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Visit Laurie B at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo

Copic Marker art by Laurie BVisit Copic artist Laurie B at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, September 15th & 16th! You can find Laurie and her work, which combines Copic markers with colored pencils, at booth #1448. We’ll be close-by, in booth #1443. Hope to see you there!

Copic Marker art by Laurie BCopic Marker art by Laurie B

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New Papercrafting Certification Classes in Portland, OR and Houston, TX

Copic Papercrafting Certification

We now offer back-to-back certifications for Standard and Intermediate classes! If you have not taken the Standard class, you will need to apply for both at the same time. Below is our current class schedule:

Standard Certification
Orlando, FL 9/14 FULL
Vancouver, BC 9/21
Sacramento, CA 9/28
Warwick, RI 9/29
Indianapolis, IN 10/5
Philadelphia, PA 10/12
Portland, OR 10/26 NEW!
Houston, TX 11/2 NEW!

» Apply for Standard Certification Classes

Intermediate Certification
Orlando, FL 9/15 One space left!
Vancouver, BC 9/22 Three spaces left!
Sacramento, CA 9/29
Warwick, RI 9/30
Indianapolis, IN 10/6 FULL
Philadelphia, PA 10/13 FULL
Portland, OR 10/27 NEW!
Houston, TX 11/3 NEW!
» Apply for Intermediate Certification Classes

Advanced Certification classes are coming in 2013!

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Copic at New York Comic Con 2012

New York Comic Con 2012Visit Copic at New York Comic Con, October 11-14th! We’ll be in booth #N306, near Artist Alley in the North Javits building. Hope to see you there!

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Coloring Water Droplets with Copic Markers

Brandi York shows us how to render a water droplet with Copic markers:

Playing with light can be fun but also challenging. Playing with light refracting through water certainly gets even more challenging, and sometimes aggravating to the point we don’t want to tackle it. For this tutorial, I chose a dewdrop on a leaf, to help demonstrate how light and color through water are affected.

copic marker drawing - water droplet almost done

As usual, I’m using Copic Sketch Markers with the Copic Bleed-Resistant paper.

copic marker drawing - initial water droplet sketch

I start with a very general sketch and start laying in G20 as a base and G12 as an initial shadow. You’ll note that where the shadow is doesn’t seem to make much sense to the light in the drop itself. Seems backward, right? Well, that’s the fun of the way the light is refracted through the water. The light appears at the bottom of the drop, despite it actually hitting the top. I’m conscious of this as I lay in my first tones, keeping the top darker. I will add the point of light back in at the end.

copic marker drawing - water droplet with yellow

Next we bring some YG21 to the party, adding some more depth and tone to the leaf and the drop, blending it out with the G20. Things are rather rough at this point, but we’ll start to smooth them over as we progress.

copic marker drawing - water droplet with green

Next I add some B000 and G85. The B000 is added to the top of the drop, reflecting a bit of the sky color, also bits of it through the drop itself. Then the G85 deepens up our shadows, starting to create a little reflection on the surface of the drop itself. (Hence the sharp line on the dewdrop.) Again, I’m keeping the shadows rough, partly to create texture in the leaf and partly because we’ll continue working it and smoothing it over the next few color passes.

copic marker drawing - water droplet with more green

Then comes the YG67. A warmer shadow, into the shadow of the drop and in the drop itself. I break out the Colorless Blender now, and start softening some edges in the drop and the shadow. I also add some more B000 and some BG02 into the reflection on the drop. Going back to the G12, I refine some of the edges inside the drop and on the leaf.

