Marker Geek Monday: Copic Colour Combos for Pumpkins (with video)

Hey folks! Elaineabella here with another Marker Geek Monday post to kick off what I hope will be a week full of colouring fun.

Marker Geek Monday - Copic Colour Combos for Stamping Bella Set of Pumpkins Stamp Set. Click through for a downloadable guide and colouring video!

Stamping Bella Holiday 2016 Release:

I didn’t get to share any colouring tips with you last week as Emily hijacked the blog with an amazing round of preview posts for the latest stamp release. The new release is of course now available to order and everything can be found under the WHAT’S NEW section on the website. I know a few items are currently out of stock as this release has been especially popular. Rest assured Emily and the rest of the Stamping Bella team are working hard to get the stock replenished, so don’t worry if you have your eye on some of the new stamps (and who doesn’t?!) – restocks are on the way!

To get all the inspiration the Bellarific Babes created for the new release, check out Emily’s handy Release Day Blog Post.

In case you missed out on the preview posts, or if you just want a handy way to see all of my colouring videos for the new release you can check out my Stamping Bella Holiday 2016 Release Playlist below or release below or in HD over on YouTube!

Now for today’s topic!

Copic Markers Combos for Pumpkins:

Marker Geek Monday - Copic Colour Combos for Stamping Bella Set of Pumpkins Stamp Set. Click through for a downloadable guide and colouring video!

Stamping Bella – Set of Pumpkins stamp set – includes sentiments.

Some of my favourite stamps from the new release are the Autumn/Fall themed images. Around this time of year I always get a little obsessed about pumpkins, so as you can imagine, I am in love with a few of the new images in particular. While I’m obsessing about colouring pumpkins I thought I would put together some handy Copic Marker combos for you!

Bonus Coloured Pencil Guide:

You can also pop over to my own blog – Marker Geek – today for some bonus pumpkin colouring fun! Over there I’ve created a video and some colour palettes for colouring pumpkins with coloured pencil! Click through to check it out: Marker Geek Blog – Colouring Pumpkins Using Coloured Pencils (with video).

The stamp I used for today’s colouring fun is from the Stamping Bella – Set of Pumpkins stamp set, available as just the stamps, or as a stamp and Cut it Out die bundle. But the colours shown here would also be wonderful for our new Tiny Townie Patricia loves Pumpkins and Tiny Townie Casey has a Cornucopia (Casey will be the star of another Marker Geek Monday very soon).

Marker Geek Monday - Copic Colour Combos for Stamping Bella Set of Pumpkins Stamp Set. Click through for a downloadable guide and colouring video!

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Pumpkin Copic Colouring Video:

I put together a closer to real time version of my pumpkin colouring video, showing just the pumpkin stamp used on the combo sheet, so you can get a really good look at how I approached colouring this image.

Watch the video below or in HD over on YouTube.

Colouring using Copic Yellow Red (YR) Markers:

As you can see from the Copic combo sheet above, you can achieve some nice results by shading your YRs with reds or browns. You could also use Warm Grays to add some nice depth to your colouring. Personally my preference is to use some of the reddish brown Earth tones. When using greys for the shading it does tone down the colours somewhat, so to maintain the richness and intensity I tend to reach for the earth tones or reds instead.

My favourite combos shown above are those that use a yellow for the highlight area and a deep reddish brown for the shadows. This gives a nice amount of contrast and makes the image more visually appealing or makes it “pop”.

Over To You!

If you try out the techniques or colour combos 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!

If you’re on Facebook join us in our private chat group Stamping Bella Sistahood to share your creations there and chat all things Stamping Bella related!

Until next time, HAPPY COLOURING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

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Marker Geek Monday: Paper Choices for Coloured Pencil feat. Manly Chicks

Hey folks! Elaineabella here with another Marker Geek Monday post to kick off a week of colouring fun.

If you missed last week’s post you may want to click through and check it out – Marker Geek Monday: Give Your Cards the WOW Factor with a Galaxy Background. In the post I shared my step by step technique for colouring a night sky or galaxy effect background using Copic markers, along with a video that includes audio commentary. I also shared some card samples and suggestions for other images in the Stamping Bella range that would look amazing with a similar background.

Today I’m taking a break from my markers and sharing some inspiration and tips for working with coloured pencils. Because it is so important in the colouring process, I’m focusing on PAPER CHOICE.

Marker Geek Monday - Choosing Paper for Coloured Pencils feat. Stamping Bella Manly Chicks. Click through to read the blog post and grab some colour combos!

