Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Copic Coloring Guide Blog Hop

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Whew! I am finally back from an exciting week down in Los Angeles for the annual Anime Expo show. I had two classes filled to capacity at over 300 people! I am so excited that people from so many diverse backgrounds have fun using our markers.

Today I am thrilled to be part of a blog hop for the Copic Coloring Guide! This book has been out for about a month, and everywhere I go, I have people tell me how thrilled they are with what we jammed into that book. All I can think about is how much more we could have put in! The world of what you can do with Copic Markers is sooooo big!

This hop includes work by many of the designers who were in the book, so be sure to visit everyone on the list for ideas, tidbits, and most important...BLOG CANDY!!

The Copic Coloring Guide the perfect resource for beginner and intermediate coloring artists alike. The book contains information about the different styles of Copic markers, explains the coloring/numbering system, details how to pick good blending groups, teaches a number of blending techniques through illustrated tutorials, and de-mistifies the colorless blender marker. And that's just in the first 18 pages! The book also contains over 40 beautiful coloring card projects separated into beginner, intermediate and advanced skill level. Each card project includes step-by-step coloring AND assembly instructions... along with supply lists and manufacturer information to make recreating the projects simple and easy.

The book is published by Annie's Attic, a division of DRG, also the publishers of the popular CardMaker magazine. Click HERE for more information or to purchase the book (also available in PDF electronic download).

I have one project stepped out in the book. When Colleen and I were finishing the book I asked her what card projects we needed more examples of, and her answer was that we needed more simple, easy projects, so I submitted a handful of cards, many of which just didn't match the feel we were going for, except for this easy card. My adorable card is very simple indeed! I wanted a project that anyone could have success making, and feel good about their Copic skills. I think I only used 5 colors to make this card.

My 3-year-old daughter loves sitting on our living room floor and finding that card in the book, since she loves the smiling sunshine. I remember when I drew that stamp set for Our Craft Lounge, as soon as I showed it to them I knew that they would love it, and it quickly became one of my personal favorites :)

And now, how would you like to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of the book? Each of the contributing designers is hopping today and each one is giving away a copy of the book... signed by both authors AND the designer.

To be eligible to win, please leave a comment on THIS post telling us what you wish to see more tutorials on, and what gives you the biggest struggles when coloring. I want to be able to help you have the best experience possible and I want to know anything that you are finding difficult.

Posting will close at midnight on Saturday (July 9) and the winner will be posted on Monday, July 11.

Make sure to visit each of the designers blogs to see their favorite project from the book and for a chance to win your own autographed copy! Whoever wins from my blog will also get a special surprise from Copic, so get to hopping!


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Leezer said...

Beautiful Card
Thanks for the chance to win a copy! My fav's right now are R0000, R81, R83, R85 and my favorites to color in are people and flowers

Margaret said...

I'd like to see more tutorials on shading and highlighting. Those are also the two things I struggle with the most.

Love your little sunshine card! I guess your going to have to save all those spare cards that didn't make the cut for this book for the next book!

Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Shirley N said...

Shading is what I find most difficult so I look for anything and everything on that subject and you're on top of the list! TFS all your knowledge with us!

sharon g said...

More tutorials: blending various colors. Struggles: blending various colors. What is my problem??

Sandy said...

I find I really struggle with shading. I am totally guessing where shading would fall when I'm coloring an image. So I would love tutorials on shading and on how to add different colors to an image for added depth. I'm gradually learning to shade with different grades of the same color, but sometimes I feel I need to add some contrast.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh adorable indeed and so cheerful!!! Let's see...my biggest issue is the realistic shading with lighting...like from a light source. I'm hoping you're coming back to Denver this Fall so I can take the intermediate from you!! I had such a blast in the beginner class! I do struggle with the lighting issue in my coloring!

Penni said...

All tutorials are great, there's always something new to learn. I would love more info on shading and highlighting and also maybe more info on blending reds.

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this fabulous book.

Hugs
Penni
X

Pixie Camembert said...