I start pushing a little more detail in the leaf itself and in the dewdrop, bringing in the G28. This is a nice, dark tone that’s a little more saturated in color than the G85. Remember, with the exception of the Es in Copics, the higher the number, the more grey is in the color. So G28 is going to have more color saturation than G85. Using the Colorless Blender with this, I create more depth in the leaves and in the dewdrop, softening the edges with the Blender and letting some of it bleed a little. Note the dark line around the top edge of the dewdrop. It’s a reflection that I didn’t want to take too much focus, so I heavily saturated the paper with Colorless Blender to soften the color and let it bleed out a bit.

copic marker drawing - water droplet almost done

I pull out G02 for a heavily saturated hit of green, just to punch up the leaf a little. A lot of it will be covered by other colors, but having that layered underneath, even if not at full potency in the end, will bring a nice depth into the shadows on the leaf. Admittedly, I feel like the shadows on the leaf itself are a bit harsh, so I use the Colorless Blender to try to knock them down a bit, as well as using the lighter colors (YG21, G12, etc.) to soften and deepen the tone of the leaf.

copic marker drawing - water droplet adding white

Once I’m reasonably satisfied with the leaf and dewdrop, I break out my Sakura Gelly Roll in white to add the finishing touches to the dewdrop – a distinct highlight at the top then some speckles of light throughout. This pen takes a moment to dry, so you can smear the gel around a bit if you’d like. I did this along the top edge and a bit at the bottom, where I didn’t want as hard a line, or as bright a white spot. I also added a couple hits of dark colors with a little Colorless Blender to create a couple little spots of dark texture in the bottom of the dewdrop.

Copic marker drawing of a water droplet

I hope you find this helpful, and won’t be afraid to tackle something that might seem a little more difficult at first glance. The key to anything of this nature is to look very closely at your subject, study it to get a good feel of how the lights play across the object and how they cast shadows, and of course, play. Sometimes, we might be surprised at what we find in even the most every day things!

See more of Brandi’s fantastic illustrations on Copic Color, and add your own work while you’re there!

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Eye for Color – #B32 Instagram Contest Winners

B32 - Pale Blue is such a pretty color. So pretty we asked Copic fans on Instagram to find it in their surroundings. Check out the #B32 tag there to see all the entries. After reviewing hundreds of snaps, we now have a winner. Join us in congratulating Stampmom9 for winning the contest and two markers of her choice!

First Place - StampMom9

b32 copic contest winner

 

Runners Up

B32 copic contest winners

Runners up: (left-right, clockwise: @sammie__l, @waterdog82, @joshuagavin, @melissamade2)


Let’s do this again!
The theme this time is Y06 – Yellow.

Post a picture of this yellow in your surroundings to Instagram. Mention us and tag your comment with #Y06 to enter. Deadline is midnight on 9/14. Good luck!

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New Papercrafting Certification Classes in Indianapolis, IN and Philadelphia, PA

Copic Papercrafting Certification

We now offer back-to-back certifications for Standard and Intermediate classes! If you have not taken the Standard class, you will need to apply for both at the same time. Below is our current class schedule:

Standard Certification
Dallas, TX 8/24
Orlando, FL 9/14
Vancouver, BC 9/21
Sacramento, CA 9/28
Warwick, RI 9/29
Indianapolis, IN 10/5 NEW!
Philadelphia, PA 10/12 NEW!
» Apply for Standard Certification Classes

Intermediate Certification
Kansas City, MO 8/18
Dallas, TX 8/25 FULL
Orlando, FL 9/15
Vancouver, BC 9/22
Sacramento, CA 9/29
Warwick, RI 9/30
Indianapolis, IN 10/6 NEW!
Philadelphia, PA 10/13 NEW!
» Apply for Intermediate Certification Classes

Advanced Certification classes are coming in 2013!

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Creating Fur with Copic Markers

Kristy Dalman is the talented owner/artist/designer of Some Odd Girl digital stamps. She and Melissa Andrew (Melissa Made) recently teamed up to launch Created from Color, where they teach online Copic classes. Read on to learn Kristy’s technique for creating fur with Copic markers: 

Creating fur with Copics by Kristy Dalman

Copic party pup card by Kristy Dalman

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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Copic Sketchbooks

Copic SketchbooksSpiral-bound Copic sketchbooks are now available in a wide variety of sizes! Each sketchbook features 50 pages of thick, bleed-resistant paper that’s great for use with markers, mixed media and even watercolor.

