If you are new to Copic Markers and have been looking around for tutorials on how best to use them, you may have found that some people start with their darkest colour first and others start with their lightest. There is no right or wrong way as each person will do what is best for them - however, the girls on on the Copic Design Team and all Regional Instructors start with their lightest first.
Why colour with your lightest marker first? The reason is that you soak your paper with your lightest colour and 'prime it' so that when you add the darker colour it doesn't take as much work to blend the two into a smooth, seamless blend. You are also much less likely to have streaks in your work.
Here's a sample I did using some flowers (let's pretend these are hibiscus), from JustRite's Plant a Little Love set. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.
For the first petal I started using my darker colour, YR07.
For the next petal, I started using the lighter colour first, YR02 and soaking the paper.
Then I feathered in the darker, YR07 colour - at this point the two petals look quite similar.
Then I took the YR02 again and blended in circles with the side of my brush tip just as I did with the first petal, with the same amount of time and effort. Now you can see a big different between the two petals - the first still has harsh lines and the second has a smooth blend.
Now I'm planning on using this flower on a project, so I complete the hibiscus working lightest to darkest and then blending with the lightest again and reworked the first petal so that I now get that same smooth look as the rest of the flower. I've coloured the leaves with YG03, YG63 and YG67 and I've also darkened up the centre of the flower with a little R27 and R59 to highlight the stamen. In real life it has much more contrast - I think my light is too bright!
This has been my first ever tutorial so I hope you've enjoyed it and that you pop back next week and see what tips Mandi has for you!!! :)Pin It