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Copic Design Team Member Sharon Harnist joins us today to show us a Copic Marker coloring tutorial - flick feathering or feather blending.
1. Start the stroke at the bottom (or edge of your stamped flower line) and flick the marker upward. You should have more pressure on the marker at the beginning of the stroke and then less pressure as you near the end of the stroke, so there is less (or narrower) color towards the top of your stroke. You can vary the “broadness” of your stroke (and color intensity) by how much pressure you place on the tip of the marker at the beginning of the stroke.
2. Using your second color, flick from the other direction, so the colors meet. You can keep repeating the two strokes, to achieve the blend you’d like.
3. The final step will have the two colors blending together in the middle, creating a new color!
Stamping the flowers in a soft gray ink (Memento London Fog), allows the coloring to be the main focus and a little more realistic. The Copic Sketch marker colors used on this card were: R81, R83, R85, YR31 (flowers) and YG61, YG63 (leaves).
Here are the steps for the flowers:
1. YR31 flicked from the center of the flower petals, outward (the middle flower shown below) and R81 flicked from the outer edges of the petals, inward (the right petal below). The result is the lower left petal:
2. Here’s what the flower looks like, completed with the first two steps of feather blending:
3. Next, I used my chosen middle tone (R83) to add some shading to the sides of each of the petals that appear to be underneath the other. This really helps to start defining each petal:
4. Then I went back with my lighter R81 and blended out the harsh line of the R83:
5. To finish the petals, I used my darkest R85 to color the center of the flower and the “veins” of the petals that the illustrator drew in:
6. For the leaves, I used the same feather strokes, starting with my lightest YG61 marker. I started my feather strokes from the edge of the flower petal, downward. Notice I stopped just short of reaching the edge of the stamped leaf line, to leave a little highlight:
7. Next, I used my darker YG63 and the same flicking stroke from the flower petal downward, to create a shadow on the leaf:
8. Then I went back with my lighter YG61 and soften and blended the two colors together a little:
For more Copic papercrafting tips, tutorials and samples, visit Sharon’s blog, PaperFections
We were recently introduced to a technique that we have never seen before and wanted to immediately share it with you. Although you probably can use some of the stencils you have at home, the 'Lines and Dots' stencils are what was used on this technique. We now carry them on our website, under 'stencils', or by clicking the link above. (There you will also find all 16 stencils and beautiful sample cards of each!)
Although a Cuttlebug was used in this technique, you can use any machine that will take the skinnier dies... but in this case, a thin stencil.