Thursday, May 19, 2011

Copic Skin Tones

At the recent Copic Intermediate certification we did a lot of coloring and challenged on many levels.  Skin tones was one of those challenges.  This is an image from the student manual for practicing skin tones...specifically using more than 3 colors. In this facial image I used the 9 colors suggested in the manual: E000, E00, E01, E11, E13, E15, E04, E93 and BV00.  When all you have ever used is the basic 3 this really was a leap for me.....but I really like the look.  I must tell you this was my first attempt so don't look too close.  My blending and shading is not perfect but I wanted to post this to challenge you, too. One thing, when you are using this many colors you want a larger image to work on.  When you do, don't be's only paper!  And practice, practice, practice!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Copic Intermediate Certification

We made it! My friend Micki and I drove to Columbus, Ohio this past Thursday to attend the Copic Intermediate Certification class being taught by Colleen Schaan, Copic Regional Instructor.  What a Blast!! It was an awesome class, on pace, power point instructions, lots of goodies from Copic and a fun, empowering, and educational class.  You might notice the new Copic blinkie now on this blog.  I am posting this image of Lilacs so you can see how we were challenged.  I highly recommend this class, worth the cost, and do not be afraid of the coloring form needed as part of the application.  They only need to see that you have been practicing and learning how to use the markers and have knowledge of the basic skills.  If I got in anyone go for it!You won't regret it.  I heard that an intermediate class might be coming to the Atlanta area this fall.  Just go to the Copic website, click on instructors and certification and fill out the form to be notified when a class opens up near you.  You must of completed the basic certification to be considered for this next level.
This image is not a stamp but drawn by Marianne Walker, Copic product specialist/product director.  We learned Shading, Shadows and Cast Shadows, Shadow color theory, and properties of light and shadow.  All that was just one part of a 5 part program.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Heartfelt Thanks

Good morning.  I am having a lazy day but last night I made this card for The Mercantile and I wanted to share it here on the blog.  This is made using a fold I found in a book "Fabulous Folds for Card Making" published by House of White Birches.
Front folded and tied with ribbon


Heartfelt Thanks             
Art Impressions  single flower
Hero Arts C4462 A Little Kindnes
Hero Arts F3914 Wavy Heartfelt Thanks
Penny Black Transparent set Enjoy 30-024

Momento Tuxedo Black
Marvy Matchables  #96 Jungle Green

Copic Markers:
R02, R05, R08

K & Co. "Sweet Nectar"