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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Chriss Blagrave said...

I love all tutorials that we are fortunate to view, but I absolutely love florals!
Congrats on another great book!

Beach Cat ! said...

A signed copy means so much more ... so I am really hoping you draw my number!

Sherrie said...

Adorable addition Marianne....you are pure sunshine!

Scrapthat said...

Shading and highlights I think are most important especially for novice artists.
TFS Great work.

Eisbärin said...

I like to watch any tutorials on new techniques I haven't tried before and colour combos that work well! I so hope I could win a signed copy!!

Dana Desmond said...

I think the thing that gives me the biggest struggle is my limited selection of colors. I know in my mind what color I want, but I won't have it. I compensate by combining a lot of my markers with other color families to get different tones of a color.

Alyssa S said...

This would be so very fabulous! I've recently been playing around with your shadows and shading book and love it! Thanks for the chance! :o)

Robbie said...

I am new at the few markers I have and my skill level is low. I love the smoothness of them and am looking forward to learning more. I'd LOVE to have this book...I need all the help I can get!

Jana said...

Last but certinaly not least. This has been an amazing bloh hop. I would love to see more tutorials using the blending marker.

LaJanette said...

I have taken a peek at this book...so many samples! I struggle the most with highlights; I would like to see more on how people do that high contrast. Going from really dark to white. Have not been able to do that one:(

Thanks for this great chance to win;

Janette G.

Chris said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. I would love to see some tutorials on working with different kinds of paper and getting the "problems" that can cause, to turn into interesting effects. :)

soozle said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful card. I would love the chance to learn how to use my Copics to achieve similar results to you. My colouring is very basic so it would be a real thrill to learn properly! I would also love to learn how to achieve the shadowing I see on so many wonderful cards. Obviously I will need to purchase many more markers. Lucky we have talented people like you to show us how.thankyou so much from an envious cardmaker!

soozle said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful card. I would love the chance to learn how to use my Copics to achieve similar results to you. My colouring is very basic so it would be a real thrill to learn properly! I would love to learn how to achieve the shadowing I see on so many wonderful cards. Obviously I will need to purchase many more markers. Lucky we have talented people like you to show us how.thankyou so much from an envious cardmaker! Sue A

Steph Herbert said...

So excited for this guide! I just started using Copics and I love them. I am absorbing any tutorials I can find! :) Learning about highlighting and shading seem to be my biggest challenges.

diana said...

I don't own any Copics ... yet! So I will some basic tutorial introductions to colouring with Copics. Thanks for the chance to win this book. ;-)

Jennie Lin Black said...

simple is sometimes more! beautiful my friend just like you!

shari said...

I just received my first copic and used them, so require any help, but think that doing the skin tones and nature scenes would be the most difficult to learn to do properly as am fussy.

Lindsay said...

Love that cutie card! I have the most trouble with large areas and shading...gotta keep practicing my feather blending! Your tuts are always fabulous!

Cassie said...

Hmmm...the tutorials that are out there are very helpful. I think I would like to see one on sky and clouds (maybe it's already there, but I haven't seen one)

Lori Craig said...

I love your card, and I am in debt to you for all of the lessons and Copic tips that you have shareds. I love working with you, and I know I can always count on you to make me smile. Congratulations on a beautiful publication, my sweet friend! Hugs!

smallcity 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

carolyn

Kimberly S. said...

Awwww....I love the smiling sun as well! I would love more tutorials on coloring with a light source. On this blog hop, there was one card (I forget what the author's name was...sorry) that showed a little girl reading in bed....and the copic coloring to show the light on her and her book was absolutely PERFECT!! I would LOVE to see a tutorial to know how to do that! Thank you for the chance to win an autograohed copy of this book!! I would love the book by itself....but autographed would mean so much more!! =o)

Deneen said...

Great card! What gives me the most trouble is shading...foe example, what colour do you use to shade on yellow, just using a darker shade of yellow isn't quite right, but adding grey messes it up. Hope that makes sense:)

I'd love to see more tutorials on unique uses for Copics.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Michelle /Eliotstamps said...

I would love to see a tutorial that shows one image colored in a few different ways or using a few different techniques. (also, that happy sun is one of my all-time favorite images!)

Adelina said...

Any tutorials on shading, florals or blending colors on images are really helpful. Thanks so much!

Patty Sue 2 said...

Your card is fantastic....I love learning and especially how to use my Copics...thanks for the chance to win!

Lauretta See said...

ohh dear.. i would love a signed copy!!! :) crossing all fingers.. i would love more tuts on reds... : thank you! and also welcome back at home.. we missed you! xx

Molossus said...