Choosing Paper for Coloured Pencil Work:

As with most mediums, when working with coloured pencils the paper you use will make a huge difference to the results you can achieve. Choose a paper suited to the medium you have chosen, and you will more than likely see an immediate difference in how well you are able to work with it.

If you usually colour with alcohol based markers like Copics and are now branching out into colouring with pencils, you will almost certainly want to choose a different paper to work with. The smooth papers that work so beautifully with markers are not ideal for pencil work, as they don’t have much for the pencils to grip on to. Laying down colour and blending will be tough.  This doesn’t mean you can’t use pencils in conjunction with your markers – if you are enhancing your marker work and adding finer details on top, the paper shouldn’t present a real problem, but for colouring an entire image, you would do better to select a more pencil friendly paper.

Papers which are suitable for coloured pencil work will have some “tooth”.

What is “Tooth”?

When referring to paper, “tooth” means that the paper surface has some texture. The texture gives something for the pigment to catch on and allows you to build up a nice rich coverage of colour. The paper has tiny hills and valleys on the surface. As the pencil hits the hills or ridges in the surface, they catch the pigment.

A rough texture will allow for more layering, but will also require more layering to ensure an even coverage. A very smooth paper will take less layers before the pencil has nothing to hold on to. Something in between is ideal, allowing for layering but not having a visible texture that will be hard to cover.

TOP TIP: Don’t forget to keep your pencils sharp – this will help greatly with laying down colour, especially on a paper with some texture as it will allow the pigment to get into the valleys.

The paper that actually works for you will depend greatly on your colouring style, and what you are colouring. Papers with more texture will allow for more layering of colour, but may not be good for colouring details.

Different types of coloured pencil will also be best suited by different papers. Wax based pencils like the Prismacolor brand may be better suited to a softer textured paper, whereas oil based pencils like the Faber-Castell Polychromos brand may work better on a harder surface. Whether this difference will be greatly noticeable when colouring stamped images is debatable.

Marker Geek Monday - Choosing Paper for Coloured Pencils feat. Stamping Bella Manly Chicks. Click through to read the blog post and grab some colour combos!

Paper Recommendations:

As always, I recommend testing as many papers as you can, in order to find the one that works best for you. The suggestions here include only papers which I have tried personally. Try papers you already have, inexpensive options and those readily available to you before going on a spending spree!

  • Smooth surface cartridge paper – here in the UK I use the Winsor & Newton brand. In the US I believe Strathmore produce a similar paper. These are available in different weights. Personally I prefer to use a heavier weight. The Winsor & Newton pad I have is 100 lb/220gsm. This paper has a fine tooth. I like using it and have achieved some nice results, but find that I can’t layer quite as much as I would like.
  • Bristol Board – Strathmore produce both Smooth and Vellum surfaces of Bristol Board. “Smooth surface” as the name suggests has a very smooth surface. This is not ideal for layering lots of colour, but is great for fine detail (this one also works quite nicely with alcohol based markers). “Vellum surface” has more texture and I far prefer it for use with coloured pencil.
  • Hot Pressed (HP) Watercolour Paper – this can be a nice choice for working with coloured pencil, as it is smooth but has some tooth. I like the Daler Rowney Langton paper and Fabriano Classico 5. Both papers provide a nice surface for working with coloured pencil and are heavy weight. The Fabriano paper is a brighter white than the Daler Rowney.
  • Toned Tan paper – this is a nice choice for colouring on a non-white surface, which can give stunning effects. I have also achieved some nice results with coloured pencil on Bazzill kraft cardstock, so if you have some available to you give that a try first!

If using a blending solution with a paper stump or brush to blend your pencils on the paper, you may find that you can happily use a smoother surface than if you use just the pencils to blend on the paper.

If you also have some favourite papers for coloured pencil work, please do share them in the comments section below!

Pencil Colouring Inspiration:

I had some fun colouring up a favourite stamp from this year so far – Stamping Bella Manly Chicks – using three different brands of coloured pencil, including one budget friendly option – Staedtler Ergosoft Coloured Pencils, to show that with decent paper you can achieve nice results even with inexpensive pencils.

TOP TIP: If you’re not satisfied with the results you’re getting in your coloured pencil work, rather than giving up or rushing to blow your budget upgrading your coloured pencils to a more expensive range, try evaluating and changing your paper first.

All three versions of the image were coloured on Daler Rowney “The Langton” hot pressed watercolour paper. No solvent/blending solution was used, just coloured pencils working from dark to light.

