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Create a Mystical Mood on a Budget with Copic Markers

As a student continuously learning about color theory, I’ve learned that what I was taught in elementary school about color, in some cases, contradicts what I have been taught as an artist. As children, we learned “ROY G BIV,” which is the abbreviation for the color categories taught to be in the rainbow. True, those colors are in the rainbow as well as millions of others. But I remember arguing with my elementary school art teacher for a good five minutes about indigo. Why indigo? Well, isn’t indigo just a mix between blue (what is taught to be a primary color) and violet (what is taught to be a secondary color)? Why does it get its own color category? If that’s so, why doesn’t yellow-green or red orange get its own slot?

College professor and artist Russell Merritt is the person who told me why indigo was included. When people discovered these different colors and went to the church to validate them, they came with only ROY, G, and BV, excluding indigo. The church rejected these colors because there were only six of them, a number which is not sacred to the church in the least. To compensate for the church’s desire for a heavenly number of colors, the scientists added indigo, and thus BIV was born, allowing seven colors! Therefore, I wanted to create a piece with a celestial mood as a tribute to indigo.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

For this piece, I used my handy dandy color wheel, some standard watercolor brushes, a white gel pen, Canson Marker Paper, black and gray Copic Multiliners, a bottle of the Colorless Blender Copic Various Ink, and Copic Sketch markers.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

I started this piece consulting my color wheel and choosing to use analogous colors. I felt that they would represent the monochromatic mood best. I chose reds, pinks, and oranges to be my “pop” colors or the colors that would provide the most contrast, while blues and violets would dominate most of the piece.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

Because this tutorial is color focused, I’ll start off with when I started coloring. Starting with an image inked with Copic multiliners, I began to color what I was most sure about. I usually color with the brush end. I colored the skin using E000, E00, E50, YR00, and E11, shading accordingly.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

On eyes I used BV31, V01, BV04, V17, and Special Black. On her bottom eyelashes, I used B32.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

In her hair I used BV31, BV00, BV02, B01, B32, E00, R11, darkening things up with BV04, BV08, B26, V06, V09, being sure to add the darkest blacks on the locks behind her head, to draw attention to her face and eyes. I also started coloring the flowers using B01, BV00, B14, B26, and B29. I started coloring the sleeve of her kimono B29 and B69. Lastly, I outlined the outer contours of her hair and body with a light blue to give it a softer finish. I also inked some of the lineart in a light gray to achieve the same effect.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic MarkersCreating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

In order to begin working with the mood, I start experimenting with color on the jellyfish. As long as you stay within your color range, there is no harm in experimenting directly onto the final piece. It gives it a fun look and you can always cover up some ugly spots with a darker color or some white gel pen.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers
Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

Now comes the fun part! The way to create this mystical and celestial mood is through the Colorless Blender Various Ink. It is extremely helpful and saves a lot of money. Rather than painting with separate Various Ink colors, topically applying the raw ink as a tool for texture can really help to achieve a lot of great effects. I call this technique “blotching”. I not only use it for textures, but also to help the paper soak in excess color if something is not blending properly or the paper gets too strained. It’s an extremely helpful tool and a very cheap alternative to buying a lot of different colored inks if you already have a lot of Copics! Also, using a nice watercolor brush with alcohol based ink will ruin the brush, so make sure you’re using the cheap stuff! Here is how the image evolves after experimenting and applying darker colors:

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers
Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers
Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

It’s really a trade-off with the Various ink. After it dries, you can always go in with more marker to add more realistic detail with marker to a gorgeously textured part. This makes it look more three dimensional, while highlighting your line work!

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

Then, I tried to achieve more painterly effects with V01 and B32, adding a bit of BV04 around the jellyfish for contrast. Use quick strokes that look as if they could fade to white quite easily before going in with the Various Ink. Then, dab the various ink with a larger watercolor brush, trying to keep the amounts controlled. When doing this, don’t ever squirt the ink directly from the bottle if you’re trying to control the ink. It’s very unpredictable and small doses should work just as well. I wait for each dab to dry and then go in and add more ink to make it more interesting.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers
Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers
Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers
Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

After the initial bright colors, I added R11 and E00 to compliment along with BV01 for more base work and detail. Then, I added more detail by darkening with BV08, V06, V09, V17, B26, B29, B32, B69, and R43.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