I'd like to see more about blending. I know I'm not getting the most out of my blenders.

thestampinglady said...

As a beginner with very little natural talent, I still struggle with shadowing. I have a hard time understanding light. Thanks for the chance to win a very valuable resource.

Karen said...

oh oh oh I would LOVe LOVE LOVE this!! thank you for the opportunity. I would love to see more tutorials on how to create more texture when coloring.

Karen said...

oh oh oh I would LOVe LOVE LOVE this!! thank you for the opportunity. I would love to see more tutorials on how to create more texture when coloring.

Carol L said...

I'm hungry for any/all tutorials you create, because learning is fun! I have trouble pairing colored images with DP and figuring out how to match everything. Some days I'll just sit and color images with no rhyme or reason, but then when I try to use them on a card, I can't seem to find a matching dp combo.
Your sunshine card just makes me smile! It's adorable! And TSM for the opportunity to win a signed copy of this fabulous book!

terri d said...

Gosh so many great cards. I can't wait to see the book. I am always trying to get my shading to look more natural. Thanks for the chance to win the book! Crossing my fingers that my # will be drawn.

Marge said...

To win an autographed copy would truly make it a treasured copy! I'm not talented at coloring, so just shading/highlighting are what I still struggle with. Need more practice!!!

Marsha said...

I struggle with being consistent with my shading throughout the image. I am using your shading/shadows book to help, but tutorials using video really help me.

Linda Monroe said...

I think the book is very complete, but I would like more tutorials on getting my colors perfect. I know that I can add in a colored layer of warm or cool greys to get a color shade that matches my paper, but I don't really know how to do that. I don't want to make my own marker, just use color layering of my grays to tone down some of my bright colors. That would be great if you could show examples of how to do that.

Jan Castle said...

Thanks for asking....I would like a tutorial on coloring Asian themes; highlights are difficult for me. Your tutorials are extremely helpful and I would love to win the book, especially since it's a signed copy!!!
Jan

Jennifer Dove said...

I find most people want more info on light source. You have taught that very well in your shadows and shading book...but keep repeating it because its the best way things get into the brain :) I would love a copy if this book.

featheredheaven said...

Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book! I have to say with the few markers I have, the ones I love the best are any from the family of red, as well from the family of purples!

Diana said...

I would love to see more tutorials on how to determine where to use the lightest of your colors, determining how to provide shadow as a result of lighting. One of my biggest problems in addition to shading and lighting, is choosing which color combinations to blend together

jkstiles77 said...

Love your card, and a chance to win this book is awesome! I'm constantly searching for new tutorials, especially on creating highlights.

Tanya said...

I would love to see more techniques on feathering and blending. Especially on flowers. Thanks for a chance to win!

Elena said...

The most problems with coloring i have, is with lanscapes... i would love to see tutorials for florals, lanscapes and sky...

Dana said...

I struggle the most with shadows and shading. I would love to see more on that.

Lynda Gail said...

I am new to the world of Copic. My first need is help with blending. Thanks!

jjocarlson said...

I luv any tutorial that teaches me new techniques. I personally feel shading and highlighting is what I would like to see more of!

Karen McAlpine said...

So sweet stamp set. Congrats on being published in the book. I have not seen a tutorial on coloring on papers in colors other than white or cream. How about something like coloring on other colors of paper.

Jenn Joncas said...

Congrats on your new book!! I just received a copy in the mail yesterday but if I win one here I will pass it on to my colouring BFF. I still have trouble knowing where to highlight and shade. I have the books and am hoping to sit down and go through them this summer. The other thing is backgrounds, how do people get such nice backgrounds w/o ruining the image they just coloured?? Is it the difference in the inks or are they just super careful??

Thanks!!

xtina said...

I love marker tutorials that help with shading on fabric, it's one that i usually have trouble with, I'm fine with skin and hair for somereason though :(

stopps2scrap said...

I would like to see more on adding depth, shadows and highlights...how to make them consistent. Thanks!!!!

Carisa said...

Marianne, I definitely, definitely want to win this book SO bad!! I love love love your shading book so this definitely needs to be added to my collection plus to have it SIGNED would be an amazing bonus. Anything you share is a must have. You know I think you are the coloring goddess!!!!

Gerlinde said...

I love to try new techniques and am always looking for tutorials for something new. I would LOVE to win this book so that I could improve my coloring skills!

Cindy H. said...

