Monday, June 30, 2014

Continuing with Copics

Hi there! When I was a child one of my favorite things to do was to color. I loved coloring books (Barbie ones were my fave.) and drawing. I would even draw a huge scribbly thing and color in the various shapes it created. I never had any true talent as far as sketching goes but there was something so relaxing about just sitting down and coloring. I even took crayons and coloring books to college. There was no better way to relax when studying for a big exam than pulling out my coloring book (which may have still been Barbie) and crayons. 

So years ago when I started getting interesting in Copics I was so excited! I loved the way they colored and couldn't wait to get started. But when I started to use them I realized they weren't as easy to use as I thought…at least not for me. I had colored some images that I was happy with like…

…this one.


…this one. But I still didn't think I was really "getting it." It wasn't one of those things that I could just do a couple of times and get…if you know what I mean. I decided that if I wanted to get better at coloring, that's what I was going to have to do…practice.

So I got out some of the Saturated Canary stamps that I have been too afraid to use.

I cut some 2 inch x 2 inch squares out of the Blending Card by X-Press It. Since I want to focus on skin and hair coloring first, I stamped the top of the stamps on the squares like this…

…so what do you think? Am I ready or what? 

So my plan is to practice and document my progress right here. I will keep you all posted!

Happy Crafting!


  1. Hi Cara .. I think we are kindred spirits! I adored coloring as a child and would color everything and anything I could get my hands on! I'm pretty sure I had a stash of coloring pages when I went to college as well. I've been terrified to try Copics. I mean, there's coloring and there's COLORING. I've been watching Kristina Werner and Amy Rasavy (prairiepaperandink on youtube). At first I was just enjoying the videos and admiring their work. But had decided I wasn't interested in the Copics. They were intimidating, and expensive. My local AC Moore has the Spectrum Noir markers, which are much more economical than Copics, though they're not entirely the same. I could get a whole 6-pack for the price of 1 copic marker. So I bought the entire Spectrum Noir collection (yikes). But the color selection is limited .... so I caved, and bought a few Copics. I still haven't used them. ha! They're sitting in their little clear storage box laughing at me. Just do it, I keep telling myself. So this morning, I stamped a couple of images multiple times. We'll see if I open the marker box! I think we both need to challenge ourselves! Best of luck to us both! :)

    1. I actually decided to try an online class…I will be blogging about that soon! I just need to get busy and practice, practice, practice. I bought one set of the Spectrum Noirs and found I much preferred the Copics. The cheapest place I have found for Copics is Oozak, an online store. Have a great 4th of July!


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