Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Copic Technique Journal #5 - Textures!

Hello Everyone and welcome to the last tutorial in our series on creating your very own Copic Technique Journal.  Today I'm talking about TEXTURE!  You can achieve texture in different ways, by either dotting or scribbling on colour or by adding your colourless blender as a pen or using the blender solution.  All of these ways create fun and interesting effects to your creative projects!!

Once again, the team at X-Press Graph-X have created another FREE template for you to use and insert into your Copic Journal in both Landscape and Portrait orientation!  Why not download the template and have a go at creating your very own journal and then link to the inlinkz below for a chance to win your very own X-press It Copic Journal!

Here is the PORTRAIT Template
Here is the LANDSCAPE Template

And before we get onto this tutorial, the winner from Kate's Colourless Blender Tutorial was Alshandra, congrats A.... please email Sascha to claim your free journal.

 I've used the Texture Template in the landscape orientation and used it to create a variety of effects.  Create Pebbles by laying down a base of C3, dot on YR24 and YG95 and then dot on some Colourless Blender.  The next one is Scales, lay down a base of YG93 and dot on YG95, YG97 and Colourless Blender.  To create a woodgrain effect, I've laid down a base of E31 and used the tips of E33, E35 and E37 to create a stripey, wood like effect.  You can also create a fuzzy effect by dotting and scribbling on colour.  I've laid down a base of E11 and then dotted and scribbled on E13 and E15.

For a different look, you can use your blender solution and a variety of different materials to create texture.  For the first one, I've coloured the circle, dampened a piece of Aida Cloth with Colourless Blender and pressed it to the circle. For the other circles, I've used Denim, a Washcloth and a piece of Hessian (also known as Burlap in some parts of the world).

You can then stamp directly into your X-press It Copic Journal (since all the pages are the X-press It Blending Card which is perfect for colouring), and colour examples of your techniques!  Above I've created Pebbles under the bucket, a Fluffy Chicken (the dotted on fur technique) and a Wooden Fence.

On another page, I've given a little girl a textured dress (Aida Cloth), a Chic Girl some textured Denim jeans and some Fuzzy Bunnies using the Blender Solution and Washcloth technique.  As you can see, there is a wonderful world of textures to explore!

You can read more about textures in these tutorials...
Adding Texture Using The Colourless Blender Refill and Fabric
Bubbles and Pebbles
Adding Texture With Colourless Blender

Hope you've enjoyed and been inspired to create some texture of your own!  Why not download the FREE template, show us your page and use the inlinkz below to have the chance to win your own X-Press It Journal!

Happy Colouring... and we will see you all in two weeks time to announce our winner, and start the next phase of our Copic journey!

Kathy  :)

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Copic Technique Journal #4 Colourless Blender Swatches

Welcome to the fourth Copic Technique Journal Tutorial here on the Copic Oz Blog, I hope the ideas and templates we have been posting have been of help in creating your own Technique Journal.  So far we have covered colour combinations, skin and hair with FREE Templates for each post. With each idea we are encouraging you to “have a go” for yourself by offering a  FREE X-Press It Blending Journal to one of our readers who shows us how they are using our templates and ideas in their own Technique Journal.  To enter all you need to do is link your photos via the InLinkz widget at the end of each blog post.  

Last time we encouraged you all to show us how your journalled Hair Techniques, and the lucky winner of the Blending Journal is Joanne Herbert, congratulations Jo... please email your postal address to Sascha and she will get your Blending Journal out to you!

This week we are looking at the Copic Colourless Blender, and again we are providing you with FREE Copic Colourless Blender Swatch Templates.  These print on an A4 Sheet of X-Press It Blending Card, so you can cut it in half and they will fit nicely into your Journal or into a ring binder or plastic sleeve if you prefer.  Print these directly onto X-Press It Blending Card, and get started:

Copic Colourless Blender Swatch Template—Portrait
Copic Colourless Blender Swatch Template—Landscape

What is the Copic Colourless Blender?
The Colorless Blender is a Copic marker filled with pure solvent and no color.  It has a Super Brush tip on one end and a chisel tip on the other.  This is one of the most misunderstood of all the Copic products because it's called a 'Colourless Blender' marker and you don't really use it to blend colours - well not for the most part!  This marker is most often used for lightening, creating special effects and fixing small mistakes, as the solvent can 'push' and bleach other colours of Copic ink.  

The Copic Colourless Blender has so many different ways that it can be used, that I had a difficult time deciding what to show you all!  Next time Kathy will be talking about adding Texture to your images (so I'll avoid talking about texture overly much) and there have previously been some wonderful posts on Copic Oz on using your Colourless Blender (I've linked them below so they are easy for you to find), make sure you have a look as they are fabulous.
Today I will be looking at Copic Colourless Blender techniques, I won't be covering these in detail, rather just showing you how I used my Colourless Blender Template to record each idea in my Technique Journal.  I've added little typed snippets of instructions (I'd normally hand write these in my own journal - but I thought you may like to be able to read them) - just very brief notes to jog my memory if needed.
These are the different ideas I have included on my first page of Colourless Blender Swatches:

Fixing Mistakes

Adding Spots

Creating a Brick Pattern

Creating Bubbles

Fading Colours

Fading to White

Bleaching Raised Areas

Creating Pastels

Creating Texture

Stamping with Colourless Blender

and lucky last one of my favourite ways to use the Copic Colourless Blender.....

Watercolour Effects 1

Watercolour Effects 2
A - Adding just enough Blending Fluid to moisten card

B - Adding so much Blending Fluid that it forms a visible pool on the card

Watercolour Effects 3
My personal favourite

Stamps used in the Colourless Blender swatches are Flourishes Magnolia & Passion Flower sets and La-La Land Crafts Heart Balloon Marci.  

I hope you've enjoyed this post on some of the uses for Copic Colourless Blender, I think this is one MAGIC little marker!   And now it's your turn to show us how YOU record your ideas for using the Colourless Blender in your Technique Journal, feel free to use the provided template, or your own ideas!  BUT whatever you do remember to link up using the InLinkz widget below, because we will award a FREE Blending Journal to the most impressive entry - but you can only win if you enter! We will announce the lucky winner in two weeks, at the start of our next Copic Tutorial, Goodluck!!

Link your entries up here:

Sparkly Hugs,
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