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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sweet friend


Hello everyone! It's Delphine here today to share a sweet card for a sweet friend, with a very cute character. I used a digi, perfect to make a big cropped image ;)


The character I used is called Evelyn by Make it Crafty. I resized it in MS Word and cropped it as I wished to make Evelyn the focus of my card. After colouring her with my Copics, I die cut my image with the biggest Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die by MFT. I added a sentiment by Paper Smooches. 


Skin: E0000, 000, 00, 11, 71, R20
Hair: BV04, T7, 9
Eyes: BG000
Bow: BV02, 04, 08
Dress: BV00, 02, 04, 08, W1, 3, Y11, 26
Flowers: RV55, V15, W1, Y15, 38, YG01, 17


Thank you very much for your visit, have a lovely day! Hugs,
Delphine xx

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Birthday card

Hello!

It´s time for me, Christina, to hang around here at Copic Europe today. 

I have made a birthday card - as usual - for a colleague of mine. She turned 60 a couple of weeks ago and can you guess her favourite colour? Yep - it´s purple! Not my cup of tea but I have found a few purple markers that I really like.


The stamp is from Magnolia and I simply love this one. It's perfect when you don´t know what image to use. It works well when you make a Birthday card, a Get Well card or a New Job card. And I get to colour some wood =). It's fun and a bit tricky!

The sentiments are from Gummiapan and the lovely designer papers are from Maja Design!

These are the Markers I have used:

Wheel barrow W6-4-E49-47-44-42-40
Flowers BV29-V28-25-22-20
Petals/grass YG99-97-95

Have a lovely Sunday!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wish You Were Here





Good Morning!

My card this time is inspired by Summer, but still not summer time in Spain.
She is a stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil.
The papers are from UHK Gallery, I love the summer papers, and save all kinds of souvenirs of near the sea.

This is my vintage card, I hope you like it, it is very distressed.





Copics I used:
Hat: Activator, E42, E43.
Background: BG10, BG000, BG0000.
Sand: E30, E31.
Towel: B91.
Swimsuit and bow: B99, B97, B95.
Skin: E13, E11, E00.

Thanks for your visits and comments, hugs!


Monday, May 16, 2016

Bunny with Daffodil


Hi Everyone, it's Faye here today :)


I have a soft spot for bunnies. And I love daffodils. So, this stamp, called Bunny with Daffodil, by Artist Lee Holland at Whimsy Stamps, pushes all my buttons. Isn't he adorable? Especially with that little ladybug. Too cute.

I didn't do anything special to create the texture of the bunny fur. I just made sure my pen strokes were very messy and as un-smooth as possible!


Copics Used... 
Fur; W00, T0, T1, T3, T5
Bunny Ears; RV91, R81
Grass/ Leaf; YG01, YG13, YG03, YG17
Black; W3, W7, W9
Yellow; Y21, YR31, YR23
Orange; YR14, YR18
Red; R35, R37, R89

Thanks so much for stopping by... Have a great day.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Copic Colour Chart health check

My art studio has been in dire need of a clean up so I recently gave it a bit of a blitz.

Anyway, part of my sort out included my beloved Copic Sketch markers......the inside of the lids and the area around the nibs have been cleaned with Copic Cleaner and squares of kitchen towel.
I'm pretty good at keeping my markers clean, doing the above regularly.
But it was a great opportunity to check all the pens, change a few nibs and refill those that were in need of a little top up!

A little tip.................if when colouring your marker starts to squeak, or not glide as smoothly on your cardstock it is often a sign that it may be in need of a refill.


Then it was time to check my Copic Colour Chart
You can find a blank chart HERE


I would really recommend you do this at least once a year as some of the Copic colours are not as lightfast as others and do change over time.

As you will see from the charts below........



Note: These charts were scanned and for some reason the fluorescents have lost their glow & look a tad pastel!