I would love to win a Copic Coloring Guide. Autographed would be the icing on the cake! I am always amazed and interested when artists color images of clothing and create creases and draping where to my eyes none existed.

Pauline Power Burke said...

I too would love to win a copy of this treasured book! I would love tp learn more about blending colours as I find that can be tricky sometimes. I would like to end up with a more professional look than I have achieved so far! I would also like to learn more about using the thicker nip, as I am inclined to only stick with the paint brush nip.

Tanya said...

What gives me the most problems is shading and highlights. Thank you so much for the chance! :D

Alison H said...

Love, love all your tutorials. I would adore a copy of this book. What I have the most difficult time with is still shading. I'm getting better with the light sources...but it still doesn't look as good as it could...well, that and coloring hair. Who knew hair would cause me so many issues.. it's the flicking.. must be the flicking..

Kaitlyn said...

another book.. congratulations... I'm so looking forward to it!! I enjoy coloring anything. I'm keeping cheat sheets on what colors go with skin and which colors blend together well.

babdu said...

The book is great. Perhaps a section on fixing mistakes or strategies to hide a mistake in the next book. There is going to be a 'next book' right?

Shauna said...

This book sounds wonderful! Honestly, I don't own any Copics yet--I feel a bit intimidated by all the bloggers out there using Copics, but maybe after I find the book (or win it!), I'd feel more confident to try them! So as far as tutorials, tutorials with basic techniques. Thanks for the chance to win!

katrynka said...

I love the basic ones, as I am just learning, but hopefully I will learn more as time goes by, and be able to do more complex techniques!

Thanks for the chance to win!

imastampin said...

I love my Copic markers and the thing I love most about them is that they are so user friendly. I love all the tutorials I've seen and they are of great help. Even beginners get great results with them and a little practice makes it all even better. I need to work on my shadows, but I know there are great tutorials on that already, so I just have to keep practicing.

Mucker_Kid69 said...

I find it really hard do color with dark copics ... it's not that smooth, as with bright colors ... and the blendig doesn't work ... I really don't know what to do about that ...

Mandy P. said...

I'm a beginner so color choices and shading and highlighting. Thanks for the inspiration!

Eric and Karen said...

I would love to see more flower tutorials and find shading and highlighting the most difficult.

Janet said...

Thanks for the chance to win. I'd love to see more posts on shading and highlighting. I really struggle with that.

Jenskaroo said...

I just got my first Copics today & can't wait to try them out! As a beginner, any tutorials are helpful to me! But if I had to choose, I'd appreciate any suggestions for different ideas for incorporating Copics into scrapbooking :-)

Carrol said...

I would love to see more blending tutorials. I just can't seem to get it. Maybe I overthink it.

Denise said...

I dont have any specific requests, unless you are able to find me more time to practice????? Thanks for the chance. I really want this book!

Cornville Country Crafts said...

What I would love to see more of on your site are the drawing lessons you talked about awhile back. Congrats on the book, you are awesome.
My biggest challenge comes from coloring small red objects, and keeping them from bleeding!!!

Geri said...

I visit your blog regularly and thank my lucky stars that I found your site when I started my copic addiction! Your work is amazing and your tutorials are a constant source of help and inspiration. Please keep up this great work!

TN Granny said...

Marianne, I love all your blog entries I learned from you and think your the best. Thank you for bringing this exciting fun talent to my world.
Hugs,
Jeanine

Cyndie said...

Oh, boy--am I ever glad I subscribe to your blog--would LOVE to win the book; it's already on my birthday wish list! I would say that I struggle most with filling large areas with smooth, even color blends. Also very tiny areas, due to the size of the sketch marker tip. Thanks for any help!

darien.evans said...

im a brand newbie with copic, and while i have worked with tons of other mediums, im enjoying the markers a lot. i have really limited colors and am looking forward to maybe a tutorial about blending and compensating for that.

Bast said...

Love the card the sun is adorable! Tutorials on scenery and colors to use for the sky at different times of the day (especially a twilight sky) would be great.

TFS and thanx for the inspiration it has been quite a journey!

KimMJ
bast830@comcast.net

A said...

I would love to see some tutorials on how to create work like Traci Bautista's. Something besides just coloring in line drawings.

g said...

what a sweet card! i have the most trouble coloring hair, particularly highlights- so i would love more techniques! thank you for the chance to win an autographed copy of the book-so exciting!!

Janine said...

I struggle most with consistent light source and getting realistic shading. Love your simple cards and would love to win the book.

Lillian Child said...

