Thursday, May 4, 2017

Get' er Done

Look what Little Miss Muffet did!!!! Do you recognize her? There is now a Polka Dot Pal named "Jennifer".  Isn't she just the cutest thing you have ever seen.   HA HA HA.  But for reals, she is an adorable stamp.  She is now available in rubber for you to color up through Little Miss Muffet Stamps.  The fun thing with all the Polka Dot Pals is you can create your own faces on them, and that is what I did with this one.  Coloring images such as these really helps to hone coloring skills and expands your artistic abilities.

Photo of Nic and I after 2016 Copic Boot Camp, 4 days of 10 plus hours of teaching per day...but we sure were cute in those outfits!!

Here is the first image I colored to mimic Boot Camp
You can see how LMM whole DT team colored her up on the Little Miss Muffet Challenge blog HERE

Colors used on the card
YR21 YR23 Y26
E23 E25 E29
BV20 BV23
B21 B24 B26
C1 C3 C5 C8
E50 E51 E21 E93

I would love to see what you have done using any of the Polka Dot pals!  Feel free to place a link in the comments 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sunset Sway

This sweet image is called "Sunset Sway".  I tried to keep it pastel but in the end that didn't happen.  I find that keeping things light is hard as the Copic's are so vivid and yummy and the color choices are endless.  I couldn't help but do the Tulips in orange.  I thought I would play around a bit more with cast shadows to give depth.  Most of the shadows are correct I think but if they are not don't judge me.  It was fun to do anyways.


Simple Tulips and Anemones swayin' in the breeze!!  There is actually two different choices for this digital image, one is with a butterfly.  Power Poppy has the mose amazing digital detailed floral.


Copics:
R00 R01
BV17 V99 BV29
BV20 BV23
G40 G43 G46
Y32 YR02 YR68




Sunday, April 16, 2017

Puppy Love

Here is one of the sweet cards we will be coloring up and creating at the Advanced Copic Retreat in Phoenix Arizona.  May 19th is just around the corner and I am so excited to be hosting, teaching and creating with a large group of ladies.  There is still time to register as we have a few spots left.  You can find the link HERE with all the information.  If you can't make the May event I hope to see you in October for the 4 day Copic Boot Camp.
Thanks to our amazing sponsors for making this work.  For this card we will be concentrating on coloring fur.  We will be using this adorable stamp from sponsor Heartfelt Creations called "You're Paw-fect".   I purchased this die from Taylored Expressions (also a sponsor) called Notepaper & Clipboard to create the layering.  Make it Crafty (sponsor) designed these adorable laser cut decorations and the sponsor Iamroses is sending the attendees flowers to complete this card.  Just look at the pile of goodness for this event!

I call this style card a "throw-up" card (I know...thats so wrong), because it looks like someone threw up tons of yummy embellishments all over.  I am showing my style of how to use all the pieces and still keep it grounded as well as how to cluster and layer.   A pet peeve of mine is seeing stuff on cards just floating around...so I thought it would be fun to encourage grounding in card layouts.  Of course there are different ways to do things and everyone has their creative styles so this will be so much fun to try.

This event is structured very differently from the event in the fall.  For this event we learn techniques on images and then create cards.  We will event be doing a little piece of framable artwork.  At this time we have 45 attendees and my assistants and I will be having such an enjoyable time teaching and creating.  There is always great food and a bounty of wonderful attendees!

For the fall event it is Boot Camp in a BIG way.  JAM packed with techniques, loaded with information,  tons of coloring with Copic's,  lots of games and prizes, fabulous food and of course new friends.

I hope to see you at one of the events in the near future

- Jennifer Dove

Heartfelt Creations - You're Pawfect
Tailored Expressions - Notepad & Clipboard
IamRoses
Make It Crafty


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Flower Power


As if Kitties and Doggies weren't cool enough...Marianne Walker and Imagination International have another great book in the Coloring Foundations Series: Coloring Flowers with Copic Markers.  The book is full of great step-out instructions and pictures.  Filled with 8 tutorials from basics to intermediate.  Included is the line art to scan and print on your favorite paper.  It will help you understand how to color leaves and a variety of blossoms.

I found a little time today to get to play and this is the image I chose to color from the book.  It shows how to add depth to your image just by....well I am not gonna tell you...haha....guess you will need to get the book.  I am pleased with the end result.


Coloring Foundations Series: Coloring Flowers
**Just so you know, I read the instructions and then chose some of my own colors to complete this image.

Copic's Used :
Y02 15 19
G21 24
YG11 03 17 63 67
B0000 00
BV20 23
R29
R89
G99



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fun with Cats and Dogs


Did you know Imagination International has workbooks?  These wonderfully printed, full color books come in a range of topics from Intro to Coloring with Copics, Cats & Dogs, Coloring Flowers, and Faces & Hair.  If you are just starting out on your own this is a great place to start.  If you are a teacher and want to use them as a curriculum this is the perfect tool.  Everyone can have their own workbook to follow along while you give instruction.  All the books have step by step directions as well as images to scan, print and color.

I thought I would get a little fancy with the book and merged a bunch of the Siamese kitties together and place them onto a paw-print background.  I wanted to focus on playing with cast shadows on the background to make the kitties pop-up off the card.  Another super fun card to create.  If you think this book is too easy, then take things further and add additional elements.  There is always reason for practice and expanding your capabilities.  Challenge yourself to go beyond the step by step.

Here is my finished card.  I think my kitties turned out dimensional, like they are popping off the page don't you think.  As my 2 year old would say, "I Likey".

You can find this book HERE

Copics:
E40 E42 E43 E44 E47 E49
BV20 BV23
B12 B16