Stamping Bella Manly Chicks in Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencil:

Marker Geek Monday - Choosing Paper for Coloured Pencils feat. Stamping Bella Manly Chicks. Click through to read the blog post and grab some colour combos! Marker Geek Monday - Choosing Paper for Coloured Pencils feat. Stamping Bella Manly Chicks. Click through to read the blog post and grab some colour combos!

Stamping Bella Manly Chicks in Prismacolor Pencil:

Marker Geek Monday - Choosing Paper for Coloured Pencils feat. Stamping Bella Manly Chicks. Click through to read the blog post and grab some colour combos! Marker Geek Monday - Choosing Paper for Coloured Pencils feat. Stamping Bella Manly Chicks. Click through to read the blog post and grab some colour combos!

Stamping Bella Manly Chicks in Staedtler Ergosoft Pencil:

Marker Geek Monday - Choosing Paper for Coloured Pencils feat. Stamping Bella Manly Chicks. Click through to read the blog post and grab some colour combos! Marker Geek Monday - Choosing Paper for Coloured Pencils feat. Stamping Bella Manly Chicks. Click through to read the blog post and grab some colour combos!

More Discussion on Colouring with Coloured Pencils:

For more information and inspiration regarding working with coloured pencils, please see these earlier Marker Geek Monday posts:

Over on my own blog – Marker Geek – I also have a recent post discussing some of the differences between Prismacolor pencils and Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, and my personal preference. The post includes a pencil coloured version of Flowersbehindmybackabella along with a full colour map showing the pencil colours used. Click through to read: Flowersbehindmybackabella Colouring with Polychromos Pencils vs Prismacolor.

You can also watch me colouring Flowersbehindmybackabella using Polychromos pencils in the video below or in HD over on YouTube.

Over To You!

If you try out the techniques shown in this post with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! Take a look through your collection, or add some more from the website and see what you can come with! 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!

If you’re on Facebook join us in our private chat group Stamping Bella Sistahood to share your creations there and chat all things Stamping Bella related!

Until next time, HAPPY COLOURING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

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Marker Geek Monday: Give Your Cards the WOW Factor with a Galaxy Background

Hey folks! Elaineabella here with another Marker Geek Monday post to kick off a week of colouring fun.

If you missed last week’s post, make sure you check it out: Marker Geek Monday Copic Colouring Easy Curly Hair feat. Edna. Perfect if you’re looking for some tips in tackling the curly hair on our Edna stamps and others like some of the Uptown Girls, Tiny Townies and Bellas!

In today’s post I’d like to revisit a technique I shared last year on my Marker Geek blog – colouring a night sky or galaxy background with Copic markers. This technique would also work with other brands of alcohol based marker, just substitute the colours for similar ones!

Marker Geek Monday Copic Galaxy or Night Sky Background. Click through to read the post and watch the video!

Colouring a Night Sky or Galaxy Background with Copics:

Here’s the step by step colouring guide for my night sky or galaxy background technique. Further on you will find a video (with audio commentary), so you can really get to grips with how I approach this technique!

Marker Geek Monday Copic Galaxy or Night Sky Background. Click through to read the post and watch the video!

 

TOP TIP: When colouring a background for a stamped image, colour the background first. If you colour the image first you may spoil your work when flicking the colourless blender.

Copic Galaxy Background Colouring Video:

Watch the video below or in HD over on Youtube.

Copic Marker Colour Palette:

Here’s a list of the colours I used to create the background as shown in the video and step by step guide above. However these are not the only colours you could use! Search for some reference images online and get inspiration for colourful galaxies to emulate using this technique.

Marker Geek Monday Copic Galaxy or Night Sky Background. Click through to read the post and watch the video!

Copic Night Sky or Galaxy Background Inspiration:

This technique creates beautiful backgrounds that can be used to enhance your images and give a real *wow* factor.

TOP TIP: Use vibrant colour on your image to make it really stand out against the coloured background.

On this card I popped our wonderful NACHO in front of a circle I die cut from my previously coloured galaxy background. I thought his expression and the die cut sentiment I had chosen went perfectly with the WOW background. He honestly cannot believe what he’s seeing. 😉 I think this might just be one of my favourite cards, ever, because I love how the background turned out but mostly because I LOVE that ridiculous little dog.

Marker Geek Monday Copic Galaxy or Night Sky Background. Click through to read the post and watch the video!

On my next card I took our lovely little Tiny Townie Hayley the Hero, and coloured the background around her. I took a little extra time with the colourless blender around the sentiment to help it stand out against the dark background.

Marker Geek Monday Copic Galaxy or Night Sky Background. Click through to read the post and watch the video!

I created a more subtle version of this background for my Superbella V2.0 card recently, to show her hovering outside the window ready to save the day!

