Copic Marker Storage Ideas

Copic Marker Storage Ideas

*Copic Jumpstart class update is at the end of this post! ūüôā

I have tons of people to thank for this post Рall of my Facebook followers who shared pics with me, my friend Sheila for letting me borrow the insert I share in the video, Copic for providing the new case so I could show it to you Рand TJ&Things for providing an ink insert and bin to review. (The Copic case and Various Ink insert and bin are the only items provided to me. This video is not sponsored, nor was it requested by anyone Рexcept my followers!)

Copic Storage

I’m no storage expert – but I am a little of a hub for Copic colorists, so I asked on Facebook for YOUR ideas to store your markers. You came through in spades, thank you all! In the video below, I show you the cases and inserts I have here in the studio, then walk you through some categories of storage, and end with the most unique ideas I saw. I didn’t have the ability to use EVERY photo – but I sure appreciated them all! Scroll down for lots more info, and enjoy the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Links mentioned in the video….No affiliate links are used in this post.

Still photos of your storage solutions

Below are all the photos so you can get more of a peek. If you want more information on where the person got their storage shelves, cups, bins, or inserts, please feel free to find them on THIS THREAD on Facebook. Please¬†do not friend them without asking first – it will be most helpful to all of us if you ask your question publicly in a comment under their photo….then we can all read the responses. Pin away…..

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Copic Jumpstart Class Update

Class finally¬†starts this Friday May 27! There’s a few things I want to remind students about:

  1. Friday at 7am Pacific time, I’ll send out the first lesson link via email. Note that if you click and it’s slow, or not very responsive, it might just be everyone rushing in at once – try coming back later, but please don’t refresh over and over and over – the host site might think you’re a hacker and block you. Just be patient.
  2. NOTHING is “live” at 7am in the “live broadcast” sense. You can watch it anytime you want – the word “live” means I’ll spend as much time as I humanly can getting questions answered. That’ll last throughout the “live” class – til a few days after the final lesson is delivered.
  3. Lessons will be delivered every OTHER day by email. Ten in all. So much learning!
  4. If you’re viewing on a smart device, you MAY need to click the TEXT link for the videos. Some of you have had issues with videos appearing as black boxes or getting some kind of privacy message; the text link should bypass whatever’s going on.
  5. IF traffic slows or crashes my site, then the next lessons will be sent at 7am YOUR local time. That’ll spread the load a bit so not everyone is joining in at once.
  6. If you do not yet have all/most of the class markers yet: DO NOT PANIC. Please don’t stress. You’ll be able to use the markers you do have to work on the lessons – you’ll perhaps even clarify for yourself what colors you may and may not want. You can also come back and re-visit any of the lessons later, so please just enjoy what you can and let’s color with what’s available, okeydokey? ūüôā

Signups after the pre-registration period

For anyone signing up after midnight this THURSDAY (the night before class), the full price ($34.99) will be in effect.

ALSO Рfolks signing up past midnight on May 26 will receive their pre-class email along with links to any of the lessons that have gone public by the time they sign up. That means they can watch several lessons in a row and still be part of the Q&A in comments.

Once the “live” portion of class is finished, all lessons in the self-paced class will be emailed to students every other day, and the hour of the day will be the same time of day they signed up. That means…if you’ve signed up at 8pm your time, you’ll get all your lessons at 8pm your local time every other day. Hopefully that’s a good time of day for you to be on your computer. ūüôā

Copic Coloring Patterned Paper (Inspired By #3)

Copic Coloring Patterned Paper (Inspired By #3)

Today is part one of two – and it’s inspired by a card made by an¬†awesome crafty peep!¬†For a few months now I’ve been sharing techniques inspired by something sent in by one of YOU….and this month, it’s the fabulous Denise! Here’s the sweet card she sent in:

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(Denise! Send me links to your social media, I’d love to share!)

Denise stamped everything onto patterned paper – and I love how it looks! But my problem arose quickly – I really don’t have patterned paper any more! Ack! I use it so rarely that there was none in my stash….so today it’s time to make some!

Copic coloring patterned papers

For these patterned papers – I started with plain ol’ white¬†Neenah cardstock. For Denise’s beautiful card, she colored on top of purchased patterned paper, which is perfectly fine – but if you need to make some, like me, you’ll get good control over exactly the Copic colors you want on your card. You can match your stamped images perfectly! I inked up background stamps with dye inks, and started coloring.¬†Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Remember to keep an eye on your nibs; dye inks will break down a bit with Copic inks, and that means you may end up with a little on your nib, so scribble off on scrap paper if that happens. If you use dark inks, be sure not to go really light with marker colors or that could be a bigger issue with nibs.
Sandy Allnock Copic patterned papers

These are older background stamps – links are below if you want to try them. But I encourage you to get out your own background stamps and see what you can come up with to make them look like patterned paper; so many possibilities!

