Copic Club: Casual Coloring Class- Learn to color on kraft paper

 
Learn to color with Copic & Prismacolor on kraft paper. Copic Club casual coloring classes. | VanillaArts.com
 
 
Learn to color with Copic & Prismacolor on kraft paper. Copic Club casual coloring classes. | VanillaArts.com

There are many tutorials for coloring stamps on kraft paper

And they usually involve multiple coats of colored pencil.

Layer after layer after layer after layer...

That's because mid-toned paper tends to shine through the pencil layers to dampen their vibrancy.

Some of these tutorials are simply exhausting! Color it white, then color it again, then add another coat, then  brighten it with more white...

Stop. Just stop. This is stupid.

Mid-toned papers are pretty standard in the art world, we use them for quick sketches and studies.

Did you notice the word quick there?

Yep. Quick studies are pretty much the opposite of 92 layer crafty style coloring.

Coloring on kraft paper doesn't have to use up an entire white pencil to get the job done. There's a minimal amount of white in this image, I sharpened my white pencil twice for this 8.5" tall piece (and that's only because I love a sharp point on my lead).

Coloring with colored pencils does not require a massive pencil collection. There are 14 pencils here and I could eliminate three of them if I wanted to prove my Ebenezer Scrooge street cred.

You do not need solvents or chemicals either. I don't use them.

And you don't have to press hard! Not a thing on this image has been burnished, rubbed, or scrubbed. It's 100% carpal tunnel free!

There's an easier way to color with colored pencils. Let me show you how.

 
Learn to color with Copic & Prismacolor on kraft paper. Copic Club casual coloring classes. | VanillaArts.com

Copic Club is a monthly live class for casual coloring

Perfect for beginners, hobby colorers looking to increase their skill set, and self-taught colorers who feel as if they've missed key technique details.

Wednesday, March 8th from 1 to 3:30pm

Thursday, March 9th from 6 to 8:30pm

 

Lesson: Secrets of Kraft Coloring

Stamp Set: "Garden Variety" by Memory Box

Medium: Copic Marker & Prismacolor Premier Pencils

Skill Level: Beginners who are ready for a challenge. No drawing skills necessary.

 
 

Remember When Scrapbooking is my home-base for classes

Located in Macomb Township, Michigan at 23 Mile and Card roads. 

RSVP for classes by calling Remember When at 586.59.1810 or email here.

Stamp sets available for purchase. Call to reserve your set.

Check out Remember When Scrapbooking on Facebook here.

Join us! You'll enjoy the project and you'll love the class!

Learn to color with Copic & Prismacolor on kraft paper. Copic Club casual coloring classes. | VanillaArts.com
 

Advanced Copic Marker & Colored Pencil Class: "Winter Trees"

 
 
 

painting techniques with copic markers?

Yep!

Negative painting is a trick that painters have used, almost since the days of cave painting. It's a great way to develop really complex images without killing yourself trying to keep track of all the layers.

Intermediate Copic Coloring Class- Learn to use negative painting techniques to simplify complex images with tons of depth. | VanillaArts.com

This month, we'll be using the technique to color "Winter Trees" 

And guess what?

It's not a stamp!

Every student will make their own unique forest. It's easier than you think!

I especially recommend this class for my watercolor students, we use this same technique for leaf veins and so this is a great chance to practice.

Based on a watercolor project by Linda Kemp, you'll love this lesson!

 
Intermediate Copic Coloring Class- Learn to use negative painting techniques to simplify complex images with tons of depth. | VanillaArts.com

Wednesday, Jan 18th from 1 to 3:30pm

Thursday, Jan 19th from 6 to 8:30pm

Remember When Scrapbooking in Macomb Township, Michigan. Seats are limited so call to RSVP

Lesson: Negative Painting

Image: "Winter Trees" by Vanilla Arts Co.*

Copic Club: not your average paper piecing technique

 
Beginner & Casual Coloring Class- not your average paper piecing technique | VanillaArts.com
 
 

Paper Piecing is Nothing New...

It's a technique that's been around for a long while.

Beginner Level Copic Marker Class- Paper Piecing, Vanilla style! Stamping Bella stamp. | VanillaArts.com

Paper piecing looks pretty cool and it's stupid-simple. I mean, I'm a pretty good artist and I'm willing to do the kind of detailed work that makes most others cringe... but even I won't stoop to hand drawing a complex paisley or even a plaid. Paper piecing makes it possible to add amazing patterns to your coloring projects.

The down side is that paper piecing immediately ruins your depth and realism.

I know, you're thinking "but that plaid scarf that I pieced, it looks so real!"

Actually no, that plaid scarf looks very plaid.

What it doesn't look like is a real plaid scarf that bends around the neck and waves in the wind. There's a difference between something looking patterned and something looking real.

Beginner Level Copic Marker Class- Paper Piecing, Vanilla style! Stamping Bella stamp. | VanillaArts.com

But you can piece with realism! Vanilla Arts style.

Join me for a beginner level Copic Marker class where we discuss the secrets to choosing ideal patterned paper and how to use your Copics to create realistic dimensional projects.

Wednesday, January 11th from 1 to 3:30pm

Thursday, January 12th from 6 to 8:30pm

Remember when scrapbooking store is my home-base for classes

Located in Macomb Township, Michigan, Remember When is a paper-crafter's dream shop.

RSVP for classes by calling Shannon at 586.59.1810 or email Shannon here.

Advanced Copic Marker & colored pencil: "Fair Isle Stocking"

 
"Fair Isle Stocking" a Copic and colored pencil coloring lesson for intermediate + students. | VanillaArts.com
 
 

Texture, texture, texture...

Most crafters love the smooth blending effects that Copic Markers offer.

But life is full of texture. The first step to adding realism to your images is to admit that smooth blending is not appropriate for every single stamp image you color. Real life is full of lumpy, bumpy, and craggy surfaces.

Knit objects are one of those stamps that look so much better with texture. This month, we'll knit and purl with markers and colored pencils!

Join us for art based coloring lessons. You'll love the students and the challenge!

Wednesday, Dec 14th from 1 to 3:30pm

Thursday, Dec 15th from 6 to 8:30pm

Remember When Scrapbooking in Macomb Township, Michigan. Seats are limited so call to RSVP

Lesson: Knitting with Markers

Image: "Fair Isle Stocking" by Vanilla Arts Co.*

"Fair Isle Stocking" a Copic and colored pencil coloring lesson for intermediate + students. | VanillaArts.com