Here is a list of colours that have changed noticeably in the last year:
     BV0000     BV000     BV00     BV11     BV34     V04     Y28     YG06     YG07     YG13     YG23
          G85     BG15     B32     B63     FV2

If like me you use your colour chart for reference every time you colour I would recommend that you laminate your chart to protect it from spills and marks (the 2015 chart is laminated) 
.......and no, it does not affect the colours - nor does it stop the above colours from changing.
It's a good idea to date it too!

The eagle eyed amongst you may spot tiny pink dots on the older chart - it is just my method of keeping track of which colours I have refills for!

Now that the markers have been given a health check and a new chart has been coloured it it time to get down to the fun stuff........

Happy Copic Colouring
everyone

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Lovely Mermaid

Hello everyone!

Franz here with a new little Copic project again...

Summer is just around the corner and I had lot of fun with this cute mermaid that I found on Deviantart...The talented artist who drawn her is called Yampuff and I love his/her work so much :)




I coloured her hair in pink, love pink hair for whimsical characters! And I decorate it with some little pearls with my white gel pen.
 
The underwater background is a combination of Confetti and Smooshy technique as I often like doing.
 
 
Here is the complete list of Copic Markers I've used:

Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E11, E13 + R20 for cheeks
Hair: R00, R81, R83, R85
Flower: G12, G24
Eyes: BV01, BV000
Tail: BG000, BG10, BG11, BG13, BG72, BG75, V01, V04
Background: B0000, BG000, B01, B05, Y11, Y15
Bubbles: BV23, G00

Thank you all for reading,
 a BIG hug,
Franz.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Notebook Cover

Hi everyone,

My friend asked me to colour a girl image for a second birthday.
The idea is to put the image on a notebook cover to make a notebook with all the smart sayings.

We looked over digi stamps and when she saw Two Jill stamp that was it.

I must say that I love this adorable girl. 



:Here are the colours I used:

Face: E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair: E51, E52, E53, E55, E57
Shirt: B63, B66, B69
Pens: E71, E74, E77, R20, R21, R22

Wishing you a wonderful day
hugs


Thursday, May 5, 2016

a lot of butterflies


Hi everybody.

 I just love the spring and summer, especially the warmth of the sun, flowers and butterflies.
So today I have a card with butterflies and magnolia flowers for you.

I've used a lot of different Markers for this project
For the blue green butterfly: B66-B69-B99, YG03, E55-E57

For the red butterfly: E09-R05-08 and E33-E35


For upper butterfly: YR04-YR07-YR09 and E33
For the bottom butterfly: R59-YR12-YR15-YR18


For this butterfly: Y11-Y15-Y17-Y38, YR07 and YR07


For this blue butterfly: B04-06-B99


 And of course the colours for the magnolias:

RV0000-RV000-RV00-RV52-RV55-RV63-RV66-RV99
and Y03-G14-YG67Background: B0000-B000-B00

The butterflies and flower stamps are from the brand Studio Light.

Have a wonderful and creative day,


Greetings,

Monday, May 2, 2016

shadowing and haircolouring tutorial

Some time ago I promised to do a hair tutorial and even better today I have a hair and face tutorial.
I have got a lot of photographs to show you so let's get started:


I started with a layer of E50 and E00. The first layer does look a bit stripey, but I don't worry about that yet. Many more layers will come and eventually I will blend all layers together with E000.



Fot some shadows I used BG0000. Blue is a cool colour and things in the distance always look more cool. I used the BG for the edges of her face and under the nose and chin.


For the 3rd layer I used the BV000 and BV00. These blue violets are just awesome for shadows.


When you only use cool colours in the face, it might look a bit weird in the end. So I decided to add some RV00 for some warmth. allthough the RV is a cool colour too, it looks warm next to the BV and BG I have been using in the previous layers. 


Aading some more shadow with the W1, especially around the eyes and under the nose. 


In this stage I took out the E000 and started blending all the layers together. 


The eyes have shadows as well. The eyelid casts a shadow on the eyeball. I used W1 and BV00 to create this shadow. The R20 is for the fleshy parts of the eyes. 


For colouring the eye I use several layers too. I started with YG61.


The 2nd layer is with YG23.


