Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Coloring White

Hello, thank you for checking in with Copic Oz today! I'm Sharon Harnist, a Copic Certification Instructor and Design Team member in the United States. I'm honored to be asked to share a Copic tutorial with you today . . . coloring things white. Let's get started!

In my two samples above (floral images from JustRite Stampers' Beautiful Day stamp set, both stamped with Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink on fabulous X-Press It Blending Card!), I've used two different ways to color objects white, using Copic markers. The first method is to start with a very pale (quad 0) marker color as your base coat on the flowers and then add the deeper shades of color to the centers of the flowers. Here, I used R0000, R81, R83 and R85 to make these lilies resemble my favorite Star Gazers:

(Greens used were YG03 & YG17). You can also use the Colorless Blender marker to remove color from the outer edges of the flowers, to make them appear even whiter. But I find starting with the R0000 gives a better, less streaky blend than the Colorless Blender:

The second method is to add shading to your white object -- after all, even white things have shadows to them, just like colors do! Shading will make the white of your object "pop" and appear even whiter! In my second example above, I used C1 and C3 to shade the flowers:

If I hadn't added any shading to the white flowers, this is what they would have looked like:

Another tip to coloring white things is to place as much color around the white object(s) as possible -- this will give more life to your project. As you can see in my second example, there are a lot of greens around the white flowers (YG03, YG17, YG63), the pink bow (R81, R83, R85), and I airbrushed the background of the image with Copic Y32. All these things draw your eye to the white flowers and make them the center of attention!

Many thanks to the Copic Oz team for asking me stop by today . . . I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! ~ Sharon

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  1. Great tutorial on "white". This colour has always been a problem for me but now I know 2 ways to overcome it. Aileen

  2. This is a great tutorial Sharon. I have wanted to learn how to do this.

  3. Sharon Thank you for the tutorial. coloring white is always a little frustrating to me and this will give me more guidance. I have tried removing color, but like the idea of the C1 and C3. Thank you again

  4. AWESOME tutorial Sharon!!! Thanks so much for joining us this week!!! :)