Wednesday, August 20, 2014

All about WOOD!

Hello Everyone and welcome back to another Copic Oz Tutorial!  Today it's all about WOOD!  Wood is a very on-trend item right now, whether it's colouring wood, texture, embossing folders, wood buttons or any kind of wood product!  It's perfect for giving a warm, rustic or country feel to your projects.

I'm using Power Poppy's Farmer's Market stamp set and focusing on the wooden crate holding the apples.  To begin, I've stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.

Then I've laid down a base of E30 all over the crate.

Next I've used the TIP of my brush nib to flick in some E31.  We are NOT blending these colours, simply adding 'stripes' of colour over the base.  If you are heavy handed, I suggest practicing on some scrap paper first.

Also using the TIP of the brush add some E33.....

And some E35.....

To give some stronger contrast, add some E37 in the same way.

To help soften these colours together, go over the crate using E31.  Don't use your blending techniques as such, simply flick the E31 over the top so you keep the lines (or woodgrain effect) of the previous colours.

Finish colouring your image!!  (I've used YR21, R32, R35, R37 and R39 for the apples and YG61, YG63 and YG67 for the leaves).

Now you may think that the wood tutorial ends here, but why not continue your wood theme through your card using some Sticky Barc?  This product is made of ultra thin real wood with a self adhesive backing. 

Because it is so thin you can die cut it!  I've found a die that will fit my image inside and used it to die cut the Sticky Barc.

When I reach back into the long lost memories of Woodworking at High School, I remember doing some word burning to create, OK, not images, but words onto wood.  To create this effect, I've stamped the apples from the bottom of the crate in Memento Rich Cocoa directly to the corners of the Sticky Barc!

I really liked this result - you can also airbrush, stain or colour Sticky Barc to give it a distressed look.  Finish creating your card!

I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and if you have a try at creating some wood themed projects, why not leave a comment below so we can see your fabulous work!!

Happy Colouring!
Kathy  :)Pin It

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Stendoodling with Copics

Today I'm back with another project using my much loved Copic products and some simple doodles.  Now this is a wonderful place to begin for anyone who is new to doodling or colouring with Copics, all you need are a few stencils, your favourite colours and a little time.  The reason that this is so great for beginners, is that this project uses a technique called Stendoodling.  What is Stendoodling?  Well to create a Stendoodle you use a stencil or mask to create a shape (eg: a feather), you then use another stencil to create sections within that shape (eg: sun rays) and finally, use smaller stencils (and a fine marker) to create patterns (doodles) within each section.

For this card you will need:

  • Copic Markers: RV11, RV17, RV25, V16, YG23, R17, YR15, YR16, Y11, Y15, B04, B16, BG13, BV08, E13, V05, N1 & N3
  • Copic Multi Liners: 0.05, 0.3 & 0.5
  • X-Press It: Blending Card and Double Sided Foam Tape
  • Hazel & Ruby - Fat Roll Washi Tape - Colorblock Quotes
  • Assorted stencils

Gather your favourite supplies, I've tried to choose colours from the same ring of the Copic color wheel - this way I know they will work well together.

Draw outline with Copic Multi Liner 0.5, add sections using stencil and Multi Liner 0.3 and finally add the fine detail inside each section using Multi Liner 0.05

Pick a section and colour using Copic markers in RV11 and V16, this wasn't dark enough so I went over the pale RV11 with RV17.

Pick another section and colour with YG23 and RV25 - these colours make eachother 'pop'.

Next add YR16 and B16

Next add a little mint with BG13 and E13

Time for some 'hot' colours with R17 and YR15

Next add BV08 and Y15.

Now a few more bright colours, BG13 and YG23 (you may notice I've used both of these before in other colour combinations).

Add in a little V05 and Y11 - colour carefully as too many slips will make the pattern muddy.

Add in YG23 and RV25.

Next add B04 and Y15 to your final section.

To lift the image from the card a little I have used N1 and N3 to outline one side of the image, this adds a little depth to the image, if you need a little help with this have a look at the Cast Shadow post.

Cover base card using strips cut from the Fat Roll Washi Tape - Colorblock Quotes, this gives a wonderful colourful background to coordinate with the brightly coloured feather.  I also mounted one of the quotes on scrap card and raised it off the background using foam tape.

Put it all together and the finished card looks like this, bright, happy and colourful.

So if you're looking for a simple project to brighten up your day why not give this a go!

Back with more soon,
KatePin It

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

Hello Everyone!!  It's time for another Copic Oz Tutorial and today I'm getting in the Winter spirit.....or perhaps it is Christmas in July, either way come join me as I build a snowman!!

Like many Mothers of young girls, I've been surrounded by song and images of the movie Frozen so I thought I would have a 'snowy' tutorial for all those like me that are looking for inspiration and ideas along this line!  :)

Today I'm using JustRite Papercraft's Applique Christmas Labels One stamp set (complete with bits to build your snowman) and I've stamped the snowman, hat and arms in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.

