Marker Geek Monday: Colouring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens

Time to get another week started off the way we mean to go on – with lots of colour! It’s me -Elaineabella – here to share some more colouring tips with you for Marker Geek Monday. This week I’m answering some requests that came via Instagram, to see some colouring with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Connect with us folks, we’re listening!

If you also enjoy colouring with alcohol based markers like Copics and you missed last week’s post take a look when you’re done here, especially if you find images like Tiny Townie Bree loves Buttercream a little daunting with those big lacy ruffled skirts : Marker Geek Monday: Copic Colouring a Ruffled Skirt with Step by Step and Colouring Video. Although that post was created using Copic Markers, I would actually approach the colouring in a similar way using other supplies like the Zig Clean Color Pens, so it is worth checking it out whatever your preferred medium.

Marker Geek Monday at Stamping Bella: Colouring Thinkingofyouabella with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. Click through for tips and a video!

 

Over on the Stamping Bella Instagram feed, mperezdetagle asked if any of us have coloured Stamping Bella images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I know that our current special guest Sandy Allnock has coloured some of the stamps in the past (see her awesome Nacho blog post with video), but I’m not sure I’ve seen any of our character stamps coloured with them and I certainly hadn’t attempted them personally. I had a quick play with mine and Thinkingofyouabella and this was the result:

Not too bad! I actually like her a lot more now than I did straight after colouring her, which is often the case with colouring.

TOP TIP: if you’re not loving your work, walk away for a while and return to it with fresh eyes. So often our opinions of our work can be tainted by the disappointment we feel when things aren’t going exactly as we envisaged, or the frustration of having to deal with technical issues in the process.

A few people, including our wonderful BOSSABELLA Emily requested that I do a post/video using the markers. I was a little hesitant, as while I am not new to the markers, I also don’t feel that I’ve practiced enough in this particular area with them. Then I thought it might still be fun to let you see how I approached colouring with them, and give you a little peek at the process. Hopefully this post will help you feel inspired to experiment yourself, whether with these particular pens or whatever you may have!

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers:

These markers are a completely different beast to my usual alcohol based markers (Copics, Touch Twin, ProMarkers etc). They are filled with a water-based dye ink. Unlike most watercolour markers however, they have a proper bristle tip. One very appealing advantage of the proper synthetic bristle tip is that it enables you to achieve beautiful fine details, which you will see if you take a look at Thinkingofyouabella‘s hair. The bristles give a flexibility that allows you to create lines that go from thick to thin quite naturally and fluidly. I absolutely loved colouring the hair with these pens using the direct to paper marker blending technique.

Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Click through to read the blog post and watch a colouring video!

The Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens are available in sets ranging from small 6 marker packs to the large 80 pen set. They are also available as open stock, so you could start out with a smaller set to try them out and supplement with individual pens later on, or just buy individual pens from the outset. When I purchased mine last year I bought the 60 set and have since added a few pens here and there by buying them individually. Shop around – prices seem to vary and you can get some good deals online.

The fact that the pens are available individually is great, because these are not refillable. I’ve had mine for around a year now, but have not done a huge amount of colouring with them so can’t really comment on how long they last.

Mostly I’ve used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens to colour in my adult colouring books. I tend to use them without water as most colouring books don’t stand up well to wet media, and so I used the same technique on the image above and on my second attempt which I also filmed for you (watch my video below). I lay down the darker colour and then blend it out with a lighter shade. This technique seems to work much better on a smooth paper as opposed to a rough watercolour paper. I used Strathmore Bristol Board here, and found it worked really nicely. The image I posted on Instagram and the image I coloured in today’s post are my first attempts at colouring skin tones with the markers.

One of my favourite things about these pens is that they are great to travel with. I store mine in a large cosmetic pouch, along with colour swatches for reference and a water brush.

As the ink in these pens is a water-based dye you will want to use an ink pad for stamping that plays nicely with water-based media. My personal preference is for Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black, but Versafine Onyx Black also works perfectly. These inks of course, do not work well with Copic Markers!

TOP TIP: If you’re stamping on a rough surfaced watercolour paper you may wish to use a stamp positioner like the MISTI stamping tool to allow you to easily re-stamp if your impression doesn’t come out perfect first time.