My next post will show you how to create the lovely chickadees you saw in the sneak peek in this video. Don’t forget to subscribe so you can see part 2 when it’s posted!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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.

  1. Stamps: Hero Arts, Looped Circle Background, Five Line Background
  2. Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, 25 pk
  3. Inks: Wplus9’s¬†Falling for Blue, Pumpkin Spice, Hayride, Hero Arts Green Hills
  4. Hex Chart
  5. Copic Markers:  BG07 BG45 YG61 YR27  YR14  E37  YR18  YG01  YG00  Y00  E41
  6. Zig Wink of Stella, Clear —-
  7. Ranger Glossy Accents —- Big bottle,¬†Mini bottle
Choosing Copic Colors ft Hex Chart, Newtons Nook

Choosing Copic Colors ft Hex Chart, Newtons Nook

Welcome to my stop on the Newton’s Nook “Deck the Halls with Inky Paws” Bloghop! I’m a big fan of foxes….so when I saw the Fox Hollow set, I knew that would be my set of choice for this hop. Thanks to Newton’s Nook for sending the stamps!

Choosing Copic Colors

Lots of Copic colorists, whether experienced or brand new, struggle with picking Copic colors. Earlier this year I posted my Hex Chart for sale – and have been amazed at the feedback from so many about it! I wasn’t expecting it to be that helpful, but I’m delighted that lots of folks are having an easier time choosing colors.

The hex chart comes with a fully colored pdf to print, and a black and white one for you to color with the markers you have. On the chart you can see colors in visual relation to each other…and sometimes you’ll suddenly see blending combos that you hadn’t thought of before. The chart puts colors next to the colors closest to them – so you want to pick markers a few steps away from each other to have enough contrast between the colors. Or, if you’re like me and don’t want to get up off the sofa to reink a pen, pick a color right next door that’s an adequate replacement! ūüôā Without further ado- let’s look at coloring the fox, as well as a new-for-me sky combo of colors.¬†Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

Sandy Allnock Fox Closeup

Get Hex Chart Now
Sandy Allnock Fox Hex Chart

Bonus Stamp Release! 

Newton’s Nook Designs is also having a¬†Bonus¬†Stamp Release Today! Make sure you check out their¬†NEW¬†Whispering Pines¬†stamp set. This set is up for sale in their online shop starting today!¬†

ENTER to WIN! 

Newton’s Nook¬†will be choosing¬†two lucky winners¬†to win a $10 store credit¬†for¬†Newton’s Nook Designs¬†online shop!¬†To enter, just leave comments on blogs on the bloghop (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop.¬†You have until¬†Sunday, December 6th at 9 pm CST to comment¬†¬†— winners will be announced on the NND blog on Monday, December 7th.

“Deck the Halls with Inky Paws” Blog Hop

  1. Newton’s Nook Designs
  2. Sandy Allnock¬†<—-that’s me!
  3. Amy Kolling
  4. Stephanie Klauck
  5. Virgina Lu
  6. Tatiana Trafimovich
  7. Annette Allen
  8. Lydia Evans
  9. Larissa Heskett
  10. Samantha Mann
  11. Crafty Math-Chick
  12. Jess Gerstner
  13. Stephanie Muzzulin
  14. Danielle Pandeline
  15. Nina-Marie Trapani
  16. Kimberly Rendino
  17. Yukari Yoshioka

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item. 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.

 

Copic Coloring Glass Jars

Copic Coloring Glass Jars

Sometimes I make videos based on very very specific requests – this Coloring Glass¬†tutorial iss one of those! It may take some time but I do try to do things you guys ask for. Especially from any of my patrons. ūüėČ

Coloring Glass Vases or Jars

There are a LOT of vase and jar stamps out there. And they seem to fall into a couple categories – side views (tops of the jars are perfectly flat), or a variety of angles from above (with an oval opening)….as well they can be straight along the sides, or some rounded shape. In today’s video I show you each of those with this awesome stamp set from Clearly Besotted that I saw just happened to have both kinds of jars – so I bought one to use especially for this video! Watch it below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The daisies card uses the straight-edged shape of vase, and the top is the rounded, shown from angle in the drawing. For the window on the card, I used THIS die set from Pretty Pink Posh, and some sweet little 4mm sequins…for some reason I can’t seem to deal with anything larger, I had 6mm on this card and they just seemed to overpower it! The sentiments on both of these cards are from this great border set.