A signed copy would be FABULOUS! Hmmm...more tutorials...perhaps more on shadows and shading (I so need to buy your book!). I'd also love to see some tutorials on using Copics on surfaces other than paper - for altered art, etc. Thanks for the chance, Marianne. Hope it's lovely in Eugene - my bro, SIL and niece all live there. Wouldn't be surprised if you knew Ariel!

Shawna said...

Shading and highlights! I can't wait to get this book --- unless, of course, I am lucky enough to win it!

kathy s said...

as a newby to copics I find it difficult to understand the number system so any tutes on that would help also I am so so intimidated by colouring people- I mean getting the skin tones right. thanks for the chance to win a great book

LynneM said...

Love your work, love the tutorials. I stand in awe of the effects you create with dramatic lighting, as in your banner on this webpage - where streaks of near white appear between the colors. Need help with that! Thanks.

Mary T said...

Would love to see more tutorials on coloring leaves which tend to be what I struggle with the most. Like realistic ones and my techniques are not above a novice level yet. Thanks for creating the book. Think that having the book would help to increase my skill level.

CarolG said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Catherine Kraft said...

I really enjoy continually learning, so the more tutorials the better. I'm still learning how to shade and working with shadows. I'm still not comfortable with skin and hair tones. I'd love to have a chart of colors to use - what works together or favorite shades to blend by people who really know what they are doing. I'd sure love to win this book!!! Thank you for the opportunity.

Laraine R said...

Great card!! So cheerful!! I don't have any copics yet so any tutorials and coloring help would be helpful!!

Sam said...

Any Tutorials would be great to view ... I love colouring flowers and florals so anything on them would be fantastic

Jessie/knightrone said...
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Jessie/knightrone said...

Your coloring is always inspiring. Thank you SO much for sharing your talent. I would LOVE more tutorials on coloring hair. I struggle with it.

Aileen said...

Thank you for your tutorials. I find highights on long hair are the hardest to work out.

Anonymous said...

I just love your blog - so mych information! I can't wait to get a copy of the new book (I already have the shadow and shading one!) I like tutorials on unusual techniques, thinking outside the square.

Lori Rider said...

Love the card - and thanks for a chance to win! I love tutorials on coloring people, hair, skin, etc., because it doesn't some naturally to me. I would love to learn more about shadows, shading, depth, etc. - that always gives me the most trouble!

Sherry Kushibab said...

Great card - you always make it look so easy! Five colors only - wow, takes away the intimidation factor. As for tuts I enjoy them all...every person seems to have a different way of breaking down how they shade and color, I like to take all things into account as I play.

Missy said...

I am so excited to learn more about copic coloring. Thanks for sharing your talent

Lynn said...

As a beginner any information of how to start buying colors, shading etc.
I think your card is really cute also. Looking forward to getting this book.

Gena Porter - aka GDP2001 said...

Would love a copy of this book!

Stampintonya said...

Would ABSOLUTELY LOVE a copy of this book, let alone an autographed!!
I am always looking for more tutorials on various skin and hair types!!

Robyn said...

I love my markers and I love teaching others to use them! Your book sounds fantastic & I can't wait to use it as a teaching resource.
I would like to see some tutorials on mixed media applications for the markers & on coloring skin (that is what I have the most trouble with). Robyn

Penny said...

I love your skintone tutorials - I would like to see more tutorials on highlights. I struggle with leaving areas uncolored or very light. I love the "less is more" look but it is really hard to stop coloring!! Does the book touch on highlights? I would love to win one! Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

My favorite tutorials are for florals, my favorite kind of image to color. What gives me the biggest headache are very small places to color!

Jane Brogli said...

I still do not understand the numbering of the copics. When I try to make a good coloring group--i Have to try out a lot of markers to get the ones that go together. I'm hoping the book will make this much clearer.

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Sue D said...

I tend to not think about lighting and shadows when I color so I need lots of help on this.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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Margaret said...

Any tutorials on different ways to use Copic markers would be great. My most problem area is with coloring with reds.

annesatx said...

I've been playing with coloring realistic flowers and struggling with getting the shading to look just right, so I'd love more tutorials on that. Thanks!

