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Realistic Coloring, Realistic Advice

Fed up and frustrated?

With so much free coloring advice on the internet today, getting overwhelmed is easy. Some days, it feels like you've tried every everything at least twice.

Blog posts, project tutorials, free YouTube demonstrations, online classess from card makers... 

... And yet no one would ever mistake your coloring for a photograph.

Even with lots of practice, your coloring is still flat and frankly, it looks exactly like everyone else's.

So you start to doubt your skills, maybe you're just not good at this coloring thing

Or you figure you just haven't found the right tutorial yet, so you keep scouring Pinterest for magic bullet tips that will tell you what you're doing wrong.

Stop. Just stop. 

It's not you.

You are not mediocre. The tutorials are mediocre!


Take the next step!

Vanilla Arts Company is everything that comes after the blending lessons.

Perfect for cardmakers, scrapbookers, stampers, and colorers who want to color with realism.

For almost a decade, I've been bringing fine art techniques to marker and colored pencil students. Students like you who need more than follow-the-leader style classes.

I want my students to improve their technical skills and their powers of observation. Most of my students do not realize that I'm stealth-teaching them how to draw and paint. I live for the light bulb moments, when a student finally sees the world not just in color but with light and shadow, line and form. 

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  Amy Shulke, Illustrator & Art Instructor.

Amy Shulke, Illustrator & Art Instructor.

Want to know about me? 

I'm not going to shower you with the normal artist's hippy-dippy biography.

My art doesn't reflect the nature of humanity and I'm pretty sure I've never taken a long walk in the woods listening to Kierkegaard...

Blech. Let's be real.

I'm a technical illustrator- fancy talk for the fact that I'm trained to draw things simply and in the clearest way possible. BFA Illustration; I've studied art in Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids, Michigan with a lot of science classes mixed in there.

But basically, I draw and color.

Here's what sets me apart from the regular coloring crowd:

I'm passionate about finding frustrated artists- people who once talked themselves out of becoming an artist. They're accountants or human resource specialists now, but deep in their hearts, they were and will always be an artist.


Coloring is where a lot of should'a-been artists end up. 

Crafty coloring feels artsy without being hard. You're not looking to drop your career to become a starving artist, you simply want to color better.

Side-tracked artists feel very comfortable in the crafting world.

But there's a disconnect in the crafting community.

You're using artist grade, high quality materials and yet the level of craft instruction is stuck back at the paint-by-number kit level. You own Ferrari tools but you're stuck with tricycle techniques.

Basic coloring can only feed your soul for so long. I think this is why many crafters change their mediums every few years- eventually your skills surpass the instructor. When there is no next step up, you abandon the skills you've worked hard for, to find new challenges in other craft areas.

Stop switching and start growing! I can challenge you beyond pretty blends, nifty novelty techniques, and cute coloring projects.

Join me here at Vanilla Arts Company. This is art for crafters.

Fuel your long denied inner- artist with my tips, tutorials, and studio journal ramblings. Join the Free Digi Club or take an online class. If you're in South-Eastern Michigan, please join one of my many live classes

Become the artist you were always meant to be.



  Coloring Tip of the Day:  Real time  tips & process photos  guide you through an artist's process.

Coloring Tip of the Day: Real time tips & process photos guide you through an artist's process.

  Join the Community:   Vanilla Arts Chat Group  welcomes colorers at all levels.

Join the Community: Vanilla Arts Chat Group welcomes colorers at all levels.

  Watch and Learn:  Amy's  YouTube channel

Watch and Learn: Amy's YouTube channel


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