Here it is once the jellyfish is finished. I started coloring the kimono with B29 and B69, gradating darker toward the bottom laying BV08 over top of the blues.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

Started coloring the another jellyfish, this time using lighter colors like BV01, V01, B01, and B32.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

Adding darker tones with BV04.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

I fill in the rest of the kimono and dab some more ink to keep the mood repeating.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

I push the dark color outward using the Various Ink to make it look like the jellyfish is almost forming out of the kimono. This gives the whole piece a more liquid and unified look.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic MarkersCreating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

I added some color to the jellyfish with E00, R11, BV01, BV08, RV11, BV08, BV04, V09, B29, and B69. I blotched a little bit behind the jellyfish as well so the background colors would fade to E00, adding more contrast.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic MarkersCreating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

Next, I started on the top, which I planned on having fade to white toward the top left corner. All of the lighter colors used were BV01, BG000, B01, V01, RV11, B32, R11, E00 and were blotched a bit as well.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic MarkersCreating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

I also played with a new technique! I created my own color by adding a mixture of B69 and BV08 on a separate sheet of paper. By painting over it with Various Ink, the brush picks up a more washed out version of the color and is easily applied to the piece.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

Instead of adding the Various Ink afterwards, I decided to apply the ink by splattering it by tapping the brush lightly with my finger. This made the color more concentrated in some areas and gave it a very interesting look. I not only splattered, but painted with the new color directly as well.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic MarkersCreating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

I then experimented and felt my way through. I made the kimono sweep up into the jellyfish as well, which was an effect I liked. I continued to blotch as I applied color. It’s a real free-for-all at this point. The darks used on top of the initial colors were BV08, V09, B29, B69, R43, and BV04.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

This is how it looks after some experimentation.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

I started coloring the kimono pattern afterwards. I mainly gradated flower petals with BV01, V01, and RV11. I also used B32, YR65, RV11, and R43 sporadically. As you can see, I’m repeating colors frequently to unify the piece.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic MarkersCreating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

The sash is where I decided to incorporate the pop color. I didn’t want to make things too intense so I just used a red liner and blended out with it using the flesh toned R11. It gives it  a warmer look but also relates it to its surroundings.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

I continue to work on the kimono, referring to my color wheel at times for guidance.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

Added some more color near the top and defined some nicely shaped splatters from earlier.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

Modified the edge of the kimono with BV04 and Various Ink in order to relate it with the piece.

Creating a Mystical Mood with Copic Markers

Added some nice white dots with the gel pen to enhance the mood.

And viola! It’s finished! I really hoped this helped people to better understand how you can really get your hands dirty and experiment with Copic products! I had a great time with the tutorial and would like to thank Copic very much. Walking away, I hope you’re obsessing over creating great textures and I hope to see people trying this out!

Indigo Sunday by Garrett Ley
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Copic at Winter CHA

CHA LogoJoin us at Winter CHA, January 12-15th in Anaheim, CA! Find us at booth #2553, where you can meet four of our Papercrafting Certification instructors. Lori Craig, Cindy Lawrence, Debbie Olson, Colleen Schaan, Sherrie Siemens and Marianne Walker will be on hand, demonstrating and answering questions.

Lori CraigCindy LawrenceDebbie OlsonColleen SchaanSherrie SiemensMarianne Walker
Interested in taking a Copic Papercrafting Certification class before CHA? There are still a few spaces left in our Intermediate Certification class on January 9th. Our Standard Certification class (held on January 8th) is full, but you may apply to be put on the waiting list.

Copic Color & Ink Workshop

You can also join us for our first ever Copic Color & Ink Workshop, January 10-11 in Anaheim, featuring TWO consecutive, fun-filled days of coloring, creating and getting inky! Expand your coloring skills, experiment with unique surfaces, learn new inking techniques and advance your airbrushing aptitude in this totally hands-on workshop.

We will be including the following 4 classes during this two day event:

  • Coloring Ethnic Skin Tones and Various Hair Styles
  • Oodles of Doodles and Backgrounds
  • Airbrushing Made Easy
  • So Many Surfaces

PREREQUISITE: Standard Certification

An optional evening round-table discussion/critique session is also being offered for an additional fee.

