Yesterday, we’d shared an example of a card that could be completed in no time at all. Today, Sharon Harnist is with us to share a Copic tutorial that is perfect when you have the time and desire to get deep into a coloring project.
Hello, MFT friends! I’m thrilled to be on the MFT blog today to share a Copic coloring tutorial and demonstrate how well your Copics will work with MFT’s new Hybrid Ink Pads…so let’s get started!
To color this sweet Pure Innocence Sassitude image, first I stamped her with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto X-Press It Blending Card. The hybrid ink dries quickly and you can start coloring right away, with no need to heat set or allow for lengthy dry time! The pleats in her dress are already drawn for you, so the coloring is pretty simple. (I’ll have another example at the end of this post that shows how to create pleats when there are none included).
1. Base color the skirt with lightest RV52.
2. Using darker RV55, color from the round end of the pleat, which would be the deepest “valley,” upward, creating an upside down V.
3. Go back with the lighter RV52 and blend the two colors together.
4. Using the 0-Colorless Blender marker, push away some of the color from the very tops or “peaks” of the pleats, creating the same upside down V pattern going upward towards the waistline. These strokes become more visible in the next step photo as the blender solution dries.
You’ll notice, even with using the 0-Colorless Blender marker to push away Copic color, the hybrid ink stamp lines remain crisp!
5. Color the lower row of ruffles the same as the steps above.
6. To color the bodice of her dress, start with a base coat of T0.
7. Using mid-tone of T1, create a shadow on the right side of her body and on her shoulder.
8. Using darkest T2, deepen the shadow on the far right edges of her body.
9. To color hair, base coat with Y23, then add mid-tones of E33.
10. Add darkest E35.
11. Go back with lightest Y23 and blend colors together.
12. To color skin, base coat with lightest E00; add shading with darker E11. Go back with lightest E00 and blend.
13. To color shoes, base coat with lightest T2 and add shadows with darker T4.
Here are all the Copic colors I used:
To make Miss Sassitude even more sassy, I gave her some shimmer by placing MIX-ables Sheer Shimmer Mist into a water reservoir brush and painting it onto the bodice of her dress and hair bow. Even with painting over the hybrid ink stamped lines with the shimmer mist, the lines remain crisp, with no bleeding! The mist was also lightly sprayed onto the Razzle Berry 6-inch calendar base.
Hopefully you can see all that pretty shimmer in this close-up. (I also accidentally got some shimmer mist sprayed onto her face when I was spraying the Razzle Berry layer – oops! Just adds to her sparkling personality, I guess – LOL!):
To make the calendar part of my page, I stamped the Journal It-Calendar Basics grid with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto Smooth White Card Stock. The numbers were stamped with Razzle Berry Hybrid Ink onto the calendar grid. I’ve found this process goes quickly by stamping all of one number at a time. Here, I’ve stamped all the 1’s and 2’s:
The June month name was die cut from Razzle Berry Card Stock with Accent It-Months of the Year Die-namics. To finish my calendar page, I embossed the Wildcat Stencil onto the Steel Grey layer, by using the thin mat from the Embossing Pad Combo and running it through my Big Shot.
A Fishtail Flag was cut from Pink Lemonade Card Stock and topped with a Cotton Candy stitched strip from Blueprints 1. A Loopy Bloom cut from Cotton Candy felt finishes my 6-inch June calendar page.
To create pleats in clothing where they are not already drawn, just color the same upside down V pattern where you think they would look most natural. In this Birdie Brown Sunflower Sweetheart image, I used the curves in the bottom of the dress as a guide for coloring the pleats:
Thanks so much for joining me today – I hope this tutorial is helpful to you when coloring your MFT images!