Vanilla Arts + Power Poppy- New Online Copic Coloring Class!

 
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I'm so excited!

For years I've been posting project photos online, showing the fun stuff that I'll be teaching in upcoming local classes.

That's great if you live near me.

But it's frustrating for everyone else.

"Will you be teaching this class online?"

And the answer has always been, "Nope, sorry. I have lots of online classes but not THAT online class."

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Not Anymore!

Starting on this month, I'll be teaming up with Power Poppy for livestreamed coloring sessions.

What's livestreaming?

It's a live broadcast, just like the evening news but with me instead of the creepy weather guy in a toupee...

We'll have fun coloring with lots of Copics!

And lots of Power Poppy digital images!

It's basically my local coloring class but in an handy dandy online format. And because we're coloring fabulous Power Poppy digital stamps, you can color along with me.

I'll walk you through my creation process, discussing the ins and outs of each image, and we'll cover a bunch of artsy tips and tricks which you can apply to tons of other projects. There's even a live discussion feed so that you can ask questions and I'll answer live.

Every month, we'll tackle a new subject, helping you develop your artistic skills and realism!

Join me on Saturday, November 18th at 12pm EST

for Livestream #1, Power Poppy's "Oak & Olive"

(Use this time zone converter to calculate your local time)

 

Can't Make the Live Broadcast?

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Not a problem!

All of the monthly livestreams are recorded and will be available to members immediately for replay.

You can watch any of the archived sessions, playing and replaying as many times as you need to finish the project.

You can't do that in my live class!

It's basically a class that never has to end.

"Oak & Olive" is our first class in this new series but the archives will grow with each month. Pretty soon, we'll have an entire library of Power Poppy projects!

I'll also vary the time and date a bit each month. Hopefully you can catch a few live sessions in the near future!

And remember, the class site at Patreon is a membership based system so you can log-in at any time to access the latest class materials, the discussion board, and the growing replay archives. 

 

Students get 20% off "Oak & Olive"

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The fine folks at Power Poppy are giving all my Patreon members 20% off the monthly digital stamp.

It's an instant download from PowerPoppy.com; just print it to a Copic safe paper (like X-Press It Blending Card) and color along with me!

Patreon Members: log into the class page to get your discount code.

Want more info about how this works?

Want the November supply list and lesson info?

I've got a new page here at the website, dedicated to this livestream class. Bookmark the page so that you can always check in on the latest dates, lists, and other info!

 
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November's Live Stream Session:

Must be an enrolled at Patreon.com/VanillaArtsCo to participate

Saturday, November 18th at 12pm EST

Lesson: Simple Copic Blends + Color Kissing

Stamp: Oak & Olive by Power Poppy

Medium: Copic Marker & Prismacolor Premier Pencils

Skill Level: moderate beginners through advanced colorers. Once you can blend Copics moderately well, you're ready to join us! No drawing skills necessary.

 

Join me Online for autumn color!

And lots of fun!

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Beginner Copic Coloring: Small Collection, Big Color

 
 You don't need a full marker collection to get glorious color. How mixing media can save you money and improve your artistry. | VanillaArts.com
 

It's not a numbers game

"I don't have very many Copic markers yet, so I can't color much"

I hear this a lot from beginners and I always wonder what the magic number is. How many markers does it take to get started?

It's a common situation, you want to learn Copics but it takes a while to build up a collection, especially if money is tight. So you're stuck in limbo where you have a few but not enough to get anything done.

But how many is enough? Ten? Twenty? Seventy?

At what point do you graduate from "not enough to do anything" to "enough to do everything"?

Are you a copic wallflower?

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Are you waiting at the sidelines watching others color?

It must be torture.

But you know, there is a way to begin coloring before you hit that arbitrary number of markers goal that you set for your starting point.

Why not try mixed media?

There's no rule that awesome coloring has to be 100% Copic Marker.

I can't remember the last time I did anything 100% Copic. I've got well over 300 Copics and I never do anything with just markers.

As a matter of fact, a full marker project always looks a little naked to me. They're so much more interesting after I add the little bits of pen and pencil.

Mixed media is actually easier than Copic because you're utilizing supplies you already own and know how to use.

To be honest, most of the time my Copic basecoats are just that, the basecoating process. Eating my spinach before cutting into the chocolate cake.

When I pick up the colored pencils, then the playtime starts.

Mixed media is a way to combine the Copic you want to learn with the products you already love.

And it gets you off the bench and into the game!

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Greens and Browns

My beginner classes this month are using green and brown markers.

And not a lot of them at that. I know, lots of people use 5 marker blends but we're keeping it simple- three browns and three greens for all the leaves, stems, acorns, and olives!

