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Guest Post: Spring Tulips Card by Debbie Olson

Papercrafting designer Debbie Olson is one of our Design and Education/Instruction team members, and this week she’s sharing a card project that utilizes several of the 12 new Copic colors. Enjoy!

Debbie Olson 12 New Copic Colors

Welcome! Today I wanted to share a tulips card in hope that spring will soon come. I used several of the newest Copic Sketch colors that were introduced last month.

The stamp image that I started with was rectangular in format; however I wanted a square card. I used a square die to cut and emboss a square, leaving the die in place to act as a mask when I stamped the tulips image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I began by rendering the tulip greenery using G40, G43, G46, V22, and BV35, all of which are NEW colors except for the G40. I used the G40 as my base tone, deepening the value with both G43 and G46. While the values were dark enough using only those three G40’s, the shadows were still as intense as the mid-tones and highlights. Some violets and blue-violets cooled and muted my shadow and cast shadow areas.

Next I worked on four of the blooms. The new Copic RV52 was my mid-tone here, while I used RV00 and touches of 0 in highlight areas, and RV55 for my deeper tones. Again, the V22 and BV34 helped with cooling and muting shadow areas.

For the last three tulips, I warmed up the temperature and lightened the value of the pink tones to add variety. My base pink tone was an RV10, deepened with RV11, V22, and even some BV34 in the deepest shadows.

Using a YR30, softened on the edges with Colorless Blender, I added some warmth around the outer edges, especially on the side of my light source (upper right). I used a hint of YR31 closest to the tulips. On the shadow side I used some of the new BG90—still warm, but cooler and less intense than the sunny buttercream yellows on the light side.

Have you started any spring projects? Share them in the comments below!

Supply List
Copic Markers: G40, G43, G46, V22, BV34, RV00, RV52, RV55, V22, BV34, RV10,
RV11, YR30, YR31, BG90, 0.
Stamps: Friendship Jar Spring Fillers, Tiny Tags II (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black (Tsukineko); Chamomile Distress Cube (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: X-Press It Blending Card; Autumn Rose (Papertrey Ink)
Other Tools: Standard Square Small (Spellbinders Paper Arts)

Debbie’s Paper Crafting Blog: Thinking Inking
Debbie’s Art Journal Blog: Sketches in Time

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Tips and Techniques for Using Colored Multiliners

Copic-loving comics artist Jayleen Weaver (Guruubii of GuruKitty Studios) shares some great, practical information on ways to use colored inking pens. Multiliners come in a range of colors for a variety of applications. See how she uses them, below:


Copic Multiliners are inking pens that are designed to work with Copic Markers. The pens come in a multitude of sizes and colours. Once dry, the ink is alcohol-proof so it won’t smear on the right paper when you colour over it with your Copics.

I use Copic’s coloured Multiliners in a variety of ways; sometimes to help create a sense of depth in an image, sometimes to just soften the look of the image or add some nice accents. It all depends on the look you’re going for. I use them in a few different ways, so I’ll show you a little bit about each technique.

In my illustrations I very often ink my characters in colour to distinguish them from the background, and if I want a less graphic/comic book style to my illustrations.

jayleen weaver vancouver canada comics artist character illustration

For this image I used a variety of colours to make her look softer. Sepia for skin, cool gray for hair (mainly because I didn’t have a purple, lol) and blues and orange for her clothes.

jayleen weaver vancouver canada comics artist character illustration inking detail










I was careful while inking to be conscious of areas of overlapping features. See this example where her eyebrow is on the edge of her profile, so I stopped the skin colour at the eyebrow.

jayleen weaver vancouver canada comics artist character illustration close up detail

Its important to note that these pens are somewhat transparent, so when you overlap the pen stokes you actually darken the colour a little so be careful of creating little dots where lines overlap by picking up your pen at the end of a stoke instead of holding it on the paper.

You can also use the coloured multiliners to add accents to a black inked image. See this example where I’ve used the colours to embellish her outfit.  It adds a nice bit of detail without being too bold.


jayleen weaver vancouver canada comics artist character illustration coloring close upjayleen weaver vancouver canada comics artist character illustration character colored in Copics

Now, the best excuse I can come up with to use coloured Multiliners is to create effects. I use them. In my comics all the time for inking the mountains in the distance.

jayleen weaver vancouver canada comics artist character illustration comics background Copic Multiliner mountains

See how the cool gray makes the mountain less bold? Using black lines in the foreground and light gray lines in the background, gives a sense of depth. If the mountains were inked in black, I think it would be too harsh of a line and would cause distraction.

In this panel here I’ve used the cool gray to ink the entire panel because it’s being viewed through a car window. A hazy gray line can be exactly what’s needed in certain situations.

jayleen weaver vancouver canada comics artist character illustration hello albertosaurus in Multliners

So there you have it! Colour Multiliners are one of the most versatile tools in my Copic arsenal! There are also many different types of nibs you can get. Think about brush tips if you like the way they look, too!

For the very latest from Jayleen Weaver and GuruKitty Studios, visit these sites:


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Asian Celebration – FREE Year of the Dragon Line Art

Asian Celebration Copic Art PosterYear of the Dragon line art? Yes!

