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Monday, February 20, 2017

Angels are among us

" Although you may not see them
you are always in their sight

they bring the gift of love and guidance
it is called the Angel light.."

This is how a lovely poem about angels start, I really love it and it suits the image I have coloured very well...(unfortunately I was not able to find the name of the author,).
The image I used for today is by Meadowhaven. 


 I started with a thin layer using the E50. With the E51 I add my shadows and I do not worry about blending out the colours smoothly. With the BV00 I add some more shadows.

I slowly build up the layers adding more colours.


After adding the BV00 I blend all layers together with the E000. As you can see the colours look more smoothly blended now. In the end I decided to add some W1 for more shadow. 

 If the skin colour looks too cool you can add some extra E00. I prefer a more cool skin colour.  I like to start with a layer of E50, using the warmer skin tones (E00, 000) on the cheeks and nose. 
The best way to find out what works best for you is to make some samples using different Copic combinations. 


I decided to do the wings blue. Orange is the complimentary colour of blue  (they are opposite each other in the colour wheel) that means if you blend blue and orange you will get mud, but combinations of orange and blue look fabulous. So there has to be some orange in this colouring. I decided to use orange hues for the hair and the little angel's dress. 

I used quite a variety of colours for the hair YR15,20,21,23,24,27 and E08.
I used the YR Copics first, starting with the darkest one...in the end I thought the hair looked too pale and I added some E08 to make it a bit brighter. 
For the dress I used the YR 14, 15,16 and 17.


I enjoyed colouring the feathers. I started with B39. Like the hair I start with the darkest colour working my way back to the lightest colours. I used B 69,79,63,66, 60 and 39. In the end I added a tiny bit of the RV06.

For the dress and the little angel's wings I used FBG2, BG02, 05, 07 and 09.


I made an art journal page in my black journal, using some lovely Pronty feather stencils as well


See you next month

Miranda

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hey there...

Hello everyone,
Sue here today with my first project for 

I am so happy to be here, it is a great honour to be part of such a wonderful and talented Design Team.

For my first project I chose one of my favourite digital images - Wryn - Watcha Doin? by Tiddly Inks.
I had such fun colouring this as I used a great Copic technique to create the pink background.
Before I coloured Wryn, the first thing I did was use my Copic marker R81 to colour the background all around her.  I used the brush tip for the detailed parts.
...and I used the chisel tip for the rest of the card.  (We don't get to use that nib very often but this is a good time to use it)!
Then I dipped a small piece of sponge into some colourless blender.  The sponge only needs a small amount of blender on it so it is a good idea to blot off the excess onto a separate piece of card.
I then dabbed the sponge all over the pink background. You can see the colourless blender bleaching out the pink colour.
It is fine to dab the sponge over the stamped image so that the effect goes right up to the edge of it.  The colourless blender will dry and you can carry on and colour with your Copics as normal.
This is what the background looks like when the colourless blender has dried.  Isn't this a lovely effect!

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.  It would be great if you could try this technique and show your cards to us at Copic Marker Europe on Facebook.
To find us just follow the link
I have coloured Wryn with some of my favourite Copic combinations. 
Skin - E71, E21, E00, E50
Hair - E70, E74, E77, E79, E29
Clothes - R32, R35, R37, R39, T5
Background - R81, Colourless Blender Refill, Sponge
Ground T1, T3, T5
Thank you for popping by.

Happy Copic colouring!

love from
Sue...xxx





Monday, February 13, 2017

Changes in the Design Team

Hello Copic-lovers,
recently we had some changes in our DT. Faye will still stay as a member, she will check the language of the non native speakers. Her work as an Instructor for the UK is very time consuming, therefore she takes a time-out. Faye thanks for all your inspiring posts.

New kids on the blog;
First I will say welcome to Sandie Dune from Ireland.


Here is what she wants you to know about her.

"My name is Sandie Dunne and I live in Ireland. I started crafting about 11 years ago, starting with scrapbooking. I was an avid admirer of all the wonderful cards I would see on blogs and eventually purchased my first image stamp. Then I discovered Copic markers and the rest, as they say, is history. 

I am a stay at home mom to school going children, and I am lucky to get to be creative most days. I am thrilled to be on the Copic Europe design team and am looking forward to bringing my own touch of inspiration to the colouring community."

