Camel, cream, khaki, off-white, tan, taupe, biscuit and buff. Neutrals, such as beige, are the chameleons of Copic Markers and they’re definitely overlooked in colored pencil sets! There’s more to coloring with beige than meets the eye! They match and blend with most other colors, while adding a sense of calmness, elegance and sophistication.
But what if you don’t want your beige to merely blend in? What if you want to unleash the true luster of “deep pearl” in all its glory?
Well, then it's time to pull out Vanilla Arts’ secret weapon…BV20!
Traditional Copic Marker blending combinations can add a little bit of depth and dimension but they can not add realism. As an artist, you will never successfully achieve this goal until you are brave enough to use the dreary, desaturated colors actually found in nature’s shadows.
It’s impossible to flawlessly capture the luscious depths of this unfurled peony with only E43 and E41. That color combination is far too safe for realism and will leave you disappointed. But underpaint that E43 with a little BV20, then step back and watch that peony blossom before your very eyes!
Anyone who learns how to underpaint with Copic markers at Vanilla Arts will NEVER think of beige as boring again!
Always remember: real shade is not darker color, shade is desaturated color.
To create the desaturated colors that Copic does not make, Vanilla Arts Company teaches Online Workshops and Livestream Coloring challenges using the underpainting method. Students learn to layer colors realistically rather than using standardized blending combos.
Underpainting creates natural colors found in everyday life!
Copic - Deep pearl
Try underpainting E43 with BV20 to successfully simulate lifelike shadows in these pretty peonies. The natural “color shattering” which occurs with any of the BV markers will bring to light beautiful nuances of blues, turquoises and violets.
Hmm, don’t know what color shattering is? No problem! Amy Shulke will teach you all about wonderful techniques such as underpainting and color shattering in her fantastic line-up of Vanilla Arts classes!
Yes, it’s a little scary to underpaint your E43 with BV20, and you may think at first that you made a BIG mistake. But trust me! Let the colors marinate together for a few minutes. You will absolutely love the rich, realistic hue that emerges!
Learn to use your BV’s to underpaint:
Vanilla Arts Company - Triple Scoop - Music & Markers Digi Stamp + Recipe Guide. Take this stamp and make it your own. A scoop of chocolate, strawberry and beige ice cream? Wait, what? Go ahead and google beige ice cream, this color combo would be perfect for the many flavors of ice cream that you find. And a lot of them taste good too!
Vanilla Arts Company - Texas Yellow Rose - Digi Stamp & Booklet. Turn this from a yellow rose into a beautiful pearl colored rose. Experiment with your color palettes!
Vanilla Arts Company - Donut Stack Marker Painting Workshop. This workshop is a perfect combination of using this marker combination and adding color!
Crafts for Paws - Copic Coloring Club with Elena Cazares
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Elena Cazares is a Vanilla Arts student and a budding online instructor with beautiful sense of color and style. She is a hurricane of positive creative energy.
Elena runs CraftsForPaws.com, an online stamp & coloring supply store which donates 100% of their profits to rescue and care for worst-case stray dogs and cats in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.