Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Keep A Swatch Book
If you haven't already, make a swatch chart for all the Copic Colors you have. Make the chart on the type of paper you will usually work on so you can predict results better. For a good example, check out Michelle Wooderson's site. Keep the chart protected from light, since these will fade over time if exposed to harsh light. When you find a color combo that you like, write it down! Stamp a simple picture that has an area large enough to color with blends. Include your paper type, ink color, and stamp name so you don't forget. Make these all the same size and keep them in a little book. Organize them by color family so you can quickly flip through and see what will match your current project.
This is a page from my color swatch book. I got an inexpensive little portfolio book and I keep plain stamped images on my personal favorite paper, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. I have a stack of pics ready to be colored as I find combos I like.
I will be showcasing colors every now and then, showing color combos that work, how a color changes when paired/layered with another color, what things they correspond to, etc. so if you haven't already started a swatch book, now is a good time to start. Also, you might think about keeping a technique book. As I show you new effects with the markers try it on a small scrap, write down the steps & colors, then add it to your book. You'll appreciate these ideas when you're stuck in a rut with a card due the next day!
Image Credits: Stamp- Autumn Leaves, Lockhart Stamp Co. Ink- Tsukineko Memento Rich Cocoa, Paper- Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cardstock