Thursday, July 2, 2009

Copics 103!

Hi all! Julie here. As we continue Copic Coloring Week, I thought I'd share one of my favorite color schemes with one of my favorite stamps of all times!

When I picked up my Copics, I chose the Sweet Peas set with two Copic Collections that were pretty much made for it! I chose...

As we get to the end of Copics week, you are probaby starting to see a trend here. Most of us that like to use this medium start with the lightest shade in the collection and slowly add in more color by going up the scale in these natural blending families. I am going to take it step by step in how I colored my Sweet Peas. I am only coloring a small part of my Sweet Pea so you can really see what I am doing here. After stamping my image with permanent black ink, I started by going over the base image on the flower with RV00 and the base part of the leaf with YG00.
Then, I moved in with RV02 and YG03. Keep in mind, I am not blending as I go - just merely adding in more intense color to shade parts of my leaves and flowers. Marcella made it so easy to figure out where to shade with some of the shadows she added in when illustrating this set!
Finally, I added a little more color with YG06 and RV04.

After I added my most intense color (I actually skipped using RV09 from the Hollyhock set because I thought it was too dark for my Sweet Peas), I picked up RV00 and started to blend my colors together using small circular strokes. I absolutely LOVE how Flourishes new Classic White paper blends! It takes a very light hand and is effortless! Trust me, I have tried almost every paper on the market and I was blown away by this paper!

When I was finished, this is what my Sweet Pea looked like! All the brush strokes that were laid down in the beginning are gone to create a smooth looking finish! I love that about Copics. And, after I put it all together and whipped it into a card, this is what my bouquet of Sweet Peas looked like! I used the Spellbinders Ribbon Slides for my message and the sentiment is actually from the Sweet Violets set. Add some paper piercing, some pink rhinestones and... done! Here's a close up of the finished flowers... Some other members of the DT pulled out their favorite Copic Collections to give you a little more of a show and tell! Be sure to stop by and see what
Leslie and Stacy cooked up!

Thanks for stopping by! Tommorrow we'll kick the lid off our sneek peek challenge to get ready for next Friday's release! This challenge is the one that could land you will all three of our new stamp sets! Be sure to check it out!



The Paper Artists' Boutique said...

I tell ya what as soon as I sell enenough bears, I am going to have to invest in these markers!! Sherry

NancyK said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! And a great tutorial to bat! You've made it look so easy!

Cindy Lawrence said...

What a beautiful card, Julie!!! Your tutorial is perfect! Awesome job! :)

Becky said...

Thank you for showing how and what colors, this is the best tutorial on using copics. Because of this, I have ordered copics and now I will order these stamps :)

Cheryl said...

you have great inspiration on here having just bought some of these pens i find you blog a true inspiration its just great love comeing on here and reading what you have on here. Wish I could get some of your card stock though lots love cheryl xxxx

leenda said...

Beautiful artwork! You certainly took the "scary" out of Copics!! Thanks for the tutorial!

zcdl said...

Gorgeous card ! :)