Welcome to the Colorful Copic & ART SQUARES blog hop!
Did you know:
- Art Squares are the perfect canvas for creating small-format art!
- They come in 6 sizes (1 inch, 1.5 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, and ATC).
- Art Squares come in 7 colors (black, dark gray, light gray, kraft, dark cream, light cream and white).
- They are perfect for wet or dry mediums.
- Copic markers and inks look amazingly vibrant and deliciously rich on Art Squares!
- Copic multiliners glide smoothly across the surface.
- Work on the “top” or toothy side for the best results.
- You can mix and match your mediums! No warping, bending or curling.
You can find more information about both Copic products and Inchie Art Squares at the links below.
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!
Elizabeth Allan/Jill Foster
Colleen Schaan (you are here)
In case you missed Tuesday's post... There's another amazing Copic + Art Square tutorial posted for creating amazing backgrounds with Copic Various Inks.
Thanks for stopping in... have a COLORFUL day!