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!


Soft & Natural

Change your mindset and you'll change your coloring!

Taste of Vanilla is a FREE monthly mini-lesson program. We explore supplies, techniques, and methods from the artist's perspective.

Color like an artist, not like a colorer! Grow in confidence, independence, and personal style.

 Taste of Vanilla - FREE mini-lessons, changing your mindset about Copic Markers and colored pencils to help you add artistry, maturity, and realism to your coloring projects. | | #copicmarker #coloredpencil #coloring #howtocolor #realisticcoloring

Latest Livestream:

Santa’s Backup Plan-

Do you want to color realistic fur?

Then you can’t blend it all smooth using traditional Copic blending techniques.

And you certainly can’t draw every single hair… that’d take forever!

Join Amy for a fun lesson on the flow of fur and learn how to capture the cuteness of the legendary Corgi butt.

Friday, December 7th at 11am EST

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

Vanilla Livestream is recommended for intermediate to advanced colorers. Basic techniques are not covered.

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

From beginner to wow!

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!


New Workshop Class:

Forever Access!

Marker Painting Workshops provide challenges for colorers who want to do more than blend!

"Rustic Maple Leaf" is a 2 hour course which helps you develop a sense of accurate shadows and their use in making your projects feel touchably real. 

  • Technique Deep Dive video provides a reality check on the true color and value of shadows

  • extended cut demonstration videos with instructional commentary

  • helpful lesson aids including photo references and color guides

  • technique instructional handouts

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