Sunday, November 30, 2008

Tutorial- Painterly with Copics

I got a couple of emails asking how I colored my flower in my moms birthday card. I thought I would put up a little tutorial on how I did it.

While you can achieve this effect using other products like pencils w/ gamisol, watercolors or chalks I prefer to work in copics due to their blend ability and more importantly for me because they are waterproof and do not pill up your paper. I can be pretty rough when I work and I love being able to go back and forth between lights and darks as well as being able to lighten up the colors with the blender and being rather impatient copics are so fast drying I have instant gratification, something not possible with water coloring.

This is how I made Mom's painterly flower...

1. Stamp your flower twice in Memento Coco ink (I'm stamping on PTI 110lb paper)
2. go over your stamped flowers using the copic blender (in case you are wondering no, copic blenders do not work with other brush art markers like Tombow or Marvy, they are water based, Copic is alcohol based)
3. Add in your first color, I used Frost blue for this.

4. Follow up with other colors, I used Buttercup yellow and egg shell.

5. go over with the blender again, lightening up some of the color and blending it all. The juicier the blender is, the better this will work.

6. I put my colored flowers and parts on 4" Stamper Magic Tape, a must have staple for all paper crafters! You get a whole lot of it on that roll, it lasts for a looong time, its strong and does complete coverage of intricate images.

7. Once your images are cut out, I like to edge mine with a matching ink color. I used Sand.

8. I cut out the top petals and bulb and layered them on to my flower for dimension, mine is pretty flat but looks great in person, its subtle but really pretty. You could use pop up foam for this step, if so don't bother to mount the bulb and petal to the stampers magic tape first.

I figured while I was doing this tutorial I would finish the project and make a card for a friend of mine. There is another magic tape tutorial in the tutorials section in the labels at right.

1 comment:

Rose Ann said...

So beautifully colored, and a wonderful tutorial!! Gorgeous card!!