Friday, June 8, 2018

Copic Coloring Classes and No Line Coloring Simon Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers

Hey folks!

In today's video I want to talk about Copic Coloring Classes. Everyone needs to learn, including me and I want to share how I approach the learning process of coloring classes and how I apply them to my own projects. There's loads of classes and tutorials out there, including my own, but I'll share who I go to and why. I'll also be showcasing the fabulous Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers Stamp Set and No Line Coloring.

I have lots to talk about and this is a long video. Hang in there with me folks. I think this will help. Especially if you think you can never be a good Colorist.

I've been Copic coloring for awhile. I promise I've put in tons of time practicing and learning. I mean tons o' time. I'm still learning. However, I gotta be honest. I'm at a point where I don't make a point of seeking out a specific class or technique unless I'm bored, but I wasn't born with a Copic in my hand so I have to go someplace.

If you're interested in see how I made these you can watch the video HERE or click on the thumbnail link below.

When I'm ready to learn something new, I go to one of three places. KIT & CLOWDER, SANDY ALLNOCK or as with today's VIDEO, I'll go to VANILLA ARTS. It simply depends on what I want to learn at the moment. I feel all three of the Ladies have something wonderful to offer in terms of technique, style and approach. Please note folks, I'm not affiliated in anyway with these them or their sites. I just really love them.

Aside from being a huge fan of Amy Shulke's work and teaching, I was intrigued by the recent CHEERS Workshop.  I loved the idea of learning a new approach to coloring glass. I too am guilty of "slap some blue Copic's on that glass images and call it a day" approach. I still don't thing is wrong, but why not something new? I was also drawn to the colors. They are fab. More importantly what stood out to me was how I could apply this technique to other projects.

In the picture above on the left is my work from the CHEERS Workshop. You may (or may not, whatev's) be looking at that and thinking it looks great. It's not too shabby. Up close, I feel there's stuffs I need to work on. I swear I'm not being overly critical of myself. I know me. I know my what I'm capable of. I understand that this was a learning experience in many ways for me. Some things about this I got right out the gate. Other things, I can tell, it'll take more work and practice. In time, I totally will get it. By the way, this was my fourth attempt. 

By my fourth attempt I felt I was ready to apply most of what I learned to something else. I knew it wouldn't be a direct translation, but I knew that I could at least capitalize on what I felt I was proficient at. This, my friends, is what this is all about. While I learned all that Amy had to teach me in this workshop, I was totally comfortable with the fact I wasn't ready to apply all of it.

It's ok folks. Give yourself a pass. It's not going to be perfect. It doesn't need to be. It takes time, patience and practice. Keep at it. Take a break and focus on what you know you can do. Feel pride in that. Use that as a reason to continue to work on what you can't quite do. Yet.

So keeping in mind what I knew I would be using from the WORKSHOP, I went through my stash to see what which of my stamp sets would lend well to this. I chose the Simon Says Stamp MORE SPRING FLOWERS.

I chose this stamp set for a couple of reasons. Obviously it's gorgeous, but it had a few features that would work well with the colors and the leaves would be perfect for a good solid nod to glass. The flowers are open so they can hold up to the brightness of the yellows. Plus they have centers that could be colored to match the depth of the bubbles in the champagne.

The leaves would be perfect for practicing the glass portion of the WORKSHOP. They have plenty of folds that you could practice coloring the depth of multiple layers of glass. I didn't take it quite that far, but I definitely played up how the color of the flowers would reflect off them if they were glass.

I made sure to do No Line coloring as well. I used Inkon3 FADEOUT Ink to stamp my images. This ink is quickly becoming my go to ink for No Line. One of my favorite things about Amy's classes is she focuses on a no line approach. This way you get to focus on your technique and finished image, not black lines.

I strongly encourage everyone who wants to learn how to color to take these classes. Even if you simply want to expand your knowledge. Find one that works for you. Or try many. Keep in mind you may not pick everything up right away, but stick with it. Once you do accomplish something, apply it to something else. It doesn't need to be exact or perfect, but it is something.

I have my color choices and the products I used listed below as well as over on my CHANNEL, but before I go, if you haven't already, do be sure to go check out Amy at VANILLA ARTS, Sandy at ART-CLASSES.COM and Alyce at KIT & CLOWDER. Again, all three of these ladies having something to offer.

That's it!

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As always Thanks So Much for stopping by!

Until next time.

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1 comment:

  1. Cynde, this card is truly gorgeous, I cannot wait to try this. I have pinned it to refer back to.
    As for these glasses I think you have done an incredible job on them. They really do look like glass. Just amazing work.


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