Last weekend, we had a Holiday Card class with Close to My Heart and we made this really cute village scene to learn the technique of masking. Well, I wasn't planning on buying any Copics, but my eyeball happened to fall on a colour that was just like the colour we used on the holiday village (which is a stamp set I bought too)! The Copics were on sale as well, soooo.... I had to buy it. And then.... I had to buy it a friend so I could blend too.
Next, I found a sweet little sketch challenge to allow me to play with my new Copic colours. Here is the original sketch from Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #103:
Here is my entry:
It's clean and simple, which is right up my alley! I used a digital fairy image from A Day for Daisies (which is no longer available). The Copic colours BG72 "Ice Ocean" was the colour I had to buy and BG10 "Cool Shadow" is the friend I bought for it.
Now, the demonstrator at Michaels said she was told to use the dark colour first and then go back in with the lighter colours to blend. I am used to starting light and slowly darkening an image. So, that's how I do it. I colour all over in the lighter colours first, leaving white where I want pure highlights (none in this case). Then, I dab in some shadows and then I go back with the light marker to blend in that darker colour.
For this one, though, I tried it the other way: dark first and light after. I left white when colouring with the darker marker for where I wanted the lightest highlights. I found I had to go back over it a lot more than with my normal method in order to not have such a stark contrast where one colour ended and the other started. But it still worked.
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So, how well did I match the colour from last week? (I should mention, Close to My Heart has alcohol markers too and I bought some, but they haven't been delivered yet for me to play with. Their markers are much cheaper and come in blending pairs. Since they are alcohol markers, I fully expect them to blend with my existing Copic markers.)
Here is the card we made last week. The roof of the building in the middle is the colour I wanted to match.
|CTMH left; Copic right|