Shadows and Shading by Marianne Walker

September 26, 2016 |  by  |  Copics, Tutorials  |  No Comments

One of the questions we get asked most often in Copic classes is how do I shade things? Where do I put the light source, then where do I go from there?

If you are person who likes a simple straight forward guide to have on hand this book is for you!

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Marianne Walker created this book with those questions in mind. She focuses in on the essentials and give you a compact guide to creating shading and shadowing. It is a great how, and why book that can become your go to reference when facing tricky lighting situations.

One of the pages I love the most is a reminder of how to break a complex shape, like a person, into the basic shapes for shading.

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I can even use the tips and tricks on shading faces. It is all in there. The images used below are from DanaClarkColors.com

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I love how straight forward and no nonsense the book is and how easy it is to find a plethora of useful tips and information on lighting, shading and shadowing.

This week at Copic in the Craft Room I colored the boys face above and talked about how I used the book as a reference as well. Here is that video if yo are interested:

You can get the book right from the Imagination International, Inc site.

Hope you have a happy colorful week!

Hot Ribbon Hot Hot Hot!

December 22, 2015 |  by  |  Copics, Tutorials  |  No Comments

OK I was not totally sure what I was going to do to show you the new Hot Ribbon that Imagination International, Inc. is carrying. It is a very thin ribbon that has adhesive on the back that sets with heat.  III also sells a small clover iron that you can use to tack the ribbon in place on your project.  I really figured that I would iron it onto a card and call it good.  BUT then I asked the crew over at Copic In the Craft Room and they came up with AMAZING ideas and oh so creative so I back peddled quickly and decided I better get my rear in gear and”go for it”!

So instead of ironing the ribbon straight onto a card or a paper craft project (which you could do) I decided to try the glass transfer method and create my own t-shirt!

Here are the steps I took and some tips I learned along the way.

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First I attached the image I wanted to recreate on the back of a sheet of tempered glass. It needs to be tempered so it can withstand heat. I used a Copic sticker and blew it up 200%.

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I colored some of my ribbon with Copic ink, this particular one is silver that I colored red with a R29.

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Then you tack the ribbon directly onto the sheet of glass with your craft iron. This does not adhere it permanently it just tacks it in place. Trim the edges as you go and get the ribbon lined up tightly. You can do a little wiggling here meaning lifting and re-tacking if you need to.

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Next using a metal palette knife or even a table knife lift each piece carefully of the glass and re-tack it onto it’s final surface. I lifted the heart in one large piece all together. I only had to go back for two small strips from the top hump on one side.

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Lastly cove the entire piece with an iron safe material (I used parchment paper) and go over the area with a medium to high iron for about 45 seconds.

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Wa-La a fun new one of a kind t-shirt or craft of your creating!

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Some things I learned along the way:

  •  The heart and small circle did great on the glass! I could line up the strips and they lifted perfectly onto my t-shirt.
  • The lettering however was extremely difficult to bend around and tack down. BUT when I went free hand on to the fabric it adhered perfectly. So as intimidating as freehand is it seems to stick better when you are trying to go around bends on the fabric.
  • I am not sure yet how long the Copic color will stay since it is not meant for washing so we will see, but the Hot Ribbon comes in tons of colors so you can choose colors that work if it is going to be wearable, washable art.

There is a lot of information on the Hot Ribbon at the III site as well so if this does not answer all your questions give a quick check HERE.

Have a Happy Colorful week!

Oh by the way, I will have a video tutorial of this project coming out in January! You can see it in action!

 

Monday Video and Copic CHA

November 16, 2015 |  by  |  Copics, Tutorials  |  No Comments

Hope everyone is starting their week off right and are shooting through their Monday with ease. I posted my latest video at Copic In The Craft Room featuring this cute image from My Favorite Things.

He turned out pretty cute if I say so myself. I have continued experimenting with no-line coloring and this little guy is done in that style.

I also am pleased to announce that the schedule for CHA 2016 classes has been released! We will release the rest of the 2016 schedule in mid-December. YAY! I am ready to get it all under way!
Standard Certification Class Debbie Olson 1/6/16 
Intermediate Certification Class Debbie Olson 1/7/16 
Faces and Hair Workshop Lori Craig 1/8/16 
Vintage Values and Mono Tones Workshop Lori Craig 1/8/16 
Clothing & Accessories Workshop Lori Craig 1/9/16 
Copic Coloring Series Workshop: Coloring Flowers Michelle Houghton 1/9/16 

For details check in at Imagination International, Inc. 

Video Time! Last Copic Classes for 2015

October 13, 2015 |  by  |  Copics, Tutorials  |  No Comments

This week’s video over at Copic In The Craft Room features one more peek at the Copic Fluorescents.

I also wanted to make sure you know that we are down to our last 4 Copic Coloring Workshops of the 2015 year. If you are near Sacramento, LA, Vancouver or Portland check them out and sign up for a weekend of coloring fun!

Have a happy Colorful week!

Monday starts us off with a haunting new image

October 5, 2015 |  by  |  Copics, Tutorials  |  No Comments

Monday’s video at Copic In The Craft Room is a big hit! I used a digital stamp from a new friend that I met in Ottawa a few weeks ago and everybody loves it. Take a peak if you like:

The stamp can be found at My Whimsical Little World.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy colorful week to everyone!