Thinkingofyouabella Coloured with Zig Clean Color Pens Video:

Here’s the video showing how I coloured my stamped image. Watch below or in HD over on YouTube (while you’re there make sure to subscribe and check out my Stamping Bella playlist).

If you’re using the pens with water, they behave quite differently to the technique I’ve shown here. Keep reading as you will find I’ve got some inspiration and information to share for this technique too!

NOTE: I’m not too happy with the way the blush colour on the cheeks dried. When the colour settled into the paper it actually lightened significantly, giving the cheeks more of a bleached out appearance. This fits with the way you can use the lighter marker to blend out the darker colours, it just didn’t occur to me while colouring that this would be the case. As you can see in the video, while wet the colour appeared much darker. Next time I will try a darker shade of pink for the cheeks and see how that works out.

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen Colour Map:

I thought I’d add a handy colour map for the image, as I usually do with my Copic Marker posts. I’ve also included one for the first image I coloured as seen on Instagram.

Stamping Bella Thinkingofyouabella Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen Colour Map. Click through to read the blog post and watch a video! Stamping Bella Thinkingofyouabella Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen Colour Map. Click through to read the blog post and watch a video!

Remember that if you purchase Stamping Bella stamps you can obtain free Copic Colour Maps for the versions shown on the product packaging – go HERE to find out how to do that. Between those and the bonus colour maps often featured here on the blog, you can build up a great library of colour combinations to try out with your own Copic collection.

More Inspiration For You:

Over on my own blog – Marker Geek – I’ve got another video for you featuring Thinkingofyouabella and the Zig Clean Color pens. There’s a difference though – over there I’ve used a different technique by adding water and using them as watercolours. Click through to my blog to read the post and watch the video: Colouring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers ft. Stamping Bella. I could only have been further outside my comfort zone if I were using actual watercolour paints! You know what though? I had a lot of fun, and it gave my brain a little workout.

TOP TIP: Step outside your comfort zone from time to time. You may surprise yourself, and you will definitely learn more than you will by always playing it safe. Make the time, take a chance and reap the creative rewards!

Over To You!

If you try out the techniques shown in this post with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! We would love to see the results and hear how you feel about them. Show off your creations in the comments below and even better, share your own favourite tips with us. Let’s talk colour!

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above.  To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday and/or #stampingbella as a hashtag. Even better tag me @markergeek and @stampingbella . We love it when you connect, so don’t be shy!

Until next time, HAPPY COLOURING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

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Marker Geek Monday: Copic Colouring a Ruffled Skirt Step by Step and Colouring Video

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! It’s me -Elaineabella – here to share some more colouring tips with you for Marker Geek Monday. Today I’m answering a request from last week’s comments section, where Annette asked for help with frilly/ruffled skirts like the one our adorable Tiny Townie Bree Loves Buttercream is modelling. I hope this helps, Annette!

If you missed last week’s post take a look when you’re done here, especially if fabric folds/pleats have been giving you a headache: Marker Geek Monday: Copic Pleats and Folds with Step by Step and Colouring Video.

Visit my Marker Geek Blog where you can find a card today featuring Tiny Townie Bree and watch a quick video showing how I coloured the whole image.

Step by Step Copic Colouring a Ruffled Skirt

Copic Colouring a Ruffled Skirt by Marker Geek ft Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Bree. Click through to read the article and watch a video!

The key here is not to aim for perfect blending. Lay down colour with a squiggly motion, creating irregular strokes following the curly puffy shapes in the image. This will give you a nice textured effect.. Use the lines in the image to decide where the shadow areas will be, and create some nice contrast between these and the highlight areas. It is this that will create real interest and bring the image to life. Don’t overthink it! In fact, before you start colouring try practicing on a scrap piece of paper, creating squiggly slightly messy textures, this will help you to loosen up before you get started on the image. Most importantly, as always, have fun!

Ruffled Skirt Copic Colouring Video

I have also put together a video showing how I coloured the ruffled skirt Bree is wearing. Like my Copic Hair Colouring Video and my Copic Pleats and Folds Colouring Video this video has only been sped up slightly, to allow you to see more clearly how I colour.

