How to easily color and shade a Rose using Copic Markers

I think coloring flowers are difficult.

The petals are all twisty and there are folds and creases.

I think it’s especially difficult and intimidating for some that is brand new to Copics.

I am going to break down the process of coloring a flower by explaining how to color a petal.

Then all you have to do is repeat the process.

 I drew this rose using my iPad Pro and iPencil. This was actually my first time ever drawing one, I think it came out pretty good if I say so myself. If you have joined VIP access to my Digi Library, you can download this Rose for free and follow along.

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Using Digi Stamps

You’re probably wondering, “what is it about digi stamps that so many people love?” Well, I’m going to share 4 reasons why they are awesome!

  • You don’t have to worry about a stamp being out of stock.
  • They don’t clutter your craft room (I have an armoire)
  • Get a perfect ‘stamped’ image every time!
  • I can resize and mask images.

So many people who haven’t tried digi stamps are missing out! Like, for reals!

“But…I can’t print digis because I don’t have a laser printer.”

Oh yes you can!

I do use a laser printer but I have used an inkjet with no issues. — If for some reason your ink smudges or you fear it will ruin your Copics use a heat tool and ‘set’ the image for a few seconds.

Don’t forget: Change the settings on your printer to a cardstock – to avoid the paper jam. Make sure you use Copic friendly paper, like Copic Xpress it.

Here’s a video on how to resize and set up your digi for printing.

Step by Step Coloring a Rose with Copics Tutorial

I printed my digi at a lower opacity, this is going to give my image a no line look, once it’s fully colored. If you don’t know how to lower the opacity, make sure you watch the video above – I’ll show you how there!

I already colored part of the image because I wanted to show you the completed petal so you can compare it to the color process.

I’m using the following markers to color my rose. Copic Markers – B000, B00, B21, B23, B24, B26, B29, C6, C10, YG97, YG95, YG93. If you are new to using Copics and haven’t quite got the blending down yet, take a look at my post, How to do the Flicking Technique using Copic Markers.

If you are brand spankin’ new to Copics and not sure where to start check out THIS POST!



Shadowed Areas Step 1.

Here are the areas that will have shadows. The rose petals that are folding over will have shadows under he the the piece that is folded.




Step 2.

With each new lighter color, you want to come out a little more each time. Depending on how many shades (markers) you are using, you may or may not need to fill in more or less.. 




Step 3.

The middle color, in this case is B21, is usually the color that is added most. Again, I’m leaving enough space for 2 more colors. 

You can limit the amount of lights, or darks creating a very deep shadow with a small highlight for a very contrasted looking image or a softer, watercolor like image.

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Step 4.

Repeat the process adding the 4th color, mine is B00.





Step 5.

The last color is B000, but we are not quite finished yet. 

It doesn’t look as dark or as blended as the petal that is already colored, right?



Step 6.

We are going to deepen the color by adding some greys, here I’m adding C6. C stands for Cool which works with other cool colors, like blue.