Here are some beautiful cards she made


The second new member to welcome comes from the UK
Her name is Susan Hastead,
Hello lovely Copic friends, it is so exciting to meet you all here at Copic Europe.

I am Sue from Gloucestershire, UK.  I am wife to Nigel and Mum to my two wonderful grown up sons Ian and Alan.  I also have two beautiful dogs, Ruby and Phoebe.  I have been crafty all my life and discovered the wonderful world of Copics when I retired in 2012.

I really enjoy spending time colouring with my beloved Copics.  I have completed the European Copic Course and have my Copic Certification.

My favourite Copic colour combinations are nearly always red and I love creating Copic backgrounds.

I am looking forward to sharing my love of Copics with you all.

Thank you Diny and Copic Europe for inviting me to join this amazing and talented team.

Here some art work from Sue



Sandie and Sue, we hope you have great time with us and we look forward to your work.
Please say hello to the new ladies.

The Copic Marker Europe team
Diny Administrator 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Super Unique

Hi everyone! 

It's Sandie here with my very first post for Copic Marker Europe and today I am sharing a card I made featuring a C.C Designs Stamp - Super Hero Birgitta. 


To colour Birgitta I used the following skin tones
E000, E00, E11, E04, R20, R22


E04 adds a deep shadow so use it sparingly in the hair line, and anywhere else you want a shadow. When you lay the E04 colour down, pull it out gently with the E00 marker, to remove the hard line. 


For the hair I used E50, E53, and added my darker shadows with E55. 


On the dress I used R81, R83, R85 and added some R39 in the very corners of her dress and boots. 


For the cape and ground I used C1, C3 and blended with 0. 


On the edges of her dress, boots and earrings I added some Pink spica pen. 
You can see the sparkle in the next photo. 
I also coloured the bottom of her cape in pink



This is Birgitta all finished. 


Full list of Copics used:
Skin - E000, E00, E11, E04, R20, R22
Hair - E50, E53, E55
Pinks - R81, R83, R85, R39. Pink Copic spica pen
Greys - C1, C3, 0

Thanks for dropping by today, 
I hope you are inspired to pull out your copic markers and colour.
Sandie
xXx

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Bon voyage...step by step!


Hello everybody!
Franz from Italy here with a brand new Copic Papercrafting Project :)

Today I've a lovely charachter from Krista Smith for you all; I had lot of fun on colouring her hair and dress.




I used a blond tone for the hair; I generally don't love blond hair with Copics so much, just because I'm not always able to give them the depth I want.
For this lovely girl I added some brown tones to the blond ones in the dark zones to achieve my depth goal and I love the result!

♥♥♥

 I love the old pink tones and I used them to give a vintage style to her dress; I made the same thing using the warm greys for her bag and suitcase:


 
I used the confetti technique for the background, blanding around the dots with the lighter mark and with blender. 

 Here is the complete list of Copic Markers I've used:

Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E11 + R20 for cheeks
Hair: E50, E51, E53, E35, E37
Outfit - White: 0, W1, W3, W5
Outfit - Pink: 0, RV91, RV93, RV95, RV97
Background: E70, E71, E74

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

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Chrysanthemum


Hi Everyone, it's Saskia here.

Last Saturday I had a demonstration at a craft store in the village where I live. I was privileged that I myself could choose what I wanted to show. Of course the choice was made in few seconds.......I wanted to show what you can do with Copic Markers....... so I made this show stopper for this demo.  At the moment adult colouring is quite trendy. There are many interesting colouring books for sale. This is a page from the coloring book the artist Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.   
 
The coloring paper of these books is not really suitable for coloring with Copic Markers, so I copied the pages on Perfect Colouring Paper. This is ideal coloring paper for your Copic Markers, the ink blends very well.
On the back of this colour pages were the names of the species drawn - Chrysanthemum. I found an image to help me, on the Internet.

It is of course always good to look over what colours best match. I found a couple of nice colour combinations that fit exactly with these flowers. I always try to bring a bit of depth to the colours by using darker colours while colouring.  To let the flowers come forward from the background I have coloured the background with blue and I used the Bokeh technique to give it a playful effect. 
 