Tiny Townie Bree Loves Buttecream Copic Colour Map

Here is a full Copic Colour Map for the Tiny Townie Bree Loves Buttercream colouring featured in the videos. Remember that if you purchase Stamping Bella stamps you can obtain colour maps for the versions shown on the product packaging – go HERE to find out how to do that. Between those and the bonus colour maps featured here on the blog, you can build up a great library of colour combinations to try out with your own Copic collection.

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Bree Loves Buttercream Copic Colour Map by Marker Geek. Click through to read the article and watch a video!

Over To You!

If you try out the techniques shown in this post with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! We would love to see the results and hear how you feel about them. Show off your creations in the comments below and even better, share your own favourite tips with us. Let’s talk colour!

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above.  To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday as a hashtag.

Until next time, HAPPY COLOURING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

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Marker Geek Monday: Copic Pleats and Folds Step by Step with Colouring Video

Another Monday rolls around, bringing with it a whole new week of possibilities and colour! It seems much better when you look at it that way, right? Positivity through colour!

This week I’m addressing a topic that I know many of you have been hoping for: Pleats and Folds. I have used Copic Markers for this post, but the approach will be similar for other mediums too. Whatever medium you use, hopefully this post will help you start to visualise how you can break down the colouring and approach adding pleats and folds to an image.

As of this week I’ve added an extra element to Marker Geek Monday. Over on my own Marker Geek Blog you can find a card featuring today’s image, along with a bonus Copic colouring video showing how I coloured a background for the image. When you’re done here, I invite you to pop on over and check it out: Flowersbehindmybackabella Simple Copic Background with Video. While you’re there I invite you to subscribe or bookmark the blog for regular Stamping Bella inspiration!

Step by Step Copic Colouring Pleats and Folds on Flowersbehindmybackabella

The Flowersbehindmybackabella rubber stamp from our recent release is perfect for practicing adding pleats and folds to an image. That dress offers lovely open space to colour in and get creative. The lines of the image offer some hints at where you might place the creases, without boxing you in with black lines. This makes it a little bit easier to “go with the flow”. Plus she’s quite simply a gorgeous image, perfect for numerous occasions.

If you have trouble visualising the marker strokes, keep on reading this post to find a Copic colouring video that should help! To see the Copic colours used, read on to the end of the post where you will find a Copic Colour Map for this image.

Marker Geek Monday Colouring Pleats and Folds with Copic Markers on Stamping Bella Flowersbehindmybackabella. Click through to read the article, watch a video and get full Copic marker colour info!

Pleats and Folds Copic Colouring Video

I have also put together a video showing how I coloured the folds in the dress of Flowersbehindmybackabella. Like my Copic Hair Colouring Video last week this video has only been sped up slightly, to allow you to see more clearly how I colour.

Flowersbehindmybackabella Copic Colour Map

Here is a full Copic Colour Map for the Flowersbehindmybackabella colouring featured in the videos. Remember that if you purchase Stamping Bella stamps you can obtain colour maps for the versions shown on the product packaging – go HERE to find out how to do that. Between those and the bonus colour maps featured here on the blog, you can build up a great library of colour combinations to try out with your own Copic collection.

Stamping Bella Flowersbehindmybackabella Copic Colour Map by Marker Geek

Marker Geek - Copic Pleats and Folds Festive Edition. Visit www.markergeek.com to watch the video and read the post!

Other Posts You May Like!

Over on my own Marker Geek Blog I have a festive version of this guide, featuring one of the Stamping Bella Holiday 2016 Releases – Christmasgiftabella. Click through to check it out!

Marker Geek: Stamping Bella Christmasgiftabella Copic Pleats & Folds (w/card, video & step by step).

The process is the same, but you may find it interesting to watch the video and look at the step by step for a slightly different shape/style of dress.

Over To You!

If you try out the techniques shown in this post with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! We would love to see the results and hear how you feel about them. Show off your creations in the comments below and even better, share your own favourite tips with us. Let’s talk colour!

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above!  To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday as a hashtag!

Until next time, HAPPY COLOURING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

 

 

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Marker Geek Monday: Copic Hair Marker Combos & Video

I’m back! I’m pretty sure you didn’t miss me too much last week though, given all the release preview excitement. 😉 The latest Stamping Bella rubber stamp release is of course now available to order, and inspiration for using the new images is in plentiful supply. You can also share your love for the latest release, Stamping Bella and the Sistahood as a whole by displaying one of our new badges on your blog sidebar!