What a delightful card. I struggle with blending colors and the more I can visualize how it's done properly, the more tempted I might be to incorporate coloring in my crafting.

Hfd said...

I would like to see project do on, other than paper. I use Copics for jewelry making, glass art, and I even used 100 (black) to fill the toe of my daughters shoe when I was in a pinch.

Wendy said...

I am just recently Certified and really starting finding out all the cool things that Copic markers can do. I love just reading about them. I am continuing to learn. I did run into one issue. Last evening I was using my Air Compressor and the chisel end of the marker would not air brush, the brush tip end would though. Is this common? It is the first problem I have experienced.
Thanks for the chance to win this book. I really want it.

Lucy Newton said...

I am a visual learner so I would love to see more videos about digital stamps, how to print them what paper and ink to use, etc.

Chris said...

I'd love some help in picking colors that should be used together for coloring and blending. I love the beautiful results that Copics can provide when used by someone who knows how. Congrats on the book!

Monics said...

Would love toe book! My struggle is with highlights, and dark hair being the biggest challenge!

Paula-Kay Bourland said...

I love Copics and can hardly wait to get my hands on that book! I would love more tutorials showing blending of colors that are not in the same family, also more on shadows. I just got my basic Copic certification in Wichita and am so excited.

Chris said...

Hi Marianne,
I was in your San Diego class a few months back. Congrats on the book! Thanks for the chance to win it. Coloring hair and fur are the biggest challenge for me right now.
Thanks,
Chris
www.craftemama.blogspot.com

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

This is adorable, Marianne! LOVE that stamp set! :) The biggest struggles for me are the light source/shadows. Thanks for the chance to win!

Susan said...

I'd love to see more tutorials on highlighting. The two things I have the most trouble with are coloring small spaces (using the Ciao and Sketch) and keeping certain colors (like reds) from bleeding.

Caroline said...

Congratulations on your book! It looks great... The sunshine card is just way cute! Coloring with reds at times can give me a hard time. They are just so rich in pigment and if I blend too much it will bleed. I'm getting better with it. Any added new tutorial will be great... I always pick up new tips when I watch.

JustMeJustina said...

I love all the help I can get, but I'd really like to see more on how to figure out what colors go together.

Justina
justina1218 at aim dot com
www.justmycrafts.blogspot.com

Queen Mary said...

Marianne, congratulations on the book, I forgot to congratulate Colleen. You have so many wonderful suggestions for tutorials already, what I would enjoy would be a tutorial on different papers -- that one is pure genius! Also, with autumn being my favorite time of the year, what about an autumn tree with multiple different colors in it? SU! has a beautiful oak tree and I've used floral soft, would love to try coloring it! My favorite is the sweater texture one by the way!

stampencamper said...

I can't imagine a tutorial you haven't xdone. but, for me it still is eyes and lighting/shadows on an object

Brenda said...

Hi Marianne!! I would love to win this fabulous book. I would love my tutorials on light source. That is my biggest problem!!

Kristine Berc said...

I have been wanting to try Copics for the longest time but I don't know how to use them and I've been too scared to try. Therefore I would be very appreciative of tutorials for complete Copic beginners. I would be so thrilled to win a copy of this book!

Anne said...

Your card is such a happy card! I have learned so much about copics by following your blog. I have so much more to learn, tho. Shadows are always a tough one for me, but I think my biggest frustration is figuring out color combos that work. Ones that aren't obvious, like 02, 05 and 07. I know there are so many combos out there, but when I experiment, I sometimes get a muddy look.

Toni said...

Just keep the tutorials coming, they all provide a needed source of inspiration

Lisa said...

I am liking your blog! I am new to copic markers. The book would be a great help. I love all the copic colors.

monica1991 said...

I love your tutorials Marianne :) even though I'm not fortunate to own more than 2 Copics at the moment, I love them and would love more tutorials on which colours work best for what purpose - eg. how light of a colour do I need to achieve different effects :)
FINGERS CROSSED!!

Janie said...

Shading and highlighting are always a struggle.

Tutorials on new techniques always great!

Thanks for the opportunity!

JessicaK said...

I'm an enthusiastic but definitely beginner to copics and am really struggling with blending, especially with hair/skin shading. It's like I always overblend or underblend, but can't hit that sweet spot. More tutorials on these would be much appreciated. And a signed copy - even BETTER! Thx for this chance.

Melissa M said...

I really like your book. i bought it in PDF format so I would love to win a copy and it will be even better since it would be autographed. I think I would like more lessons on hair and on shadowing around the exterior of an image to make it pop. Thanks for all the wonderful help you give to the rest of us!

