Mixed Media! Five reasons to add colored pencils to your Copic Marker projects

Mixed Media! Five reasons to add colored pencils to your Copic Marker projects

Do you fly solo?

Most colorers learn to color from other colorers, and this leads to a lot of segregated thinking in the coloring world.

"Today's tutorial demonstrates how to color magical unicorns with Copic Markers. Tune in tomorrow when we color tropical fish with Distress Ink. Next week, I'll show you how to color a landscape with Polychromos pencils!"

That's flying solo. Using one product per project. Using one brand per project.

I never fly solo.

Never.

And it makes a gigantic difference

Translucent & Sheer coloring: Learn the Glazing technique for Copics + Colored Pencil

Translucent & Sheer coloring: Learn the Glazing technique for Copics + Colored Pencil

Do you color transparent objects with a blue Copic Marker?

Last month, we looked at transparent glass and the failures of the blue marker method.

The blue marker method was likely born out of coloring frustration. Because really, what color is clear?

The blue marker technique seems to have caught on like wildfire; you see it everywhere! And I'm not surprised. Look, we've all been there. The stamp or coloring book image has a transparent object in it and we don't want to leave large areas completely uncolored... so what marker or colored pencil should we use?

The Danger of Step-by-Step Coloring Tutorials

The Danger of Step-by-Step Coloring Tutorials

Hooray! It's Blogday!

Ever notice how we look forward to certain days of the week when our favorite internetters post new content?

That's Blogday.

Time to check in with all your favorite Copic Marker bloggers. Time to scour the colored pencil channels on YouTube! And don't forget about all the coloring groups on Facebook!

But wait. Hold on a second.

Want to know why you've been coloring for years and yet…

Am I Done Yet? How To Know When your coloring is Finished

Am I Done Yet? How To Know When your coloring is Finished

Are We There Yet?

Are we there yet now? How about now?

Knowing when to declare "I'm finally finished!" is hard.

Do you have enough Copic Marker color? Have you added enough colored pencil? Are the blends good? Does it look right? Is anything left undone?

Beginners have an especially tough time deciding when to call it quits. Many overwork their projects (as I discussed here) but far more students quit too early leaving things looking half finished or uncolored.

It's a hard call to make.

And here's where you're expecting me to swoop in with a handy solution, right?