Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Copic Technique Journal--Hair Combinations

Welcome to the Third Copic Technique Journal Tutorial here on the Copic Oz Blog, I hope these features have got you thinking about building your own Technique Journal.  Along the way we have provided you with ideas for colour combinations, and skin combinations; and a series of FREE Templates for you to either place in your X-Press It Blending Journal (filled with X-Press It Blending Card) or for you to build your own journal.

With each technique we are also encouraging you to “have a go” and let us know how you have made your Technique Journal come to life.  We provide an InLinkz facility at the end of each blog post, and choose a winner from each technique to receive a FREE X-Press It Blending Journal.  The winner from the Skin Combinations tutorial is Alshandra, congratulations… please email Sascha with your postal address to claim you prize.

This time we are focussing on hair and adding our favourite combinations to our Technique Journal.  I have samples of dark hair, and you will be able to see Kathy’s Light Hair and Kate’s Fantasy Hair samples in the InLinkz Tool below… once again we are providing you with FREE Copic Blending Templates.  Simply print these onto X-Press It Blending Card, and get started:

Hair Combinations Copic Blending Template—Portrait
Hair Combinations Copic Blending Template—Landscape

These print on a whole A4 Sheet of X-Press It Blending Card, simply cut in half and they fit nicely into your Journal.

Hair is always a huge challenge for me, particularly trying to modernise hair on the images I colour.  I have always had hair that is just one colour, as in a solid colour, but today so many people have mixed hair colours, this is what I worked on in my sample page today. 

I have also built my hair samples so that I can reference the order in which my colours are applied, as I regularly forget the order in which you apply the colours, changes the outcome.  I always do a bit of extra blending (and streaking) at the end, but these examples will head me in the right direction when I need it.

Line 1—Standard Brown Tones

Line 2—Brown Tones with a Dark Blonde Under-Glow

Line 3—Brown Tones with Red Highlights

I like to keep “Stamped Examples” close to each of my Technique/Colour Combination Pages, given I chose to use three of the little ladies on the template to show the series of colour application, I opted to stamp my images on separate pieces of Blending Card, and tab them ready for inserting behind the journal page.  This is easily achieved by securing the Hair Combinations Template to the Journal using X-Press It Double Sided Tape, in channels, as shown below.

This creates a perfect cavity to hold the sample, which slides in and out with ease.  A little trick if you plan on storing more than one sample in each slot is to double up the layers of Double Sided Tape, the more layers of tape you use, the more examples you can fit in…. or use foam tape if you intend on storing a thick stash… I plan to put the colour combo that will follow (back onto) this one, on the next page, straight onto the back of this tabbed beauty, keeping the amount of loose items to a minimum.

I used three different Marci Girls stamps from La La Land, one for each of my colour combinations:

Sugar n Spice Marci for Standard Brown Tones

Winter Marci for Brown Tones with Blonde Under-Glow

Marci Ballerina for Brown Tones with Red Highlights

And for some further inspiration here are some links to some previously highlighted hair colour techniques/combinations:
Copic Hair and Skin Wheel
All About Hair Challenge
Have a Good Hair Day

So now it is over to you, similarly to last time, we are calling upon participants to show us how they sample hair colours in their Technique Journal, feel free to use the provided template, or your approach to hair colour combos!  Most importantly, link up using the InLinkz tool below, we will award a FREE Blending Journal to the most impressive entry, and announce the lucky winner in two weeks, at the start of our next Copic Tutorial, Goodluck!!

And for those of you in Brisbane and the surrounds, we are counting down the sleeps until the Scrapbook Expo on June 10, 11 and 12.  Come visit us at the X-Press Graph-X Stand and touch base with all things Copic.

In the mean time I hope you are inspired to get busy building your Copic Technique Journal!!

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  1. Beautiful Edna - I'd love a closer look at those tabs you were talking about, I'm intrigued!

  2. Beautiful hair colours. And I really love those tabs! What a fantastic idea!

  3. Fab tutorial and loving the built up tab cavities! How cool are those!! :)

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  5. Wow excellent tutorial on colouring ...I wish mine could look as good