Melissa said...

"Simple and easy" is good, especially for those of us just starting out. I'd like to see tutorials showing how to create beautiful projects with a limited number of markers, 2-3 shades per color group.

Laura Rollins said...

I love seeing tutorials on shading. No matter how many I look at, I always learn something new or get a little better at something I already know how to do. I struggle with lighting concepts that change the tone of colors (ie night light versus afternoon light, and how that affects how colors look). I'm always working on it!!!

Kelly G said...

I would love more tutorials on mixing the colors. I never seem to get it right. The thing I have the most trouble with is shading and knowing where to put them....if that makes sense. I love my copics and would love to get more use out of them.

Meghan said...

My biggest struggle when colouring with my Copics is staying in the lines. Not sure why but I have a really hard time especially with the soft tip Copic markers in tight spaces.

Susie said...

I guess my struggle is getting the proper amount of shading/blending. I'd like to see another one on coloring people.

Karen said...

Absolutely adorable card. My biggest struggle is trying to lighten colors without obliterating them.

Cammy said...

Color combos and how to shade them are what I need most. Thanks for the awesome book and chance to win.

lori said...

So cute! You are the Copic guru! I always struggle with fleshtones and trying not to leave streaks when I color faces. I would also love to see a basic Copic certification class in Honolulu, Hawaii! Please!

Kimmy said...

I love seeing tutorials! I have the most trouble with figuring out how to shadow with my "light source". I just need more practice - I think. Your book looks wonderful I can't wait to see if I win! I am very anxious for an intermediate certification class to come to my area.

amysd01 said...

I am new to the world of copics and have not had a great deal of time to play. Any and all tutorials are helpful! I love your tutorials on doodles. I'd love to see more tricks like the little fish and birds you have in your previous posts.

Judy Cook said...

I love tutorials. They really help you learn techniques. I think I would like to see more shadowing techniques. That seems to be my hardest.

scrapfancy said...

My most difficult would be keeping my hand light and trying not to press too much. This book looks like alot of fun and good wishes to wins it.

Tamra said...

Since I am new to Copics, any tutorial on use and just where to begin when you are a beginner is helpful. Looking forward to getting the book to help me. Thanks.

Luv 2 Create said...

I learn the most from everyones tutorials and trying it out for my self. I love it when I see someones work and they share the color combinations that they used to achieve it has been so very useful. It helps me learn which colors work best for shading purposes. Achieving life like skin tones and hair are is the hardest for me. I would also like to see more tutorials in applying shadows.
Marcie

Debra Hensley said...

Thanks for this chance to win! I love any tutorial that shows unusual color combos and shading techniques.

Heather said...

Cast shadows are still way too scary for me;)

Anicka said...

I love the tutorials on skin color some more of those would be nice.

scrappingnana said...

Cute card. Love the sun. I just got 3 flestone Copics and am practicing with them. Any tutorials on shading and blending would be helpful. I would love to win a copy of your book.

Carol (HB) said...

I am definetly challenged when it comes to creating shadows and would love to see more tutorials on that. Thanks Marianne!

Pat Yahner said...

I would love to have a copy of the book so that I could use it to help improve my coloring. My biggest challenge is shading an image.

I am having so much fun with my Copics, It is so relaxing to color!

Pat

Marcelle said...

What a wonderful book it must be!
Im always around checking the tutorials and I would love one that shows how to color clothes as it has folds on the fabric.
Thanks for the chance.
Cheers
Marcelle

BrandeeLo said...

sometimes the basics are the most important! I must not be using the right paper or technique because I struggle with bleeding and smearing. Help!

Diane said...

I would love to see more tutorials on blending on smaller items. Thanks for the chance to win.

Cindy said...

I would like to see more on the airbrush system. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book.

Kim160 said...

Your card is soooo cute. I would love to learn how to colour animals. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win such a magnificant book.

*Analyn* said...

thank you for all the tutorials, hints and tips for using copics! my struggle is trying to match and blend colors. Using the colorless blender by adding a different color to it is difficult for me...i've tried it time and again and the blender will not pick up the ink.
Thanks for the book, i hope to win a copy!
:)

Susan said...

HI Marianne! I would like to have more tutorials on shading. I just can never seem to get it right. Thanks for this wonderful book!

Anne said...

Fantastic card! I have trouble picking the right color combos! I'm working on it, though:)

happybooker said...

