Beginner Kit

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

 

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: “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- "The Key to my Heart"

 

The Key to my Heart

Merry Friday and an early Happy Valentine's Day to you all.

My oldest is home from college for the weekend and the young'ins have a four-day weekend... so I'm thinking this year won't include a romantic dinner for two.

More than likely, it'll be pizza for five, a couch, and Netflix.

And that sounds absolutely lovely.

Older and wiser? You bet'cha!

Here's this week's 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!

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The Great Marker Challenge: Fall Wreath using a limited Copic palette

 

Autumn Warmth...

I'm feeling the irony of this bright autumnal set of colors right now. As I look out my studio window, it's gray skies, blustery winds, and dare I say it... snow flurries.

No matter, it's a beautiful fall day in my head! This is a wood block stamp from Whipper Snapper Designs, "Sunflower Wreath" and it's just the cheerful kind of pick-me-up I needed today!

And best of all, it's yet another entry in my Great Marker Challenge.

Great Marker Challenge?

Yep. Lots of coloring instructors have recommended starter kit lists but if you're just beginning with Copic markers, how do you know if the list is any good? I totally get it! Before you invest in my recommendations, I'm proving their worth! Watch me try before you buy!

Thus the Great Marker Challenge:  42 Copic markers, 52 weeks.

Follow along with me as I put the list to the test. How many images can I color without the palette showing obvious color repetition?

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!