Realistic coloring. realistic advice.

Tired of banging your head against the wall when the latest free tutorial or marker recipe doesn't turn out the way it looks online?

Looking for something beyond blend, blend, blend?

Frustrated because everything you color looks flat?

Realism isn't difficult... but it is downright impossible if you stick to crafty coloring shortcuts and standard blending techniques.

Real life is full of texture, pattern, contrast, and desaturation. Life is so much more than light-medium-dark blending combinations.

Let's add some life to your coloring!

You can do this!

I want to...

 "Daffodils" a Power Poppy stamp. Lesson on coloring clean yellows with dimension. |

Take a class in S.E.Michigan. Beginner or Advanced.

Read tips & advice on how to color better and what tools to use.

Take online coloring classes.

I want that digital stamp!

In the Studio Journal:

Are you a left handed colorer?

No? I'm not surprised. Lefties are a definite minority.

Southpaws like me are the few, the proud, and the backwards.

But hey, even if you are right handed, keep on reading. While these Copic Marker and colored pencil tips are aimed at those of us who color counter-clockwise, you righties can totally use the tips too.

You righties can flip the tips cattywampus the way we keck-handers have to do every day!

You may not think it makes much difference but hoo, boy... being left handed is like living in a mirror-world where all of your natural instincts work against you...



Learning to Color?

Build a VERSATILE starter Copic collection which doesn't waste money!

Gift Ideas for Colorers- Copics, colored pencils, watercolor...

Latest Livestream:

Created to Create- create beautiful color palettes for every project.

Become a supporter of Vanilla Arts Company at to access livestream coloring sessions.

Friday, June 15th at 11am EDT

Replay available for those who can't attend or want to watch it again!

Do you struggle with color?

Some choices are easy- leaves are green and perhaps you want a yellow flower... but how do you decide what colors to use throughout the rest of the image?

It's always a brain-buster! Choose wisely and the image sings. Choose wrong and doom the project to mediocrity.

Relax. Awesome color palettes are easier than you think. All it takes is a color wheel and some kindergarten level math.

Join Amy for a fantastic trip around the color wheel, helping you create dynamic and attractive color palettes for every project imaginable! After this class, you'll be set for life!

"Strawberry Trio" the week 12 project in Marker Painting Foundations

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Marker Painting Foundations is a beginner level class and a new approach to adult coloring.

Learn to use your Copic Markers the way artists use paint- with style, originality, and amazing depth & dimension. MPF is a drastic change from adult coloring tutorials which lock you into using specific recipes and follow-the-leader style demonstrations.

No more copy-catting!

You can color independently with confidence. You can get realism and artistic flair from your Copics

You can learn to paint with markers!

Take the Class!

Marker Painting Workshops provide challenges for colorers who want to do more than blend!

"Cheers!" is a 1.5 hour course on coloring transparent glass with realism. Ditch the dumb blue marker technique and stop copy-catting internet tutorials.

You can color realistic glass, it's easier than you think!

  • Technique Deep Dive video explores what all the many blue marker glass tutorials are missing and why glass is a challenge you should start today!
  • extended cut demonstration videos with instructional commentary
  • helpful lesson aids including photo references and color guides
  • technique instructional handouts

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