Then we'll add pops of color with colored pencils, enhancing our simple marker base with kisses of autumn artistry.

Most of us own colored pencils and even if you don't own many pencils, they are cheaper than markers. You can easily use them to expand your small marker collection.

But it doesn't have to be colored pencils... you could top of your Copic base with Distress Markers, Tombows, pastels, heck- even crayons filched from the back of the junk drawer.

The goal is to get you started coloring now. We can worry about the size of your Copic collection later.

Something is better than nothing

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And now is better than tomorrow.

Stop waiting for the ideal sized collection. Start learning and having fun today.

Join me for a class on Color Kisses

I'll teach you how to do simple three color blends, even two color blends with Copics...

and then how to add kisses of creativity.

Celebrate fall with glorious autumn color that doesn't rely on a gigantic Copic collection.

 

Two live sessions:

Remember When Scrapbooking in Macomb, Michigan-

Wednesday, November 1st from 1 to 3:30pm

Thursday, November 2nd from 6 to 8:30pm

Lesson: Simple Copic Blends + Color Kissing

Stamp: Oak & Olive by Power Poppy

Medium: Copic Marker & Prismacolor Premier Pencils

Skill Level: Absolute beginners through intermediate colorers. No drawing skills necessary.

RSVP: Call 586.598.1810 to reserve your space.

Remember When has Oak & Olive stamp sets and the supplies to top off your supply list. Call ASAP to have your items waiting for you at class.

Bee Creative Retreat sessions in Oxford, Michigan are on hiatus until January. 

We'll be back after the retreat's busy season loosens up!

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livestream online session:

Vanilla Arts Company on Patreon

Join Amy for a livestreaming session from the comfort of your own home.

Saturday, November 18th at 12:00pm EST

Replay archive available for those who can not attend live session or who want to watch it again.

Check the time zone converter here to calculate the difference between your time and the Eastern Standard Time for the United States.

Class is open to all patrons of Vanilla Arts Company. Joining is easy and gives you instant access to monthly livestreams.

 

Join me for autumn color!

And a ton of fun!

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For live class updates and the latest class supply lists-

 

Colored Pencil Plus: Week 2 Challenge- Finding an Ideal Pressure (and sticking to it!)

 
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We're all guilty...

And you know you're doing it. You either press too hard with colored pencils or you don't press hard enough.

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Heavy-handedness and light-handedness are both beginning colorer traits.

But wait!

Someone told you to press hard for vibrancy!

Or someone told you to lighten up so that you can erase your mistakes!

Or that all the professionals are heavy/light handers.

No.

They're wrong.

Good colored pencil artists are not all heavy handed or light handed (depending upon who told you this). That's nonsense.

What good colored pencil artist are, is even handed.

Even handed.

Even-handedness is control.

you will always color like a beginner

Until you learn control.

Until you can judge how heavy or light to color in each situation.

Until you can keep a consistent pressure across entire areas for smooth looking results.

That's what we're working on in Week Two of Colored Pencil Plus!

CP+ is beginner level instruction

But it's not just for beginners.

If you're a beginner, that's great. Start at the very beginning and work your way towards intermediate or advanced level results.

And if you're already an intermediate, I help you double back and pick up the important things you missed. And help you make sense of all the things you do.

Colored Pencil Plus covers a lot.

It's TWELVE weeks

SIXTEEN original digital stamps

And a ton of tips, techniques, and insider tricks to improve your coloring instincts!

Join anytime. Forever access. Work at your own pace.

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Week two challenges your pressure

The Poppy project is designed to help you build up dynamic color and vibrancy without damaging the tooth of the paper or leaving gigantic white spots.

One pressure doesn't work for everything and we investigate why you might need to increase or decrease your pressure levels in distinct areas.

This is a skill you can apply to all your coloring images!

Sure, you'll color a gorgeous poppy flower but this isn't a "how to color poppies" lesson. This is a "how to color anything and everything" lesson.

Project oriented classes teach you how to color one stamp- what a waste! Vanilla Arts classes give you good solid technique oriented lessons which are applicable to all your coloring projects. Not just colored pencil either. You can apply these value and vibrancy concepts to all coloring media.

Beginners welcome!

Colored Pencil Plus is ideal for:

 Colored Pencil Plus- 12 week online colored pencil course takes you from beginner to WOW! Learn artistic techniques with solvent-free methods. Begin a lifetime of artistic expression. | ColoredPencilPlus.com
  • beginners who are frustrated with their lack of growth using tutorials and "how to color a ______" videos
  • self taught colorers who feel as if they've missed the big secret to amazing coloring
  • unconfident colorers who still encounter problems with blending, shading, or developing convincing depth
  • frustrated colorers who struggle when coloring unfamiliar stamps
  • habitual colorers, stuck in a rut where every project looks the same
  • dreaming colorers who want to push beyond craft level coloring into creative and artistic self-expression

Join anytime!

