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Copic Coloring Guide
By Colleen Schaan, Marianne Walker, Tanya Fox, Matthew Owen
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Intro to Copic Markers
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way — things I had no words for.
~ Georgia O'Keeffe
The Joy of Coloring
Coloring, at first glance, may seem childish, unimportant, silly even — an act that many of us did when we were young. But think back — remember why you colored, and how you felt when you were doing it.
For Marianne and me, coloring is an important aspect of our jobs, but it's much more than that. Coloring is a form of communication, a way to gather the ideas from our heads and transfer them to paper, creating a visual image that is easily understood. Coloring is also a form of relaxation. The act of coloring itself becomes a meditation that relieves stress, relaxes the body and clarifies thought processes. Coloring is something we both love ... and we want you to love it too.
With the myriad of coloring mediums that are available, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and even frustrated. Fortunately, Copic brand alcohol ink markers are easy tools to use! With the huge color selection and the clear-cut numbering system, there's no guesswork involved, so you can forget about the "how" and focus on the "do."
With the tips, techniques and projects in this book, we hope to lead you down the road to successful (and frustration-free) coloring ... ENJOY!
— Colleen and Marianne
There are four styles of Copic markers to choose from. Regardless of the style, the quality and ink are the same.
The Secret Code
Understanding the Copic Color System
These markers blend beautifully, but you need to be able to pick colors that work well together to get them to blend easily. That's where the secret code comes in. The numbers and letters on the marker represent the three classifications within the Copic Color System.
Use the following "rules" to pick colors that naturally work together and blend well.
First, match the color letter(s) — keeping the color family the same.
Then match the color saturation number — keeping the tone the same.
Lastly, pick color brightness numbers within 2 or 3 digits from each other. Example: B21, B24, B26.
To get the best results from your Copic markers, it's vital to use the right inks and papers. While we recommend X-Press It Blending Card and Memento Dye Inks — and many of the samples in this book were created using those — it's important to do your own testing for product compatibility as everyone's inking and coloring styles are different. It's often a matter of personal preference.
Stamp image onto the paper; let dry completely. Scribble over the stamped image with the Colorless Blender. Does the stamped ink bleed or feather? If yes — it's not a compatible ink. If no — then it's a good ink to use with your Copic markers.
Draw a circle with a pencil or compatible inking pen. Color up to the edges using a lot of ink, saturating your paper. Does the ink feather outside the lines? If yes — the paper may not be compatible. If no — then it's a good paper for your Copic marker use.
Testing Digital Images
Print your images as normal and test the printer ink in the same way you would stamping ink. If your printer ink isn't compatible, you can heat-set the image or make a laser copy before coloring.
For more product information, please visit www.copicmarker.com.CHAPTER 2
There are various ways to add ink to paper. The two most common ways are circling and flicking. Each technique produces a particular appearance, and knowing how to utilize them will add depth and variation to your creations.
Copic makers have the unique ability to lay down smooth, even color without streaks. Using the following steps, practice smooth coloring with a variety of colors and shades until you achieve a smooth image every time.
Step 1: Color in small circles. This will keep the leading edge "wet" and allow the ink to blend with itself, creating a seamless look.
Step 2: Make sure to saturate the entire area so that you eliminate any light or mottled areas.
Step 3: Check the back of your paper to make sure that the ink is saturating though evenly.
This technique is achieved by applying ink in quick, single strokes. The key to this inking technique is to "flick" the marker tip across the paper to create a single stroke that goes from dark to light.
Step 1: Holding the marker loosely, start a downward movement toward the paper.
Step 2: As the marker tip touches the paper, quickly move across the paper, bringing your hand up and away at the end of the stroke. This will apply more ink at the beginning of the stroke and less ink at the end.CHAPTER 3
One of the most exciting aspects of Copic markers is their blending capability. On the following pages are some basic techniques for coloring and blending that range from using a single color to using multiple shades of each color.
Many crafters just are just starting to collect Copic markers and don't have full blending groups. That's OK! You can still create subtle shading with just one marker.
Step 1: Lay down a smooth base coat of ink.
Step 2: Let the area dry completely.
Step 3: Go over the area you want shaded with the same color. By adding another layer of the same color over itself, you can create a darker shade of that color.
Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 as necessary.
One of the unique qualities of Copic markers is that ink can be transferred from one marker tip to another without contaminating the color or ruining the nibs.
Step 1: Hold the lighter marker horizontally. Hold the darker marker with the tip pointed down Touch the two tips together and hold for a few seconds.