I'm glad to see a simple example, since I'm new at coloring with Copics. I'd like to see tutorials on color combinations, that is what gives me the most trouble, both in my card making and in coloring with Copics. I'm just not very good with colors. I'm very good at mimicry however, so if I see enough examples... I think the book will be a great help!

PixieLeigh said...

Wow I Love all the tutorials. I have issue with hair. I would love to do the Beautiful things you do that inspire me so much.

Billie A said...

Great project. Great doing this book know it would be of good use. I need help with light sourse and how to do the background of the image to give it some pop, so it's not just laying on the paper. I have never taken a class and living away from big cities classes are not around small towns so what I have learned I learn from trial and error and videos on different blogs.

Carly said...

Thankyou so much for the opporutnity to win this much wanted book!

I'm only new but have found that there are lots of tutorials that are very helpful but I can't always be at the computer .. so can't wait to see what is in this book that will help :) It sounds wonderful and I really really really want it! need it! crave it!
I struggle with light source and am hoping to get a copy of your Shadows and Shading book ... just waiting for my birthday .. hoping the birthday fairy is getting it for me :)

Cathy Y said...

I just got your shading book recently and it's great. But I'd still like to see a detailed tutorial on doing something like an elaborate gown in intense colors with drapes & folds, showing lots of depth.

gobeagirl said...

Hi Marieanne. I would love to have this book, but to have a signed copy of it would just be a dream come true. You are the very first person I ever watched with Copic markers. Just watching a video of you at a CHA show was enough to totally hook me. :O) Thanks for this chance. Hugs, Lisa G

Sara said...

Wow! Your creation is awesome! I love the colors that you used! I would love to see more tutorials on coloring black (gray)hair using the different light sources! I am still struggling with my light source angles! Thanks for the chance at an autographed copy of the NEW (must have)Book! Have a wonderful rest of the week! Happy Creating! Sara

Kate P. said...

Hi Marianne - thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of this fabulous book! I'd love more tutorials on colouring things which are pale, shiny, multi-coloured, odd colours etc. Though if I could only pick one I'd love a tute on how to combine colours from different families to create the exact colour/shade you are after.

Lynda said...

I am a real novice with my Copic markers and really could use help in choosing the correct color value for shading.

jjs.mom said...

I'm new to copic markers. While searching the web for information on how to use them I came across your site. Your information was very helpful, I'm slowly aquiring more markers and can't wait to try some of the techniques featured.

Cori-Lyn said...

I would love to see more tutorials on backgrounds! Loving this hop - thanks so much!

Judy G said...

I'm very new to Copics, so would love to see more tutorials on blending and shading. Thanks! btw: very cool blog header! :-)

Denise said...

Great card!
I'd like to see coloring a background with the pens. So, if the image is a floral, surrounding the design with a color to set it off, like a nice soft blue.
DeniseB

Fetban said...

I'm a long-time stamper, but a new copic user. I need more tutorials on shading and shadows. HELP! My biggest struggle is getting the different colors to BLEND together nicely, instead of clumping up like two unrelated lines! Meh! PS Please pick me! pick me! pick me! to win your book :-)

Tiffany said...

Cute card! I'm going to have to get that stamp set! Shading and highlights!

Kate Block said...

I have the most difficulty with feathering. So I definately would like more tutorials on that. Also I would really like to see some more tutorials on coloring hair and skin.

The Copic Coloring guide is a great book! I have used it not only to learn techniques, but I get color combo ideas and have purchased some of the stamps that are used in the book. It would be so fun to have an autographed copy!!

Barb Ghig said...

Such a CUTE card ~ Congrats on being part of this wonderful publication!

I would love to see more tutorials on blending....I can't seem to get enough of them! I really struggle with trying to determine what angle the light is coming in, and how to keep everything consistent throughout the image. (I hope that makes sense).

Thanks so much for a chance to win an autographed copy of the book!!!

Linda said...

I could really benefit from a tutorial on how to add shadows cast by your object....be it a person, a vase, whatever. Thanks for the chance to win Marianne.

Marie said...

I would like to see more tutorials on shading. Love your blog and it has help me so much in my coloring with the copics. Thanks for the chance of winning this great book.

paperpapier said...

my biggest heartache is colouring the face especially Magnolia Tilda stamp. I hope there is a tutorial on colouring any of the Tilda stamp. My other greatest obstacle in colouring is placement of shadow.

Christine aka blankiefinder said...

One of the things I struggle with most is creating a lot of depth of colour. I really like a 'watercoloured' look but with copics!

gail said...