Stamping Bella Colouring Videos

In case you missed them among all the excitement, I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that I’ve started uploading colouring videos to YouTube once again! You can find all of my Stamping Bella related videos in my Stamping Bella YouTube Playlist. I invite you to subscribe to my channel if you’d like to keep up with future uploads, which may include other brands of marker than Copic, and quite possibly coloured pencils too. Make sure you have a browse through the playlist as some of the older videos might prove quite useful, including my Copic Galaxy Colouring Video (as seen on my Stamping Bella Nacho and Hayley The Superhero cards).

Copic Marker Hair Colouring Video

Today I’ve got another video for you. It actually uses footage from one of the videos I published during the release sneak peeks, showing how I coloured Thinkingofyouabella (you can view that video on YouTube). Since I have used Thinkingofyouabella for today’s Copic hair combos I thought it would be useful to share a slower version of the hair colouring portion of the original video. This time the footage has only been sped up slightly to keep the video under 10 minutes, so you can see exactly what I’m doing and still fit it into a quick break. 😉

Here’s the video which you can watch in HD below or over on Youtube.

As you can see in the video, I start by mapping out the areas I think will be in shadow, or which would be darker in colour using my darkest marker. I then work backwards towards the lightest shade, which I use quite sparingly (I want to avoid over-blending and losing the texture I have created in the hair). When all of the hair is coloured I assess the image before going back and deepening some of the darkest areas using the darker markers.

Thinkingofyouabella is a fantastic image for practicing both hair and skin colouring, as those areas are larger than on many of the other stamps in the collection (although I will point out that some of the other Bellas have fantastic legs to practice colouring definition on).

Thinkingofyouabella Copic Colour Map

Here is a full Copic Colour Map for the Thinkingofyouabella colouring featured in the videos. Remember that if you purchase Stamping Bella stamps you can obtain colour maps for the versions shown on the product packaging – go HERE to find out how to do that. Between those and the bonus colour maps featured here on the blog, you can build up a great library of colour combinations to try out with your own Copic collection.

Stamping Bella - Thinkingofyouabella Copic Marker Colour Map by Elaine Hughes Marker Geek

 

Copic Marker Hair Combos #2

You may remember that in one of the first Marker Geek Monday posts I shared a set of Copic Hair Combos: Marker Geek Monday Copic Hair Colouring #1 (which includes some tips along with the Copic combo sheet). Today I’ve got a few more to share with you!

Stamping Bella - Marker Geek Monday Copic Hair Combos by Elaine Hughes

You will notice that two of the combos shown are exactly the same – E42,E43,E44 – this is to demonstrate the dramatic difference in results you can get just by using the markers in a combo either in a different order or by laying down more or less ink. In these examples I simply varied how much I laid down with the darkest marker (E44). The third marker combo adds Y21 to the mix to show how the addition of another colour can also change things dramatically! Another reminder that you don’t need all the markers to achieve variety in your colouring. 🙂

Note: the skin combo I used on all of the examples in the image above was: E000,E00,E11. For more Copic Skin Combo suggestions please see my earlier post: Marker Geek Monday – Copic Marker Skin Combos.

Over to you!

If you try out the marker combos in this post with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! We would love to see the results and hear how you feel about them. Show off your creations in the comments below and even better, share your own favourite hair colour combos with us. Let’s talk colour!

If you are posting your images using these combos, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above!  To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday as a hashtag!

Until next time, HAPPY COLOURING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

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Marker Geek Monday – Copics & ProMarkers!

Time for your weekly dose of Marker Geekery! 🙂

Today’s Marker Geek Monday post is a bit of a follow up to last week’s post, in which I talked a little about keeping things simple and also about finding comparable colours in other marker brands. This week I am revisiting the same image ROW OF BUNNY WOBBLES, keeping the colouring simple again and also providing some colour matching info for Copic Markers & Pro Markers.

