Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Challenge #11 - Colour Challenge

Welcome to this months Copic Oz Challenge!

This month we are having a COLOUR CHALLENGE!

Below you will find details for TWO SEPARATE colour challenges!

The colours for BOTH challenges are


What's the Challenge?:
Create a project (card, tag, layout, off the page) using the above Copic Markers (BV00, G82, RV21)! If you dont have these exact colours... don't can use any markers as close to this as you have!!!

Is there a Prize?: YES!! This month's awesome prize is a pack of A4 X-press It Blending Card and a Copic Swatch Book!!!

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

How do you enter?: Use the inlinkz (at the end of the post) to connect to your blog or online gallery and upload it prior to 6pm Monday 27th June 2011, Australian EST (4am USA EST)!!!



Australia’s Copic Card Challenge is on again!

The prize pack is Worth $450!!!! .... AMAZING....but you have to be super quick, as entries for Australia’s Copic Card Challenge close on the 3rd June 2011!

Winner to be announced at Brisbane Scrapbooking and Papercraft Convention.

If you would like to enter the Australia’s Copic Card Challenge you need to MAIL your actual card to:

Copic Card Challenge
P.O.Box 80
Moorabbin VIC 3189

CLICK HERE for more information about
Australia’s Copic Card Challenge including entry form and terms and conditions. Please read terms and conditions of entry as they are different to the monthly challenge!!!!!

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And the Winner is.....

Sorry this announcement is a little late going up, blogger has been playing up again!!  We had so many GORGEOUS creations this month and a big thank you to everyone who played along!!!!

This week, the lucky winner is.......

She made is beautiful card...

Congratulations!!!  Please email for your prize!!

Don't miss Mandi's awesome Colour Challenge this month with more great prizes to be won!!

Happy colouring
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Let's Airbrush it with Fluorescent Colors

G'day Australia! IT is a beautiful day here in Abu Dhabi and it's the right time to airbrush those Fluorescent markers. My name is Jing van Opstal and I am currently residing in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. I am teaching COPIC classes in the UAE and I am excited to be a guest at Copic Oz Blog and share my passion on Copic markers. Today, we'll get our fingers dirty ...

So now let's airbrush those Fluorescent colors. Have you tried only using the Fluorescent colors in some of your projects and airbrush it? There's only 8 fascinating colors. Anyway, I use the colors for blending with other regular colors whenever I don't get the one I really want. I will show you that by just using Fluorescent markers I will be able to create my "fantasy" background. I love to airbrush Fluorescent colors ...I get a subtle and subdued effect on my projects.

Today I will use a silhouette image and create an airbrushed background using only Fluorescent colors. Whenever I airbrush backgrounds, I always have a story in order for me to organize my markers ... and that is totally fun and interesting.

This is the sequence of my markers to use.

# 1 - I stamped the Hero Arts image Dancing with Flowers (CG266) using the Tsukineko Memento Ink (Black Tuxedo) onto the Blending X-Press It.

#2 - I airbrush the first layer with FY1 from the top.

#3- Then slowly increasing the depth of the colors, I use FYR1 concentrating more color on the side.

#4- I slowly airbrush FYG1all the way to the bottom ... espcially within the grass area. Remember, I want to create a MAGICAL background for the kids playing in the meadows.

#5 - One more go for FY1, then with a very soft press on the air grip, I use FYG2 (my favorite Fluorescent color) just halfway of the image.

#6 - One more go for FYG1, then I airbrush FBG2 mostly at the upper portion.

#7 - Starting from the bottom, I use FRV1 just to create a contrast.

#8 - Then I use again FYR1 at the top - I wanted to have more emphasis on that area.

I finish it up with gray colors W00 and N0 (check on the latest post on desaturating colors using gray colors) ... and now I have created an enchanting and fantasy background for the kids playing in the meadows.

Finale ...

Photo #1 Photo #2

Photo #1: I used Atyou Spica (Baby Blue) for the flowers ... and I am just loving the contrast. Then a spritz of Glimmer Mist (Copper) to give a delicious effect to the image.

Photo #2: I did not spritz the image with Glimmer mist ... it is just plain but still interesting to have only the fluorescent colors being used.

