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Easy Copic Underwater Scene – Avery Elle Bubbles

Easy Copic Underwater Scene

I make scenes. I know that drives some folks nuts, knowing they’ll never be able to do that stuff anytime soon. But how about one that’s easy? Like not-staying-in-the-lines easy? This technique is one that you only have to be a little brave to do – and have some juiced-up markers at the ready! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Big snail? Little palm? Quick Copic-colored card (and a sale!)

Big snail? Little palm?

It’s time for the annual sale over at Purple Onion Designs – so get busy shopping! I’m keeping my video short so you have more time to look through all the cute designs by Stacey Yacula – she’s totally my fave designer over there. And lemme know on this card….is the snail really big? Or is the palm tree really small? hahaha! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Isn’t little Tucker the cutest snail  you ever did see??

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Copic shading light colors – Hippo Bird Day

Copic shading light colors – Hippo Bird Day

I was recently asked about how to do shading while keeping the colors light. Well, rather than just going for light colors only, there are a few tips I have to color these darling hippos so they look light – but they still have dimension! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

How’d you like the recovery on my sentiment oops? LOL! Some days I gotta wonder about me and my lack of planning. 🙂

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Copic Blending Tip: Patience, Grasshopper

Pssssst. Sale on Reverse Confetti over at Ellen Hutson today – just wanted you to know. #yourewelcome

Copic Blending Tip: Patience, Grasshopper

Sometimes the basic tips are the ones I just don’t share much – but I hope this one helps: be patient. Sometimes waiting for the alcohol to dry makes a difference in seeing what is working! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Another card done a while back with Reverse Confetti stamps – see the blog post for Party on a Card with its video HERE!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Guest post….and updating profiles

I’m guesting over at Ellen Hutson’s blog with a little video and post full of kitties over HERE…go check it out! The sale on pencils is still on, so take advantage if you need some pencils to color with.

Updating subscriber profile

And also – I’m in geek mode. And something I thought I’d try, since I’m a firm believer in only sending you the stuff you want to receive. In that vein….

I’m going to try starting a monthlyish newsletter.

I say monthlyish because, you know me, I’m not 100% sure it will be exactly on a consistent day. But for those who want to keep up but don’t subscribe because they don’t like being overwhelmed with email, it might be a good option. Keep me in your feed reader, then get a monthly newsletter that’ll include:

  1. The top posts since the last newsletter. I’ll pick those by which ones get the most blog and YT comments, so help your newsletter buddies out and leave comments!
  2. My favorite post that month. Just in case it’s not the same one as you guys pick.
  3. Puppies. Because, you know, puppies.
  4. Other things of interest – like my vlogs or guest posts or other interesting things that happened lately.
  5. Who knows what else….news, tips, I don’t really know yet! Might be updates about the new website. (Which happens to be really close.)

If you’re already a blog subscriber….

….then you are already on the regular blog posts list. You can add yourself to the monthly newsletter list using the form in the sidebar. If you want to remove yourself from the regular blog posts list, then leaving it unchecked MAY work. It also may not, I’m not sure – but you can always go to the bottom of the blog post email and click update subscription preferences to de-select that one.

If you’re not already a blog subscriber…

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My Copic Blending Groups + new Flora and Fauna Stamps

My friend Cindi and her daughter Lara are embarking on a new adventure – and they sent me this stamp set to see if I’d help them get the word out! You might know them as the creatives behind Savvy Stamps….looks like their clear stamps will have the same great illustration style! Be sure to visit them at Flora and Fauna – and wish them well, as well as qualify to win this stamp set on their blog and Instagram!

Supplies I’ve used for this project:

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Vignette Copic Coloring

Before I get started, a note: The stamps I used on Monday are out of stock – and won’t be back til April. We’ll all have to be patient for restocking on international stamps, this is why most US-based retailers don’t tend to carry them. BUT – Donna from TopFlight says you can email during this sale and tell her you want them, and she’ll honor the 20% off once the stamps come in.

 

Hey if you’re a Paper Smooches fan – all the PS stamps are on sale this week. Here. #yourewelcome !

Vignette Copic Coloring

Sometimes a full background is too much. You need just a little something something….so add just a little wash of color to draw attention to your focal point – either the stamps or the sentiment! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Gosh I love Paper Smooches stamps.…the images have good heavy lines (easy for new Copic colorists) and simple shapes.

The bear looks pretty dark in photos – but in reality it’s much better. If yours gets too dark, add a little glossy accents to his eyes and nose and they pop right out!

Watch my instagram this week – since the stamps are on sale I’ll color up some to help give you ideas how to use yours!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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My marker storage

A little birdie told me there’s a 10% off sale at Ellen Hutson this week on all markers! Yes all markers! So to get you revved up, I figured I’d answer some questions I get asked a lot – and give you a heads up on a new class that’s around the corner.

PS an earlier version of this post listed the sale at 15%…I was wrong, sorry!!

How to store markers – vertically or horizontally?

The question never really came up until we were all told to store Distress Markers horizontally…then it got everyone panicking.

The rule of thumb: Look at the manufacturer website. Do they offer any storage options? Show any? They’ll show you the preference. But in general – the only markers that must be stored horizontally, as far as I know. are Distress markers. Everything else can go either way.

How do YOU store your markers?

I don’t have a “pretty’ system – no organized cabinets around this wacky studio. It’s cobbled together, but at least I’ve gathered all my markers in one area, right? Ha. The brown shelf pictured above is left over from a desk I once had. And the rest of the containers are pictured below – links in the supplies list at the end of the post.

What did you just say? New class?

Shhh! It’s a secret, just between you and me. It’s a Hex Art class I taught in my travels last year (peek at it in the photo at the top of this post), soon to be an online class – on the (shhhhhhhh) top secret new website. I don’t have a launch date yet, we’re tackling stuff behind the scenes. But it’s coming. Soon. (Please, God, soon. I’m losing sleep!)

If you’re looking for markers for the new class – it’s about the same list as for Copic Jumpstart.. If there were colors you didn’t get during that class that you wanted, this is a great time to stock up. (And if you haven’t taken Jumpstart yet – it’s the prerequisite for the new class, so….it’s a great time to nab a seat in class right now!)

And if you want ideas for colors for Jumpstart? Try this page – these will definitely get you through!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.