I would love to see more tutorials on coloring landscape (mountains, water, forests) ,flowers with shadowing and animals . Videos would be great (just to hear your voice)

Christa said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I am a copic newbie and am looking for ways to practice and learn more. My struggle is with the cost of these markers! I wish I could buy them all -- but I can only afford a small set.

Bonnie said...

Would love a tutorial on how to color skin or shading. Love to watch beginning tutorials. Watch them over and over. Thanks for chance to make suggestions.

Esther said...

The shading and highlights are difficult for me and the searching of colours together for excample: 3copics in the colour pink in different numbers. I hope you know what I meant to say because my english is not so well as I wanted so gladly.
Greatings,Esther

ednamburgess said...

I love seeing all the tutorial about copics. The more I use them, the better I'm getting. This book would help a lot. Guess my favorite is the E colors as use a lot of them, but other colors depend on my background paper. Edna

Helen said...

A fun card! I love to watch all the tutorials about copics. One aspect I think would be helpful is more on using different papers and what to expect as well as shading and how to achieve the best results with a limited palette. This book looks fantastic! What a great prize!!!!

Donna said...

W/out a doubt, I struggle w/ coloring larger images. Seems I do OK with the detailed ones. Thanks for the chance- the book looks so awesome & will be a big help!

♥Rach♥ said...

I would love some tutorials on shading the folds of clothing, I often have a hard time getting just the right level of depth. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

Jannette said...

I'm always trying to learn more about my wonderful markers. Even if I don't have them all. And that book would do the trick. Shading and knowing where to put the "light" is where I find my stuggles.

Jannette D.

Paula2e said...

I would like to see more tutorials on highlighting and color combinations. Also how to get the most benefit out of a basic copic set if that is all you have.

Stephanie said...

The tutorials are great and are very helpful. I think I struggle most with visioning folds but I am practicing and continue to advance. thanks for the chance!

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Your card is gorgeous! Congrats on making it into the book!

I always have trouble with shading in general so any tutorial on that is always helpful to me!

What a FAB giveaway!! Thanks for the chance!

Hugs...
Melissa

Linda said...

I love all of your tutorials. Everyone is so informative, thanks so much for taking the time to do them. Coloring with blacks and whites to get the glass or black boot effect seem to really give me a great deal of trouble. I am still very new at this so, I am aware I still need to practice. Thanks for the chance to win one of your books, it would be greatly appreciated. Times are hard these days, but crafting keeps me shane.

gail said...

My biggest challenge is the color red. It bleeds everytime!
I love your tutorials just the way they are

marilynwillauer said...

Shading is what I would love to see more of. I love to color flowers! Will give my coloring a try on faces and hair one day soon!

Regina aka Mrs. Ham said...

I wish to see more tutorials on shadowing. My biggest struggle is coloring with reds.

Tricia said...

I guess shadows and shading give me the most problems, so I'm always interested in these kinds of tutorials. I love coloring flowers, so shading of flowers is very helpful.

Candy F. said...

The smiling sun image just makes you happy when you look at it. I would like more information on choosing color families. The thing I struggle with the most is the shading and I feel like if I had a better grasp of which colors blend well together it might help my coloring. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

kbowne837 said...

I would have to say knowing my light source and keeping this in mind is tough right now. I have not tried anything with skin and hair yet - usually I am doing flowers right now.

Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to learn. I am looking forward to getting a copy of this book - a signed one would be even better.

Thanks again,
Karen

Caroline alias Kermit said...

Sorry for my english. Copic it's my passion now. But when I have to coloring in white I'm affraid. Thank for helping us.

Rosie said...

Wow what an opportunity. I am pretty new with coloring so I love all your tutorials... they are all helpful! =)

Pansy said...

Wow! My copyof the Coloring guide arrived at my house the day after I left for a six week stint in CA caring for a grandchild...Can' wait to return home Monday and see it....

Lynn said...

I have a husband, 2 grown sons and 1 grandson (my DIL's are the only other girls in the family) so I don't use flowers & feminine things in my scrapbooking, cardmaking, etc. I'd like to see tutorials using a larger variety of stamped images and definitely more masculine/outdoorsy types of images.

Beachsidelynn said...

I still struggle with blending on large areas, so any tutorial that helps with that.
Your sunshine is special. Keep designing.
Thanks for a chance to win the autographed book.

Life On the Scrappy Side Store said...

I am new to copics so have not seen many of the tutorials yet but I know blending will be my biggest challenge. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book and I really have enjoyed this hop makes me want to color!

Jan Castle said...

Such beauty and inspiration, it takes talent and you certainly have it! Would be great to win your book,signed is a definite plus!!! Thanks for giving me a chance.

