Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Testing Copic Marker Shadow Colours

Today I'm taking a huge leap and experimenting with different colours to add interest to shadows.  Now I'm not sure if you've seen this post but in it, Mandi-Lee talks about using complimentary colours in your shadows for extra wow factor.  I've previously tried using the BV family and even the occasional B, but I was wondering what else might work other than complimentary colours.

To test some combinations, I created a grid using a single Copic colour marker and a single colour for the shadow - not the easiest blending combo in many cases, but this provided some incredibly interesting results!  I was expecting many of my shadows to look pretty awful, but was quite surprised by how good so many of them looked - some of these colours even blended rather well!

Now for the best results ideally pick a colour darker than you are colouring with, (this didn't always work out that way the way I did this), as a result some of these colour combos may have looked better with a slightly darker colour for the shadow.  Also though I didn't use them here (as we know these should work),  don't forget about the complimentary colours when looking for shadow colour options!

On to the test...

First I tried some of the light/bright colours - these were a bit tricky to blend and some of the combos turned out a bit interesting, the yellow in particular proved quite fussy.

My favourites for shadows on:
  • BG02 were W3, BV00 and R02 - though C3 was also ok
  • YG05 were BV00, B01 and W3
  • Y02 were B01 and E02
  • V04 were C3, B01 and W3 - though some of these aren't really shadows but they do look great!
  • E11 were C3, BV00, R02, E02 and W3
All in all, there were many more colours than I was expecting, that produced great results, though not all results are 'shadows' exactly!

Next I tried some mid tones and darker colours - I think these were even more successful, but again I ended up with some interesting combinations. 

My favourites for shadows on:
  • V06 were T5, BV17, G28 (closest to complimentary colour)  and B37
  • RV29 were G28 
  • B08 were T5, BV17 and B37
  • YR09 were RV19, TR18 and B37 (closest to complimentary colour) 
  • YG67 were T5, BV17, G28 and B37

It turns out there are many more choices for interesting shadow colours than I originally thought, and not at all what I would have predicted!  I had hoped to find some pattern to what works - something like the complementary colours - but it seems to be a little random.  I would encourage you to try your own version of this to find exciting options for your shadows!

If you're a bit nervous then the amazing team at Copic have made it easy for you with the new Copic Colour Wheel.  For reliable shadows with the wow factor,  try using the complimentary colour for the marker you have chosen - you will find potential colour choices opposite your chosen colour on the new Copic Colour Wheel.

Back with more soon,

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sakura Pink!

Hello Everyone!  Did you know that the Copic range grew this month with the introduction of a new PINK multiliner?!  As we all know, this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so the new pink multiliner has arrived at the perfect time for all your doodle art works, adding accents to your stamped projects, journalling in your scrapbooks and so much more!

I've tried my hand at a basic journal page using the Sakura Pink Multiliner for most of the work.  I've started by adding a little colour (pink of course) to the page by airbrushing some RV55 Copic around the edges.

Next I've taken my Sakura Pink Multiliner and started drawing.....

Then I've done some doodling.....

Add a heart and try a technique called Cross Hatching.  Draw lines at a 45 degree angle.

Then drawn more lines at the opposite 45 degree angle.

To give a more filled in effect, use your multiliner to draw lines straight down.  This effect is often used in Manga or drawings to add depth of shading.

Use a variety of markers to start colouring parts in.  I've used RV00, RV52, RV55.  I've also used the Sakura Pink Multiliner to draw in a bit of a border.

Add some depth to your page by layering colours with stencils.

To draw it all together, I've used RV63 to lightly go over the page as well as added a little bit of stamping.

That's all from me today, I hope everyone gets behind Breast Cancer Awareness Month and help raise funds for this cause - we all know someone who has been affected by this terrible disease and I hope one day we can find a cure!Pin It

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Support Breast Cancer Awareness in October with Copic Oz

Did you know that one in eight women in Australia will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime?  I'm sure you know that early detection saves lives and that the earlier a cancer is discovered, the greater the chances of successful treatment.  To help raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Copic Marker Australia have decided to donate to the McGrath Foundation to help raise awareness and money, to support the fight against breast cancer.  YOU will all help to decide how much is donated by participating in the #COPIC4ACAUSE project.

While I may not be eligible to win a prize, I have decided to create a project in my Copic Art Journal aka Copic Blending Journal for #COPIC4ACAUSE. 

I have created a special pink doodled heart, using as many pink Copic markers as I could.  The outline for the project was done in Black Copic Multi Liners:  0.5, 0.3 and 1.0

The doodled image was coloured with RV02 and RV04

RV00, RV04 and RV09

RV55, RV66 and RV69

RV23 and RV25

Now because this is a piece of doodle art - it's not supposed to be fussy, or planned or time consuming, so the only blending I've done is on the very large swirls.  To colour these I've added RV09 to the ends.