And the 3rd layer YG67. The darkest part of the eye is where the eyelid casts a shadow. So add a little of your darkest green just at the top of the eye.


Eyes usally have more than just one colour. So I added some tiny brown spots using E34 and E57.


The lips were coloured with E93, 95, 04 and 000. 

Colouring hair can be tricky.  There is always a lot of shadow in hair, all those strands going underneath other strands of hair. So I find it easier to start with my darkest colour, in this case E09. In a flicking motion I colour the darkest parts of her hair. 

Then I use the E08, YR16, YR15 and YR14 to colour the rest of the hair. I keep adding layers of ink until I'm happy with the result. The darkest colour might have been faded out a little with all those layers I put on top of it. So for some more depth I go back to the E08 and E09 to add more detail and depth to the hair. 


And this was how she looks after all those layers, but I thought she looked a bit pale and her lips weren't sparkling enough. 


I completely covered the skin in a layer of YR61 and blend it in with E000. On the lips I added some YR14, 15 and E08.
I liked it much better this way. 




And this is the end result. I used the face in my art journal and doodled a little in the background. 

See you next month.

Miranda

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Winner challenge #49: Animals

Hello Copic friends!

Deborah here with the random winner of  challenge #49 Animals, picked by Random.org.
and it is.... 
Karen Akesdotter, congratulations!!!

Just take a look at her adorable card, I love it!



Please send us an email to copiceurope@gmail.com
with your request of 2 Copic Refills of your choice.

Be sure to enter the new challenge "Anything Goes!" on the Facebook group!

Let's join the fun!

Hugs, Deborah

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Challenge #50: Anything goes!

Challenge #50

Hi everyone!

Deborah here for you with the super fun NEW challenge #50!
Thank you to all who participated in the last challenge in our Facebookgroup, the winner will be chosen by random.org and will be announced on Thursday April 30.

Our new challenge is:

Anything goes!
Aha! That's an easy one! So there are no excuses for not joining us this month.
Pull out those fabulous Copic Markers and show us what you've created!

Here's a little inspiration for you. I've created a card with a gorgeous image "Punch of colour girls 11" by artist Hannah Lynn for Crafts And Me.



Here are the Copic colours I've used:
skin: E13, E11, E00, E000 /R20
hair: BV29, BV25, BV23, BV20
blue: B29, B26, B23, B21
pink: RV29, RV25, RV23, RV21
purple: V17, V15, V12
mirror: E35, YR23, Y15/ C5, C3, C1, blender
clouds (background): V25, V22, V20
hairbrush: E35, YR23, Y21/ E43, E41



rules:
- You have to use Copic markers on your creation
- Your creation have to be new
- Maximum 3 entries 

To enter, just put your picture in the right folder in the photo section of our Facebook Group before the end of May 28.
The winner will be announced on May 31.

Now it's your turn! Show us your work, and you can win 2 Copic refills of your choice.
Please be aware that only entries from those living in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East are eligible to win.

Hugs,

Deborah

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tutorial - Night Background


Hello!
This time my visit to Europe Copic Blog is to share a tutorial.
This is my way of colouring a night background with a moon and stars, this is a light source.

It's simple, I used a digital stamp from Di's Digi Downloads.
First coloring the stamp, then I make the background and start by ...


I add a yellow around the moon and stars, almost imperceptible, It can also be left blank.
I used Y000.



At the edge of the paper, I add my darkest colour, B99, working towards the image.


I blend the previous colour with B97, and cover more area.


Around the image I would add, without touching the moon and stars, B93, a lighter colour.


Add intense colour in intermediate parts, with B95.



I add more intense colour on the outside, B99.

And I add more colou, a little less intense near the image, B97.


Repeat the process, but by doing little polka dots for texture.
And this is all!!!

Stamp ready for my card...


Copic colours I used:

Background: B99, B97, B95, B93, Y000.
Moon and Stars: Y11, YR31, YR21.
Mice: W3, W1, N3, N1.

If you've come this far, thanks for reading.
I hope this is useful for colouring. See you soon!