Not a real blog post today...
Just a wee bit o' complaining.
Because I can do that, right? Isn't that what blogs are for?
A student emailed me over the weekend with some fantastic news
The kind of news that should have me dancing in the streets.
Instead, I wanted to find the nearest brick wall and bang my head against it.
My beloved colored Copic Multiliners have been undiscontinued
Yep. They discontinued these pens last year (2016) and I went into mourning because I use them, like every single freekin' day.
My student got an early copy of the 2017 catalog and they're back.
I checked the Imagination International website and they're back there too.
I've been busy, so maybe I missed the newsletter announcement, or maybe it's an announcement timed for CHA (the large Craft Hobby Assoc) show this month.
Anyway, the point is that I should be ridiculously happy and yet...
Why do I feel like grabbing a pitchfork?
Well, here's what happens when someone who uses a product daily gets word that said product has been discontinued:
3 Red replacement cartridges = $10 or so
2 Orange replacement cartridges = $6 or thereabouts
2 Yellow replacement cartridges = $6 about
2 Green replacement cartridges = $6
3 Turquoise replacement cartridges = $10
3 Sky Blue replacement cartridges = $10
2 Cobalt replacement cartridges = $6
3 Purple replacement cartridges = $10
2 Pink replacement cartridges = $6
1 Wind replacement cartridge = $3
5 Sepia replacement cartridges = $15
5 Gray replacement cartridges = $15
But that's not all. Because I teach classes with these things, so I had to scramble for a replacement product that my home-store could carry. So days of research and this:
1 set of Stabillo = $15
1 set of Staedtler = $20
1 set of Le Pen = $18
1 set of Zig Mellennium = $17
So this little adventure in undiscontinuedland cost me about $173
And that's why I'm grumpy.
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?
Hidden steps to coloring?
Are there quiet things that bloggers and instructors do with their Copic Markers and colored pencils which they never show or discuss?
Today, I'm going to spill the beans and tell the tales.
Because your coloring projects will run smoother and turn out better once you know the secrets!
Do you wish for Talent?
"I wish I could color like that artist on YouTube!"
All adult colorers have coloring heroes, inspirational Copic Marker or colored pencil geniuses whom we'd gladly trade places with. We love the look of their coloring projects and oh man, if only we had that kind of skill!
We'd give anything to be that talented, to be kissed by the coloring gods.
Talent. We chalk it up to talent. "That person is talented."
But you're wrong. It's not the talent you admire.
It's the color.
What you love in someone else's coloring usually has nothing to do with…
It's Wedding Season!
Are you getting ready to celebrate with friends and family?
"Cheers!" is my latest Copic coloring image, another realism challenge for those of you who love food illustration!
This digital stamp is completely free to Free Digi Club subscribers from now until July 2017…
Are you a left handed colorer?
No? I'm not surprised. Lefties are a definite minority.
Southpaws like me are the few, the proud, and the backwards.
But hey, even if you are right handed, keep on reading. While I'm aiming these Copic Marker and colored pencil tips at those of us who color counter-clockwise, you righties can totally use these tips too.
You righties can flip the tips cattywampus the way we keck-handers have to do every day!
Do you have a weight problem?
Sorry, not that kind of weight problem.
Do you have a Copic weight problem?
You are not alone. You color something like flowers and your blends are flawless. You use your best techniques and all of your skill. Basically, the stars align and it might be the best coloring you've ever done.
And yet your flower blossoms look like they each weigh about 90 pounds.
There's nothing light or delicate about your project. It's leaden and heavy….
Celebrate Summer with Copic Markers!
Summer is coming, let’s get ready for it.
"Lemon Zest" is my latest Copic coloring image, another realism challenge for those of you who love food illustration!
This digital stamp is completely free to Free Digi Club subscribers from now until…
Copic Secrets that Self-Taught Colorers Never Hear
The internet is a wonderful resource with tons of information about Copic and other brands of alcohol markers. With so much free information available, many people do quite well learning on their own without help from local classes or online courses.
Free is great if you’re simply coloring for enjoyment. But self-taught colorers need to know that the solo experience has drawbacks. There’s no avoiding it, you absolutely will miss out on important resources and concepts that are rarely covered in free tutorials.
Self-study is a little like…
Are you good at picking colors or do you get a headache thinking about all the possible combinations of Copic Marker and colored pencils?
Relax. It's normal. Not everyone is born with the ability to whip out original and beautiful color palettes on demand.
In Part One of this series, I showed you how to weed through the various color palette websites, finding workable color palettes to use in your adult coloring projects.
Today, let's learn how to create our own palettes. And psssttt... don't miss downloading your FREE copy of my Color Palette Picker wheel for Copic Markers! It's at the end of this article and well worth your time.