No Line Coloring: Copic and Watercolor

No Line Coloring: Copic and Watercolor

No line coloring has been a fluctuating trend over the last few years; I’ve tried it once or twice, and thought I’d give it a try again!

No Line Coloring: Copics and Watercolor

I decided to use the Cosmos RV EduDigi to create today’s cards, and started off just printing the images to color. (See this tutorial if you need to learn how to use digis.) But when I got to that step – whoa – the lines on the enlarged flowers became crazy thick! Big disappointment. So I got out my light box and did a pencil tracing instead, and suddenly realized I could do that with watercolor too! (If you don’t have a light box, try putting your papers against a window. During the daytime, of course!) Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

With Multiliner pens I’d recommend choosing a stamp line that you use a lot, and figure out which pen is the right width to match them. Then you can always fix a little goober if you need to. And if you’d like to download a free cheat sheet so you can see what sizes best match up, I put together a quick pdf: Multiliner Widths ….make sure you print it at 100% so the line widths stay the same. (Read below for a pen giveaway!) (Ohmygosh is this a long post!)

I’m going to see if I can find any of these Chrysanthemums for my garden – they’re just so pretty! HERE is the photo I used for my color inspiration!

For my cards, I added them to simple black card bases, stamped a 2-part sentiment and tied on some ivory May Arts silk ribbon—it just adds an elegance to it, and also covers that white space in my design without detracting from the flowers.

Sandy Allnock - No Line Coloring with Copics

The watercolor version came out just lovely too!

Sandy Allnock - No Line Coloring with Watercolor

And OH my gosh. I finally finished THIS drawing – and it’s getting a gaJILLion likes over on their page. Cray!

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.

Copic Coloring Tutorial: Desert Storm (kraft-ish) paper

Copic Coloring Tutorial: Desert Storm (kraft-ish) paper

 

It’s Hump Day! Hope you’re having an easy one since it’s a short week, right? Well, Scout’s Honor – Friday isn’t too far away. And I’m hoping this sweet little scout – a brand new release from Stamping Bella (go over and enter to win awesome goodies!) – is going to make your day with a Copic Coloring Tutorial on Neenah’s Desert Storm!

Copic Coloring Tutorial: Desert Storm Cardstock

The name of this paper is Desert Storm – I’ve heard it referred to as kraft, but it’s much lighter color-wise. The card base in the photo above is the actual color of kraft, just to give you a reference point. But – it’s still cardstock made by Neenah, and it’s great for coloring with Copics once you figure out how much you need to adapt your color selections (made easier with the HexChart)! Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

The Hex Chart was hugely helpful with this card; every time my “gut” would have chosen a darker color, a quick peek at the chart helped me try to go lighter before I regretted it! You can pick up your own Hex Chart HERE.
Sandy Allnock Stamping Bella Scout2

And I want to say a huge thanks to Em from Stamping Bella for sharing a few stamps with me. Goodness gracious I could keep busy all day long for a year coloring the fun stamps on her site! Do me a favor, would you? I asked a question on my Facebook biz page a few days ago, and would love your input as well – click HERE to go check that out.

If you’ve been watching the Stamping Bella blog, you know there are awesome images coming out in this release…and I’ve got another look at one coming out this weekend! Yeah baby! So be sure to stop on by!

Supplies

 Affiliate links are used below, at no cost to you. Read more. 


Hope you enjoyed my little Copic Coloring Tutorial….plenty more to be had around here, so feel free to stroll through my blog or YouTube channel and find more to inspire you!

Magical Monday: Coloring desert scenes

Magical Monday: Coloring desert scenes

 

Well lookee there, Monday came to visit us again! That means it’s time for a little bit of magic…and I pulled out a stamp set that I finally moved from my wish list to my CART! Those happy little succulents and lizard just made me want to draw some cliffs and create desert scenes…so let’s go!

Coloring desert scenes

Paper Smooches makes this adorable stamp set called Southwestern Charm; I combined it with Sunny Side Up so I could give our lil guy some glasses! Ha! Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

Hope you liked that crazy background music – lol! I love to add a little bit of pep to my videos.

I promised some project notes, so here you go:

  • The multiliner pens I used to draw the ground and cliff are HERE – just got them after waiting for months! I’ll do a whole video on them sometime to show you more deets – but you can get pens by the set or one at a time, and they don’t bleed with your Copics. PLUS they’re refillable and you can replace the nibs too. Rockin awesome!
  • I picked the mix of colors for the cliff and ground from the Hex Chart – I started in the oranges, added rusts, then added yellow to be the sun shining on it (and it needed to be brighter), then added some bright orange on top.
  • Original Markers: I have a number of colors in the “square” body often called the “original” or “Copic” style body. That’s because there’s an awesome bullet nib for drawing in details. I recommend getting a selection of your favorite detail or doodling colors in the body…I have about 25 of them and they’re really helpful! You can get them in sets, but also one by one here.
  • The final touch was to add some dots of white pen – both the colorless blender Original and then some white Signo pen. Some folks don’t find the Signo works but love the Gellyroll…either will do great for creating highlights in the sand of desert scenes!