Now, it's your turn ... I am sure you will enjoy airbrushing your projects with only Fluorescent colors.

Explore ...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Colourless Blender Bleaching

Hello Everyone!  Welcome to another CopicOz Tutorial!!  This week I'm showing the Colourless Blender Bleaching technique that was created by US Copic Instructor Colleen Schaan and featured at Splitcoaststampers.  Many thanks to Colleen for allowing us to showcase this technique here at CopicOz!  This is such a fabulous technique for showcasing your silhouette stamps and still use your Copics!!
 To create this effect you will need a Copic Airbrush System or Compressor, Gloss Card (I have used X-press It Inkjet Film), three Copic Markers (I have used three from the same colour family), Mist It filled with Colourless Blender Solution (not pictured) and a silhouette stamp (I have used 'Blush' by Penny Black).

Firstly take a piece of glossy paper and use your airbrush airbrush system with the lightest of three Copic colours.  It doesn't have to be heavy, blotchy is fine!
Next take your mid-tone colour and also airbrush in a patchy effect over the lighter colour.
Next take your darkest Copic marker and once again airbrush over the colours you've already laid down.
Now take your silhouette stamp and spritz lightly with a Colourless Blender filled Mist It.
Press your stamp onto the glossy paper and hold for a few seconds - when you remove your stamp you'll be left with the effect of a bleached image!!  If you want to do a second impression, clean your stamp and re-mist your image to remove any colour it may have picked up.

Hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and if you want to create a card using this technique, leave us a comment and let us know where to find you, we'd love to see what you've created!!!!  :)

Happy Colouring
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Copic Tutorial: Desaturating Color with Gray

Hi, thanks for stopping in! My name is Colleen Schaan and I'm a Regional Certification instructor over here in North America. I'm honored to be a guest on the Copic Oz blog today and I'm excited to share a new little tip for using your gray Copic markers!

One of the many exciting things about Copic markers is their vibrancy and the range of vivid colors. I LOVE bright and I tend to lean toward the fully saturated colors in the Copic color line.

Aren't sure what fully saturated means? Here's a quick mini-lesson on the Copic color number system. The code contains three parts: a letter and two numbers. The letter stands for the color family, the first number represents the saturation and the third number stands for the value or shade. Saturation basically is the amount of pure color. The lower the number, the more fully saturated (or vibrant) the color is. The higher the number, the less saturated the color is.

Okay... back to the tutorial. I'm one of those designers who doesn't always plan ahead. I color my image first and THEN look for papers to match. LOL Sometimes this causes problems because the colors I used for coloring aren't quite right for the paper that I want to use. That's what happened today.

I colored up this cute little image:

And he was just too bright and vibrant to go with the muted patterned paper I wanted to use.

Don't worry though... here's a tutorial for "altering" your coloring to match a less saturated patterned paper.

This video is also available for viewing HERE on my YouTube channel.

Here are the steps:

1. Color the image as normal. I used B12/B24/B26/B28/R22/R24/R27/R29/Y08/Y23/Y35/E30/E34/E25 to color this image - all very vibrant - saturated colors.

2. Let the image dry completely.

3. Pick your "family" of gray: warm grays have brown tones and cool grays have blue tones. If in doubt as to which gray to use, use the neutral grays.

4. When picking grays, keep the "shade" 2-3 steps below the shade of the color that was used on the original piece. Otherwise the image gets very dark.

5. Use the lightest grays and flick color onto the lightest areas of the image. You do not have to worry about "color" as you can use the gray over any and all of the colors on the image.

6. Slowly work your way darker. Use the darker grays to flick ink onto the image over the darker colors.

7. Continue until all of the areas on the image are "desaturated" with gray.

Tip: If you see your original color lightening up, use a gray that is one or two steps up in shade.

It's really as easy as that to change the whole look and feel of an image!

Here's the original colored image. Just a touch too vibrant.

And the same image "desaturated" with grays.

Of course, I couldn't leave you without a finished project... so here's the final card that I created. A perfect color combination for when I don't want those uber brights!

Thanks again for visiting... and thank you OZ for letting me play with you today!
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