Friday, December 15, 2017

Smooth Hair with Texture

Hi everyone, it's Faye here today :)

With Christmas fast approaching, I find I enjoy spending a bit of time colouring something that is NOT Christmassy!

So, today, I thought I would share how I break hair into sections and colour it smoothly, but still show texture. I'm using one of my favourite images from Whimsy Stamps, she's called From Me To You.

Are you ready? Let's go...

First of all, I lay down my lightest colour, YR12, to plan where my darker areas will go. I like to use the lightest colour, because if I change my mind about where I want the colour to eventually go, I can use darker colours to disguise it. Laying down the lighter ink, also gives the next colour something to sit on rather than sinking into the fibres of the paper. This makes it easier to blend the darker colours.

Now I am going to work section by section, as I find it easier to blend the colours when they are nice and wet. I am jumping up to my darkest colour on this part of the hair, which is YR18.



Now I am working on the top section of the hair, so it's back to my darkest colour for this area, which is again YR18.



It's the same process for the final front two sections of hair on the right (her left) of the head. First YR18.



To make the remaining sections of hair pop back, I am going to bring in a new darker colour, E09.



Now for the sections of hair that are tucked behind. I will start with E09.

Finish with YR14.

At this point I like to go back and smooth out any areas I think are not blended well and add some extra shading to give a nice, rich finish.

Here she is, all done.

Copics Used...
Skin; E0000, E000, E00, E70
Eyes; N1, N3, G24, G46
White Blouse; N0, N1, N3
Green Envelope; G20, YG61, G21
Red Hearts; R43, R35, R37

Thanks so much for stopping by... Have a great day.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dragon ....make a wish

Hi Everyone, it's Saskia here for the last time.

I am so busy with my work and study that I have to stop all my work for Copic Marker Europe and Copic Marker Netherlands.
Because of that pressure, I also made a step by step tutorial, without text.
But I think that the photos adequately explain.

I do not like busy cards anymore. Partly because the attention is then removed from the colouring work. I made this card especially for the son of one of my best friends.

The dragon and text are stamps by My Favorite Things.

  Step 1 - 4
  Step 5 - 8
  Step 9 - 12
  Step 13 - 16
  Step 17-20
  Step 21 - 24
 Step 25 - 26
I used the following Copic Markers to colour this image:
Yellow-orange shades: Y35-Y38 and YR04-07-08
Purple shades: V09-12-15-17
Grey shades: W00-0-1-3
 I hope you have read this post with pleasure.

Of course I do not stop with colouring with Copic Markers ....
so you're still are going to see my creations coming by on the net.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Colouring Folds and Pleats

Hi everyone! It's Sandie here and today I am sharing how I colour folds and pleats. 

Many character stamps have the folds and pleats already included in the line art but there are some instances when you need to add them yourself, or you just want to add more to the image you're working with. This is the case with the stamp I'm using, Stamping Bella's Uptown Zodiac Girl Cancer

The image is stamped onto Holtz Perfect Colouring Paper using Memento black ink. 

First I start, as always, by colouring the skin. 
My go-to colours are E000, E00, E11, E04, and R20 for the cheeks. 

First I lay down some E11 along the edges and then E04 for very dark shadows. 

I blend out the E04 with the E11.

then I use E00 and E000 to finish the skin. I sometimes go back over the darker areas until I am happy with the shading. 

For the hair I like to use E50, E53 and E33. 

On this dress I am going to use the BG family. 
BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15 and BG18.

I take the BG10 and map out the folds, and also any extra folds or pleats I want to add. Then I go back over them with BG11. 

Next I go in with BG15, which is not my darkest colour.

I blend out the BG15 and fill in more of the white space with BG13. It's a little bit messy looking at this point but it will smooth out by the time it's finished. 

I blend with BG11. This will lighten all of the colour but we are going to go back in with our darker shades, BG13 and BG15.

To finish off the dress, apply BG18 for the darkest shading. Keep building colour using your makers until you're satisfied. 

The finished dress, with extra folds added. 

Now to finish the whole image. I used R32, R35, and R37 for the crab. 

R81, R83, R85 for the flower in her hair. 
And that completed the image. 

 I made a very clean and simple card which gave focus to the coloured image. 

Thanks for dropping in today

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Copic gel shaker card

Hi Copic lovers; welcome to the Copic Marker Europe Blog.

For my DT inspiration, I made a card that is a cross between a gel card and a shaker card using one Gorjuss stamp.

I stamped with Memento "London Fog" grey ink for the No Lines Technique.

This is the finished project, but after that, you've got step by step pictures on how I coloured her as always...
....and at the end another picture tutorial showing you how you can make your copic gel shaker background.

Copics used to colour the image:

Skin: E0000, 00, 21, 11, 13
Hair: E11, 15, 39, 18
Reds: R20, 22, 24, 27, 59
Dress: YG61, G24, 94, 28
Socks: E74, 71, 40 RV93, 91

Step by step colouring pictures:

To colour the hearts I did not want to give depth to each of them since they are flat (this would not have any sense) I colour them in an ascending tone coinciding with the light and shadows of the dress.

The background´s finished look:

Here is how you can make this Copic gel shaker background in step pictures too:

You need Copic Refills in a colour of your choice
Hair or baby oil (as they are clear)
Sequin elements to shake (mine´s are stars)
...and sealed safety plastic bags

Put a generous amount of oil into the bag with your decorative elements. 

add some sparkle or glitter.

Finaly add some drops of your choice of Copic Refill 

Add the gel with your fingers to distribute and unify the elements.....and done!

I hope you have enjoyed my entry and hope you found it inspiring

Have a nice day.