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Copic Color Challenge March 2018: Spring Bokeh

Spring Bokeh Branch in Copic Marker by Sandy Allnock

Copic Color Challenge March 2018: Spring Bokeh

I’m excited to share my challenge creation today! Copic asked if I’d participate this month; they ask a bunch of different artists to make something with just three colors of the company’s choosing – and turn us all loose! Check their social media to see the rest of them all month long. And each month! You can participate too, they might share yours!

I decided to try some bokeh – which meant looking it up to get more info. First, it’s pronounced bo-ke. It doesn’t rhyme with bouquet. And it’s not bokUH either. It’s an eh sound – not a Fonzie “ay” but just the short e kind. Like if you were saying Kentucky without the ntucky! The effect is the soft blurring of spots of light in the background of an image; technically, it’s not those bright “shapes” that we often call bokeh – the shapes are not actually the bokeh, the bokeh is the effect. Photographers consider bokeh really beautiful when it’s a subtle effect, not jarring and “taking the stage” by being hard-edged shapes. So I learned a ton!

Mentioned in the video: I talked about the hex chart – you can get one HERE. And the Copic Jumpstart class is HERE.

I filmed two but only ended up with one for the video – this one suited what I had researched a lot better. I used Copic Airbrush first, then added leaves…. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.


My earlier version footage was eaten by my computer. Oy, right? Alas. But on this one I had added the extra blobs of colorless blender, which I didn’t like nearly as much after creating them, so there’s that! It won’t stop me from framing these two pieces as a diptych for our spring art show at church.



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.

14 thoughts on “Copic Color Challenge March 2018: Spring Bokeh

  1. Gorgeous card Sandy….and sooooo SPRING! Love those COPICS!
    Paper Hugs,

  2. Those leaves are lovely. It’s amazing what you can do with just 3 markers. I’m blown away.

  3. Congrats on being invited to participate. It’s amazing to see what you can do with just three colours. Love both pieces, but I do agree that your leaves has more of the bokeh effect.

    1. … your leaves piece …

  4. Looks fabulous. Be proud and display them.

  5. Wow!!!!
    Congratulations on being selected. I am not surprised they chose you, your coloring is phenomenal. I have learned a lot from your classes and you videos. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

  6. So pretty, Sandy! Congrats on the invitation to join this coloring challenge. 🙂

  7. These were both beautiful pieces – thank you for your inspiration and sharing all your knowledge.

  8. Absolutely AWESOME, both to watch and to look at.

  9. Sandy this is an awesome piece of art, great and that with tree colours! I love how you always explaine things and I don’t even have any Copic Markers, but still learning from this kind of video’s.

  10. I just love watching you color and explain all you do…So interesting and educational…love this,,,congratulations on being a guest designer…

  11. I’m glad I was alone when I watched this video – I’m pretty sure my mouth was hanging open the whole time you were creating this incredible little branch – and the bokeh background! Thank you for the chance to watch.

  12. Sandy, this video is so interesting! I really enjoyed it! I actually sent it to my son who loves to color with Copic markers ! That hex chart is going to blow his mind!

  13. Sandy, this video is so interesting! I really enjoyed it! I actually sent it to my son who loves to color with Copic markers ! That text chart is going to blow his mind!

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