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I have SO much to share with you today... I'm like a bubbling brook... ready to overflow it's banks! LOL
First, I have to thank Lynn Lloyd and the fan-tabulous ladies at The Stamp Shack for allowing me to come into their store and their lives and share my love of Copics. I taught 11 classes over a three day period to a jam-packed store... it was SO much fun! I can't wait to go back - but I'm thinking that we might want to rent a tent next time to expand out into the parking lot! LOL
I also have to tell you that I taught my very first Copic Certification Class on Monday! I was SO nervous - but the gals in the class were astounding... so very enthusiastic and attentive! They even laughed at my corny jokes and silly dancing! LOL I had so much fun that I can't wait for my next one!
Speaking of that... my next certification class is now open to the public! I will be teaching a Copic certification class in Birmingham, AL on Friday, May 14th. Applications are now open to craft enthusiasts...so if you have been waiting to sign up... time is limited! Do it now! You can see a list of all currently open classes HERE on the Copic site.
And that leads me into my next little bit of exciting news... I am SO thrilled to announce that Jenn Balcer (part of the famous face of Splitcoast) has agreed to join our Regional Certification Team!!! Woot-Woot!!! Jenn will be working with Sharon Harnist to cover the great state of Texas. I know she will do an amazing job... she is SO uber talented!
To welcome Jenn to the team - we obviously have to have a celebration...so let's give something away! How about a 24pc Copic Wallet!!! (sorry - markers not included LOL) This is the perfect way to transport 24 of your FAVORITE colors to a crop or take them to the beach or to your next doctor's appointment.
Post a comment telling me where your favorite place to "get crafty" is... to be entered into the drawing. I will be ending comments and drawing a winner at midnight Saturday (24th).
For me... I like to get crafty just about anywhere... but my "temporary studio" is my favorite crafty place and I was able to sneak a few minutes of time tonight to do a little tutorial for you.
Copic Blending 101 - Flicking
One of the easiest ink application techniques is called flicking. It is a way of applying layers of color AND blending all at the same time... and it creates beautiful effects.
Here's a flick...
Notice how the top and bottom flick are nice and smooth and the middle flick has a blob on the end? Try not to blob...
Basically the flicking motion is snapping your fingers and wrist in a motion that brings the marker tip down to the surface of the paper, across, and up all in a super quick movement. Remember that blob? That's because I didn't have my flicking going fast enough and I set the marker tip on the paper for a quick second before stroking it to the side and up. Remember to get it moving BEFORE it touches the paper.
Okay... so we start coloring like normal... apply a layer of the lightest color. This stamp is HUGE (seriously - it's as large as my whole hand) so I am only coloring one wing at a time - remember... wet on wet to blend well.
Now I start flicking! I add the second color (medium) to the wing in a flicking motion... flicking towards the lighter area.
I add the third color (darkest) to the wing also in a flicking motion... flicking toward the light.
Now I start blending. I add the color up... (light, medium, dark) and I blend backwards (dark, medium, light) Remember - we blend two colors together with the lighter of the two colors. So here I am blending the dark and the medium purples together with the medium color. To blend, I actually do a "double flick" and flick to both sides (sort of in a swinging motion) to blend the two colors together without removing the darker color.
I continue blending. I move on to the area between the medium and the light. I use the lighter of the two (the light) to blend. Double flick... away I go! (Sorry - I don't have a photo of this one.)
Now technically you're done... you've colored and blended the inside of the wing from dark to light. But I like to get fancy... so I'm going to go from that light - back to dark... in a different color!
I'm pretty limited in my flicking motions... I can only flick in one direction... so for this, I'm going to turn my paper 180 degrees. Now I'm going to add color to the outside of the wing... going from light (in the middle) to dark (on the outside)... I already have a light color down.. so I flick my medium color towards the light center...
Then I add my dark layer - again flicking towards the light...
And then I blend... remember - always use the lighter of the two colors and "double flick" to blend easily.
Here's what the wing looks like when it's done...
Here are some other samples of the same concept...
And here is the finished card that I made with my Flicked Butterfly... I call it a flickerfly... I think it's purrrrty! Of course, I had to add a touch of bling with the Specia pen. :)
I hope you've enjoyed the news and the tutorial... and I hope you join me (and the rest of the team) in our celebration to welcome Jenn to the team!
(Okay... isn't that butterfly image GORGEOUS? And it's HUGE... it's seriously as large as my hand... that's a 5x5 card... Holy Humongo! I got this and many other amazing images at CHA from a new found company called Elusive Images. Glenda is the owner/designer/artist/teacher extraordinaire! Her images scream to be colored... or inked... or embossed... or foiled... - you get the idea. They are stunning... and I can't wait to show you more of what I've done with them! Thanks Glenda!)
Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to visit the rest of the team for a chance to win!Lori Craig Sherrie SiemensSharon Harnist Jennie Black Jenn Balcer Debbie Olson Sally Lynn MacDonald Colleen Schaan Michelle Wooderson