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Copic Markers are an alcohol marker which means you can blend the inks together. In other words, you can different colors, textures and gradients.
The kits are actually not really picked all that great for blending. There’s usually not a whole lot of coordinating colors. Therefore, it will be difficult to achieve that smooth blend. It’s like blending a light forest green with a dark olive green, the shades do not match. However, if you do want to purchase kits I recommend the Copic Blending Trios. They come with 3 coordinating colors that you can blend. In addition, also recommend the 6 packs they come with 3 different shades with 2 coordinating colors you can blend. (affiliate links)
Copic Sketch – Prices vary from $5.85 – $8.99
Scrapbookpal.com has Copic Sketch Markers for $5.85.
Copic Ciao – Prices vary from $3.90 – $5.99
Scrapbookpal.com has Copic Ciao Markers for $3.90.
My favorite paper to use is Copic Xpress it Blending Card. However, I do know others use different paper that works just fine, Copic xpress it happens to be what I prefer. (affiliate link)
I recommend getting 1 set of 3 or 4 coordinating colors. In other words, choose a pink, purple, blue etc. Make sure they are in the same family so, B91, B93, B95, B97. This way you can learn to blend them.
I know there are quite a bit of stamp companies that have their own black inks that will work well with Copics — that I’ve heard from other crafters. However, I started with Memento Black ink and Memento Desert Sand (for no line coloring) so that’s what I’ve stuck with for the last 15 years. (affiliate links)
I color from dark to light. It makes more sense to me to pull out a little of the previous color with each new lighter color. In addition, it allows me to have more control of the ink. However, if you have never colored before I think you should try both ways and see what’s more comfortable. If you are already comfortable coloring from light to dark — it might throw you off by switching. In conclusion, I don’t think there’s a wrong way to create art — just do what feels more comfortable.
By using the tip of your brush and laying down the marker and then flicking out. Therefore, where your marker touches the paper last is going to be a lot lighter then when you first put your marker to the paper. In conclusion, this makes the color a little lighter and a little easier to blend the next color. Check out this video on different ways to color.
First, I’d like to say that you should learn from as many different people as possible. Then take the techniques and tips you learned, that you like the best, from each artist and combine them so you can create your own style!
I think it’s so important to stand out and create your own look. In other words, I encourage you to do just that. There’s no pressure to color it exactly the way I did, whether you didn’t want to go as dark, or if you wanted to do some extreme shadows.
You need to create the look YOU want! I’m just there to help you learn how to use the markers and teach you some freehand backgrounds. 🙂
My classes are going to help you more if you are using Copics. The technique is a little different if you’re using another alcohol marker with a bullet nib as opposed to the Copic which is a super brush nib. However, you will learn from the class still, light source, depth perception, freehand backgrounds and more.
I do not have a lot of different coloring mediums — so telling you which colors to use will be difficult. In conclusion, if I’m asking for blue for water and I’m using 4 different shades of blue, just use whatever blue color combo that coordinates that you have. 🙂
You can substitute color combos for whatever you have this way you don’t have to run out and buy more markers and can actually use them more often. For example if you have B91, 93, and 95 for blue and I’m using B12, B14 and B18 for the water.. use what you have. Try to replace however many markers I’m using with your combo. If you were to follow a class or tutorial and do not have those colors used you can still follow along.
If you are watching someone color a brown bunny and they are using E30, E31, E33 — and you have E23, E25, E27 you can color using those. Yeah your bunny will be darker and different shade, but you’ll still get to follow the rule of applying the ink to the paper in the same way as the teacher. You can even make a pink bunny! 🙂
Most of my new classes are only available for about a 2 week period. After a year has gone by I’ll re-open the course according to the season, although, some classes will stay all year if it’s not a seasonal class.
Unfortunately, no. I’m sorry. I’ve had an issue with class re-distribution and I put a lot of effort into my classes.
However, you will have lifetime access to classes you purchase and can login to view them anytime.
You can substitute color combos for whatever you have. In other words, if you have B91, 93, and 95 for blue and I’m using B12, B14 and B18 for the water.. use what you have.
However, try to replace however many markers I’m using with your combo. If you were to follow a class or tutorial and do not have those colors used you can still follow along.
If you are watching someone color a brown bunny and they are using E30, E31, E33 — and you have E23, E25, E27 you can color using those. Yeah your bunny will be darker and different shade, but you’ll still get to follow the rule of applying the ink to the paper in the same way as the teacher. In other words, if you colored a bunny pink – that would absolutely be okay!! 🙂
Once you pay for the course you have lifetime access.
So if you you don’t have time right away to start but are interested in a course, it’s best if you sign up right away as the courses will only be available for a limited time.
Lifetime access is valid for the life of the course. We reserve the right to discontinue any product or service at any time for any reason. Your lifetime access continues in perpetuity until this product is discontinued or disabled.
You will have 30 days to request a refund and I’ll refund your money and remove you from the course as less than 20% of the content was viewed. I will issue your refund and after that, remove you from the course.
I’ve been card making for about 15 1/2 years now. When I was pregnant with my youngest I had gone to a friends house and saw a Stampin’ Up! catalog and fell in love with the idea of making her birth announcements. After that, I became a demonstrator, after that, hosted classes and clubs. Then I discovered all these other stamp companies and started to get on Design Teams and work the trade shows. I met a lot of store owners and was asked to teach at their stores. 🙂
Unfortunately no, just coloring and card making. I have dabbled in mixed media but I never know what to do with it afterwards. In other words, it usually ends up in the trash. I love the idea of bullet journals but I have no time and never complete it.
Yes, absolutely! You can make money with affiliates, being on design teams if they pay, being published, open an Etsy shop, teaching classes and more. Above all, I have been able to replace 3 part time job incomes with my site. Check out my How to start a Craft Blog page!
I love my Copic Markers and coloring! I also love working with my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks and alcohol inks. Hovever, I haven’t had much time in using my distress oxide inks lately.
I cannot remember, way to many to count. However, I try to keep my ‘Craft Resume’ updated. You can check it out HERE!
The best way to learn more about this is by joining the membership this way you can access the courses and participate in the Commuinty Discussion!
Why yes it is! I’ve taken multiple classes to learn about online marketing, teaching online, blogging etc. As a matter of fact, inside my membership the Coloring Club I have multiple courses sharing tips, if you’d like to learn a little more about the process. Indeed, yes, crafting and maintaining my site is my full time business.
I use a laser printer, it’s an HP Color Laser jet Pro M478f-9f. But, I have used an inkjet printer to print digis. Occasionally, I have had people tell me that the printer ink has smudged with the Copic ink. In any case, if you are worried about the ink running into your Copic ink – try heat setting your image for a few seconds before you start coloring.