Winsor & Newton ProMarkers happen to be one of the brands of marker that I own a selection of, alongside my Copic markers. Since I had a little difficulty finding colour comparisons between the two for last week’s post, I thought I would spend a little time playing with the markers and come up with some suggestions of my own. I don’t own a complete set of ProMarkers, so this information is based on the selection I do have available. I have created a colour match chart which you will find at the end of this post.

ProMarker Colour Map

Stamping Bella Bunny Wobbles ProMarker Colour Map

A few observations I made while testing out the ProMarkers and colouring the ROW OF BUNNY WOBBLES image:

  • Ink seems to go on a little “wetter” than Copic. Lines seemed more liable to smear and ink seemed more likely to bleed over the image lines.
  • When using the same paper I prefer for my other alcohol based markers like Copics, I found that with several layers of ink the fibres in the paper started to break down and “pill”.
  • I found it more difficult to create depth in shading than I did when using Copics for last week’s post.
  • Colours that appeared a good match for Copic shades based on a small one layer sample look quite different when compared after layering.
  • Because of the differing colour systems and varying properties of the different markers, it is unlikely that colour matches will be exact.
  • The ProMarkers do seem to dry easily to a nice streak free finish, which is great when covering larger areas.
  • The ProMarker colour range does include some nice “light” or “pastel” options that I feel are lacking in the Copic range, particularly in the Yellows. I found that the Yellows were the hardest to find a close colour match for in the Copic range.

ProMarker & Copic Marker Colour Match Suggestions

Here is a handy reference chart I came up with based on my comparisons of the ProMarkers I had available with my Copic marker collection. Please bear in mind that the appearance of colours will be affected by a number of factors, including the tone of the paper you colour on and your colouring style. As such, these are suggestions based on my own observations, which I hope you will find helpful.

Marker Geek Monday - Copic & ProMarker Colour Match Chart

 

Other Alcohol Based Marker Brands

As soon as I can, I will be working on some similar information for other marker brands that I have available to me, so please watch this space!

Spectrum Noir users may find THIS CHART created by Corinne Jones and Irene Sherman useful!

Thank you for joining me again this Monday! I hope I’ve helped inject a little colour into your day. Do get in touch to let Emily and I know how you are enjoying this post series! Drop us a comment below, or tag your colouring pics on Instagram with #markergeekmonday so we can check them out.

NOTE: Next week Marker Geek Monday will be taking a little break, but don’t worry, there will be plenty of colouring inspiration as the June 2016 release previews will be happening! Make sure you join us starting on Saturday 18th June, you definitely won’t want to miss out. 😉

MWAH!

Elaineabella aka Marker Geek

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it’s MARKER GEEK MONDAY!

Hey folks! Time for another Monday with me “Marker Geek” aka Elaineabella. I hope you are all still enjoying these weekly posts. If you’ve got any questions you would like answered or topics you would like to see covered in future posts please do get in touch via the comments section and I will do my best.

 

Before I get to the colourful fun, I’d like you all to join me in wishing our Chief Bella (Emily) all the very best. She’s having a rough time right now, as you may be aware from reading her blog posts here. Not only is she dealing with personal stress, she is working hard to bring us even more fantastic stamps to play with. Lets make sure she knows how much we appreciate her!

 

It has been a crazy week, and I’m working on a few larger projects for future posts, so today I’m keeping it simple and sharing a very simple bonus colour map for one of Stamping Bella’s fun BUNNY WOBBLES images. I’m also hoping to inspire you to “keep it simple”, so read on!

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The rubber stamp I used is ROW OF BUNNY WOBBLES. So. Cute. They also come with a row of Easter eggs, but the bunnies on their own are perfect for so many occasions.

 

Keeping it simple!

 

As you can see, I kept the colours very limited on this one, challenging myself to do as much as I could with just a handful of markers. The beauty of alcohol based markers like Copic Markers is that due to their translucent properties, they layer beautifully so that you can achieve depth and variety even if you don’t have a wide selection of shades. So don’t worry if you can’t blow your budget on a full set of markers – build your collection slowly and really get to know them.

 

Make sure you read right to the end of this post, as you will find some additional waffle about alternative marker brands, and some pointers for getting colour matches including a link to a very useful resource for Spectrum Noir users.