Jen said...

OH my, this book would a fabulous win...pick me, pick me! heehee
I struggle with light source and really just need to keep practicing, practicing, practicing! I love your tutorials and find that I learn best by 'watching on video' as you color area to area. Thanks for the chance!

Karen said...

I'm new to Copic (though have worked with other alcohol markers in the past) and am looking foward to learning all I can about how to use these wonderful markers. A signed copy of the book would be the icing on the cake. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us through your blog.

Marie said...

Your sun is so bright and cheery. I would love to see tutorials on shading, routing flesh.

Katie Renz said...

Love the tutorials... can never get enough of shading ones!

Colleen said...

I would love to learn how to do shading for faces

scrappinpeg said...

I'd say I'd love to see more tutorials on coloring HAIR! That always kicks my booty!

EmbossingQueen said...

Since Istarted using Copics about 1 year ago, I have become addicted. My biggest struggle and one area I would like to see more tutorials on would be colouring large areas. I look forward to all the tutorials you post to pick up any tips and tricks to help with my colouring.

Princess said...

Love your work. Looking forward to seeing the book.

Regarding tutorials...I struggle with coloring with light colors. Something that looks airy with just a touch of color.

I see a lot of images colored with pencils and/or gamsol. I'd love to get that look with copics. Or watercolor look with copics.

The possibilities are endless. I guess it would be cool to see one image colored in many different styles. That kind of tutorial would rock my world!

judy said...

I am relatively new to Copic coloring
so I would love to see more tutorials
on blending and shading. Thanks for
a chance to win--this book looks like
just what I am looking for.

TCC陳亭潔 said...

Though I'm a beginner,I feel so excited to held a Copic in my hand.I love the colors Copic has.I'd love to see more tutorials about different colors' use,similar colors or total different colors.The biggest problem I met when I drew is that I'm so reserved about drawing every lines.I want everything perfect.Ummmm....still have a lot to work~

Amy said...

I think I need more help with the consideration of where my light source is coming from so that I can add the appropriate shadows.

Kristi said...

Oh for this chance to win a Copic Coloring Guide book! How awesome, because I really wanted to get one of these books. I am so new to Copics, that I have not tried any outside of a class, but I loved it. I am one of those people afraid to mess up. I have Copics to complete some robot stamped cards I bought while attending a class, I need to start. I guess I would love to see basic tutorials with fixes for common problems or mistakes. I enjoy your blog so much, thanks for every post.
Kristi
kidshomelove at yahoo.com

Barbara Parker-Sanders said...

I have quite a few of the Copic Markers and using them seem to be the hard part for me. Not sure where to start or intimidated with what to do. I am a visual person so I'd really like to see in video format unless you've done that already. The most difficult for me is color selections and shading so I'd really like to see more of that. Thank you.

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

I need more tutorials on hair.

Catie said...

i have the hardest trouble CHOOSING which color combo would look best.. there are SO many options..

Alisa said...

I would like to see more tutorials on hair and face coloring. I struggle the most with people and faces.

Judy I said...

I would love tutorials on coloring water and waves. I struggle with highlighting.

Messy said...

Faces are so hard. I would love to see more tutorials on shading people. I can't wait to see the book!

Donette said...

I love your tutorials they are soooo helpful. I always struggle when coloring with "Reds" they seem to bleed more than any other color .

Conniecrafter said...

that is just darling, I would love to see this book :)

Delan said...

I am completely Copic challenged. I only have one Copic that was a gift and have been wanting to find a class, but alas, none in my area (Milwaukee, WI). So...I guess I will either win this book or have to purchase one to learn how to use Copics.
Love all the cards on all the ladies Blogs, you are all so talented.

Delan said...

All the tutorial have been so helpful to a Copic newby such as myself. I don't live in a n area that has any classes offered so I rely on the internet.
Hope I am able to win this book or I'll certainly be purchasing it.. Thanks for the chance to win.

Donna said...