I have used these Copic Markers:
Orange Chrysanthemum:
Y32 - Y35 - Y38 - YR04 - YR07 - YR09 - R24 - R27 - R29 -R59
Purple Chrysanthemum:
V09 - V12 - V15 - V17 - B63
Yellow Daisy:
 Y35 - Y38 - YR23 - YR24 - YR27- YR09 - Y38
Pink Daisy:
R81 - R83 - R85 - R89 - YR09 - Y38
 Ladybug:
R27 - R29 - R59
Green leaves:
G21 - G24 - G28 - G29 - E43 and YG01 - YG05 - YG07 - G07 -G14
Background:
B0000 - B000 - B00 - B01 - B02 - B04 and Colorless Blender.
I hope you have read this post with pleasure.
Until next time

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day with handlettering and doodles


Hello there, it's Blankina here, are you ready for Valentine's Day?
I have a new hand drawn Copic design for you, 
 again a mix of hand lettering and doodling, including photo's I have made during the process.
 I hope that you might get an idea how you can make your own design too.


First you start with a drawing with a pencil.
If you use words, it is easier to draw them from the middle of the word, 
working out to the first and last letters.

Simply count the letters of each word.
In the middle of your design you should make a small vertical line,
now you can start putting the letters around this vertical line , 
half on the left side, half on the right side.

I have written the text in different styles (fonts), 
mine are hand written so not perfect but at least they are original hand lettering :) 
(but if you wish you can also use computer fonts).


The next step is to "copy" your design with Multiliners, I have used a piece of vellum,
With my black copic multiliner I have done  the outlining of the text and small details.
To copy the big heart I have used a grey Copic Multiliner, 
in this way you can choose to use or not use the outlines of the big heart later.

Now I have scanned my design made with Copic Multiliners on vellum into my computer.
After having scanned the black and grey version
 I have also saved a "total" black version ( including the big heart with black outlines ) .


The fun thing is that you can now print it out in different sizes without ruining your original design. You can try different ways of colouring . 


I have printed out a small version which I have coloured with Copic Multiliners,
 this is a copy of the black and grey version so I have used the text only .
(SP Copic Multiliner black 0.1)
(SP Copic Multiliner red  0.3)
Afterwards I have used a heartshaped die cut and used some Copic Sketch.The silver was added with a Molotow liquid Chrome pen.


I have also printed out a bigger version of the "total" black design, 
which I have coloured with my Copic Sketch .
The big heart was coloured with the Warm Grey ( W ) family.
I have also used a black (100) Sketch to make the lowest text a bit bigger.


The bigger design is almost finished...
I have used my reds for the small hearts, my warm greys for the big heart,
for the big text happy I have used my black Sketch (100) 
and I have added some stripes with a white gel pen to give it a fun accent .
On the text day I have added some "faux stitching" on the letters with a white gel pen.

The outlines of the word Valentine's and the small hearts 
are accentuated with a SP Copic Multiliner 0.3.


Voilà the end result, hope you like it !

Copic :

Big design : 

Heart : W 2, W 3, W 5, W 6
Valentine's word and small hearts : R 27, R 29, R 59, SP Multiliner black 0.3
Texts : SP Multiliner black 0.1 , 0.3, 100, white gel pen
Flower : B 24, B 29, B 39
Leaves : G 05, G 09

Smaller heart shaped design :

SP Multiliner red 0.3, SP Multiliner black 0.3 
SP Multiliner cool grey 0.3
white gel pen, molotow liquid chrome pen

Hugs Blankina






Sunday, January 29, 2017

My heart belongs to you!


Hi Copic friends!!!

Deborah here with some inspiration for you.
Today I've got some valentine inspiration. Yes, I made a valentine's card! 
I love to make them but mostly I don't sent them to anyone, maybe it's time for a change... 😉



I choose to work with this cutie by C.C. Designs and she's called "Tiny Heart". I think she's so adorable! I always colour the skin first and after that I do the hair. 
Here you can see a picture when I did that and here I mapped out where the shadows are going to be. I always do that with a light colour first, and if I'm happy with that, I do the same with the darkest colour.  I guess it's just how you like to work.


Here are the Copic colours I've used: 
skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000, E93
hair: E59, E25, E23, E41
turqoise: BG18, BG13, BG11, BG10
pink: RV69, RV17, RV55, RV52
white: C5, C3, C1
red: R59, R46, R24


 After I coloured this little girl, I did the background with some Distress Inks, drawed some hearts with a white gelpen and I stamped some hearts with a fushia ink to give it some more life.


I added some sequins for a finishing touch.

Thank you for stopping by, 

Deborah