Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Challenge #4 Feather with me!

 Hello Everyone and welcome to the latest CopicOz challenge!!!!  This month I'm challenging you to do some FEATHERING!!!  I love to Feather, it's great for dresses, fairy wings, flowers etc...  The biggest thing to remember is to use two colours that has a last number finishing in a 0, 1 or 2!  Above I've used a CC Designs girl called Rosalie and Roses and coloured her dress with Y21 and YG11 - they both end in a 1!  For more tips on how to Feather, go back and look at my Feathering Tutorial Here.

What's the Challenge?: Create a project (card, layout, off the page) using your Copic Markers to FEATHER! Doesn't matter what image or colours you use. There are so many options to choose from!!!

Is there a Prize?: YES!!  This month it's a 24 Wallet and a Memento Rich Cocoa Ink Pad!!!

Who can play?: This challenge is open to EVERYONE, including international!

How do you enter?: Use the inlinkz below to connect to your blog or online gallery and upload it prior to 6pm Monday 22rd November, Australian EST (4am USA EST)!!!

I can't wait to see what you create!!!

Kathy  :)

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

We have a Winner!-All Together Spooky, Challenge

WOW,WOW,WOW...... what an amazing amount of entries we had this month for the October Monthly Challenge-“all together spooky”Halloween.Thankyou all so very much for playing along .
There is soooo many fabulously talented and creative people that choosing just one winner was very difficult ....but on that note...

Drumroll please........The winner is.......

Can you believe this much work and effort went into Kelly’s creation,it is absolutely stunnning and blew us away. Well Done Kelly
Please email your full name and address to so we can post out your fabulous prize to you and email you your award badge to proudly display on your blog..We know you will love your Copic Colouring Swatch Book.
The other cards that we were very impressed with and thought deserved an honorable mention are:

#31 Susan Maloney
and #3 Kylie
Trust me when I say to all of you who entered , your creations were extremelly wonderful!
So a BIG, BIG Thankyou to everyone who entered the challenge, and remember to please “POP” on back tomorrow for the start of the next Challenge, hosted by the the Lovely Flower Guru , KATHY!!!

mmmmm..... i wonder what she has planned for us all.......
Have a Great Day and Happy Stamping,
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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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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Masking! The possibilities!

Hi everyone, today I am going to share with you a tutorial on "Masking" your images.
Masking is a very simple to do and gives a very effective look.
What you need is....
Character stamp, Background Stamp, Sharp Scissors, X-press it Blending paper, Scrap photocopy paper and  "MASK IT"  tack Film
First off you need to stamp 2 of the same image, in this case I have stamped 2 little witches. One is stamped on X Press it Blending paper and the other on any scrap/photocopy paper you have. The "scrap" paper is what you will apply your "Mask it"- Tack film too.

Scrap Paper.......Blending Paper
Note..... Test your X Press "Mask it" paper first on the scrap paper first to make sure it does not pull up the fibres of your scrap paper. If you find that it does then gently touch the X Press "Mask it" to your clothing as this will make it less tacky/strong, then place onto your scrap paper image.

 Cut around the image you have applied the "Mask it" Tack film too,(scrap paper) remembering to stay  on the lines when cutting.
 Peel off your "Mask it' tack film off from the scrap Paper and apply this carefully, making sure you have it alligned perfectly to the image on your X Press Blending paper.
Little hard to see but the mask is over the image.
Now.... you can stamp any other image over the top of this,in this case I stamped the moon over my image and when you remove the "Mask it" Tack film you will be left with a perfect image customized to your liking.

Masking your images opens up so many possibilities.
Just a reminder about the challenge here at COPICOZ for this month" all together spooky'-Halloween . You still have a quite few days to get your entry in and who knows you may get to be one of the first to own your very own Copic Colour Swatch Book
Sun and Frog- Magnolia Stamps..... Witch-CC Designs.
Happy Stamping, Debra xxxxxx

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Understanding Light Source

There are so many beautiful images out there to stamp or print and colour using Copics! One of the biggest questions people have once they are ready to colour is "How do I know where my light source is coming from?".
It is quite important to understand the answer to this question, as it will help you to know where to apply your lightest colours an where to apply your darkest colours for shadows.
Here is a little bit of ART THEORY!
Light and shadows visually define objects. Before you can colour the light and shadows you see, you need to train your eyes to visually identify the following:
  • Light source: The direction from which a dominant light originates. The placement of this light source affects every aspect of an image.
  • Shadows: The areas on an object that receive little or no light.

In the above examples I have indicated where my light source (sun) is coming from.

We are looking to see where the rays of sunlight first hit the image. This is where the image will be lightest, and where you will use your lightest Copic colours. Adversely where the rays are farthest from the sun is where the darkest areas or shadows will fall. This is where you will use your darker Copic colours.

For many people it is easier to identify the light source if you physically draw it. The best way to do this is to draw a sun and its rays onto piece of acetate and lay it over your image.

Now once you can identify where your light is coming from, you can start adding colour to your image.

In the above example you can see how this theory translates into practice once the colour is added.

I hope this makes identifying and understanding where your light source is coming from a little easier! ....

I have used CC Designs Goth Girl to remind you to enter the Copic Oz Halloween Challenge.
Happy Colouring....Mandi xxx
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