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!

In the Studio Journal:

Are you good at picking colors? 

...or do you get a headache thinking about all the possible combinations of Copic Marker and colored pencils?

Relax. It's normal. Not everyone is born with the ability to whip out original and beautiful color palettes on demand.

In Part One of this series, I showed you how to weed through the various color palette websites, finding workable color palettes to use in your adult coloring projects.

Today, let's learn how to create our own palettes.

And psssttt... don't miss downloading your FREE copy of my Color Palette Picker wheel for Copic...


Sweet Stack!

Here's the April FREE Digi Club image, "Doughnut Stack".

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

Free digital stamp offer expires on May 4th, 2018. But don't worry, I launch a new free digi the same exact day!

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Learning to Color?

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

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

Latest Livestream:

Cup of Columbine- a lesson on adding spice to neutral color palettes

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

Saturday, April 14th at 11am EDT

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

I love vibrant color but sometimes, a neutral color palette fits better with the image, the theme, or even the patterned papers you intend to combine with your project.

Neutral palettes are sedate, but they don't have to be boring!

Join me for a fun and challenging lesson in dealing with calm and natural colors like khaki, grays, and even neutralized violets

Learn to spice up your neutrals with restraint.

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

open enrollment now:

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!

Take the Class!

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

"Doughnut Stack" is a 2 hour course on using the underpaint (or grisaille) technique to amplify realism by creating the correct colors to make your objects look real and rounded. Learn to simplify the coloring process and reduce the stress of choosing markers!

Class includes Amy's fun sheer glaze technique. Use it on wedding veils, balloons, and other objects that are translucent but not transparent.

  • Technique Deep Dive video explores how underpainting works
  • extended cut demonstration videos with instructional commentary
  • helpful lesson aids including photo references and color guides
  • technique instructional handouts

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