We’re sharing the fun and excitement of the Oregon Asian Celebration with you, wherever you happen to be right now.

So please, enjoy this FREE printable line art from Marianne Walker. We’re happy to say she’s been illustrating each year’s poster with Copics for the past 9 years!

This is the very same dragon featured in this year’s official poster design. Learn all about how she used Copics to create this illustration over on her blog.

final dragon poster Asian Celebration Eugene Oregon 2012

If you’re in Eugene this weekend, join us! We’ll at the Fun & Messy tables in the Youth Room, South of the Exhibit Hall at the Lane County Fairgrounds.

Saturday 2/18
11am -12:30 & 2:00 – 4:00pm

Sunday 2/19
11am -12:30 & 2:00 – 4:00pm

We’d love to see your colored line art – share your results with our communities on Facebook and Twitter.

Where do you normally find line art or stamps to color? Let us know in the comments, below. Happy coloring!

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Asian Celebration – Copic Poster Art by Marianne Walker

Eugene, Oregon – Right around this time each year, Eugene begins buzzing with anticipation for the upcoming Asian Celebration. This weekend event is the longest running Asian festival of its kind.

Our Product Specialist Marianne Walker has had the distinct honor of creating their poster illustrations for the past 9 years!

Marianne goes into detail about how she used Copics to create this year’s dragon themed illustration over on her blog. Check it out!

Asian Celebration Flyer 2012

For more about the Asian Celebration, visit their Web site and Facebook page.

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Copic Coloring Guide, Level 2: Nature

Copic Marker product specialist Marianne Walker and paper crafting designer Colleen Schaan have just released their second book in the Copic Coloring Guide series. You can pick up your very own copy direct from Annie’s Attic, or from your local retailer.

The Copic Coloring Guide, Level 2 teaches you how to color things in nature, from rocks and plants to water and sky. Each tutorial image is included on a CD that comes with the book, so you can print the image and practice along. This book is a perfect companion for the bestselling first book, and will look great in your growing Copic library.

Pick up a copy or ask your local store when they will be getting it in stock.

Happy coloring!


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12 New Colors Giveaway: Winner Announcement!

copic new colors giveawayThank you to everyone who entered the 12 New Colors giveaway! We received a lot of great entries, and the winner has been randomly chosen.

The winner is… Sharon Brown! Below is her entry:

Copics are addicting
and now there are 12 NEW!
If I don’t get them soon,
I will surely be blue!!!!

Shout out to Scrap Happy Ohio in Tiffin, Ohio (my LSS)….she carries the full line of Sketch markers!!!

Thanks Tiffany, enjoy your 12 new Copic colors!

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Guest Project: Scrapbooking by Sharon Harnist

Papercrafting designer Sharon Harnist, one of our Design and Education/Instruction team members, is back with us this month to share a scrapbook project that utilizes several of the new 2012 Copic colors and tips for scrapbooking with Copic products.

Scrapbooking Project by Sharon HarnistHi, I’m excited to share with you several ways I use Copic products in my scrapbooking, for wonderful color coordination!  No fear… as soon as the alcohol base of the Copic dye ink evaporates (which is almost immediately when it hits air), the color is safe to use in your scrapbooks!

1.   Either make your own color coordinated background papers to use in your scrapbooking, or you can customize pre-printed papers.  Here, I used new 2012 Copic RV52-Cotton Candy to airbrush this black & white patterned paper to coordinate with all the pinks I used.

Scrapbooking Project by Sharon Harnist

I use this little trick quite often — most frequently to change a white patterned paper or embellishment to ivory, if the rest of my project is cream or ivory colored.  E50-Eggshell is my frequent go-to ivory color.

2.   It is quick and easy to color coordinate chipboard pieces for your project:

Scrapbooking Project by Sharon Harnist

Here, I used a mid-toned R55-Hollyhock to color the chipboard letters, arrow and heart to coordinate with the darkest shade of pink in the paint chip I used (and a shade darker than the airbrushed background paper).  You can color test the markers on the reverse side of your chipboard, to see which color will best match your project.  The color appears darker when it goes on, but as the color dries it will get a little lighter.

3.   To “paint” the scalloped trim around the chipboard heart, I used Copic’s Opaque White with a small paint brush:

Scrapbooking Project by Sharon Harnist
4.   Add some shimmery fun to your scrapbooking with Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pens!  To further enhance the colored chipboard pieces, I used Pink  glitter pen on top of them — solid on the arrow and swirly doodles on the heart.  You can also use them for journaling!

Scrapbooking Project by Sharon Harnist
Here’s a close-up of how chipboard heart and letters look on the page (along with the journaled date on the edge of the photo):

Scrapbooking Project by Sharon Harnist
5.   Keep white or clear embellishments on hand, so they can easily be altered to coordinate with any project:

Scrapbooking Project by Sharon Harnist Here, I colored white pearls with new 2012 R56-Currant — it came closer to matching the colored chipboard.  Frequently, you will need to use a darker color than you think, to color a clear or white embellishment so always try your color first!  Here’s how the pearls look on the page:

Scrapbooking Project by Sharon Harnist
6.   The flower embellishment is hand-made from coffee filters!  To custom color the white filters (I used the junior 2-4 cup size), I misted the filters with Copic Colorless Blender Solution (placed in a spray bottle/mister) and while they were still wet (I have 2 filters laying together in the left photo below) I dropped Various Ink Refill onto the stacked filters (I would have used RV52 or RV55 refill, but I haven’t ordered these new Refill colors yet!  So I used the closest color I had on hand, RV63).  Keeping the filters stacked lets the top filter soak up more color, while the bottom filter remains a shade or two lighter, for a nice multi-colored final look).