Step 2: Dark ink is transferred to the tip of the lighter marker.
Step 3: Apply ink to your image either by scribbling in small circles or flicking. The darker ink will be applied first. As you continue coloring, the lighter ink will be applied and blend the two colors together.
Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 as often as necessary
This transfer technique uses a lighter marker to pick up darker ink from a palette as with a paintbrush.
Step 1: Scribble darker-color ink onto a nonporous surface. An acrylic stamp block works great for this.
Step 2: Using a lighter-color marker, pick up the darker ink from the palette.
Step 3: Apply ink to your image using the same strokes as the Tip-to-Tip method.
This challenging blending technique blends two different colors together seamlessly.
Step 1: Begin with two markers from different color families.
Step 2: Begin flicking the lighter ink onto your image. Try to get smooth, wide strokes by using the side of the nib.
Step 3: Flick the darker ink onto your image coming from the opposite direction. The inks should overlap in the center.
Step 4: You may not get a smooth blend the first time. If not, repeat steps 2 and 3 to saturate and blend smoothly.
This is the most common blending technique and uses not tw( but three or more shades to create highlights and shading.
Step 1: Pick three markers that form a good blending group — a light, a medium and a dark.
Step 2: Apply a smooth layer of the lightest-color ink to your image.
Step 3: Apply the medium color to the areas you want shadowed.
Step 4: Use the light color to blend along the area where the two colors meet.
Step 5: Apply the dark color to the areas you want shaded darkest.
Step 6: Use the medium color to blend along the area where the dark and the medium colors meet.
Step 7: Lightly blend any remaining lines with the lightest color.CHAPTER 4
The Colorless Blender marker is one you really need in your coloring arsenal. While the blender doesn't actually blend, it can be used for a number of other techniques and effects.
Clarifying the Colorless Blender
What Does the Colorless Blender Do?
As you now know, any lighter-colored marker will move the ink of a darker-colored marker. The Colorless Blender is the lightest of all the markers; it contains no pigment at all and is purely the alcohol solution. Because of this the Colorless Blender will move all other colors. The following compares No Blending, On-Paper Blending and "blending" with the Colorless Blender.
Light, medium and dark shades of green are applied to the circle. At this point, they are not blended.
When you blend using the On-Paper Blending technique, which uses the lighter-colored markers to blend the colors together, you get a nice gradation of color.
And here's the same group of three colors "blended" with the Colorless Blender marker. As you can see, the colors didn't blend at all, they lightened and moved around.
Moving Color With the Colorless Blender
In this sample, the image was colored with a smooth layer of medium green. The Colorless Blender marker was then touched to the surface and held for about I five seconds.
As you can see, there is a light spot where the Colorless Blender touched. This is because the green particles reacted with the Colorless Blender and moved away from it — piling up around the edges.
Colorless Blender Techniques
There are three techniques that use the "movement" properties of the Colorless Blender These three things are what make this marker indispensible!
Think of the Colorless Blender as your magic eraser. While it doesn't actually erase ink, it can push it back into a colored image. If you color outside the lines, use the Colorless Blender to "push" the ink back toward the colored image.
Remember that the pigment will form a dark ridge in front of the blender. Don't go all the way up to the line with the blender or you will push the ridge into the colored image making it visible on the other side. Stop just before the line and use the stamped image to "hide" the dark ridge. This does take some practice. Some colors will be easier to move than others.
Touch either the brush or chisel nib of the Colorless Blender to the surface of a colored image. Hold for a few seconds and lift. Notice the shape and size of the lightened area. If you use the Colorless Blender on wet colored images the area will have fuzzy, indistinct edges. If you use it on a dry colored image the edges will be more crisp and distinct.
If an area on your image gets too dark, you can lighten it a bit with the Colorless Blender. Keep in mind that pigment particles will pile up making a dark ridge if the blender marker is left in one spot or used in a back-and-forth motion. Use a flicking motion with the Colorless Blender to avoid this.CHAPTER 5
Creative Coloring Projects
Don't Worry, Be Happy
Design by Colleen Schaan
Cardstock: white smooth, light teal Dotted Swiss, black
Quite a Catch stamp set
Black dye ink pad
Markers: BG11, BG72, BG75, YR04, YR07
Adhesive foam tape
1. Stamp fish onto white smooth cardstock.
2. Using On-Paper Blending technique, color fish's body with BG11, BG72 and BG75.
3. Color fins, ears and lips with YR04. Using a Transfer Blending technique, shade with YR07.
Form a 4¼ x 5½-inch top-folded card from white smooth cardstock.