 

A special note for readers using other marker brands:

 

Since I started writing this series of posts for Blogabella we have received a few questions relating to other brands of markers. While I have used and loved other markers in the past, Copic Markers are currently my “most reached for” for a variety of reasons. I recognise that some readers and fans of Stamping Bella may not use the same brand, for their own varied reasons. Unfortunately I can’t be all things to all people, but I do like to be as helpful as possible!

 

There is a wealth of information online, both free and available to purchase. Sometimes it can be time consuming and a little daunting to sift through it all, I totally get that. With that in mind I am hoping to give you a little help in this post and hope to provide some more useful information in some upcoming posts (watch this space…).

 

A great starting point for finding information specific to your chosen brand of marker (or any medium) is usually the brand’s official website. They may have a “Resources” or “Downloads” or “Information” section containing tips, colour charts and suggestions for colour combinations.

 

If you have a crafty friend that uses a different brand of markers to yourself, try swapping hand coloured charts so you can compare theirs with your own.

 

Spectrum Noir users will no doubt find THIS CHART created by Corinne Jones and Irene Sherman a very handy resource indeed!

 

Note:

  • Any colour matches that you find listed are unlikely to be exact matches for the Copic shades, but will be visually close.
  • The appearance of colours may differ on different papers. Some “white” papers will have a warmer tone, some a cooler tone. This will affect the appearance of the marker colours when applied to the paper (this is why creating your colour charts on the paper you use most often is also the best idea).
  • It is also worthwhile to note that different marker brands may have slightly different properties. Colours that look like a good match when compared as one layer may look quite different when layered multiple times.

 

I would always recommend that you use any colour combo information purely as a starting point for your own experimentation. Play with your markers, experiment with mixing different shades and colours and find what works for you! You may find that due to your colouring style, differences in paper etc. your results with any particular marker combo differ anyway, so don’t be afraid to make your own tweaks and find your own favourites!

 

TIP: if you have trouble finding a good match for a particular shade, try mixing a couple of colours together.

 

As always, make sure you stay in touch! Drop us a comment below, or tag your colouring pics on Instagram with #markergeekmonday so we can check them out.

 

MWAH!

 

Elaineabella

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it’s MARKER GEEK MONDAY!

Time for another dose of the best antidote for Monday: Marker Geek Monday! Let’s get colourful together and forget what day it is. 😉

 

Today I thought I’d talk a little about something a little less glamorous, but in my opinion totally essential in your colouring toolkit: COLOUR CHARTS!

 

A hand coloured chart is invaluable in both keeping track of your collection and when you are selecting colours to use for a project.

 

There are some different options out there. These are the two I use.

 

 

  1. Copic Colour Chart – this is available as a free download HERE on the US Copic Distributor’s website. The chart is arranged in numerical order, by colour family. This chart is perfect for keeping track of your markers. As you can see I also use it to track my refills by marking the colours I own refills for with a little “R” in the corner. Because the chart is arranged in numerical order it is easy to find the colour you are looking for and see where any gaps are.

 

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  1. The Hex Chart by Sandy Allnock – this is available HERE on Sandy’s website. The Hex Chart is not free, but at $5.99 it is a relatively inexpensive tool which I personally use on a daily basis. This chart is a completely different animal to the Copic Colour Chart above, as it organises the colours visually. This presentation of colours is incredibly useful for a number of reasons.

 

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As I mentioned above, the Copic Colour Chart is a useful way to keep track of your collection, and it was the only chart I used for a number of years. I keep a copy in my folder, which these days mostly serves as a record of which refills I already own, so I can avoid duplicating any purchases! Previously it served a similar purpose for the markers themselves. I no longer use the chart for selecting colours.

 

When the Hex Chart came into my life, it was a game changer! I have always enjoyed playing with mixing colours from different families and this chart makes that process a lot easier.

 

You may be thinking “I don’t have enough markers to make use of the Hex Chart yet”. I’d advise that actually, you’re in the PERFECT position to take full advantage of Sandy’s hard work. Included in the zip file you receive are both a black and white hand colour chart and also a scanned coloured version.

