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Friday, October 12th at 11am EDT

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October Lesson: Universal Shading

"Amazing Maze" a lesson on using the Universal Shading concept to color with accuracy, depth, and realism. | | | #copicmarker #coloredpencil #coloring #howtocolor #realisticcoloring

Colorers have an Achilles' Heel that usually gets in the way of developing realistic depth and dimension…

You love pretty color and so you want to use it everywhere.

But real life is muddy. Realistic coloring is murky. If all you’re using is bold, bright, and attractive color, it’s no wonder your coloring looks flat and fake.

Join Amy for a lesson on Universal Shading, a concept you need to absorb and understand in order to add life and dimension to all your coloring projects.

And pssssttt… this concept makes coloring soooooo much easier!

Stamp: "Maize for Days" by Power Poppy* (students receive 20% off the digital version in October)

Medium: Copic Marker & Prismacolor Premier Pencils

Level: Intermediate to Advanced (blending technique not covered)

Live Broadcast: Friday, October 12, 2018 at 11 am EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

Recording Available: Replay available immediately after the broadcast ends. Watch as many times as you want until April 1st, 2019.

Class Printable Pack Includes: 

  • Class syllabus with detailed recipe guide

  • Full color project sample, guide to shading

  • Guide to Copic base

  • Detailed color map

  • Project inspiration references

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Maize For Days (digital stamp) - 20% off

Offer good through Friday, October 31, 2018

Use this code at checkout to receive your 20% discount: MAIZEDAYS20

(Discount good from October 1 through October 31, 2018)

Vanilla Livestream lessons for Copic colorers. |

To View the Livestream:

On the day of the broadcast, about 5 minutes before broadcast time, go to and log in to your account.

Look in the "Posts" section for an entry from Amy titled "Livestream: Amazing Maize". It contains a link to watch via a new window at Crowdcast.

The live-chat discussion board at Crowdcast is only active during the original broadcast and it may not be available on mobile or tablet formats.

I recommend watching the livestream first rather than trying to color along with the live version because you can't pause the live version. Sit back and enjoy the broadcast first. Color later.

To view the recording:

Go to and log in to your account.

On the left sidebar you will see "Featured Tags". Click "Livestream" to pull up lesson posts. Find parts 1 and 2 of your target lesson and watch using either the Crowdcast link or use the YouTube link. The YouTube version sometimes streams smoother and also has a closed captioning option.

Watch at your convenience, as many times as you'd like.

Remember, the discussion board is no longer active for recordings. Amy does not receive message notifications, so your message is unlikely to be read. Want to comment or ask a question? Start a post on the Patreon "Community" discussion board here.


Digi Stamp Printing Instructions:

The stamp not included in the class pack below. Must be purchased from using the 20% discount listed above.

Instructions for opening and sizing your stamp are linked below.

PAPER: This project uses X-Press It Blending Card for maximum blend-ability on the daffodils.

SIZE: Stamp should be sized so that the sheaf measures 7.5” from the top of the knot to the bottom of the husks.

I would not print this image much smaller than 6” tall. We will be using 2 color blends on each kernel of corn plus adding extra pencil to the kernels. All of that gets tight when the image is smaller!

I print at about 30% gray so that the stamp lines disappear as I color. Gray levels vary by printer (and paper brand); please test on scrap paper first!

NOTE: I print the video demonstration copy darker than the version you see in the project sample photos. I'm always balancing my needs- dark enough to see on camera versus light enough to disappear under the markers.


All printables open in a new window tab. If you have a blocker set, this may hamper your ability to open these printables.

Printable Packet:

Note: Patreon fee does not include Power Poppy digital stamp. See above for link to purchase page and 20% discount code.


Products used & general information:

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