Hi it's Christine here with you today. I thought it would be fun to give you some new ideas for how to use your Copics today. Some you may have seen, and some that might be new to you. I'll be showing you 4 different techniques with Copics today so hang on....it's a long post :)
The Colorless Blender Pen
This is one fantastic little essential in EVERY Copic owners Collection. When I look at it - it's really not a blending tool, per say...but more-so a color remover. And when you think of it that way, it has SO many applications. You probably all know that it can remove ink you've "spread too far over the edges", but it can also add details into your design where you want them.
Below is a cute little purse image from the Think Pink - Fight Like a Girl set. It's a good example for this technique because it has some open space. I colored it with the Tea Rose Copic Collection from the store on our Flourishes Classic White paper - specifically designed for use with Copics.
Then all you need to do use use your blender pen (in this case with the smaller tip, we have two styles in the store) and go over the spaces in your colored image that you want to lighten or make white. So you can see I added polka-dots to my purse. I ended up making the dots by dotting down my pen several times on each dot to get the lightness/whiteness I desired. You could make stripes, plaid, dots, or squiggles - anything your heart desires just with your blender pen!
And here's the final creation, I also used the Scalloped Squares Nestabilities, Octagonal Nestabilities and the Fancy Scalloped Pierceabilities for the edging on the Basic Grey Lemonade designer paper.
When I was in High School we learned a technique with a fine point black marker called Pointillism. You create depth, light and shadow in your design by making fine even dots with your black pen. That same technique can be applied to copic markers with a light hand as well, and the way Flourishes sells the Collections in the store is just perfect for this technique. I started with the Spring Greens Collection and the very fun tree and swing in the Swing Set . Initially you add dots randomly to the design in areas that you want the lightest colors to show. I work from lightest to darkest. Remember light advances, dark receeds.
Then I add the next color in the collection in the areas I want to see more depth or shadow. You have to imagine a tree and how the leaves look from a distance, almost like large round or ovals balls on the tree.
Here below I've added the darkest color dots in the deepest areas.
And here it is after I've gone back and added some more YG00 for a softer look.
And below the final card, on it I used Silk Ribbon from the Flourishes store, as well as Pinking Edge Nestabilities.
No I didn't name this technique myself :) But it is a technique where you will need an old rag that has some texture that you don't mind getting dirty.
First I colored this t-shirt from Think Pink - Fight Like a Girl with the Hollyhock Collection. I knew I would be cutting it out for my design so I added lots of color and let it bleed out of the lines.
Then I used these supplies below: blending solution (essentially what you would use to refill your blender pen - I got it at my Copic Certification course, but I know retailers sell it) and my rag. I chose an old washcloth because of the texture, so whatever type of rag you use will give you a different effect.
And here's the card I also used Basic Grey 1/2 Pearls from the Flourishes store
Adding Pattern with Stamps