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Friday, July 13th at 11am EDT

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July Lesson: Overpainting for clean color

Artists like to break the rules.

Students already know about my underpainting technique, we've used it in class after class. This month, we're looking at the exception to the underpainting rule: sunshiny florals.

We'll discuss why the underpainting method doesn't always work the way you want it to and how to decide when and when not to underpaint.

And for those times when we do not underpaint? Learn Amy's colored pencil overpainting technique which provides an amazing amount of depth without muddying your beautiful Copic work.


Stamp: "Dahlia" by Power Poppy* (students receive 20% off the digital version in July)

* "Dahlia XL" is the name of this stamp set in clear and for the die set.

Medium: Copic Marker & Prismacolor Premier Pencils

Level: Intermediate to Advanced (blending technique not covered)

Live Broadcast: Friday, July 13, 2018 at 11 am EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

Recording Available: Replay available immediately after the broadcast ends. Watch as many times as you want until January 1st, 2019.

Class Printable Pack Includes: 

  • Class syllabus with detailed recipe guide
  • Full color project sample, guide to shading
  • Guide to Copic base
  • Detailed color map
  • Step-by-step for petal process
  • Project inspiration references
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dahlia (digital stamp) - 20% off

Offer good through Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Use this code at checkout to receive your 20% discount: VANDAHLIA20

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To View the Livestream:

On the day of the broadcast, about 5 minutes before broadcast time, go to and log in to your account.

Look in the most recent posts for one called "Livestream: Midnight Dahlia". It contains a link to watch via a new window at Crowdcast.

The live-chat discussion board at Crowdcast is only active during the original broadcast and it may not be available on mobile or tablet formats.

I recommend watching the livestream first rather than trying to color along with the live version because you can't pause the live version. Sit back and enjoy the broadcast first. Color later.

To view the recording:

Go to and log in to your account.

On the left sidebar you will see "Featured Tags". Click "Livestream" to pull up lesson posts. Find parts 1 and 2 of your target lesson and watch using either the Crowdcast link or use the YouTube link. The YouTube version sometimes streams smoother and also has a closed captioning option.

Watch at your convenience, as many times as you'd like.

Remember, the discussion board is no longer active for recordings. Amy does not receive message notifications, so your message is unlikely to be read. Want to comment or ask a question? Start a post on the Patreon "Community" discussion board here.


Digi Stamp Printing Instructions:

The stamp not included in the class pack below. Must be purchased from using the 20% discount listed above.

Instructions for opening and sizing your stamp are linked below.

PAPER: This project uses X-Press It Blending Card for maximum blend-ability on the daffodils.

SIZE: Stamp should be sized so that the entire image measures just under 7.5" from the tips of the daffodil leaves to the bottom-most of the stems.

If printing smaller, make note of the lettering. The smaller your lettering, the more precise your marker must be!

If printing larger, watch the size book page. Larger areas require more time and patience to color.

I print at about 30% gray so that the stamp lines disappear as I color. Gray levels vary by printer (and paper brand); please test on scrap paper first!

NOTE: I print the video demonstration copy darker than the version you see in the photos. I'm always balancing my needs- dark enough to see on camera versus light enough to disappear under the markers.


All printables open in a new window tab. If you have a blocker set, this may hamper your ability to open these printables.

Printable Packet:

Note: Patreon fee does not include Power Poppy digital stamp. See above for link to purchase page and 20% discount code.


Products used & general information:

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