Carol said...

I would love to get further help with shading and highlights. Also, shadows are kind of difficult for me.Thanks for some great info on this blog.



Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Katie said...

Any tutorial is good at this point. I enjoy the more advance ones not that I'm there yet but to see the possibilities. For me shading from white into a dark color gets me, I am still really new at this though. Thanks for this give away.

Hey Hey Paula said...

I love coloring with my Copics & practice all the time. I'd love to learn more about shading & highlighting. Also some tips on coloring/blending on small images as I make mostly cards.

Kim Kelley said...

All of the tutorials you have done are fantastic. Hair and skin are always ones that you can't have enough of...as well as maybe the air brush system!
Love the book as well as your shade one!

kkelley1308@aol.com

GAZ said...

I am so new to Copics and need to work on my blending skills (or lack of). I'm going to order your book. I love flowers and want to learn the techniques of shading for them. Thanks for sharing!

Hazel said...

I would love tutorials on how to blend to white, just bought the download version last night so have yet to read it, can't wait though,
H xx

debbie said...

I love my Copics and enjoy any and all helpful hints. One in particular that has saved me a lot of money is using the Copics to color ribbons pearls and other embellishments. What I struggle with the most is the shading. I am forever referring back to the Copic designers' blogs. A guide at hand would be most welcome,especially an autographed one of all my favorite designers!Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.

1922 Designs by bev allaire said...

What a wonderful blog hop. determing the light source and where highlighting and shadowing should be from there. I know that with more practice i would be more comfortable with it.
Bev A

Missy Owen said...

I think tutorials on shading and highlights are needed my me!! I should have paid more attention in Art class! :)

KarenB said...

Long time follower and admirer of all your work! I love seeing all tutorials and examples you give - each one provides new insight on these fabby markers helping me improve my coloring. The one obstacle I've never been able to overcome is using grays to add shadows to my coloring - I've tried it and usually mess up the project completely. I'd love to see a tutorial solely focused on using grays to tone down colors and give more shadow instead of just darker color to create the illusion of shadow. Thanks for the opportunity to win!!!!

terry said...

It would be great to win the book! Help with color blending and mixing would be most helpful.

Liz said...

I love how the Copic markers blend so well. I need more information about shading. I'd love to win a book because noone carries them in the Denver area. What a pain!

Bandon, Oregon said...

I would love more tutorials on Hair, Fur, adding texture. I would LOVE to win a signed Copy... I would LOVE to win a Copy.... Thanks for the chance.
Faith

Kathy said...

I would love more tutorials on shading trick. Thank you for a great card example. I would love to win a sign copy of the book.

Ga said...

Luv all the tutorials, but once again, shading would be my weekness.

Dawn B. said...

I love the book! I would like to see more on shading and finding the light source. I did get the book on shading that just came out but it was a little over my head. Being a beginner it's very helpful to know the colors used as was given in the book so I can try to get the same result and see if I did it right by looking at the example pic. Another book would be great! :-)

Kel said...

I can't wait to see this book. All the tutorials you do are great but my 2 biggest struggles are still blending and shading, so that never gets old.

jazzle24 said...

I'm brand new to the world of Copics. Since I haven't really started I'm not certain what my struggles will be. I look forward to learning from you.

Lisa said...

I struggle with lighting while using my copics. I'm not giving up though, so I'm excited to get tips and pointers from your book.! Good luck.!

Margaret said...

I'm still struggling with shading and shadows! I've taken the class and am signed up to take it again. Can't wait. I have the Shades and Shodows books, but would love some hands on instructions for that. I learn best by seeing rather than by reading. Love your card; love the book, and would love to have a signed copy.

Suzstamps said...

I can target both questions with one answer. I always struggle with what colors to choose for correct shading/ highlight combinations, and how to purchase combinations.

Janice B said...

I love all the tutorials! My challenge is trying to smoothly shade small stampings and doing animals. Some stamps already have fur indications so it gets more confusing to try to add anything else to suggest furriness.

Sharon in Arizona said...

Hi Marianne - I'm a beginner so really can't say what I would like to see more of. I will go through your site and read all the helpful information and apply it then I'll know what I'm lacking. Can't wait to get your book. Thank you for putting this together with Colleen, from everything I've seen and read it sounds so helpful. If I have questions or would like more information I'll be sure to contact you. Thanks for participating in this blog and sharing. Hugs, Sharon :o)

Leezer said...

Keep the tutorials comin! Love them and so learn from them. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book!

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