Now many people when colouring white decide to add 'cool' shading with Copic C1 but I think to get a 'cooler' feeling, particularly for things like snow, it's better to work with the very, very pale Blues and have flicked in colour around the edge of my snowman in B0000.

I've deepened the shading using B000

To really cool those shadows down, I've added some BV000.

I've lightly gone over these areas with B0000 again to smooth it out.

To soften any harder edges in the middle of the snowman, I've gone over them lightly with the Colourless Blender (0).

I've cut my image out using Spellbinders Labels 28 and then drew in a little bit of a scene using the Copic Multiliner 0.3 pen.

Then I've used B0000 and BV0000 to colour the snow surrounds.

Then I've made the white of my snowman pop a bit more by colouring around him with YR30 for a sunshiney glow.

Keep colouring your snowman, hat and arms in your preferred colours and create your card!  If you are looking for a tutorial on colouring black top hats you can find that here - Colouring Black.  For a tutorial on creating that 'glow' around the image you can find that here - Let Yourself Glow.

Hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and happy colouring!
Kathy  :)Pin It

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Doodling Over Printed Images with Copics

I thought that for today's post I'd give all of the nervous doodlers out there a hand and show you a straightforward project that looks stunning!  You can complete this page with just a few materials and with only a little experience and imagination.  Now this is quite a step-by-step project so grab your Copics and let's get started, because we are going to be creating this masked lady!

You Will Need:

  • Copic Multi Liners in 1.0, 0.5 and 0.3 
  • Copic Markers: 0 (Colorless Blender), C1, C3, BV0000, BV000, Y26, E47, E49, E00, E11, E21 and E23
  • Copic Airbrush (optional)
  • X-Press It Blending Journal or Blending Card
  • Magazine Image - Photocopied or Laser printed in black and white
    (ink jet printed images will not be suitable unless the ink in your printer is Copic safe)
  • Tracing paper
  • Soft lead pencil
  • Favourite Stencils or masks


Copy or print a black and white portrait onto Blending Card.  For mine I have scanned an image from a magazine advertisement and using a black and white laser printer, I have printed this directly onto a page in my Blending Journal.  You could also print onto a piece of Blending card and glue this into your journal later.  If you are a little more adventurous you could draw your own image or even use a face stencil as the basis for this technique.

Using your Multi Liner 1.0 outline the major facial features - you are aiming for a comic book style outline for this step.  Colour in and dark areas (nostrils and inside mouth) for a dramatic look.

Lay tracing paper over the face and plan a simple mask - the tracing paper allows you to draw and re-draw the mask until you are happy with it.  Once satisfied with your mask design, trace the image onto your face in pencil.  Go over the pencil with Copic Multi Liner and erase all signs of pencil marks once the ink is dry.  If not sure what to draw, Google filigree masks for interesting ideas.

Grab some of your favourite stencils and add stencilled designs to your image, you may like to use these on the hair, the mask or even the face!  You may like to draw outlines only or use the images to add design elements eg: a birdcage ear-ring!

Add as much or as little doodling as you like.  If you have a look at mine below you will notice I've used lots of repeating patterns and have varied the width of my lines for some added drama and to really draw the attention to the eyes.

Doodled Portrait

You can leave it like this or you can be brave and add a little colour - if you are nervous about ruining your art then either take a photo or scan your image, you can always print the black and white image onto card and start again!  If you have an airbrush this is a very quick way to colour the base layer of skin on large images (which is what I've done using E00, E11 & E21) you can also do this by hand if you don't have an airbrush.  Either way add as little ink as possible - you only want the skin to have a hint of colour.

Use E00 to add a base layer of colour to the skin - I added an even layer all over the face and neck.  You might be able to see that I had cut a mask to go around the face and protect the background and hair - this made sure my airbrush work stayed clean and crisp.

Be guided by the shadows on the image and add E21 to these shadowed areas.

Finish colouring the skin by adding E11 into the shadows for a little extra depth, I've also added a little extra around the jaw and hairline.  If you are using a mask - you can remove it at this point.

Using BV0000, BV000, Y26, E49 and E47 - carefully colour the eyes - these are the focal point of the whole page so pay attention and colour carefully.

Add some grey to the mask to distinguish it from the face - just a little and keep it light.
I used C1 and C3 - blend with a little E00 if it begins to look a little too grey.

 As a final touch add E23 and E21 to the pattern on the neck and as shading around the eyes - really amp up the colour near the eyes.

You can immediately see that by colouring the eye area more heavily than the rest of the image, it really focusses your attention.  I've intentionally left the hair and background uncoloured to enhance the look of the face.  By keeping the colours to a minimum and using what is essentially a monochrome palette, I think it produces a softer look that is still appealing.

So while at first glance this project may look difficult and complicated, by taking things step-by-step I think this is something anyone can try!

Back with more soon,

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