What do you get when crossing a mermaid and a bear? A mer-bear? A bear-maid? Whatever it is mine is MAKING MAGIC! ha!
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Today’s project is the cover of my Copic Art Journal from the class that’s live today – YAY! I’m excited about it more as something to help crafters consider themselves as ARTISTS than anything…I’m always looking for venues to evangelize that message, and this class….what a great opportunity! Here’s the silly cover video….
On Kraft colored surfaces – or anything but white – colors do unexpected things! Even the background color didn’t do what I had hoped, it just turned itself into a sky, so my merbear got wings so she could fly!
Copic Art Journaling Class
Lessons are now posted! For those who signed up during preregistration, you can log into your account and get started!
I’ve got a pictorial tutorial for another bearmaid (merbear?) project – a card – over on the Ellen Hutson blog later on today!
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- Dylusions Art Journal, Ranger
- All Inside by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps –
- Inner Mermaid By Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps
- Mini MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool (6-1/8 X 7), My Sweet Petunia
- Jet Black, Lawn Fawn Ink Pad
- Broad Black 4pc, COPIC Multiliner Set
- Uni-ball Impact Gel Pen, White
NOTE: Following is the CLASS supply list for those who want to see it before heading over, it’s the same as the preclass list.
- Art Journal – I’ll be working in this one, but you can use anything you can color Copics on – even just folding cardstock in half and assembling your own book! I do recommend doing that rather than just making cards with the techniques (which you can!), because you’ll want the reference reminder of the technique ideas.
- Copic Markers – you can use the colors you have, any body style, whatever you’ve got! I’ll be using #allthecolors so giving a list won’t be much help. I get mine HERE.
- Copic Ink / reinkers – again, whatever you’ve got. You may want to look at which ones you own that you haven’t used – this class might give you a good way to use them! I get mine HERE.
- Black Copic-friendly pens – Multiliner sets like THIS ONE, or pick up singles that are refillable like THESE. Note that I’ve used sharpies before (and did in the first couple lessons filmed), but found they bleed through this paper; in the class you’ll get ideas for using the back sides of each page, and having pens that do NOT bleed through is going to be super helpful. Get a few sizes, like a .5 and 1.0 at least.
- White pens – a Posca Pen set is a good one, and I always like a good Uniball Signo white pen!
- Fluid: You can use Colorless Blender – but I recommend also having some inexpensive Isopropyl Alcohol (70% or so is fine) around too, for cleanup and techniques that require a bunch of fluid – way cheaper. It’s hard to find right now – but if you pay more than a couple bucks for a bottle you’re getting gouged. Look in Target, drugstores, etc. There’s a three pack on Amazon right now that’s under $15, which isn’t TOO gougey, but it’s 3 bottles, so there’s that. lol.
- MiniMister – I have a mister that I mark with tape so I know it’s colorless blender and not water! (Though you can tell the difference by the smell!) In class you might want to make a colored mister, so having more than one handy will help as you will want to use up the rest of the color mister over time.
- Gloves and pads – whatever kind of gloves that will protect your hands, and makeup removal pads like these. I got both these items at Costco really cheap.
- Scratch paper to put under your page. We’re going to bleed right through the book pages!
- Optional:Corner rounder (I use a corner chomper)
- Adhesive, whatever you like for paper-to-paper for gluing in extra panels or elements
- Stamps (anything that you’ll want! flowers, butterflies, people, animals, anything you want)
- Stencils (again, anything! textures, shapes, etc.)
- Mat to protect your desk space for messy things – any kind of mat, or just some freezer paper
- Plastic sheet to make one small stencil – can be plastic packaging, a page protector, overhead transparency – whatever you have.