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Lessons from Copic Certification Program.

27 May

Good morning!

Wow!! The Copic Certification Designer Program was very intense and rigorous … in a good way. Almost 8 hours of listening, testing papers, ink, blending and airbrushing techniques and loads of information. More than you could ever get off the tutorials and YouTube videos on the internet. There are alot of information on the internet that gives you an overview and basic level of information. This program goes beyond that basic information and really arms you with more in-depth information that you can actually teach someone and I left with the intense curiosity to try out more papers and practice all those techniques I learnt.

Here are my major takeaways. Please watch for future posts of specific tutorials because there is simply too much information to put in 1 post.

1) Product Basics (Marker, Paper & Inks):

– There are 2 ways ink will move on a paper: saturate (or soak through) a paper and feather across the paper (or the image line). Soaking/bleeding through a paper is not necessarily an indication of a good or bad paper. Because a thicker paper will not bleed through as much as a thinner paper.

– You have to learned the properties of the paper you are using. Any paper will give you the results you want as long as you learn where the saturation point of that paper is. While other artist may like 1 paper over another, you have to find the paper that suits your coloring style (e.g. how “heavy-handed” you are with coloring). Before the program, Neenah Solar White paper was the paper that came highly recommended to me by others but I found that no matter how careful I was, my colors keep feathering outside the line and I kept over saturating the paper. I found that the thicker paper like Papertrey Ink Stampers Select and the Copic X-press It Blending card works best for my coloring. You just have to try it and find your own.

2) Coloring, Blending & Color Theory:

– Color values (light tone, mid tone or dark tone) is what makes an object realistic – doesn’t matter what color you choose. A purple apple will look realistic if you use a right value – everyone will know it’s an apple, not a round circle or a purple blob.

For more details of the Copic numbering system, see the Copic website.

– Any color that is too vibrant or intense can be muted with grays, follow the Copic Color Wheel to determine which grays to use.

: Y/YG – use W grays

: G/BG – use T grays

: B/BV – use N grays

: V/RV – use C grays

: YR/R – use T grays

You get more than 346 colors if you add grays to your arsenal.

– 4 different blending techniques for different detail level of image and blending different colors.

3) Mixed Media, Ink & Airbrushing:

– You can do so much more with the colorless blender (and the refill) beyond just correcting your mistakes. There is a whole world of texturing you can do to your colored image using a bit of fabric and blender solution. Imagine your little stamped person with real imprint of jeans textured into your jean color!

– ABS 1 is the kit to get – it’s portable with room to grow into a compressor with just a larger hose; ABS 2 is solely a portable kit with 15 mins of air; ABS 3 is solely an air compressor kit.

4) Shading:

– Just get Marianne Walker’s Shadows & Shading book. It will tell you where to put your light, mid and dark tones & where the shadow should go for different shaped objects.

Did I say this program is intense!! It is well worth the investment and it certainly open my eyes to the world of artistry.

Many thanks to Debbie Olson and Lori Craig for taking the time to share your amazing talents.

And last but not least, here is a picture of my goodie bag.

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Copic Certification …

25 May

Hello bloggers … tomorrow is the Copic Certification Designer Program in Minneapolis that I am attending!!!! Woohooo!!! I have been counting down to this day for the last 2 months and I suppose I should share a little about what it is. Here is the information taken from the Copic Marker website.

Copic Certified Designer Program Overview

The Copic Certification program is designed for papercrafters, scrapbookers, and rubber stampers. This one-day intensive program is available for teachers, store owners, and designers who wish to learn diverse applications for Copic products with the intent of sharing them with their classes, stores, workshops, or through their designs. The class is technique based and no finished projects will be produced.

All of the training you receive as a Copic Certified designer is intended to be shared with others. Once you are a Copic Certified Designer you will be listed above through our Copic Certified Instructor Search. Here people will be able to search for Certified Designers in their area.

For a complete list of where the classes will be held, please visit the Copic Marker website.

I currently have 150 Copic Sketch markers and I just love how the Copic Markers work for me – they blend so well they make my work look like a professional artist, when I know I’m not. I also love that the inks are alcohol-based – which means they stay fast on other non-paper medium like fabric, metals, plastic and whatever surface you use. Excellent from a mixed medium artwork perspective.

They are a little pricey, ranging from $4.15-$9 a marker but I have found that Oozak has the best price online – make sure you check the “member” price … membership does have its privileges. (or you can try your luck on Ebay). And best of all, they are refillable, the nibs replaceable and they also attach to an airbrush system – you never need another marker again.

I love my Copics and will definitely post more after the class.