Scrapbooking Project by Sharon Harnist
Having the filters wet with Blender Solution first, helps to distribute the color — lighter in some areas and darker in others.  I like the splotchy two-toned affect!  Next, blot the filters with scrap paper or a paper towel and allow to dry.

To finish the flower: I stacked the two filters together and starting at the outside edge, began cutting a spiral circle inward towards the center of the filter, keeping the size of the spiral about the same size (about 3/4 of an inch):

Scrapbooking Project by Sharon Harnist
Next, I used locking hemostat pliers to grab hold of the outside edge of the spiral (right photo above) and began to roll the spiral towards the center.  Once you reach the center (which now becomes the bottom base for your flower), you can unlatch the pliers and loosen the flower to your liking.  Secure with the spiraled flower to the center base with Glue Dots or hot glue.

Scrapbooking Project by Sharon Harnist
I tried a little different technique with the coffee filter leaf — First I airbrushed the filter with new 2012 Copic color G46-Mistletoe (left photo above), and then spritzed it with the Colorless Blender Solution.  This yielded a more mottled affect.  Next, I folded the colored coffee filter into a triangle/cone shape (the fold is on the lower left in the photo below) and just cut the right portion into the leaf shape.  Leaving one side folded and uncut let the leaf fan up once it started drying, for a nice dimensional effect!

Scrapbooking Project by Sharon Harnist
I ended up airbrushing a little more color on the top leaf.  Here’s a side view of the entire coffee filter flower & leaf, so you can see the nice dimensional effect:

Scrapbooking Project by Sharon Harnist
7.   I love using the Copic Multiliner SP 0.3 12-pack of colors for journaling – they are waterproof and archival pigment ink that match standard Copic marker colors!

Scrapbooking Project by Sharon Harnist
Here, I used Black Multiliner SP 0.3 to journal directly on the white cut edge of the glossy photo paper.

Scrapbooking Project by Sharon Harnist
I hope you’ll have fun using Copic products in your scrapbooking! ~ Sharon

You can find more Copic papercrafting inspiration from Sharon here:
Copic Color Gallery:

Love U 8-inch Page Supplies:
Copic Sketch Markers:
  RV52 (airbrushed black/white background paper, RV55 (chipboard), R56 (pearl swirl), G46 (coffee filter flower leaf)
Copic Various Ink Refills: RV63 & Colorless Blender Solution (coffee filter flower)
Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen:  Pink
Copic Multiliner SP 0.3: Black
Paper: Echo Park Yours Truly 6×6 patterned paper; Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight Black Onyx cardstock
Tools: Copic Airbrush System;
Accessories: Copic Opaque White, Ranger Mini Mister; Maya Road Love mini chipboard & Patti mini alphabet chipboard sets; Zva self-adhesive pearls; paint chip sample from home improvement store

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Park Your Art Contest

- Contest theme is “Dreams,” brought to you by Copic Marker.
- Eligible artwork must be proportional to a tall, narrow vertical format. Final piece will be enlarged to 89 inches by 193 inches.
- Each submission must use Copic products in whole or in part. All artists must provide the information as to what Copic product was used in the submission.
- This contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada only.
- Artwork will be judged by five committee members including: A City of Eugene Public Art Committee member, an Ethos Magazine representative, a Ninkasi Brewing representative, a Copic Marker representative, and the City of Eugene Public Art Manager.

Artwork will be judged on three categories:
1.    Aesthetics (color, style, vibrancy): 1-100 scale
2.    Relevance (how does the artwork  relate to the theme, DREAM): 1-100 scale
3.    Uniqueness: 1-100 scale

First prize: $350, a 36pc Copic Marker Sketch set, a Copic Multiliner SP 10pc set, plus your name and artwork featured in a highly visible downtown location!
Second prize
: 24pc Copic Marker Sketch Set and a Copic Multiliner B2 9pc set
Third prize
: Copic Marker Multiliner SP 10pc set

May 1, 2012:
Final date for art submission
May 7-11, 2012:
Selection of winning artwork with representatives from City of Eugene, Public Art Committee, Ninkasi, ETHOS and COPIC on the selection panel
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012: 
Tentative unveiling of art

By submitting your artwork, you are agreeing to allow contest sponsors the right to use submitted art for promotional purposes in connection with this contest. Sponsors are required to specify contest name each time art is used. Copyright for artwork is maintained by the artist and no art will be reproduced without reference to DREAM contest or for sale. Exclusive use of art, or usage without specifying this contest, requires negotiations with artist(s).

Ready to enter? Click here for the submission form!

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