Marker Geek Monday Copic Galaxy or Night Sky Background. Click through to read the post and watch the video!

Other Suggestions:

Let’s take a look at some other stamps in the Stamping Bella collection that I think would be perfect for setting against this background.

One that immediately springs to mind is little Tiny Townie Amanda is Awesome. How beautiful and sentimental would this image be with Amanda looking out at a beautiful starry night sky?

Stamping Bella Amanda is Awesome rubber stamp.

A couple of obvious choices are our other superhero stamps:

Parker the Pig from our Christine Grove line. Love that little guy.

Stamping Bella Parker the Pig

Another heroic Christine Grove stamp – Seniorita Gladys the SuperHero.

Stamping Bella Gladys the Superhero rubber stamp.

Wouldn’t Edna the Diva look FABULOUS set against this background, as if she’s fluttering off for a night on the town?

Stamping Bella Edna the Diva Rubber stamp.

You could make this technique work for so many images, to give them an extra twist. It would work beautifully with many of our festive HOLIDAYS stamp releases (hint, hint there may be some more appearing soon 😉 ). How beautiful would a snowman like FROSTIER look set against a night sky? The contrast would make for a card with super visual impact!

TOP TIP: Many of the newer Stamping Bella releases now come with matching CUT IT OUT DIES. It really couldn’t be any easier to cut out a character to pop in front of a fun background.

Over To You!

If you try out the techniques shown in this post with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! Take a look through your collection, or add some more from the website and see what you can come with! 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!

If you’re on Facebook join us in our private chat group Stamping Bella Sistahood to share your creations there and chat all things Stamping Bella related!

Until next time, HAPPY COLOURING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

 

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Marker Geek Monday: Copic Colouring Easy Curly Hair featuring Edna!

Hey folks! Elaineabella here with another Marker Geek Monday post to kick off a week of colouring fun.

If you missed last week’s post, check it out – Marker Geek Monday #TheDailyMarker30Day Round Up with Videos and Colour Maps – lots of colouring inspiration and info within, and a handy link list of all the Marker Geek Monday posts so far!

I would also like to draw your attention to a recent post over on my own Marker Geek blog which you might find useful. Click through to check it out (after you’re done here of course 😉 ): Create Quick Easy Texture using Copic Colourless Blender. The post features Stamping Bella Hula Chick and includes a step by step guide and video demonstrating one of the texturing methods I discussed in my Marker Geek Monday Basic Fur Colouring with Copic Markers post.

Marker Geek Monday Copic Colouring Easy Curly Hair with Stamping Bella. Click through to read the post and watch a video!

Copic Colouring Easy Curly Hair Step by Step:

Today I’m sharing a step by step guide and video showing how I colour curly hair  on stamps like our fabulous EDNA. There are also a number of Uptown Girls, Tiny Townies and Bellas that this approach would work for. It’s just a nice easy way to colour curly hair on your stamp images.

Marker Geek Monday Copic Colouring Easy Curly Hair with Stamping Bella. Click through to read the post and watch a video!

Copic Colouring Easy Curly Hair Video:

Watch the video below or in HD over on Youtube.

Copic Colour Map:

Here is a full Copic Colour Map for the Edna Needs a Martini colouring featured in the video. 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.

Marker Geek Monday Copic Colouring Quick and Easy Fairy Wings. Click through to see the step by step and watch a video!

More Colouring Videos:

You can watch all of my colouring videos featuring Stamping Bella stamps in the playlist below or in HD over on YouTube. Subscribe to my Marker Geek channel so you don’t miss out on future videos!

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!

If you’re on Facebook join us in our private chat group Stamping Bella Sistahood to share your creations there and chat all things Stamping Bella related!

Until next time, HAPPY COLOURING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

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Marker Geek Monday: #TheDailyMarker30Day Round Up with Videos and Colour Maps

Hey folks! Elaineabella here with another Marker Geek Monday post to get the week off to the right start…a colourful one!

This week I’ve got a bit of a round up post for you. You may or may not be aware that I have been participating in the wonderful challenge #TheDailyMarker30Day hosted by the equally wonderful Kathy Racoosin. Every day since the start of July as a little personal twist on the challenge I have been colouring a Stamping Bella image and filming the colouring process. The challenge is almost over, and I have only missed one day. This means that I have a nice collection of videos, coloured images and colour maps to go with those images! Since you may have missed some of the colouring action over the course of the last month, I thought it might be a good idea to share here and make sure you don’t miss out on any of the inspiration.

Marker Geek Monday #thedailymarker30day Round Up. Click through for colouring, videos and colour maps!

