Coloring Demonstration: Feathery & Fluffy Backyard Birds (Copic Markers, colored pencils)

 
 FREE Copic Marker demonstration video. Tips for coloring cute, fluffy, and feathery birds with Copics and colored pencils. Project uses Stampendous “Bird Tree” stamp. | VanillaArts.com | #copic #coloredpencil #adultcoloring
 
 
 

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 FREE Copic Marker demonstration video. Tips for coloring cute, fluffy, and feathery birds with Copics and colored pencils. Project uses Stampendous “Bird Tree” stamp. | VanillaArts.com | #copic #coloredpencil #adultcoloring

Three cheers… or three peeps?

I’ve got a new video out this morning!

Backyard Birds uses Copic Markers, Staedtler Triplus Pens, and Prismacolor Soft Core Colored Pencils.

This is the “Bird Tree” cling stamp by Stampendous. It’s perfect for Christmas but also not so holiday-ish that you couldn’t use it in January or February.

Heck, throw some small green leaf buds on the branches and you’ve got yourself an excellent spring stamp!.

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Purchase “Bird Tree” & help a Dog!

Crafts for Paws is a 501c3 group dedicated to providing life saving surgery and end of life care to the neediest dogs and cats in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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C4P volunteers adopt and care for elderly shelter animals and those who require surgeries which stand in the way of the normal adoption process.

They do great work and they do it on a tiny budget. Volunteers use their own homes and veterinarians donate or discount their services.

This is truly a case of grassroots organizing where local people create local solutions to a gigantic problem in their community.

100% of the proceeds from your Bird Tree purchase goes to food, shelter, and medical care for C4P fostered animals.

And hey, check out the other stamping supplies in the shop. Crafts for Paws has lots of my favorite Prismacolor Premier pencils there too!

And check out the Facebook group here - used supply resale.

Thank you!

 
 
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Coloring Demonstration: Cute Zombie Skin & Hair (Copic Markers, colored pencils)

 
 FREE Copic Marker demonstration video. Learn to color creepy skin and hair alternatives with Copics and colored pencils. Project uses Santoro London’s Gorjuss “New Heights” stamp. | VanillaArts.com | #copic #coloredpencil #adultcoloring
 
 
 

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 FREE Copic Marker demonstration video. Learn to color creepy skin and hair alternatives with Copics and colored pencils. Project uses Santoro London’s Gorjuss “New Heights” stamp. | VanillaArts.com | #copicmarker #coloredpencil #howtocolor

I’ve got a brand new video out this morning, a coloring demonstration with Copic Markers, Staedtler Triplus Pens, and Prismacolor Soft Core Colored Pencils.

It was a darling stamp until I got ahold of it with my creepy coloring!

This is “New Heights” by Santoro London Gorjuss. This cling stamp comes in two different sizes, I’m using the large version so that I can add lots of fun details.

I’ve stamped it onto XPress It Blending Card using Memento’s London Fog gray ink.

I really love XPress It and highly recommend it for beginners! XPI prevents a lot of blending problems by allowing the inks to stay wet longer. The longer your inks stay wet, the better the blends!

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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?

 Learn to make the most of a very limited number of markers. Adding colored pencil can expand your color palette and save money. | VanillaArts.com

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!

 Learn to make the most of a very limited number of markers. Adding colored pencil can expand your color palette and save money. | VanillaArts.com

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

 Learn to make the most of a very limited number of markers. Adding colored pencil can expand your color palette and save money. | VanillaArts.com

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!

 Learn to make the most of a very limited number of markers. Adding colored pencil can expand your color palette and save money. | VanillaArts.com

livestream online session:

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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.

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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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Beginner Copic Coloring: Shading Yellows

 
 Learn to shade yellow and orange without making mud! Beginner Copic Marker lessons. | VanillaArts.com
 

Do you hesitate to color with yellow?

A lot of people do.

In traditional Copic blending, most colorers have been taught to shade with a marker that is two to three digits higher than your main marker color.

So Y15 would be shaded with Y17 or Y18 and YR12 might be shaded with YR14 or YR15.

But anyone with at least one working eyeball can tell that this simply doesn't work for yellows and light oranges.

That's because there's more to shade than darkness.

Let me repeat that for you- there is more to shade than simply coloring something with a slightly darker marker.

When you step up a marker number in Copics, what you're getting is a more saturated version of the same color. Saturation refers to the strength or the value of a color. To put it in really simple terms- Y15 and Y17 are the same exact ink, the only difference is that Y15 has been "watered down" or diluted with more colorless blender solvent.

So a higher Copic is MORE saturated, meaning it has more pure ink color in the mixture.

But that's not how shade works

 Learn to shade yellow and orange without making mud! Beginner Copic Marker lessons. | VanillaArts.com

Shade is the opposite of saturation.

Shade is an area of DE-SATURATION.

Look at any object around you right now, it doesn't matter what thing you choose, it could be a pen, a mug, or your computer keyboard. All objects have areas of shade on them and all shade is color that has been de-saturated with gray.

The color in shady areas isn't darker, it's grayer.

I don't know why Copic teaches shading differently. I don't know why so many instructors teach students to saturate their shady areas rather than desaturate them.

And it's a complete mystery to me why so few people notice the problem.

Until they try coloring yellow...

The shade version of yellow is not more yellow

I think a lot of people sense that something is wrong with the Copic system when they get to yellow. You can almost get away with shading blue with more blue or red with a darker red. But adding more yellow to yellow simply looks wrong.

So a lot of people avoid yellows all together.

And then there are the mud makers...

Every once in a while, I'll come across a tutorial or a project photo where the colorer has tried to find a solution to the yellow problem.

They'll try using a muddy yellow like Y28 or they'll try a browish yellow, like YR14.

And a very few, rebel kind of folks try adding warm grays to their yellow mixes.

All three of these solutions kill the sunshine. Your yellows get muddy instead of retaining that sense of joy and purity.

Yellow is a fragile color. It's tender. It can't withstand a lot of desaturation and still retain it's yellowishness.

 Learn to shade yellow and orange without making mud! Beginner Copic Marker lessons. | VanillaArts.com

Join me for a class on yellow

My live beginner classes will learn to shade yellow with ease.

This is a lesson that works on everything from bananas to little baby ducklings.

You can shade yellow accurately and artistically without sacrificing its sunshiney, optimistic nature.

We're shading Y35 in class but I'll also demonstrate how the same technique works with several of the pure yellows.

This is an incredibly practical lesson... but it's a fun technique too!

Three May sessions:

Remember When Scrapbooking in Macomb, Michigan:

 Learn to shade yellow and orange without making mud! Beginner Copic Marker lessons. | VanillaArts.com

Wednesday, May 10th from 1 to 3:30pm

Thursday, May 11th from 6 to 8:30pm

Lesson: Shading Tender Yellows

Stamp: Daffodils 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 or to order the class stamps or Copic Markers.

Bee Creative Retreat in Oxford, Michigan:

Wednesday, April 26th from 6:30 to 9:00pm

Same as above

RSVP: Purchase your space here. Sorry, no walk-ins.

 

Join me for a celebration of yellow

But hey, we can still make mud pies if you want! It'll just have to wait until after class.

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