Available in the following sizes:

  • 5×7
  • 5×12
  • 7×10
  • 9×12
  • 11×14

Ask for them at your favorite Copic retailer!

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Guest Post: Cardmaking by Sharon Harnist

Copic Design Team Member Sharon Harnist is back this week to share some basic cardmaking tips as she walks us through the creation of this beautiful friendship card:

Sharon Harnist - Cardmaking with Copic Markers

1. To form card base, cut an 8.50” x 11” piece of cardstock in half, then fold in half. This yields a typical 5.50” x 4.25”, or A2 size) card base. Cutting lengthwise (or vertical) will yield a top-folded tall card like the one above, or it can be turned horizontally and have a left fold. Cutting the whole piece of cardstock in half horizontally will yield a top folded horizontal card or left folded tall card. Here, I used Black Onyx cardstock.

Sharon Harnist - Cardmaking with Copic Markers

2. Next, I used an alphabet background stamp (meaning it is also sized 5.50” x 4.25” and will cover the whole background of a card) and inked it with a watermark, or embossing, ink and stamped it ontoheavy (120 lb.) white cardstock. This type of ink stays “tacky” or wet longer than regular dye ink and can either be heat embossed or left to dry on its own. When this ink is stamped onto most colored cardstock and left to dry on its own, it will yield a “watermarked” (or ghosted) image which is a little darker/deeper than the color of cardstock it was stamped on – a very pretty, subtle effect. I like using a heavy weight (120 lb.) cardstock, so it has less of a chance to warp with the heat embossing.

3. Next, I heat embossed the alpha background with clear detail embossing powder. To do this, just sprinkle the powder all over the embossing ink and tilt the cardstock back and forth to spread the powder. Be sure not to touch the ink or powder, or this will knock off the powder and/or smear the ink and leave a gap in your finished embossed background. The powder may even stick to the oils on the cardstock from your hands, so be careful when handling the cardstock, not to touch it too much. When the embossing powder is spread over all the wet ink, turn the cardstock over and tap it from the back side, using a scratch piece of paper to catch the extra powder. This will knock off the extra amount of powder that is not needed. The extra powder can then be returned to its jar and used again. Then use a Heat It Craft Tool to heat and set the embossing powder. As the heat tool heats up, hold it about 6-inches over the ink & powder, moving the tool all over the stamped image (not staying in one place too long) so the cardstock does not scorch. You will see the embossing powder turn from a powder texture to a shiny, raised texture/image – that’s how you will know it’s done and you can move on to another part of the image. Allow cardstock to cool.

Sharon Harnist - Cardmaking with Copic Markers

4. Now comes the fun part – adding color! Using Copic Airbrush Starter Set 1N, or Sparmax Windstorm Air Compressor & ABS3, airbrush whatever Copic Sketch Marker colors you wish onto the background, either in a pattern or more randomly like I did here. I used BV02 and Y23.

Sharon Harnist - Cardmaking with Copic Markers
5. The slick, raised, embossed images will also be colored, so to remove the color from the embossed areas and have the white cardstock underneath show up better, creating more contrast with the colored cardstock, use an alcohol prep pad (used by hospitals or doctors/nurses to clean your skin before giving you an injection – they can be found near the bandages in your grocery or drug store) and gently/quickly wipe over the raised, embossed surfaces. Alternately, you can also apply Copic Colorless Blender to a tissue or paper towel and wipe off the embossed images. Just don’t linger too long or saturate the cardstock too much, or you might muddy the colors together or remove too much color from the cardstock!

Sharon Harnist - Cardmaking with Copic Markers
6. Apply Copic 1/4” Double-Sided High Tack Tissue Tape to the backside of the background. Remove the protective backing and adhere the background to the black card base. The heat embossing can warp the cardstock sometimes, so this tape will hold the cardstock piece securely and flat against the card base.