Hi Marianne. Although it's been suggested that "I" have the most toys, I think choosing a color to start with is sometimes a struggle because all the Copic colors are wonderful. Your classes and tutorials have helped greatly and I find myself referring to them over and over again. I used to emboss only, but now ... I'm a "changed woman" with a new toy! Thank you.

Ruby said...

I love your little card, that sun is just so smiley and happy looking!!!

My biggest challenge is blending across a wider area, I tend to get a vertical line where each colour is meeting, despite pulling colour across with each stroke. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a fun prize!

Sharon said...

I have never got the hang of the oight source. I just color from the straight on view.
....Sharon B.

Sharon said...

I have never got the hang of the oight source. I just color from the straight on view.
....Sharon B.

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Jax said...

Love the book and that it is available as an e-pub for instant access. I have the most difficulty with the fade-to-white concept. Love my Copic markers!

Tamara said...

I want to say I am not happy with the set of copics I got(72) I still don't have enogh of the colors that are inbetween, that I need Your sets always leave an empty spot in the blending colors, But I love these tutoials! That little monster is so cute! Too!

Rebecca Ednie said...

My biggest struggle is to colour areas that have multiple green areas and make them each look distinct. Like a bouquet of different types of flowers each with different leaves/stem colours. Or a garden with lots of green plants. I'd love a tutorial on that!

Rose said...

I love all tutorials. Blending the colors is the hardest for me since I am not very artistic.

Priscilla said...

Since I don't own any Copics yet (though I have asked for them for Christmas) I'd be very interested in Beginner tutorials. Sounds like this book is the ultimate tutorial.

Joyce said...

All tutorials are beneficial but I'd like more help with shadows and highlights. What a lovely book to have the opportunity to win!

bhelenj said...

What I struggle with most is picking out the colors to use on the image.

kacee said...

Any tutorial you offer is great. They are simple and easy to follow to just keep them coming. Thank you for the chance to win this book. I need it.

JenMarie said...

Beautiful card!
Hmmm...light source.

Kangels said...

I am very new to Copics and the only thing I have done so far is faces/skin and hair - I would like to learn more about shading and showing light reflections on images - I hope to get this book even if I am not the winner - it sounds like just what I need!

paula e. said...

you are the queen of copics! i am still at the beginning of the copic journey, so i need tutorials on the basics of shading and color selections. i know i have so much to learn. i appreciate the chance to win this excellent resourse.

Pat Jandacek said...

Someone else commented about shadows cast by objects. The color/shade/tone/hue (I need a dictionary for those terms, too) of such shadows is a question I have. I currently use a gray (non-Copic, sadly) for all shadows but don't think that's the best treatment in all cases. How does one decide? Congratulations on co-authoring such a popular book! Hope I win it! TFS

Swedie said...

Staying inside the lines is one of my issues! :0) Actually, where and when and how to shade often eludes me.

Noreen
www.make-homemade-gifts.com

JindraS said...

I would love to see more tutorials on scenes. They seem to give me the most challenge to color. thanks!

Gwen said...

I'm a newbie at creating the shadow effect. Need a little help with that!
Thanks!
Gwen

Marge Sexton said...

I have recently signed up for a Copic class at CKC Valley Forge...I can't wait to give it a try, I can only wish to color so beautifully as this. Any tutorial would be a great help as a beginner! Thanks for the opportunity to win Copics!

myhome said...

Your blog is the best and what a talented girl.. Every time I sign on, I get so excited with all the tips,ideas,techiques you have created, I want to run to my table and try to be as creative as you. Big job but wow!!! I can never be that good.. Congradulations to a talented girl. I just signed up for for classes. Congrats on a Great book also, can't wait for the next one to be printed

myhome said...

Great ideas and I get so excited when an update comes, can't wait to try everything. Can't wait until I get a copy,,I love all my markers, cubbies, and tutorials that you do....love,,love

Sue from Oregon said...

I love all the special techniques you show. This books looks like a great resource. Just bought your shading book this week!

Jan Marie said...

