Instagram.
Copic Marker Combo List for my card:
Mushroom House + Fence – E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, N0, N1, N3, R000, R30, R32
Grass and Leaves – G24, G21, G20, YG11
Flowers – N0, N1, R30, R000, BV000, BV0000
Rocks – N0, N1, N3
Dirt Path -E42, E41, E40
Clouds – N0, N1
Sky – B000, B0000, YR0000
Skin – E000, E00, E11, E13, R30, R32
Hair – E42, E43, E44, E47
Beards – N0, N3
Green Gnome – E42, E43, E44, YG11, YG13, YG17, N5, N3, N1
Purple Gnome – N0, N1, N3, BV02, BV00, BV000, BV0000
Peach Gnome – YR20, YG12, YR00, N3, N1, N0
Teal Gnome – BG13, BG11, BG10, N0, N1, N3, N5, E43, E44
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