Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

Hello Everyone!!  It's time for another Copic Oz Tutorial and today I'm getting in the Winter spirit.....or perhaps it is Christmas in July, either way come join me as I build a snowman!!

Like many Mothers of young girls, I've been surrounded by song and images of the movie Frozen so I thought I would have a 'snowy' tutorial for all those like me that are looking for inspiration and ideas along this line!  :)

Today I'm using JustRite Papercraft's Applique Christmas Labels One stamp set (complete with bits to build your snowman) and I've stamped the snowman, hat and arms in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.

Now many people when colouring white decide to add 'cool' shading with Copic C1 but I think to get a 'cooler' feeling, particularly for things like snow, it's better to work with the very, very pale Blues and have flicked in colour around the edge of my snowman in B0000.

I've deepened the shading using B000

To really cool those shadows down, I've added some BV000.

I've lightly gone over these areas with B0000 again to smooth it out.

To soften any harder edges in the middle of the snowman, I've gone over them lightly with the Colourless Blender (0).

I've cut my image out using Spellbinders Labels 28 and then drew in a little bit of a scene using the Copic Multiliner 0.3 pen.

Then I've used B0000 and BV0000 to colour the snow surrounds.

Then I've made the white of my snowman pop a bit more by colouring around him with YR30 for a sunshiney glow.

Keep colouring your snowman, hat and arms in your preferred colours and create your card!  If you are looking for a tutorial on colouring black top hats you can find that here - Colouring Black.  For a tutorial on creating that 'glow' around the image you can find that here - Let Yourself Glow.

Hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and happy colouring!
Kathy  :)Pin It

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Doodling Over Printed Images with Copics

I thought that for today's post I'd give all of the nervous doodlers out there a hand and show you a straightforward project that looks stunning!  You can complete this page with just a few materials and with only a little experience and imagination.  Now this is quite a step-by-step project so grab your Copics and let's get started, because we are going to be creating this masked lady!

You Will Need:

  • Copic Multi Liners in 1.0, 0.5 and 0.3 
  • Copic Markers: 0 (Colorless Blender), C1, C3, BV0000, BV000, Y26, E47, E49, E00, E11, E21 and E23
  • Copic Airbrush (optional)
  • X-Press It Blending Journal or Blending Card
  • Magazine Image - Photocopied or Laser printed in black and white
    (ink jet printed images will not be suitable unless the ink in your printer is Copic safe)
  • Tracing paper
  • Soft lead pencil
  • Favourite Stencils or masks


Copy or print a black and white portrait onto Blending Card.  For mine I have scanned an image from a magazine advertisement and using a black and white laser printer, I have printed this directly onto a page in my Blending Journal.  You could also print onto a piece of Blending card and glue this into your journal later.  If you are a little more adventurous you could draw your own image or even use a face stencil as the basis for this technique.

Using your Multi Liner 1.0 outline the major facial features - you are aiming for a comic book style outline for this step.  Colour in and dark areas (nostrils and inside mouth) for a dramatic look.

Lay tracing paper over the face and plan a simple mask - the tracing paper allows you to draw and re-draw the mask until you are happy with it.  Once satisfied with your mask design, trace the image onto your face in pencil.  Go over the pencil with Copic Multi Liner and erase all signs of pencil marks once the ink is dry.  If not sure what to draw, Google filigree masks for interesting ideas.

Grab some of your favourite stencils and add stencilled designs to your image, you may like to use these on the hair, the mask or even the face!  You may like to draw outlines only or use the images to add design elements eg: a birdcage ear-ring!

Add as much or as little doodling as you like.  If you have a look at mine below you will notice I've used lots of repeating patterns and have varied the width of my lines for some added drama and to really draw the attention to the eyes.

Doodled Portrait

You can leave it like this or you can be brave and add a little colour - if you are nervous about ruining your art then either take a photo or scan your image, you can always print the black and white image onto card and start again!  If you have an airbrush this is a very quick way to colour the base layer of skin on large images (which is what I've done using E00, E11 & E21) you can also do this by hand if you don't have an airbrush.  Either way add as little ink as possible - you only want the skin to have a hint of colour.

Use E00 to add a base layer of colour to the skin - I added an even layer all over the face and neck.  You might be able to see that I had cut a mask to go around the face and protect the background and hair - this made sure my airbrush work stayed clean and crisp.

Be guided by the shadows on the image and add E21 to these shadowed areas.

Finish colouring the skin by adding E11 into the shadows for a little extra depth, I've also added a little extra around the jaw and hairline.  If you are using a mask - you can remove it at this point.

Using BV0000, BV000, Y26, E49 and E47 - carefully colour the eyes - these are the focal point of the whole page so pay attention and colour carefully.

Add some grey to the mask to distinguish it from the face - just a little and keep it light.
I used C1 and C3 - blend with a little E00 if it begins to look a little too grey.

 As a final touch add E23 and E21 to the pattern on the neck and as shading around the eyes - really amp up the colour near the eyes.

You can immediately see that by colouring the eye area more heavily than the rest of the image, it really focusses your attention.  I've intentionally left the hair and background uncoloured to enhance the look of the face.  By keeping the colours to a minimum and using what is essentially a monochrome palette, I think it produces a softer look that is still appealing.

So while at first glance this project may look difficult and complicated, by taking things step-by-step I think this is something anyone can try!

Back with more soon,

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

How do you get inspired?!

Hurray!! It’s time for a blog hop! Our fabulous team of designers have been working really hard to create some really fun projects using some of our favourite products and the best part is that you have OVER TEN opportunities to win!

We want to know what inspires you! Leave a comment on this post and you could win an awesome bundle of goodies like this one. *

For more oppertunities to win, make sure you hop over to the other blogs and the Inspiration Lane facebook page where you could win the goodies above, as well as these AMAZING Copic goodies!

The next stop is the X-Press It blog and be sure to visit all of the other blogs too!
*The hop is open from 9am AEST July 9 until 11:59PM Monday July 14, 2014. Sorry, Australian and New Zealand residents only.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Psst... We've got a BIG blog hop coming up later this week... This is one of the many prize packs up for grabs! What would you like to win!?

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