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!


Keep hopping forward!

Change your mindset and you'll change your coloring!

Taste of Vanilla is a FREE monthly mini-lesson program. We explore supplies, techniques, and methods from the artist's perspective.

Color like an artist, not like a colorer! Grow in confidence, independence, and personal style.

 Taste of Vanilla - FREE mini-lessons, changing your mindset about Copic Markers and colored pencils to help you add artistry, maturity, and realism to your coloring projects. | | #copicmarker #coloredpencil #coloring #howtocolor #realisticcoloring

Latest Livestream:

Blackberry Bramble-

Coloring finely detailed stamps

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

Saturday, August 18th at 11am EDT

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

We've all encountered stamps and coloring images with teeny tiny details.

You could drive yourself nuts coloring every single thing with maximum detail!

Join Amy for a fun demonstration using Power Poppy's "Berry It" digital stamp. We'll discuss a sanity saving method for deciding which details are important and which do not quite merit full development.

Vanilla Livestream is recommended for intermediate to advanced colorers. Basic techniques are not covered.

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

open enrollment now:

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!



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

"Tree Frog" is a 1.5 hour course on use of the color sculpting technique to create maximum realism without the use of coloring book outlines to define individual parts of your image.

We're also getting crazy with our Copic blends. Have you ever blended V15 into Y38? It's beautiful!!!

  • Technique Deep Dive video shows you how to correct the halo problems that inevitably happen masking objects during background techniques
  • extended cut demonstration videos with instructional commentary
  • helpful lesson aids including photo references and color guides
  • technique instructional handouts

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