Sunday, November 20, 2016

I Am The Vine - Copics

I have a confession to make. I invested in some Copic markers many years ago and until now I haven't really used them. I was inspired to take them out and have a bit of a play to participate in the challenge over on the PaperArtsy blog - Alcohol Ink and Markers. Darcy has a link to Kimberly Brown's YouTube Channel. She has some great tutorials using mostly Pro-markers that inspired me to take out my Copics and have a go. 
I have also been wanting to try Zentangle® Inspired Art (ZIA for short) after being inspired by Norma J Burnell's fabulous ZIA Fairies. You can check out her beautiful work on her blog Fairy Tangles. I based my girl on her tutorial in a book I picked up called "The Art of Zentangle®".

This book contains lessons from four Certified Zentangle® Teachers and takes you through a range of tangles step by step.
To learn more about Zentangle® you can visit the website here.

I began with a pencil sketch and transferred my design to X-Press It Blending Card using a Copic Multiliner pen. It is very important to use a pen which is Copic proof or it will bleed when the marker comes into contact with it. I also used the very tip of the chisel of my lightest skin tone coloured marker to avoid a harsh black line around the face and neck. I also lightly coloured the the irises and lips.

To choose my colours I used my colour wheel. I highly recommend it if you are a bit colour challenged like me. I knew I wanted to use Yellow/Green as it was my eye colour so my triad colour scheme included Red/Orange and Blue/Violet. A bit different for me.

If you are interested these are the colours I chose: 
Skintone: E000, E00, E51 and E01 for the subtle blush on the cheeks.
Red/Orange: E95, E97, E99.
Yellow/Green: YG93, YG95, YG97.
Blue/Violet: BV00, BV02, BV04 and BV0000 for the background.
Vine: E31, E35, E37.

This is my finished coloured image. I had to practice my blending a lot before I began, particularly the skin tone. A bit streaky but I'm sure I will improve with more practice.
I coloured the background in a very pale shade of Blue/Violet.

In her tutorial, Norma suggests using small dots with her graphite shading. I have also used it here over the Copic shading and I like the effect. I coloured some rhinestones with my markers for some added bling. I have added a hint of glitter gel pen around the flower to bring it forward.

I have used coloured pencil for eyeshadow, lip detail and to deepen the neck shading. White gel pen was used for the highlights.
Something I learned the hard way: do not take the lid off your marker over your art work or you too will enjoy splatters, I mean beauty spots, over your freshly coloured face. Lesson learned:)
I found this art work to be so relaxing and I enjoyed it so much I definitely will be doing some more colouring in the near future. 
Thank you PaperArtsy for providing this challenge.


  1. I'VE just discovered zentangle and am doing mandala canvases for my husband and daughter for Christmas it's absolutely brilliant

  2. Helen that sounds amazing. Wish I could see.

  3. This is absolutely beautiful Julie!! I love the colours combo. xx

  4. You'll pick up colouring in no time at all, it already looks pretty good! What is more difficult is drawing and this is so impressive... What a lovely painting Julie!