The Great Marker Challenge: Is this the Ideal Copic Starter Set? Coloring Butterflies

 
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Flutterbys!

It's Friday and it's time for another Great Marker Challenge image! 

This is "Butterflies" by Urban Stamps. And by no coincidence, I'm teaching this project in my beginner level Copic Coloring classes in August.

Great Marker Challenge?

Yep!

Copic doesn't seem to market themselves very well to new colorers. You hear rumors about these fabulous, mysterious, and beautiful markers but they don't sell a starter set.

What to do?

If you Google "Copic starter set" you get 9,000 recommendations from 4,200 bloggers and none of them agree.

Who do you trust? Who's list isn't full of bunk?

Okay, so I'll admit it, my recommended starter set is the 9,001 to hit the internet.

But here's the thing- I don't tell you what my favorite colors are. I don't wax endlessly about "if you color maple trees you'll need this marker but you don't need it if you only color penguins wearing bikinis..."

Simply put, I don't tell you, I show you.

Yeah, I don't dink around. You want info about what to buy today, not my inner philosophy on the merits of warm gray markers.

You can read about that another day.

Look at the range of images that I can color with my set of 42 markers. If they look like the kinds of stamps you own, the kind of images you want to color, then use my list as a shopping guide.

And hey, if you're in Southeastern Michigan and want to color this image in a class with me, check out the class details here.

Happy Friday, happy coloring!

Great Marker Challenge- The Perfect Copic Marker Starter Set? Coloring Dragons

 
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Ugly duckling?

Imagine momma duck's surprise when that egg hatched! Somehow I don't think this guy will grow up to be a swan...

It's time for another Great Marker Challenge image! 

Great Marker Challenge?

Yep! 42 Copic markers over 52 weeks.

Why 42 markers?

I teach several beginner Copic classes and while I do have the occasional student willing to shell out the big bucks for all 356 markers, the great majority of my students have limited budgets.

I teach all my beginner level classes using only markers from a limited list of 42 markers... just the essential colors. I post one image each week to prove that my list actually works on a wide variety of images!

Read more about the Great Marker Challenge here or follow me on Instagram to see what else I'm coloring.

And hey, if you're in Southeastern Michigan and want to color this image in a class with me, check out the class details here.

Happy Friday, happy coloring!

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Great Marker Challenge- Ice Cream Heart

 
 

a triple scoop kind of heart...

Another heart... are you sensing a theme here yet?

This was fun, even though it is pink.

I'm thinking about packaging these digis up for purchase in the shop. More on that later. I'm not sure if I should do them individually or bundle up the entire month into a theme pack.

And of course,  this is another Great Marker Challenge image. 

great marker challenge?

The Great Marker Challenge:  42 Copic markers, 52 weeks.

Why only 42 markers?

I teach several beginner Copic classes. And while I do have the occasional student willing to shell out the big bucks for all 356 markers, the great majority of my students have limited budgets and a serious need for starter kit info.

So I came up with a list of 42 colors for newbies. I teach all my beginner level classes using only markers from this list. And to test the limits of how many images we can color with just the list (before the palette starts looking monotonous), I color a new image every Friday.

So far, so good! I've yet to find an image I can't handle with my magic 42.

Read more about the Great Marker Challenge here or follow me on Instagram to see what else I'm coloring.

What can you do with the Great Marker Challenge kit? Email me your challenge images and I'll add them to the gallery!

Great Marker Challenge- "All Aflutter" Coloring Images with a Limited Copic Marker Palette

 
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My heart is all aflutter...

It's been a while since I colored for fun.

I know that's a sad thing to say, given that my job pretty much requires me to have a Copic marker in my hand for several hours each day.

But there's a difference between coloring for a lesson and going into a project with no goals or pre-set techniques. It's not often that I get to go where the Muse wants to take me.

This is a tiny project but it was fun to start from scratch and sketch my idea of a winged heart.

Although I must confess, I did have one small goal- this is another entry in my Great Marker Challenge.

Great Marker Challenge?

Yessiree! I've seen a lot of Copic starter kit recommendations on various websites but "My Favorite Copics" or "Essential Copic Colors" does nothing to prove the usefulness of the list. Sure if works for the author, but will it really work for you?

So I'm not just giving you a marker list. I'm teaching classes with only the markers on the list. I'm coloring images to demonstrate its value.

And if you like the results, if you plan to color a similar range of images, then you can confidently invest in my recommended list.

The Great Marker Challenge:  42 Copic markers, 52 weeks.

Read more about the Great Marker Challenge here or follow me on Instagram to see what else I'm coloring.

What can you do with the Great Marker Challenge kit? Email me your challenge images and I'll add them to the gallery!

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