Sandy Allnock Coloring Desert Scenes

The rocks, sun, flowers, and glasses have Glossy Accents added to them – just for a little special shine! And I added the sentiment at the end – using the

Supplies

Affiliate links are used, at no expense to you. Note that it looks like the store is out of a lot of items following last week’s huge sale – but I know a bunch of the stamp sets are in stock! Well at least til you guys get ‘hold of them. 🙂

This was a fun little card for a Monday – hope you might try one of these desert scenes. Got any suggestions for settings for future Magical Monday videos?

Forest critters from The Greeting Farm

Forest critters from The Greeting Farm

Happy Friday everyone! My card with a bunch of adorable forest critters uses two sets from a fun new release from The Greeting Farm – Wood Friends and Cuddly Thanks –  they sent them to me to play with and OH. Cuteness overload!

Forest Critters Scene

I’m sharing the coloring of this card, aided by my Hex Chart – what? You haven’t heard about it? Well me oh my. I thought everyone in craftyland had one by now! Well it’s HERE, and after watching the video below, you can go get one for yourself.

I’ve been asked time and again to share my little forest critters backgrounds, and I attempted to talk through it this time…but oh it’s so hard to just say “Scribble here, then scribble there.” I’m not sure how helpful this is! Watch it below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube:

A note about the Copic Wide marker I used, the YG95: that one doesn’t exist on THIS list, right? Well, guess what you can do? Pick up an EMPTY marker. You can do that with any marker body, but I’ve found it especially helpful to have it in the Wides so I can choose what colors I’m most likely to use. And with my desire to do these forests, YG95 was a must. So I just used my reinker and filled ‘er up!

Sandy Allnock TGF Forest Critters Scene

 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.

Hex Chart Video Hop!

Hex Color Chart for Copic Markers Video Hop

Welcome to a VERY exciting day for me…I’m finally releasing my “baby” into the world: my Hex Color Chart for Copic Markers,  I designed to show the visual color relationship between the markers! I’m celebrating with a Video Hop and invited a few friends to join in the fun and show you some ways they’ll be using their charts.

Hex Color Chart for Copic Markers

For years, I’ve wanted to have a chart that shows me how colors compare to each other. In the downloadable charts that have been in use for so long, the numerical order kept the light tints separated from each other so they aren’t easily comparable. Same with the darks, etc. So I began the odyssey of creating a chart organized by visual color relationships instead. In the video below, I talk about what it took to get it here…please give it a like and help justify the many hours of labor to get this puppy done! Watch below or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

When purchasing the Hex Chart Bundle, you’ll receive a link in your receipt to download the zip file right away. There are two pdfs inside, one is blank, to print in black and white on your Copic-friendly paper.

The other is in color, but remember, it won’t be particularly accurate for color. But it’ll be enough to give you an idea what some of the colors are that you’re missing. You can always re-watch the video above or any of these in the video hop as well, since the color on that looks fairly good; just pause the video when it shows the color section you want to view.

Links mentioned in the video:

  • Sharon’s blog with the rectangular one- and two-page charts, and lots more
  • Copic 101 section of Copic’s site – lots of amazing resources

Copic Classes online

I’ve added this section since this blogohop – because you might be interested in a little Copic learning on my new site!

Video hop list!

I’m so humbled and overwhelmed that my friends decided to join me for this exciting moment. Please do me the honor of visiting them, and leaving them some love on their blogs and videos!

  1. Sandy Allnock, Sandy Allnock <—you’re here, of course!
  2. Debby Hughes, Lime Doodle (Video) <—next!
  3. Elaine Hughes, Marker Geek (Video)
  4. Jennifer McGuire, Jennifer McGuire Ink (Video)
  5. Julie Ebersole, Paper Trufflez (Video)
  6. Kathy Racoosin, The Daily Marker (Video)
  7. Kristina Werner, KWerner Design (Video)
  8. Laura Bassen, Doublestick Heaven (Video)
  9. May Flaum, Craft with May (Video)

Where to purchase Copic Markers & paper

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.

Hope you enjoy the video hop – and of course, the Hex Chart Bundle too! The EduDigi product links below are something you may also want to check out – each one comes with two printable digistamps and an educational PDF about a Copic color family!
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