Today I have a bitter-sweet post to share. It's bitter-sweet in that changes are happening that make me sad for myself, but happy for another (if that makes sense).
My good friend and coworker Sherrie Siemens is leaving the Copic Regional Certification Instructor team and moving on to the next adventure in her life... SCHOOL! I'm so excited for her and her family as they embark on this new journey.
I'll miss Sherrie tremendously, but she knows (as do I) that true friendship has blossomed between us and that won't ever change, no matter how many miles or days separate us.
Today, the entire Copic Instructor team is getting together for a surprise send-off hop for Sherrie, and I want to share a few of my memories of working with her.
When I first started with the team, I did a training class where I observed Sherrie teach. I was in AWE of her poise and calm and patience with everyone there (including me)... and I endeavored to have those same qualities in my classes.
Toronto... I probably don't need to say more (at least for Sherrie)... but funny thing, I DO remember it fondly! All of our supplies for two days of teaching got caught up in customs... we had nothing... NADA... except a few copies of images I had stuffed in my own marker sets. Sherrie (again with poise and grace) grabbed a cab and headed to a craft store in town to do some "shopping" for anything and everything we might be able to use in class. It turned out to be one of the best actually! And I loved bonding with Sherrie over our shared panic. :)
Sherrie ALWAYS had my back. Whether it was jumping in to help out, sharing positive feedback, or demoing strange techniques with a smile, Sherrie was supportive in the most kind and caring way.
I will miss seeing Sherrie at trade shows and classes; I will miss her lovely smile and lively laugh; I will miss her warm hugs. I will miss her.
But know this... I'm SO proud of Sherrie! And I'm blessed and honored to ALWAYS call her a friend.
Here's to you sweetheart! Congratulations and Good Luck!
Image by Mo's Digital Pencil * Colored with Copic Markers
Head on over to the rest of the instructor's blogs for more warm wishes and sendoff fun!
Our teaching and design teams have been challenged to put marker (or ink) to these precision-cut matboard surfaces and see what happens! (You are not going to BELIEVE these samples… trust me - they rock!)
I was so excited to get the chance to play with these Art Squares again. (I've used them in the past and LOVED them!) Today, I wanted to share a quick tutorial on how to use embossing, coloring, airbrushing, and colorless blender on these mini-canvases.
1. I wanted to create an emboss "resist" sort of look, so I picked this partially solid heart stamp from Penny Black's Heart Swatches set. I will need a mask of the image later on, so I stamped the image onto some X-Press It Masking Film, cut it out, and set it aside for later use.
2. I then stamped the same heart image onto a white 3x3 inch ART SQUARE with VersaMark and sprinkled clear embossing powder onto it. Heat setting embossing powders on these ART SQUARES is SO easy - no warping or bending!
3. Once the embossing powder was cool (that's important when using Copic markers and embossing powder), I colored the "blank" part of the flower image with a pink marker (RV55). Don't worry about getting Copic ink on the embossed areas, we will deal with that later!
4. I added a darker pink (RV66) as shading to the flower petals. This is just like coloring on a regular paper surface.
5. Using the lighter marker (RV55), I blended gently. This is part of what makes these ART SQUARES so amazing... not only is the color vibrant and rich, it blends like buttah!
6. Once the petals were colored, I GENTLY wiped across the embossed surface with a towel dampened with colorless blender. This removed any stray ink that was sitting on top of the embossed area.
7. I colored up the rest of the image in the same manner using YR20 and YR09 for the flower center.
8. I then peeled the backing off of my masking film and gently placed the mask over the colored and embossed area.
9. I added quick background color with the Copic airbrush system using B45.
10. I removed the masking film. (If you keep the liner, you can replace it on that and save the mask for future use as well!)
11. Now for the uber cool part... I grabbed a light blue (B40 - my own custom color), and gently dabbed it onto the surface of the airbrushed background. This will move the airbrushed ink around and create this small bubble-like texture. Rub in larger circles for bigger bubbles and just tap with the tip for tiny bubbles.
12. I finished off the edges of the ART SQUARE by gently rubbing the B45 marker across the edges.
And VOILA... A pretty (and EASY) image that is the perfect size, shape and dimension to add to a simple card.
Now go hop along with these talented designers as they show you some more interesting and exciting ways to pair up two great products!
What exactly is the Fine Art Teaching Team and what will Jennifer be doing with Copic? Well, the Fine Art Teaching Team is made up of a number of professional artists and instructors who travel across the country demoing and teaching at fine art stores and art schools. Jennifer has already been busy booking demos and classes in her area! Jennifer is a coloring ROCK STAR... so of course, here's my tribute to her:
Image by Kenny K Designs and Colored with Copic Markers
Jennifer has been using Copics since 2010 and her passion and enthusiasm are apparent to everyone she works with. As an artist by nature, Jennifer is currently busy teaching Copic Boot Camp retreats, working on her own DoveArt Designs stamp line, and designing in mixed media, jewelry making, card making and altered arts. She also has a number of video classes available with Annie’s Publishing. She is very excited to be adding this new teaching venture into her line-up.