Sharon Harnist - Cardmaking with Copic Markers
7. Stamp friendship sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto white cardstock and die cut the sentiment with Spellbinders Classic Oval Nestabilities die. While the cardstock is still in the die, airbrush Y23 around the edges of the die. These dies have a recessed area around the inside the cutting lines and the die acts as a stencil. When the cardstock is removed from the die you’ll see the white of the cardstock remaining where the die was covering the cardstock (shown in the photo below):

Sharon Harnist - Cardmaking with Copic Markers

8. Airbrush a tiny white paper rose with whatever color you’d like. Here, I used BV02 to match my background. White papercrafting accessories and embellishments are your friend. You can customize with any of Copic’s 358 colors of Sketch Markers or Various Ink Refills!

Sharon Harnist - Cardmaking with Copic Markers
9. Place a cut length of white ribbon (here, I used white rayon seam binding) into a snack-sized baggie and drop Various Refill Ink onto the ribbon. Use the bag to move the ink around and distribute it all over the ribbon. The bag keeps your hands clean and also extends the drying time of the Various Ink, so it can be worked all over and into the ribbon.

Sharon Harnist - Cardmaking with Copic Markers
I would have preferred to use BV02 Various Ink Refill to match the other parts of my card, but BV13 is the closest color I had. So I also added 0-Colorless Blender into the baggie, to dilute the color a bit. Keep in mind the color will be a little lighter when it is dry.

10. Next, remove the ribbon from the bag and place onto a few tissues or paper towel and blot the excess ink from the ribbon. I like a wrinkled look, so I crumpled the ribbon quite a bit inside the tissue. Remove the ribbon and let it finish drying (it doesn’t take long with the alcohol ink):

Sharon Harnist - Cardmaking with Copic Markers

11. Wrap the ribbon around the card base and tie into a bow.

Sharon Harnist - Cardmaking with Copic Markers

12. Apply cut pieces of Copic’s 1/4” Double-Sided Foam Tape to the back side of the die cut sentiment oval and adhere to a black die cut frame. Add more foam tape to the back of the black frame and adhere to card front.

13. Attach tiny purple paper rose to sentiment oval, using more tissue tape. You are finished with your card!

I hope you’ll try cardmaking. If you scrapbook or are an altered artist, you probably already have the supplies you need! Thanks for joining me today! ~ Sharon Harnist

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

Sharon Harnist - Cardmaking with Copic Markers
Card Supplies:
Stamps: JustRite Papercraft Vintage Alphabet Soup Background Stamp and Vintage Filigree Fancies by Becca Feeken/Amazing Paper Grace
PaperGina K Designs Heavy Base Weight Cardstock (120 lb.)-White & Black Onyx
Ink: Tsukineko VersaMark Dazzle Frost watermark stamp pad and Memento-Tuxedo Black ink pad
Copic Sketch Markers: BV02 & Y23
Copic Various Ink Refills: BV13 & 0-Colorless Blender;
Copic Accessories: Copic Airbrush Starter Set 1N, or Sparmax Windstorm Air Compressor & ABS3; X-Press It 1/4” Double-Sided High Tack Tissue Tape & 1/4” Double-Sided Foam Tape;
DiesSpellbinders Classic Oval Nestabilities & Floral Ovals dies, Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Other Accessories: Ranger Clear Embossing Powder & Heat It Craft Toolwhite seam binding; Alcohol prep pad or Copic Colorless Blender; Maya Road Vintage White Paper Roses

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The Colorful Worlds of Ykano

Escape into Ykano’s colorful worlds. Get inspired by the lustrous blends, vivid palettes,and flowing, beautiful line work in their CopicColor gallery!

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If you like what you see, let them know on Twitter. Also, be sure to check out their Copic (and digital) work on their Tumblr blog.

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Copic at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2012

Comikaze Expo 2012

Visit Copic Marker at Comikaze Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, November 15th & 16th! To stay current on everything Copic during Comikaze, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Hope to see you there!

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