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Copic Watercolor: learning from Ranger (Bird Crazy)


Copic watercolor

Today’s video stems from a little happening at CHA! I fell in {puffyheartlove} with Tim’s new Bird Crazy stamps. Oh MAN. A store owner I know (Kate from Absolutely Everything north of Boston!) happened to get her hot little hands on a set, and I chased her around for days trying to borrow it to just stamp one to color…it was killing me not to color them! I finally did get one inked up, and as a thank-you to her, I gave her the first colored image that she could put on a card sample in her store…and she loved it. (Yay!) It’s this one…if you go to the store, take a selfie with it and send it to me, ok?

Sandy Allnock - Tim Holtz Bird Crazy, Copic watercolor

Kate showed it to Tim – and he didn’t seem able to believe that Copic could do this with “just” the markers – he wanted to know what else I used. So guess what? I made a video to show him how I created Copic watercolor! I added a bonus challenge for myself…I used Ranger inks and made a crazy background first, then tried to imitate that one with my markers. It’s not perfect, but pretty dang close. Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube!

The finished one isn’t an exact replica, but few would look at this and guess it was Copic marker:

Sandy Allnock- Copic Ranger2

Below is the card using the distress ink background…I tried painting with Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry to cover the color all over the bird, so it’s a little funky. But I think it mostly works, too! The eyes are a bit greenish since I couldn’t wash out much of the color from them….I think I like the Copic watercolor version better, simply because I could make it a bit brighter.

Sandy Allnock- Copic Ranger4

PS You might also be interested in this creation with the crazy birds!


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33 thoughts on “Copic Watercolor: learning from Ranger (Bird Crazy)

  1. […] Bird Crazy – Copic watercolor vs distress ink […]

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  3. […] PS You might also be interested in this card made with the Crazy Birds! […]

  4. Love to see another use for copics would never have thought to use them in this way…will have to try it with my crazy birds!

  5. Sandy, I love all the fun colors you used. I will have to concentrate a little harder and maybe I can come up with something I like almost as much as these!

  6. Just found you from Pinterest. LOVE your work. Love watercolor and finding your tute on doing it with my Copics. Thank you!

  7. I could watch you color all day! Too bad houses need cleaned and laundry can’t do itself!

  8. I Love learning from you. Want to be my neighbor? LOL

  9. That is seriously amazing! TFS! =)

  10. Thank you! I so love Tim’s Crazy Birds, and this is a delghtful way of showing one!

  11. The birds are a delight… and the coloring is beautiful! Thanks so much for the how-to.

  12. Amazing! You are so very talented.

  13. Love both of your birds – I enjoyed your video on exactly ‘how to’!! I’ll be going to Absolutely everything for a class in April and I’ll look for your card there!

  14. WOWZERS! Awesome cards, I love the ease & qujickness of the watercolor background, but I love the brightness & intensity of the Copics colored card, thanks so much for the video!

  15. Oh I love love love the colors you’ve used! Great project and prayers for your speech….it will all be fine! you’ll see, its meant to be. 🙂 Happy day to you. Thanks for sharing!

  16. So love your purple bird ! Such fun techniques !

  17. That was fun!

  18. Enjoyed seeing two different ways of getting the same look. Your card and the bird is so cute. TFS

  19. Very interesting to see similar results with different inks and paper. I prefer the copic bird because he is a little brighter but both backgrounds are great. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Thank you for the comparison. I so enjoy watching you create!
    Congrats on the “Speechmasters” award. God bless and keep your safe with all your upcoming adventures.

  21. I love this bird and I love your coloring–I could watch all day. You teach us so much with your videos.

  22. Awesome!!!! I saw the pic on Instagram and was waiting for the video…amazing!

  23. Simply amazing, Sandy. Both are great but I think my favorite is the copic. I love water coloring and have started trying my hand at it. I hope someday to be half as good as you. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Been looking forward to this since you showed your sample card from CHA. I am so going to try that color combo for purple! Thanks as always!

  25. Hi there – saw your link to this from Twitter and had to give it a look! Love what you did. It is always good to know multiple ways to use the products we have on hand, so thanks for the tutorial. I primarily use Distress products myself, but I do love the way the alcohol-based Copics give that brighter punch of color and have been thinking of giving them a try as well. Would not have guessed they could help create such a painterly looking background as you did!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Patricia! 🙂

  26. It always amazes me what you can do with your Copics. I’m still working on shading a circle correctly even after the OCC Copic class!

  27. So cute! I would have never picked those color combinations, but it turned out well for you. Wish I could paint along with your video and try to come out with what you have. Really enjoy these videos. Edna

  28. Always great to spend time with you. Cool card.

  29. That was a lot of fun to watch. Especially showing the purples. I had 3 of the Copic violets and finally gave up on that color. Both versions are pretty and but the Copic is more vivid. Thanks for letting us know it was 2 different papers. I had wondered about that when you started with the Copics.

  30. Just wonderful. Love watching how you turn your projects into such life like creations.

  31. Wow,how cool is this,VERY!.A MUST SEE VIDEO.LOVE IT SANDY

  32. Amazing! Really learned how to compare and use each product! Thank you… Thank you… Thank you…

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