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

Take a class in S.E.Michigan. Beginner or Advanced.

Read tips & advice on how to color better and what tools to use.

Take online coloring classes.

I want that digital stamp!

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Let's color with realism!

For years I've been showing the fun stuff that I'll be teaching in upcoming local classes.

That's great if you live near me.

But it's frustrating for my online friends.

Not anymore...



Silent night

Here's the December FREE Digi Club image, "Candlelight".

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

Free "Candlelight" offer expires on January 5th, 2018. 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

"Strawberry Trio" the week 12 project in Marker Painting Foundations

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Marker Painting Foundations is a beginner level class and a new approach to adult coloring.

Learn to use your Copic Markers the way artists use paint- with style, originality, and amazing depth & dimension. MPF is a drastic change from adult coloring tutorials which lock you into using specific recipes and follow-the-leader style demonstrations.

No more copy-catting!

You can color independently with confidence. You can get realism and artistic flair from your Copics

You can learn to paint with markers!


Learning to Color?

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Build a VERSATILE starter Copic collection which doesn't waste money!

Gift Ideas for Colorers- Copics, colored pencils, watercolor...

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Amy's Latest Speed-color:

Check out the quickie version of "Festive Cranberry"

Latest Livestream:

Merriest Berries- a lesson on Push & Pull for depth

Become a supporter of Vanilla Arts Company at Patreon.com to access livestream coloring sessions.

Friday, December 15 at 11am EST

Replay available for those who can't attend or want to watch it again!

"If the sun is coming from the left, then maybe the shade goes over here... or would it be over there?"

Let me lay a truth bomb on you. The directional lighting has nothing to do with depth. How do I know? Because when you turn off all the lights to go to bed at night, you don't magically turn into a flat paper doll.

Simplify your coloring! Learn Amy's Push & Pull technique to create amazing depth without a care about which direction the light is coming from.

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Take the Class!

Marker Painting Basics provides challenges for intermediate to advanced colorers.

"Candlelight" is the latest class, a lesson on adding warm glows to your coloring images with Copic Marker and colored pencils. .

Class also includes Amy''s distinctive and colorful background technique.

  • 15 minute video on ink backgrounds
  • 5 minute bonus demonstration showing Amy's safe project mounting technique
  • 1 hour of fully narrated video instruction
  • Candlelight digital stamp in 3 convenient formats
  • Printable learning aids include- full color project sample, photo reference, guide to shade and shadow, full color detailed color map

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