Learn More and Apply!

We hope to see you in Anaheim!

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Holiday Card Project by Sharon Harnist

Copic Design Team member Sharon Harnist is back this week to share some tips for finishing the card that she showed us how to color in this tutorial last month. Enjoy!

Copic and XPress-It Tutorial by Sharon Harnist

After coloring the image above, I colored just the center of another stamped poinsettia, cut it out and used Copic Yellow Atyou Spica Glitter Pen on the center:

Copic and XPress-It Tutorial by Sharon Harnist

Next, I cut a piece of ¼-inch X-Press It Double-Sided Foam Tape to pop up the center: 

Copic and XPress-It Tutorial by Sharon Harnist

I used a Spellbinders Card Creator Die to die cut the stamped and colored poinsettia collage image and while the cardstock was still in the die, I used Copic YR21 to airbrush the background. By leaving the die in place as a “stenciling template” it will leave a white border on the outer edge of the cardstock that is covered by the die:

Copic and XPress-It Tutorial by Sharon Harnist

Next, I wanted to create a glittery border around the stamped image, so I used the same die to only emboss on the green card base so I could have a guideline of where to place the tape to hold the glitter.  By only embossing the die (and not cutting), it embosses 1/8th inch beyond the outside edge of where the die would cut.  If you aren’t going to be using a die, you could always just cut another piece of scrap cardstock just a little larger than your image and lightly trace around it on your card base:

Copic and XPress-It Tutorial by Sharon Harnist
Then I used ¼-inch X-Press It Double-Sided High Tack Tissue Tape and adhered it over the embossed guidelines.  Once all the tape was down, I removed the protective backing and covered the tape with crystal course transparent glitter.  I used ½-inch X-Press It Double-Sided Foam Tape on the back of my colored image, to pop it up over the glitter outline.  I love that I can cut any length of tape I need, to fit my project!

Copic and XPress-It Tutorial by Sharon Harnist
Next, I used ½-inch X-Press It Double-Sided High Tack Tissue Tape and covered the “believe” sentiment on the front of the stamped/colored poinsettia collage and also covered it in glitter.  Be sure to press the glitter into the tape so it holds well, and then tap off the excess. Since the tape and glitter are both transparent, the sentiment still shines through:

Copic and XPress-It Tutorial by Sharon Harnist

Now you can see the nice white edge on the colored/airbrushed panel that was created with the YR21 airbrushing through the open die AND the pretty glittered border on the green card base!  Here’s a close-up of the dimension that the foam tape creates on the flower center and the colored poinsettia panel:

Copic and XPress-It Tutorial by Sharon Harnist

And here’s the whole finished card:

Copic and XPress-It Tutorial by Sharon Harnist

Thanks so much for joining me, I hope you find a few of these tips helpful with your holiday projects!  ~ Sharon 

Products Used:
Copic Markers
: R20, R22, R24, R29, R39, YG91, YG93, YG95, YR21; Yellow Atyou Spica Glitter Pen,
CardstockX-Press It Blending Card; Memory Box Dill Notecard
StampMemory Box Believe Poinsettia Collage
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic Airbrush System, X-Press It Double-Sided Foam Tape (1/4-inch and ½-inch), X-Press It Double-Sided High Tack Tissue Tape (1/4-inch and ½-inch)
Other: Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A-Card Creator Die set;  Martha Stewart Transparent Crystal Course Glitter

For more tips, tutorials and samples, visit Sharon’s blog, PaperFections, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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New! 3 Piece Blending Sets

We’ve taken the guesswork out of choosing colors with our new Color Fusion and Blending Trio sets, available now! Each set features three Sketch markers, carefully chosen to help you take your artwork to the next level with flawless blends. These sets are the perfect stocking stuffer!

Copic Color Fusion Sketch Marker Sets
Copic Blending Trio Sketch Marker Sets

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The Color of Music – Copic Ciao Piano Painting Device

Designer Jane Hooy created this Piano Painting Device using Copic Ciao markers for her final year project at the London College of Communication.

The device is described as an Experimental Generative Art Installation, Application of Music Color Theory on Frederic Chopin’s Compositions.

Hooy explains, “This research project explores the concept of music color theory and its ability to create a synesthetic experience when used on a piano medium. The installation also known as the “piano painting device” is a prototype that aims to use the piano mechanism to “play out colors”, where sound and sight converges at the same time.”

