A Hello, Goodbye, Tommy Art and a PRIZE!

May 24, 2017 |  by  |  Announcements, Copics


Welcome Copic Fans! You hopefully are here hopping along to give a grand welcome to our newest Regional Instructor, Jen Dove!

Many of you know Jen for her fabulous Copic teaching on-line and for her Boot Camp, and other Copic classes, live in the Phoenix area! I am super excited to have her as part of our Certification and Workshop teaching crew. I know she will add fun, and crazy Copic skills to our talented team.

I miss you already Lori

Sadly we are saying goodbye to our long time instructor Lori Craig. Lori is not leaving Imagination International, Inc completely she will be the new brand supervisor for Tommy Art, launching that new product line which is incredibly exciting and the Tommy Art team is VERY lucky to have Lori Leading the way.

I met Lori when I took the Standard Certification in Lincoln, NE many years back. She is a fabulous teacher as those who have been lucky enough to have her can attest to. We stayed in contact while I was teaching on-line and had fun touching base through the years at other Copic and Crafting events.  I have been blessed to be a part of the Regional Instructor team alongside Lori the past few years and will certainly miss her lovely spirit and beautiful smile, not to mention her Copic skills and creativity! I am lucky to be able to count her as a friend.  

On to Tommy Art!

You are not done yet hang in there! The product line that Lori will be helping launch and promote is Tommy Art! You will love these paints, mediums and finishes. I have only had a minuscule amount of time to begin experimenting with them but I have to tell you these are NOT your simple craft paints. These are the bee’s knees. Yummy texture, opaque coverage, work on all kinds of surfaces, flexible when dry AND easy water clean up!

I tried two different background techniques for journal pages or card bases or… I really was just wanting to play and this is what resulted. 

I started with two of the chalk paints and one of the waxes to create this distressed look. (I really like the ombre effect I achieved with the paints first and will definitely be doing that again as well!)

Then I played with two of the chalk paints and a wood grain tool to create this faux wood look.

You can see all of this on my latest video over at Copic In The Craft Room on YouTube!


We are thrilled you are joining us for our Hello/Farewell hop, and of course always LOVE to share a goody or two. So make sure to stop by ALL the blogs on the hop, leave a little love and then I will be drawing a name to win a NEW Copic sketch book AND a doodle pack (COLOR WILL VARY!!)

So hop along and make sure to hit everyone! The hop will end midnight EST on Sunday May 28th, and I will be checking in on all the blogs so do not skip any! We will announce the winner Tuesday the 30th. Here is a list of the whole line up:

Sharon Harnist  
Michele Boyer 
Lori Craig 
Cindy Lawrence 
Debbie Olson 
Michelle Houghton – You are Here
Jennifer Dove


Thank you all of you for making it through the lengthy post and CELEBRATING all of the news with us!!

Have a Happy Colorful day!


  1. How exciting for all of you! Wishing everyone lots of love and luck.💕

  2. Best wishes!

  3. Becca Yahrling

    A huge congratulations to both ladies.

  4. I love what you did with the paint and can’t wait to watch the video. Thank you for sharing your talent with us! Congrats to both ladies.

  5. Congrats to Lori on her new “gig”. Can’t wait to see these paints in action. Welcome to Jenn!

  6. Congratulations, I am willing to learn from anyone who wants to teach me!!!

  7. I love your design. Cant wait to play and learn about these

  8. Natalie Godfrey

    Congrats and good luck to all. Can’t wait to try Tommy!

  9. Sharon Salerno

    Love your gorgeous backgrounds! Looking forward to seeing more on these new paints.

  10. How exciting! (I’m definitely going to check out your video on these paints next!) Wishing both Lori and Jennifer all the best in their new positions!!! Thanks for sharing the news, Michelle (and I hope to see you again soon)! 😘

  11. have to go over to watch your video!

  12. Those paints look amazing! Wishing Lori all the best and a warm welcome to Jenn!

  13. Looking forward to learning more about the Tommy Art line! Congrats to Lori on her new position, and welcome and congrats to Jennifer on joining the team!

  14. Congratulations to both Jennifer and Lori.

  15. I can’t wait to try out the paints…love trying new product! I wish both amazing ladies my very best as they continue to share their talent on their new endeavors.

  16. Michelle, thanks for the introduction to Tommy paints, and your post re: Lori’s new role and welcoming Jennifer Dove. Such exciting news for all of us! I took my first Copic classes from Lori in St. Louis and she was so kind to this brand new to copic peep and I learned SO MUCH. You copic instructors bring such enthusiasm and positive energy to all of your classes – thanks for that! I’m sure Jen will bring her own special magic to the group.

  17. Congrats to both ladies….Thanks for the chance to win one of the new Doddle Packs.

    • Thank you Sherry! You are the winner! I will post this tomorrow and all I need from you is your address! Contact me through the Contact button in the upper right corner of my blog 🙂

  18. Looking forward to learning more about the new Tommy line! Congrats to Jenn and Lori!

  19. Kathy J in Ellicott City

    Great technique!

  20. Congratulations to both ladies.

  21. New products, new positions more interesting things for us!

  22. The Tommy line looks like it will be a lot of fun!

  23. Congrats to both ladies and I love how the paint took the woodgrain texture in your sample.

  24. Good luck and best wishes!!!

  25. Lovely ideas here
    and great colors.
    Carla from Utah

  26. All the best to Jennifer and Lori.

  27. Miriam Prantner

    Those paints look gorgeous, love the texture!

  28. Arianna Barbara

    Best wishes and congratulations to both ladies!!!
    Thanks for this chance to win this beautiful prize!!!

  29. Very best to all. Thank you for a chance at the great copic giveaway.

  30. Congrats to Lori and Jennifer! Thanks for the opp to win so Copic goodness!

  31. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Look of these BEAUTIFUL New roducts!! Looking forward to learning/seeing MORE!! CONGRATS to BOTH Jennifer and Lori on their New Roles!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS Memorial Day Weekend!! =)

  32. Congrats and best wishes for what comes next.

  33. That wood grain you did was great! I love how you took very different colors and made it work.

  34. The new product looks great and the colors yummy!! Congrats to both Jennifer and Lori!

  35. I like the faux wood look you achieved.

  36. Your project looks amazing! I love the wood grain look. And I’m looking forward to learning more about these chalk paints! Can’t wait for more classes in Phoenix!

  37. Good luck!

    Love the Doodle packs – been coveting them for a while now.

  38. Aw… {{Michelle}} We’ve come a long way from a pen and a clipboard of those first certification classes, haven’t we? 🙂 What a joy to work with you! Thanks for all of your encouragement and work to make our classes as good as they could be! I’m glad we’ll still be working on the same team, sweet friend! <3

  39. and… Of course I love your Tommy projects! Love that pink and white woodgrain! I can’t wait to have some time to play with that some more! So many projects – so much education. I’ll be picking your brain on the video aspect of that – for sure! 🙂

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