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Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers

Copic Design Team Member Sharon Harnist is back with us to share a flower coloring tutorial for this birthday card:

Hello, I’m happy to be back for the first time this year with another flower coloring tutorial for you, since they are my favorite things to color! Today I’ll be showing you how to color this pretty bunch of JustRite Papercraft Poppies:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers

So let’s get started! I wanted a soft ivory background for these flowers, so I used Ivory Gina K Designs Heavy Base Weight Cardstock to stamp the flowers withMemento Tuxedo Black ink. This cardstock is nice and thick (120 lb. weight) and has the wonderful property of having virtually no bleed-through to the back of the cardstock, so it is great for projects where the back shows and you don’t want to see your coloring!

1. First, I selected a red blending group I wanted to use for the flowers: R30 / R32 / R35 / R39 and base coated the flowers with my lightest R30:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
2. Then I used the next darker R32 to shade the centers of the flowers and at the base of the flower bud (where the flower petals are bunched together and more concentration of color would naturally be), upward. You want to leave the lightest R30 showing on the flower parts that are closest to you, such as the outer edges:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
3. Then I went back with my lightest R30 and blended these two colors together:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
4. Next, I used my middle darker shade of R35 to deepen the color at the base of the R32 shading above, going back and blending the two together with the R32:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
5. Alternatively, you could use R32 to pick up color from the darker R35 and blend outward from the center or base of the flower petals. Using this tip-to-tip blending method concentrates the darkest color where your marker touches the paper first (towards the center), and makes a smooth blend outward to the lighter marker color, as the darker color comes off the lighter marker’s tip:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
6. Next, I went back with R35 and colored the up-turned (underside) petal edges and defined a few petals that were further behind other petals. Notice how this step really starts to define the petals:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
7. Finally, I used my darkest R39 to shade the very centers of the flowers, to give them their trademark dark poppy coloring:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
8. Next, I decided I might have over-saturated the flower centers with too much dark color (looking a little “blobby”!), so thank goodness for Colorless Blender! I went back with my Copic Original Colorless Blender tip and dotted away some color from the flower centers:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
9. Then I defined the stamens with dots of Black Atyou Spica Glitter Pen:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
10. Moving on to the leaves, I chose a blending group of G20 / G21 / G28 and base coated the leaves with my lightest G20:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
11. Next, I used my middle tone G21 to color the flower stems and shade the base and centers of the leaves:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
12. Next, I shaded the stems (with my darkest G28) that were further away / in the background, and next to the petals, where the petals would be casting shadows onto the stems:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
13. Then I went back and blended the two colors together with G21:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
14. For the background, I started by using very light BG0000 to color around the flowers:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
15. Then I used a little darker BG000 to deepen the color closer to the flowers, and 0-Colorless Sketch Blender to soften and fade/blend away any harsh lines of the outer edges of the BG color:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
To finish the card, I die cut the image with My Favorite Things Postage Stamp Die-namics STAX die and sponged the edges with Memento Toffee Crunch ink. The image was popped up on the turquoise card base with Copic Foam Tape:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers

The JustRite Birthday Wishes sentiment was die cut with Spellbinders Back-to-Basics Tags die, popped up on Copic Foam Tape, and tied with ribbon to the colored image.

Thanks so much for joining me today! ~ Sharon Harnist

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

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