Just found this site while looking for a tutorial on coloring images. . .is there a level before beginner? If so, that's the one I'm on! :D m looking forward to learning. . .getting the light right is my biggest challenge at the moment, that is figuring out shading and highlighting. Thanks all of your beautiful work and tips!

nrsgoodbody10 said...

I was fortunate to have you as my Copic teacher last year in Denver. Fun class. I am still working on the depth for my hair in the cards that I color. I would LOVE to have an autographed copy of your new book.

Tana said...

What an adorable card, love it! I would like to see more tutorials on the greys and what the differences are between the cools, warms, and neutrals. Thanks for another great book and for the chance to win!

Betty Neville said...

Love your adorable card! I have just started using Copics and struggle with shading and sticking to a consistent light source. Congratulations on publishing this book - I'm sure it will be a help to many! Thank you for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

The book looks like a great resource! I love tutorials about shading and highlights, and would like more tutorials about things that make Copics unique (like creating custom colors).

Cherri said...

I have enjoyed seeing all of the Copic projects. I am a novice when it comes to Copics, so any tutorial would be helpful to me.

Danese said...

I love your tutorials, I'd like to see more tutorials on coloring faces/skin, I have a tough time with making it look right. I use your hair tutorial all the time! Thank you!

Star Ark Creativity said...

I like the card you made it remind my of summer time. You did a great job. It would be great to win the Copic Coloring Guide. And my favorite color are spring color because it has yellow and green in it. Thank you for sharing.
Have great day :)
Delama

Anonymous said...

I am only beginning to collect copics and learn. I need this book!:) Any tutorials with shading and highlighting are my favorites, especially with flowers. Thank you for the chance to win your amazing book!

Valerie said...

I have the shading book also but found it alittle over my head also so I guess tutiorals on shading is what I still need to see. Anxious to see your book!

Mary Jane said...

I would really enjoy a signed copy of your book. I struggle with shading and highlights using Copic markers. I really need to sit down and practice. Thanks so much for the tutorials and tips you have on your blog.

Kathy said...

Marianne - I am so inspired by your work and all the help you give us. I look for tutorials on blending families and how to get the shadows and darker shading to work appropriately. It takes practice but your guidance is key! thank you..

Sonja said...

I struggle w/ shadows mostly. Thanks for a endless great blog helping all of us "master" our coloring!!! Thanks for a chance to win!

Chris said...

What a cute sunny card! I would like a tutorial on outlining your images to make them pop! Thanks for the chance!

papercrazy said...

Thanks so much for all your helpful tutorials! My problem is highlighting and shading. It's more a lack of practice than lack of information though.

Donna Huisinga said...

My biggest problem is telling where the light source is so knowing how to shade consistently on one piece. Love your blog and would love to have this book. I certainly need it.

lainey said...

Any tutorials that help me with Copic coloring would be appreciated! I can use any and all tips!

CTgirl said...

Love the fun and happy card!!
I always like to learn more about shading.
Any tutorial is welcome, one can always learn something new, or revive an old skill.

Lueyes said...

I have difficulty knowing what part of the paper to leave white. I would also like to know what to do to keep some of the reds and greens from bleeding outside of the lines. Congratulations on your new book and thanks for a chance to win.

Karen said...

I would love to see more tutorials on colouring hair. There are so many different colour combinations and shadowing techniques that I would love to explore. Thanks for the chance at winning this amazing book.

Becky G. said...

I would so love to win an Autographed copy of this book.
Your card is great. we are so fortnate to have so many tutorials out, but I still stuggle with shadows and would like to see a few more on this subject. Did pick up your book Shadows & Shading yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win a signed copy! Yea!!!
I'd like to see tutorials/techniques for creating textures either by using the color blender or more on strategic coloring...
Cheers,
Sandy
Kelowna BC Canada

Quilter422 said...

I would like to see more tuts on airbrushing. Thanks for the opportunity

Isha said...

I am quite new to Copics...would really love to learn and this book would be perfect. My favorite combo is R85, R83 and R81. Thanks for giving a chance to win.Thanks for the lovely tutorials. I would like to learn on how to mix 2 colors...like orange and pink

Anonymous said...

