Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nothing but Blue Skies...

Hello Everyone and welcome back to another CopicOz Tutorial!!!  Today I'm looking at how to create skies with your Copics!!

I have to admit, when I started with Copics, sky was one of the things that really worried me!  How do you get a sky to look good??  There are a few options depending on the look you want.  Today I'm using a B000 Marker and the Cardinal image from JustRite's Backyard Birds set.  It's been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Xpress It Blending card.

I used the B000 Copic Marker to colour in circles working my way around the image.  I didn't worry about avoiding the branches because blue is in green and will easily be coloured over later.

I used G24 and G28 to add pine needles to the branches.

So what if you want a softer look?  I stamped another Cardinal and this time decided to use the Airbrush system, once again using the B000 Copic Marker.  To cover the Cardinal while airbrushing, I've made a mask using the procedure that Debra explained last week.  You can find that HERE.

So with the Cardinal covered with my Mask It mask, I set to work colouring with the airbrush.  See how much lighter the colour is when it's airbrushed?

Once again, I coloured the branches using G24 and G28 - look at the different effects that can be achieved using exactly the same marker!!!

Other effects that can be achieved with masking is creating clouds!  By die cutting the Mask It with a Label 6 Nestabilities die and airbrushing with B34, you can get a different look again!

Once you remove the Mask It, you can see the sharp outlines left behind.

You can then move the Mask It around and create different clouds in the sky by lightly airbrushing around them.

But skies don't have to be blue - think of the amazing colours of a sunset or dawn.....or as the skies have been around here lately, grey and stormy!!!  Give it a go yourself and leave a comment here on the blog so we can see what wonderful creations you've made with skies!

Kathy  :)
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  1. Hi Kathy, this was great. I love the backgrounds you can achieve from both colouring and airbrushing, but I do love the softness of the airbrushing the best. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, xxxxxx

  2. What a lovely project. Love it! Thanks for the tutorials

  3. Great tutorial. I have had a copic airbrush for quite a while now, but I haven't used it yet. I think this will inspire me to have a go.

  4. Nice job depicting the options... I like both techniques, depending on the strength of colour with the BIRD... well done putting the tute together!

  5. It was great to read this tutorial and get more idea of how to colour a sky. I never seem to get mine evenly shaded when I use the markers. The airbrush seems a great idea for the soft look. Thank you Kathy!