Learn to color with depth, dimension, and realism. You can use tried and true artist techniques to improve your coloring. | VanillaArts.com

Realistic coloring. realistic advice.

Tired of banging your head against the wall when the latest free tutorial or marker recipe doesn't turn out the way it looks online?

Looking for something beyond blend, blend, blend?

Frustrated because everything you color looks flat?

Realism isn't difficult... but it is downright impossible if you stick to crafty coloring shortcuts and standard blending techniques.

Real life is full of texture, pattern, contrast, and desaturation. Life is so much more than light-medium-dark blending combinations.

Let's add some life to your coloring!

You can do this!

I want to...

"Daffodils" a Power Poppy stamp. Lesson on coloring clean yellows with dimension. | VanillaArts.com

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Join Amy Shulke of Vanilla Arts Company for novice and beginner level Copic coloring lessons at the Papercrafting Roadshow. September 23rd, 2017. Grand Rapids, Michigan. | VanillaArts.com

Vanilla hits the road!

I'll be teaching novice and beginner level classes throughout the day at this year's Papercrafting Roadshow in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

September 23, 2017

The novice class is perfect for those who have no coloring experience. The beginner challenge class is aimed at those who have a bit of marker experience (but you don't have to be a pro!) Best of all:

I provide the markers!

Class fee includes the use of a marker & pencil kit. Everything you need to complete the entire project will be waiting at your table!

  • No running around trying to purchase the right Copic colors
  • No need to carry a big supply kit around the show all day
  • No investing in a bunch of markers just to try them

RSVP to guarantee your seat, drop-ins welcome as space allows.

In the Studio Journal:

I color upside-down and backwards!

Not kidding. 

When I teach live classes, I demonstrate the entire project upside-down and backwards.

My students want to see what I'm doing. And because my classrooms are simple rooms and not high end instructional spaces, I don’t have the luxury of coloring at a fancy table with mirrors or a camera hovering overhead so that students can watch from afar. 

Nope, we’re very low-tech. I tape my project to a...



Take a holiday-

Here's the August FREE Digi Club image, "Point Betsie"

Get your copy of the digital stamp + the recipe guide used here.

"Point Betsie" offer expires on September, 2017. But don't worry, I launch a new free digi the same exact day!

Subscribe to receive a free coloring image every month, perfect for Copic Markers, colored pencils, and watercolor. | VanillaArts.com

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Amy's Latest Speed-color:

Check out the quickie version of "Point Betsie"


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"Sakura Blossoms" is a moderate beginner level class using Copic Marker and colored pencils. Challenges available for intermediate to advanced colorers.

Learn Amy's unique Push & Pull technique and how to use it on floral images for amazing depth. It's a simple method which you can apply to almost everything you color, for the rest of your life!