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:


Fly Away! Be Free!

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


Learning to Color?

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

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

Latest Livestream:

Midnight Dahlia- overpaint with colored pencil for beautiful, clean shade.

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

Friday, July 13th at 11am EDT

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

Artists like to break the rules.

Students already know about my underpainting technique, we've used it in class after class. This month, we're looking at the exception to the underpainting rule: sunshiny florals.

We'll discuss why the underpainting method doesn't always work the way you want it to and how to decide when and when not to underpaint.

And for those times when we do not underpaint? Learn Amy's colored pencil overpainting technique which provides an amazing amount of depth without muddying your beautiful Copic work.

"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!


Take the Class!

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

"Dragonfly" is a 1.5 hour course on coloring translucent items with realism. Ditch the dumb blue marker technique and stop copy-catting internet tutorials.

You can color transparent, translucent, and iridescent objects. It's easier than you think!

  • Technique Deep Dive video explores the glazing technique borrowed from oil painting and how to control your colored pencils.
  • extended cut demonstration videos with instructional commentary
  • helpful lesson aids including photo references and color guides
  • technique instructional handouts

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