Today’s #TheDailyMarker30Day Colouring:

Here’s my colouring for today, Day 28 of the challenge. I decided to have some fun and colour an old favourite. It’s a nice way to loosen up before starting on all the colouring I need to work through for the next release. 😉

Stamping Bella Flower for a True Friend #thedailymarker30day Click through for Copic Colour Maps and videos!

Stamp: Flower for a True Friend (incl sentiment).

I coloured the image with my trusty Copic markers, and here’s the Copic Colour Map showing all the colours I used:

Stamping Bella Flower for a True Friend #thedailymarker30day Click through for Copic Colour Maps and videos!

#TheDailyMarker30Day Coloured Images & Colour Maps:

The rest of my coloured images and the Copic Colour Maps (and one pencil map) for them can be found on my blog. Click through to my #TheDailyMarker30Day page to view them all in one handy location.

Please feel free to save the images or pin them on Pinterest for reference. Please do not download and share them however – instead direct people to this blog post or directly to the page on my blog so they can obtain them that way. Thank you!

Next time Kathy hosts the colouring challenge, I highly recommend joining in. For me it has been a great way to motivate myself to film more colouring videos and get them uploaded on YouTube. It has also been a great way to get myself excited about social media and sharing again too. Plus, I’ve learned some new things about the filming process and things I’d like to improve as I create more videos and content to share with you. For you, the challenge might be a good excuse to dedicate just a little time to colouring each day, and to get out there and share your work. Remember – it’s all about practice, so any small ways you can get yourself practicing can be a massive help.

My #TheDailyMarker30Day Colouring Videos:

You can watch all of my colouring videos filmed during the challenge in the playlist below or in HD over on YouTube. Subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss out on future videos!

Marker Geek Monday Series:

While I’m providing you with a round up of colouring fun, I thought it might also be a good time to do a round up of all the Marker Geek Monday posts so far this year! That way you can check out any posts you may have missed, and have a handy link to any you may want to revisit.

Posts include pinnable images showing colour combinations etc, videos and general tips/info.

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!

If you’re on Facebook join us in our private chat group Stamping Bella Sistahood to share your creations there and chat all things Stamping Bella related!

Until next time, HAPPY COLOURING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

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Marker Geek Monday: Copic Colouring Quick and Easy Fairy Wings

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’ve got some quick tips to help you with colouring some of our fairy themed images.

Before we get started, I’d also like to mention that if you enjoyed my recent Marker Geek Monday Copic Colouring Pleats and Folds Step by Step with Video post, and you also like to colour with pencils you may want to pop on over to my blog and read my recent post: Flowersbehindmybackabella Colouring with Polychromos Pencils vs Prismacolor. There is a video showing the process and also some discussion about the differences between Polychromos pencils and Prismacolor pencils, and my personal preference. While you’re there I invite you to subscribe or bookmark the blog for regular Stamping Bella inspiration!

Marker Geek Monday Copic Colouring Quick and Easy Fairy Wings. Click through to see the step by step and watch a video!

Step by Step Copic Colouring Quick and Easy Fairy Wings

With a growing number of fairy images in the Stamping Bella range (see the Edna Collection and Tiny Townie Fairy Best Friends) I thought it would be fun to share a quick minimum fuss way to create pretty fairy wings using Copic or other alcohol based markers. I’ve got a step by step image for you to follow, and a colouring video below so you can see the process in action.

Marker Geek Monday Copic Colouring Quick and Easy Fairy Wings. Click through to see the step by step and watch a video!

It really couldn’t be easier to achieve a lively, appealing effect.

TOP TIP: If you want to enhance the appearance of transparency, add some subtle hints of colours that appear in your background. If you are colouring Edna in a background with some trees behind her, add some light green dotting to suggest that you can see a hint of the trees through the wings. Don’t be heavy handed with this – you just want to create the suggestion, you don’t want the wings to blend in with the background.

Copic Colouring Simple Fairy Wings Video

Watch the video below or in HD over on YouTube.

You can also watch a video of me colouring the entire Edna Needs a Martini image below or in HD over on YouTube.

Edna Needs a Martini Copic Colour Map

Here is a full Copic Colour Map for the Edna Needs a Martini 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.

Marker Geek Monday Copic Colouring Quick and Easy Fairy Wings. Click through to see the step by step 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 and/or #stampingbella as a hashtag. Even better tag me @markergeek and @stampingbella . We love it when you connect, so don’t be shy!

If you’re on Facebook join us in our private chat group Stamping Bella Sistahood to share your creations there and chat all things Stamping Bella related!

Until next time, HAPPY COLOURING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

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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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