 

The coloured version of the chart is a great reference tool to aid you in deciding which markers to add to your collection. You can get a good impression of which colours will work well together, and perhaps more importantly you can see which markers you don’t need at all because they are so similar to others. For those of us with a complete or near complete collection this aspect is useful when we have a marker that needs refilling – if we don’t have the refill for that particular marker we can reference the chart to see if there are any good substitutes so we can keep colouring.

 

Note: the coloured version of the Hex Chart is not guaranteed to have 100% colour accuracy due to the nature of digital reproduction and if printed out, variation in individual printer calibration. With this in mind, it is still a very useful reference.

 

Due to the limited lightfastness of Copic Markers (this is variable – some colours will fade more than others), it is a worthwhile task to colour a new version after a period of time. I’d suggest perhaps once a year. Having a relatively fresh version of your colour charts will ensure that you are seeing as accurate a representation of the colours as possible.

 

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Periodically renewing your colour charts also provides an ideal opportunity for doing some marker maintenance. While you’re colouring your chart you might notice markers which need refilling or markers in need of some cleaning and maybe nib changes. Make sure you grab your beverage of choice and pop on something in the background to keep you entertained!

 

I hope you have a fantastic week filled with colour! Share your colour chart experiences and thoughts with us in the comments below or share pics over on Instagram using #markergeekmonday . Don’t be shy, we want to hear from you all!

 

MWAH!

 

Elaineabella

 

Disclaimer: I was not asked to write this post by Sandy Allnock, although I was provided with a copy of the Hex Chart to participate in her April 2015 blog hop. I have been using the Hex Chart since that time, every time I colour with Copics. All opinions are my own.

 

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it’s MARKER GEEK MONDAY!!

Monday again! Seriously, I’m getting a little freaked out about the pace at which these Mondays are coming around. Somebody stop the ride, I want to get off for a minute!

 

If you’re joining us for the first time you may want to check out the previous Marker Geek Monday posts HERE.

 

This week I’ve got a little video for you. You can watch me colour one of our recent releases, the lovable and totally squishable EDNA. She’s got her own section on the website, because y’know, she’s a bit of a diva. 😉 Today’s image is MEET EDNA.

Here’s a bonus colour map so you can colour along! (See HERE for instructions on obtaining the main colour maps for Stamping Bella images.)

 

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I used one of my “go to” hair colour combos, which you can find in this post HERE along with a few others!

 

For past Stamping Bella colouring videos, you can check out this THIS PLAYLIST over on my Marker Geek Youtube Channel!

 

Have a fantastic, colourful week. Remember to experiment, then pop back and share your results here with us on the blog or over on Instagram using #markergeekmonday ! We love to hear from you, so don’t be shy.

 

MWAH!

 

~Elaineabella

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it’s MARKER GEEK MONDAY!

Time for another Marker Geek Monday! Hopefully a splash of colour will help banish the Monday blues. 😉

 

If you’re joining us for the first time you may want to check out the previous Marker Geek Monday posts HERE.

 

This week I’d like to encourage you to play with your markers (or other colouring mediums) and see how you can achieve variety and interest in your colouring with a limited palette.

 

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As you can see, I’ve been having fun with MONIQUE LOVES MACARONS, one of the fun Stamping Bella Uptown Girl images. This one is perfect for testing out how using markers from one main “combo” in different ways can create different results. On each stamped image I have taken one main Copic combo and used markers from it on each macaron to create an attractive, eye-catching stack.

 

I’d also like to remind you that your results with the same combos are likely to be different. The look you achieve with your markers will vary depending on how heavily you apply the ink, how much you layer, the order in which you use the markers in a combo, the paper you use etc. This is the beauty of Copic markers – you can build a great deal of depth and variety of colour with quite a limited selection of markers. So, if your collection is still in the early stages, or you are just about to get started, don’t be disheartened! You can have a lot of fun with less markers than you might think. 😉

 

If you don’t have the colours I’ve used, grab a combo of markers you do have and try something similar with those.

 

Top Tips:

  • If there is a big gap between some of your markers (or they just don’t blend nicely), like Y11 and YR23 in my examples below, use the “tip to tip” blending method to help blend. This technique involves picking up some of the ink from your darker marker on the nib of the lighter marker, and using that as your mid-tone to blend on the paper. You can either pick the ink up directly from the marker nib, or scribble some ink onto an acrylic block first.
  • If you have difficulty creating the depth you would like in shadow areas, use your greys to help out (see HERE for some tips on greys).