Sandy Allnock - Copic Coloring Glass Vases Daisies

For the roses, I wanted the flowers to be the only pop of color – so I opted for white paste¬†used with a hexagon stencil¬†(what other shape is there? lol ever since the HexChart I can’t stop…haha!)….then added more PPP dies.¬†See those little water drops? Glossy Accents!¬†Love that touch.Sandy Allnock - Copic Coloring Glass Vases Roses

Hope this was a helpful tutorial for everyone – it was fun to finally check one off my long list! Wheee!

SUPPLIES

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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.

Coloring Giraffes, Hex Chart, and MISTI Magic

Coloring Giraffes, Hex Chart, and MISTI Magic

Hello friends! I hope you’re ready for some cute inspiration…this stamp set has it in spades, and my video showing Copic coloring on cream cardstock has some bonus tips with the MISTI that I’ve been wanting to share with you! (I’ve been waiting for the stamps to be restocked…they blew off the shelves so fast! You might want to pick up THIS one while you’re shopping since it’s back in stock, too….a video will be coming up with those very soon!)

Coloring Giraffes

My stamps have been talking to me again as well. When I saw Wplus9’s¬†Party Animal set with¬†the sentiment “You always lift me up,” I knew one of the giraffes would be propping up the other! I wasn’t sure if it was going to be in a toybox or not – and ended up being outside on a big old rock! Watch the video below, or click HERE to check it out in HD on YouTube!

MISTI Quadrant Stamping

To create the scene I used my MISTI, and finally filmed the round-robin process I’ve been working with on kits – if you have a MISTI, I hope it’s a helpful tip!

  1. Make one master scene on scratch paper – with approximate positioning. Don’t worry about overlapping images right now.
  2. Break the scene into a few groups – with the “front” objects in the earlier-stamping groups.
  3. Create masks for any of those front objects.
  4. Set up the first stamping in one quadrant. Another in the next quadrant. Turn the paper upside down and set up another, and a fourth if needed.
  5. When stamping, be sure to clean off the stamps from other quadrants really well so you don’t get accidental marks on the paper. I love to use an patrons! It really gets all the ink off well.
  6. Leave the quadrant assembly til you’re sure you don’t need to stamp more.

Sandy Allnock - Coloring Giraffes 2My final little detail on this card was to add some Glossy Accents bubbles to draw attention to the sentiment!

Spin the Color Wheel Class

Sandy Allnock - Party Animal with hexchart

PS My patrons got to see a Zig Clean Color Marker version of this card last month!

SUPPLIES

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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.

Hope you enjoyed my sweet little giraffes – and let me know if my other tips were helpful!

How to color ethnic skintones: #thehumanrainbow

How to color ethnic skintones: #thehumanrainbow

 

Today’s skintone tutorial is a tribute, following¬†a weekend of funerals for the souls lost in the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. The sadness over this tragic loss is so deep, yet it has been such a blessing to see the love and forgiveness¬†expressed by those who would understandably have been so angry; I’m inspired by their reaction, and I hope many more are as well. We can all use a little more unity!

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Photo from National Geographic – read the story here.

Coloring ethnic skintones in Copic marker

I’ve been wishing I could do something to change things – and realized that I do have a tiny bully-pulpit that I can use…not to lecture, but to encourage! In our crafty world, I¬†can¬†continue to share diversity in coloring…and ask others to join me. If we can help to change something as small as the colors we choose to use on cards – maybe we can have our own little impact on the world around us! Read more about my hashtag campaign later in this post.

Today’s skintone video is also in answer to many requests….I’m glad to know lots of folks actually do want to learn how to bring some diversity into their coloring. When I bought the Photo Bomb stamp set a while ago, I knew it was going to be perfect for a post like this. I also finally wanted to do a magic acetate card…they were popular years ago and I had never made one back then, so I finally got around to it!¬†Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

If you’d like to print up your own blank sheet for reference….feel free to download below! I’m also adding the chart¬†to my¬†store HERE in the FREE section, so if you see it there – it’s the same thing as here, except the store has a ZIP file (which means you need to download it to a computer or to dropbox so it can expand it.) If you’re on a smart device (phone or tablet) you might like to download them below:

  1. Human Rainbow Blank (no Copic numbers in the hexagons)
  2. Human Rainbow Numbered (suggested numbers in the hexagons)

#thehumanrainbow project

So let’s see if we can start a mini-revolotion and begin including more¬†ethnicities in our coloring of stamped images! I’ve already contributed to a hashtag #copicskin before (click HERE to see the whole hashtag), ¬†but that’s just for Copic marker work…there’s a very small collection under #thehumanrainbow, and I think we could add a lot to it! Post pics of your creations, or photos of your group of multiethnic friends, or anything that helps to bring a little skincolor diversity to our world!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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.

Hope you’ll consider adding to #thehumanrainbow!

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