I am so new, and don't really practice very much, shame on me! But I think the hardest thing for me is the blender pens. I think they are great, but need to figure out how to use them to the greatest ability. Thanks for the chance to win!

Betty said...

would love to win this book! my biggest struggle is with people - just find it very difficult. there probably is a tutorial out there about shading around flowers but that is also a struggle because i don't have a large range of colors with which to work.

Maria R. said...

My favorite images to color are things. Things like kites, hot air balloons, beach balls, trees, things like that. Thank you for the opportunity!

Kelley said...

I love your simple, cheery card and understand why your daughter searches for it!

I would say my problem is shading. What colors do I use? Should I grab that light blue, or a grey or...

Thank you for a chance to win a copy of your book.

Jillisgram said...

Marianne, I love your smiling sun too! I'm just learning about Copics and hope to be a winner of your book --- because I need help! Thanks for the chance to win.

Sheila Toppi said...

my problem is...I haven't been able to afford any copics but want some SOOOO BAD!! LOL

True :) said...

Hi Marianne!
The title of your blog says it all!
Your card is darling!
I LOVE your stamp set! I am a stamp illustrator too and love looking at other artists work. I was involved with Annie's Attic's "Coloring Techniques For Card Making" and drooled over my fellow contributing artists Copic creations. I only had one card in that book done with Copics. The rest were done with water colors. I just don't feel that my Copic skills compare to artists such as yourself. I would so love to win this book so I can learn from the masters! Your autograph would certainly be the cherry on top!
To answer your question...
Something I would like to see more of is how to color (and shade) well with a minimum number of markers. I think people tend to start out with just a small set of them and struggle to get the look they want. They see works done by people who have all the colors and can fade colors effortlessly and wish they could get the same look.
Maybe a tutorial with more grays for shading would be good. That might help us stretch the colors we have. I would love to have every Copic color available but it's not feasible at the moment.

Sorry this post is so long, but...you asked! :)

Thanks for the chance!

Hugs,
Trudy Sjolander

Lisa said...

Love your blog! I am new to copics and you have so much great information. Reds are harder for me and I love any tips on shading and blending and affordable good papers.

Kerian said...

Just getting started...Shading and highlights I think are most important especially for a novice...I would like to take a teacher lead class-sometimes see it done makes more since...for now online is all i have.

Sarah said...

I like doing skin tones, but hair is still difficult with the shading.

stampscout said...

Tutorials help me learn how to do it! Shading and blending colors are what I need more of. Also how to pick what colors for best blending. Thanks so much for the chance to win the book.

Jessrose21 said...

I'd love to win a signed copy of your book! It's already on my wishlist. I haven't found the perfect light pink yet, as the ones I own are either too peach (R20s) or too purple (RV10s). The R80s come close, but not quite. Any suggestions? Thanks for the chance to win!

Rene said...

would love to see one image colored several different ways!
Love your card!

Mama said...

Love your card. Your tutorials are great. I know I need more practice but I also need more help with the shading and blending. Appreciate any tutorials since I can always learn more. Would love to win this awesome book.

Kathy Mc said...

Shading and highlights with the right colors seems to be the most important to me. Would love to win this book so I can take the plunge into the world of Copics. Thanks for a chance to win your awesome book!

Trisha said...

For those of us that only have a few shades of each color, it would be nice to have more tutorials on blending those colors together, or how to get the most out of the shades we have.
Hugs,
Trisha

Lorianna said...

First of all, thank you all for the chance to win a signed copy of your book. I always like seeing tutorials on skin coloring and shading. I have a really hard time with that. Thanks

rlang221 said...

I bought the book at my local craft store and love the tutorials. I'm looking forward to trying all the techniques. I'd love to see more of the same.

Marie said...

More info on shading and color blending. Thank you. Love your work and dedication to make us understand copic.

Hi it's Terrid said...

I love tutorials! I struggle the most with shading and choosing colors. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Charlene said...

Love every kind of tutorial...can't wait to get my copy of this book and the Orlando class!

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