 

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There’s something quite satisfying about seeing all those colourful macaron stacks! Another great image to play with would be the MACARON BOUQUET stamp.

 

Have a fantastic, colourful week. Remember to experiment, then pop back and share your results here with us on the blog or over on Instagram using #markergeekmonday ! We love to hear from you, so don’t be shy.

 

MWAH!

 

~Elaineabella

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it’s MARKER GEEK MONDAY!

It’s Monday again, in case you hadn’t noticed! If like me you’re a little stressed by the rapid pace at which the weeks are whizzing by, take a little time to lose yourself in colouring. It won’t slow time down, but it does help reduce stress!

 

If you’re joining us for the first time you may want to check out the previous Marker Geek Monday posts HERE.

 

This week we’re back to Copic Markers, and this post is packed with colour combos and tips, so grab a cup of your preferred beverage and settle in! Make sure you read right to the end to grab a bonus colour map for the Stamping Bella Cherry Chick stamp!

 

Many people complain about colouring with reds, and I’ll admit that they can be tricky. I love colouring reds and maybe that’s because they can be a little challenging. One of the problems you might be experiencing with reds is achieving a nice blend while maintaining depth and contrast. This is where shading with other colours can really help.

 

In the chart below you will see that I have taken one of my favourite Copic red combos and added shading with markers from other colour families.

 

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The cherry image used in my chart above comes as a separate stamp included with the CHERRY CHICK rubber stamp set.

You can see a similar chart over on my own blog HERE which also has a couple of other base red combos.

For more colour combos for the Cool Chicks check out my previous Marker Geek Monday post HERE.

 

Copic Reds – General Colouring Tips:

These tips may help if you’re having problems colouring with reds or other rich colours. They aren’t hard and fast rules, but may assist you in “troubleshooting”.

  • Use a light touch: when colouring with markers in general (and most media) I find it best to use a light hand, and this is definitely the case when colouring with reds and other richly pigmented colours. If you are heavy handed and lay down too much colour at once blending becomes more difficult, and in laying down even more ink to blend you will run in to problems with the ink bleeding over the lines. Use a light touch and lots of layering.
  • Feather/flick: rather than colouring in circles, lay colour down with a flicking/feathering motion. Don’t try to soak the paper evenly.
  • Save reds till the end: if you plan on colouring other surrounding parts of your image in lighter colours, colour those areas first so that you can avoid accidentally pulling reds in to areas you don’t want them. At the same time, you may want to allow the lighter areas to dry completely before starting to colour the reds to avoid the red ink travelling into those areas.
  • Avoid the lines: if you experience issues with reds bleeding over the lines even when using a lighter touch, try not colouring right up to the lines of your image. This will give the ink a “buffer zone” to move in.
  • Don’t fuss with small areas: avoid trying to blend too much in small detail areas, it is almost guaranteed to end in a mess. You can get away without achieving a smooth blend in many small detail areas and avoid a headache in the process.
  • Try a different paper: if you are having real difficulties working with reds, you may want to try out some different papers. Softer more absorbent papers will tend to bleed more.
  • Adjust your colours: if you are having to lay down a lot of ink to blend your chosen colours, you might find tweaking the colour combo helps. Test out some alternatives and see if they play together better. The more ink you are having to lay down to achieve a reasonable blend, the more likely you are to experience issues with bleeding.

I work by adding a base layer of my lightest red shade, then using my shadow colour to lay down the shading followed by my darkest red shade, then the medium red and back to the lightest red again (I usually repeat the last two steps until I am happy). I use a light hand with each layer, and I try not to go over the darkest areas too much. In very small areas you may wish to start with your darkest shade and work backwards (I talked about this in my hair combos post HERE).

While I was colouring cherries I decided to colour up the entire CHERRY CHICK image again. Love this stamp set, it is perfect for some really fun summer cards and projects, and it presents a great opportunity to play with RED and really get some practice in! Here’s a bonus colour map for you (see HERE for instructions on obtaining the main colour maps for Stamping Bella images).

 

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Have a fantastic, colourful week!

 

MWAH!

 

~Elaineabella

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