Adhere a 3 7/8 x 5 1/8-inch piece of light teal Dotted Swiss cardstock to black cardstock; trim a small border. Adhere to card front.
Stamp "don't worry be happy" onto a 3 7/8 x 1½-inch piece of white smooth cardstock. Adhere to a 3 7/8 x 1 5/8-inch piece of black cardstock. Adhere to card front as shown.
Cut out fish. Using foam tape, attach fish to card front as shown.
Using Multiliner, draw a dotted border around edges of light teal and sentiment panels.
Sources: White smooth X-Press It Blending Card, markers and Multiliner from Imagination International Inc.; colored cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; stamp set from Gina K. Designs; Memento dye ink pad from Tsukineko LLC.
Apples in a Chintz Bowl
Design by Sharon Harnist
Cardstock: white smooth, blue, apple green
Apples in Chintz Bowl stamp Black dye ink pad
Markers: B21, B23, B26, C-1, E33, YG17, YG21, YG23, YG25
Colorless Blender (0)
4 ¾ inches 5/8-inch-wide apple green ribbon
Die templates: Labels One (#S4-161), Large Labels (#S4-168)
Victoria embossing folder (#37-1916)
Die-cutting and embossing machine
Adhesive foam tape
1. Stamp apples in bowl onto white smooth cardstock.
2. Using On-Paper Blending technique, color apples with YG21, YG23 and YG25.
3. Color stems with E33.
4. Using One-Color Shading technique, color and shade leaves with YG17.
5. Color base of bowl with B21.
6. Use Colorless Blender to remove color from flowers on bowl.
7. Using On-Paper Blending technique, add shadows with B23 and B26.
8. Remove any excess color from white flowers with Colorless Blender.
9. Add shadows under bowl with C-1. Blend it out to white with Colorless Blender.
Form a 5¼ x 4-inch top-folded card from blue cardstock. Using Victoria embossing folder, emboss front and back of card; lightly sand.
Using 3 3/4 x 2 7/8-inch Large Labels die template, die-cut a label from apple green cardstock. Attach to card front using foam tape.
Trim a V-notch into each end of ribbon; attach to card front as shown.
Using 2 3/8-inch Labels One die template, die-cut a label from colored image panel. Attach to card front using foam tape.
Sources: White smooth X-Press It Blending Card, markers and Colorless Blender from Imagination International Inc.; colored cardstock from Memory Box; stamp from Lockhart Stamp Co.; Memento dye ink pad from Tsukineko LLC; die templates from Spellbinders Paper Arts; Cuttlebug embossing folder from Provo Craft.
Design by Lori Craig
Cardstock: white smooth, light yellow, dark brown, turquoise
Printed papers: Sweet Summertime Blue Sky, A Walk in the Park Picnic Fun, music sheet
Stamp sets: Up, Up & Away, Joy for the Journey
Ink pads: brown dye, brown pearlescent
Markers: BG72, BG75, E31, Y17, Y19, YG21, YG25, YR02, YR07
Dies: Tattered Florals (#656640), Top Note (#113463)
Adhesive foam tape
1. Using brown dye ink, stamp balloon onto white smooth cardstock.
2. Using Smooth Coloring technique, color outer segments of balloon with BG72. Using a Transfer Blending technique, shade with BG75.
3. In the same manner as first segment, color next two segments of balloon with Y17; shade with Y19.
4. Color two narrow segments of balloon with YG21; shade with YG25.
5. Color center segment of balloon with YR02; shade with YR07.
Form a 4¼ x 5½-inch top-folded card from light yellow cardstock. Adhere a 3½ x 1-inch piece of Picnic Fun paper and a 3 1/3 x 3 3/4-inch piece of Blue Sky paper to a 3 5/8 x 4 7/8-inch piece of dark brown cardstock, as shown. Using brown pearlescent ink, stamp hot-air balloon onto layered panel as shown. Color basket using E31.
Using brown pearlescent ink, stamp sentiment below balloon.
Using Top Note die, die-cut a 3 5/8 x 3/4-inch strip of turquoise cardstock. Adhere to layered panel as shown.
Wrap twine around layered panel twice; secure ends to back.
Cut out colored balloon. Using foam tape, attach over balloon stamped on layered panel. Attach layered panel to card front using foam tape.
Using Tattered Florals die, die-cut a flower from music sheet paper. Adhere to card front as shown.
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