Then RV69 to the base

I've added a little RV66 between the RV09 and RV69 - making sure to flick where the colours meet.

I've continued to use the flick blending method with these 3 colours until I had an image that was nice and smooth.

Add some RV09 and RV000

 Fill in any white areas in the design with RV10

Accent with N1, N3 and N5 for a little shading.

and you are finished.

Do you think it's pink enough?

I can't wait to see what projects you all create to support this amazing cause, don't forget to upload your creations to Instagram with the hashtag #COPIC4ACAUSE and tag @COPICMARKERAU.  I really hope you all get behind this amazing initiative, because every dollar counts in the fight against breast cancer.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Water Tutorial

Hello Everyone and welcome back to another Copic Oz Tutorial!  Today I'm focusing on colouring water and am using this pretty vase of Azaleas by Power Poppy.

Start by stamping your image in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.

Next I've laid down a base of Colourless Blender "0", which makes your next colour a bit softer and easier to blend because the paper is 'primed'.

Then I've used B0000 to colour in the water.

I've then flicked in B000 from each side.

I've then used the Colourless Blender again to go over the middle to lighten it up a bit.

To colour the rest of the vase, I've used C1 in the shaded areas at the top and the sides of the vase at the bottom. You can also add a little down the very edges of the vase to help give the illusion of the vase curving.

I've then added C3 to the shading at the top of the vase and a little B0000 as reflected light at the bottom.

To give that translucent effect to your image, add some clear glue over the top of the water!  It will be raised for a little bit until it dries.

(I've only used the light colours on the stems and leaves in the vase and then lightly went over it with the Colourless Blender before adding the glue.)

Colours used for the rest of the image are -
Flowers - RV000, RV52, RV55, RV66
Leaves - G20, G21, G24, G28, E21

Hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and if you are colouring some water, why not link up your creations in the comments below, we'd love to see what you create!

Happy Colouring
Kathy  :) Pin It

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Layering Copic Colours to Create a Beautiful Night Sky Effect

I'm back this week with another idea with many uses - layering your Copic colours, for a beautiful though abstract result.  I often hear Copic beginners expressing their frustration with learning to blend, well while you are mastering blending why not play with layering.  Layering colours is much easier, gives interesting and unexpected results and can be used on many projects.  I have used this to create a journal page, but you could easily use this as an amazing way to colour clothing on a stamped image, create a beautiful name tag, a stunning background or anything else you can think of!

For this page I have used:
  • X-Press It Blending Journal
  • Copic Markers: Colorless Blender '0', N0, N1, N3, BG11, B13,  B69, B79, RV06, RV09, BG94, B97 & B99
  • Molotow Extra Fine Paint Marker

 To create this page:

Start by stamping, printing or writing onto the lower right of your page.

Using very pale Neutral Grey (or Cool Grey) colours roughly draw the outline of a hole onto your page.  This will be used as a guide for the final step so don't spend too much time on this.

Next add BG11 and BG13 and blend slightly - just enough so the colours look smooth.

Add B69 and then darken using B79.
Where the B69 borders the BG11 or BG13, pounce the BG11 over the darker colour - this will make the darker blues go a little mottled and cloudy and add some of the aqua into the blue.

Add a hint of RV06 and darken with RV09.
Where the Cerise borders the blue, layer RV09 over the blue, while these colours will not blend, a little of the Fuchsia will be introduced into the blue.  In doing this, you are introducing a hint of one colour into another - your finished result will be much nicer.

Then use BG49 to add a little more depth - I have used it to create something of a pattern.

Darken the image by layering B97 and B99, both over and around the existing colours.  I've also used these to outline my 'hole' in the paper.

Continue to add more layers (using the method of pouncing one colour over another where 2 dissimilar colours meet) and fill in any pale spots with the colours you have already used.  I have tried to create patterns that look vaguely cloudlike (you could refer to photos of the night sky for ideas if you like).
To finish I have used B79 and B99 to add fine lines and outlines to some of the patterns.

Flick paint from the tip of a Molotow Paint marker over your coloured image and carefully draw some starbursts.  Leave to dry.

See how the white paint really makes the colours 'pop'.

To finish the page scrunch up some paper, tear a hole to match what you have drawn  (this is a tiny bit fiddly) and roll back the edges of the paper around the hole.  To make sure this stays exactly as is, glue down the rolled paper pieces.

Between the starkness of the white page and the depth of colour, this really leaps out at you.  This is a really simple way to use colours that don't naturally go together, just remember to keep layering until you are happy with the result and pounce one colour over another so that there are no harsh edges.

Hoping you all have a wonderfully creative week,
KatePin It

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!
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