Learn when you are available, on your own schedule.

 Colored Pencil Plus- 12 week online colored pencil course takes you from beginner to WOW! Learn artistic techniques with solvent-free methods. Begin a lifetime of artistic expression. | ColoredPencilPlus.com

We've got a great group of students already working their way through the lessons but everyone works at their own pace as their life allows.

Lessons are slowly paced to help you perfect every technique

Lessons include detailed breakdowns to show you what to do and when to do it. Coloring demonstrations guide you through applying the week's technique to a fun and challenging floral image.

Beautiful color and amazing vibrancy, along with tips to develop control, instinct, and even-handedness.

You'll love the difference in the Colored Pencil Plus approach!

Join me for Colored Pencil Plus!

You're going to love your new outlook on color!

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Colored Pencil Plus: Week 1 Challenge- Get a grip!

 
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Start at the Beginning

When you want to learn something new, it's good to start a the beginning, right?

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But I don't have to tell you how bad some beginner-level coloring class images look! We've all seen the small little kiddie projects that most instructors throw at their beginners.

Simplistic? That's an understatement!

Beginner classes are usually about makework- coloring in boxes, making swatches, blending samples, and boring little texture grids.

And when you finally get good at filling in swatches, you get promoted to coloring little spheres and cubes.

After the spheres and cubes, you work your way to cartoon animals and that worn out, trite and tired old "apple on a table" project.

Boring.

But that's how we learn to color like an artist, right? You color boxes until you can handle the fruit, correct?

Not anymore.

I'm charting a new path for colored pencil beginners.

You're not a kid anymore...

So let's ditch the juvenile, simplistic, and brain dead projects! Let's learn to color on something more mature that you're not ashamed to hang on the wall!

Colored Pencil Plus is beginner level lessons applied to beautiful floral images.

Because beginner doesn't have to mean boring.

CP+ is beginner coloring for adults

It's TWELVE weeks

SIXTEEN original digital stamps

And a ton of tips, techniques, and insider tricks to improve your coloring instincts!

Join anytime. Forever access. Work at your own pace.

 Colored Pencil Plus- 12 week online colored pencil course takes you from beginner to WOW! Learn artistic techniques with solvent-free methods. Begin a lifetime of artistic expression. | ColoredPencilPlus.com

Week one gets you started right

The Periwinkle project is designed to help you find your ideal pencil grip again.

You'd be surprised at how many people hold their pens and pencils oddly. Most of us have been writing lists and signing our names for decades. It's been a long time since anyone pointed out good pencil posture.

But a good grip in the correct spot can instantly improve your coloring and immediately offer you better pencil control.

As you color the week one Periwinkle image, you'll immediately see when you fall back into bad habits and poor posture.

Instructor feedback offers you solutions and points out what you're doing correctly so that you can repeat it again and again. This is basic level learning without dooming you to hours of pointless box exercises.

The goal is to correct what time has damaged and restore a smooth and even approach to your paper. Your brain stays engaged because you are creating something beautiful while you practice.

If you're going to color smoothly, you need a satiny and consistent stroke. That's what the Periwinkle project enforces.

 Colored Pencil Plus- 12 week online colored pencil course takes you from beginner to WOW! Learn artistic techniques with solvent-free methods. Begin a lifetime of artistic expression. | ColoredPencilPlus.com

Beginners welcome!

Colored Pencil Plus is ideal for:

  • beginners who are frustrated with their lack of growth using tutorials and "how to color a ______" videos
  • self taught colorers who feel as if they've missed the big secret to amazing coloring
  • unconfident colorers who still encounter problems with blending, shading, or developing convincing depth
  • frustrated colorers who struggle when coloring unfamiliar stamps
  • habitual colorers, stuck in a rut where every project looks the same
  • dreaming colorers who want to push beyond craft level coloring into creative and artistic self-expression

Join anytime!

 Colored Pencil Plus- 12 week online colored pencil course takes you from beginner to WOW! Learn artistic techniques with solvent-free methods. Begin a lifetime of artistic expression. | ColoredPencilPlus.com

Learn when you're ready, on your own schedule.

We've got a great group of students already working their way through the lessons but everyone works at their own pace as their life allows.

Lessons are slowly paced to help you perfect every technique

Lessons include detailed breakdowns to show you what to do and when to do it. Coloring demonstrations guide you through applying the week's technique to a fun and challenging floral image.

Adult coloring and mature techniques- boost your coloring skills with that elementary school feeling. You'll love the difference in this approach!

Join me for Colored Pencil Plus!

You're going to love your new outlook on color!

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