Here’s an example of the kind of imagery the device produces. These images show the mood of Frédéric Chopin’s Étude Op. 10 No. 3, in E major and Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35, 3rd movement, Funeral March – see the full analysis here:Click to see and hear a video of the device in action:

PIano Painting Device

You can find more from Jane Hooy on her Web site.

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2013 Copic Cover Contest Winners

Thank you to all who entered our 2013 Copic Cover Contest! This year’s theme was “pattern,” and your submissions did not disappoint. As always, we had a tough time narrowing down the winners. Without further ado…

Congratulations to Gentian Osman! Gentian’s piece will be featured on the cover of our 2013 product guide, distributed at art stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. She will also receive $300,  our limited edition 25th Anniversary set and two Various Ink refills. Check out her website to see more of her amazing work!

2013 Copic Cover Contest Winner - 1st Place - Gentian Osman

1st Place: Gentian Osman of Seattle, WA

Congratulations also go out to our 2nd and 3rd place winners, Rose Johnson and E. P. Goldenberg. Fantastic work! Rose and E. P. will each receive a Sketch EX-6 set, featuring our new 2012 colors, as well as two Various Ink refills.

2013 Copic Cover Contest Winner - 2nd Place - Rose Johnson

2nd place: Rose Johnson of Brantford, Ontario, CA

2013 Copic Cover Contest Winner - 3rd Place - E. P. Goldenberg

3rd Place: E. P. Goldenberg of San Francisco, CA

Thanks again to everyone who entered! Receive updates on our future contests and giveaways by subscribing to our newsletter, joining us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

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Bianca Mandity Gallery Show

Mixed media artist Bianca Mandity will have some of her Copic artwork displayed in TINY, a group show showcasing the tiny (no larger than 6″x6″x6″) work of more than 100 central Indiana artists. The show runs from December 7th through January 4th at Gallery 924 in Indianapolis.

Copic artist Bianca MandityCopic artist Bianca Mandity“I hand illustrate and render illustrations and then digitally incorporate them into vintage photographs, creating drop shadows and lighting to make it look like the illustrations are part of the photo,” says Bianca. ”They’re all in a style I call magical realism illustration.”

If you’re in the Indianapolis area this month, be sure to check out the five pieces Bianca has displayed, along with the rest of the artwork displayed in TINY.

Are you a Copic artist who’s work will be featured in an upcoming show or event? We’d love to hear about it! Let us know at news@copicmarker.com

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Creating Fluffy, Fuzzy Texture with Copic Markers

Kristy Dalman is the talented owner/artist/designer of Some Odd Girl digital stamps. Read on to learn Kristy’s technique for creating those fluffy or fuzzy bits of winter clothing with Copic markers. You could even try this technique for Santa’s beard!

Creating fluffy or fuzzy texture with Copic markers by Kristy Dalman of Some Odd Girl

Creating fluffy or fuzzy texture with Copic markers by Kristy Dalman of Some Odd Girl
Products Used:
Digital Stamp: Winter Tobie from Some Odd Girl
Copic Sketch Markers: E40, E42, E43, V95
Papers used to create tag are from Crate, My Mind’s Eye and American Crafts, with elements from Pink Paislee.

Find Kristy on the web:
Copic Color: http://www.copiccolor.com/SomeOddGirl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SomeOddGirls
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SomeOddGirls
Blog: http://www.theoddgirl.com/
Some Odd Girl Shop: http://www.someoddgirl.com/

Kristy’s Copic classes:
Created from Color: http://www.createdfromcolor.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/createdfromcolor

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25th Anniversary Set – December Sale!

Copic Sketch 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Set

Copic 25th Anniversary Set Colors

The Copic 25th Anniversary Set includes 36 of our most popular colors.

Still looking for that perfect gift or leaving hints for Santa?

For December only, our 25th Anniversary set is only $199 in our online store!

Features:

- 36 colors
- Black marker bodies
- Super brush nib
- Standard fine nib (previously available for Copic markers only)
- Free shipping!

Commemorate Copic’s 25th anniversary with this limited edition 36-marker set, available at this special price through the end of December (free shipping on all orders over $99!).

Copic Christmas Delivery

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