Hello friends! There’s been plenty of watercolor ’round these parts latelly…are you ready for some Copic blending tips?

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Stamp selection tip

If you’re newish to Copic coloring – and especially if you have trouble with color bleeding out under the stamp lines – choose a stamp set with thicker lines. That’ll give you lots of practice at controlling how far out the ink will move.

In this “DIY Stained glass” card, I stamped Altenew’s Henna Elements with nice thick lines, and made a panel out of it. There’s some masking here but mostly just along the long strips down the sides – with a MISTI and a sticky note that’s easy to cover up. (If you don’t have a stamp set with a border, doodle one! Just use a Copic friendly pen like a sharpie.)

Watch the tips in the video – and read those written out below it too!

Copic blending tips

There are about a gajillion copic blending tips out there – this card shows mostly how to mix colors that aren’t naturally going to belong together.

  1. Practice the flick! That’s when you lay the marker down and as you push the pen across the paper, lift up to create either a finer point or lighter color.
  2. Flicking in both directions will make it easier to figure out which is easier for you – close to you or away from you. Spend time in front of the tv just flicking on scratch paper til your hand gets the hang of it. Create muscle memory!
  3. When blending non-similar colors, be sure to use plenty of ink. That’s probably the most common thing that causes poor blending. Be generous, but know that too much will also bleed outside the lines – that’s where this stained glass project works well. Just cover up any bloops with a background on the other side of the stamp line.
  4. It’s harder to blend a really dark color with a really light color. Keep them within a few numbers of each other in the SECOND digit – that’s the one that indicates light/dark.
  5. If you’re struggling, use your piece for some zentangling practice with a white pen or black pen overtop of the coloring – it’ll add some fun to it and no one will notice the marker problems underneath!
Sandy Allnock - Copic Stained Glass closeup

On this card I also used my W&P parallel ruler – helpful in making lines straight! The eraser I used to remove pencil lines is a kneaded eraser – super nice eraser on Neenah cardstock!


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