I was lucky enough to meet Jennifer a few years ago during a Copic Certification class and was amazed (and slightly intimidated to be honest - LOL) of her mad skills. She is also one of the funniest people I know and I love her sharp sense of humor.
We know that Jennifer will ROCK THE SOCKS OFF of those art schools and stores and we are so thrilled to be able to welcome her to the Copic teaching family.
To see more of Jennifer’s work, check out her blog at just4funcrafts.blogspot.com ___________________________________________________________
In celebration of Jennifer’s joining us, we want to give YOU a chance to celebrate too. Our current Papercrafting Teacher Team has joined up for a welcome hop and we are EACH giving away a Copic T-Shirt to one lucky winner.
To be entered here on my blog, please leave a comment telling me what your favorite Copic color is... just for fun! Comments will be closed at midnight on Sunday and I'll post the winner here on Monday.
Visit the blogs below for another chance to win & make sure to stop by Jennifer’s Blog and give her a big welcome!
Welcome to the third annual Season's Givings Blog Hop.
Each year a huge number of bloggers, designers, and manufacturers get together and do a massive hop... giving away great prize packages as a way to say thank you to their readers. I'm honored to be participating again this year and I can't wait to show you what you could win here at my blog! (Here's a sneak peek...)
For those of you who have been loyal followers, THANK YOU! I know it's been a sparse year.. with only a post or two a month, and I am so blessed that you still stop in to visit. It's been a busy year with the creation of Copic in the Craftroom and the new book and 3 new Copic classes... I'm looking forward to being able to do more "for me" crafting next year and I hope you will continue to stop in for inspiration, learning and maybe even a few giggles.
For those of you who are new to my blog... WELCOME! I hope that you take a few minutes to browse through my tutorials page or my Copic FAQ page. If you like what you see, I'd love to have you join me by by subscribing here or by following me on my FB page.
Before getting down to the giveaway business, I wanted to share a little inspirational eye candy from the last year. Here is a quick collage of some of my favorite crafty projects I worked on in 2014. Some are Copic coloring, some are cards, some are drawings, and some are mixed media canvases... there's a little bit of everything.
And now, as a way to say THANK YOU, I want to give you all a chance to win all this (new, still in packages):
72-piece Copic Wallet (sorry, it's just the wallet... it's not filled with markers! LOL) 3-piece Copic Blending Trio #1 (Greens) 3-piece Copic Blending Trio #2 (Blues) I (HEART) Copic sticker Cards To Canvas Book (My NEW book!) Whimsy - by Angie Grace (AWESOME coloring book - perfect for any medium) 10-piece set of Caran D'ache Neo Color II watersoluable crayons 2 containers of Flower Soft (Ivory/Delphinium Blue) 2 chipboard mini scrapbook albums 1 package of chipboard arrows by Bazzill Crushed Grape ink spray by Dylusions 1 pack of 2" Art Squares (white) Die-Namics Washi Tape die set by My Favorite Things Color Me Crazy animal set by Petaloo 12x12 Retro Squares stencil by Crafter's Workshop Bunny & Ducky Mini Stamp Set by Art Impressions Dahlias clear stamp set by Penny Black Penny's Winter Walkies stamp set by Little Darling's Rubber Stamps Cover A Card Swirl Lace stamp by Impression Obsession 16 issues of CardMaker Magazine (not shown)
To win, please leave a comment on THIS post telling me what one thing (technique, project, or product) you would like to see me do a tutorial on in 2015.
Comments will be closed at midnight on Monday, January 5th.
The winner will be drawn and announced here on Tuesday, January 6th. (Unfortunately, I am only able to ship within the US and Canada.)
In the mean-time... head on over to these other hoppers for a a bit of inspiration and the chance to win even more great prizes.
I wanted a simple image with a more detailed background (but not a full scene). So I colored the dress white (shaded with cool grays) and her skin with my favorite skin color combo (E50, E21, E34) and then added streaky blond hair with Y00, Y21, Y26, and E34. The background was done by squashing the brush nib down (really squeezing out the ink) with BG70, BG72, BG75 and the colorless blender.
2014 was a crazy busy year, and I'm already off and running for 2015!
CHA is right around the corner and I've got classes, workshops, and trade-shows to travel to and videos, tutorials and manuals to create.
Today I'm sharing one of the video tutorials I've created this past year for Copic In The Craft Room. (Each Monday we share a video tutorial for product information, coloring tips and tricks, or project instructions and inspiration.)
I just love this image (Olympic Runner from Kenny K.) and I thought it seemed appropriate as I take off running for 2015.
You can find loads of other Copic fun at Copic In The Craft Room. Find us at the links below:
In the spirit of full disclosure, I am currently working as a freelance designer and/or educator for Copic and DRG Publishers. While I am compensated by these companies, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of their products. I will never recommend something that I don't personally use and enjoy.