Friday, January 3, 2014

Copic in the Craftroom: Blog Hop!

Happy New Year!! I Have been working hard on some great things for the upcoming CHA show next week. Classes are filling fast, and I can't wait for an exciting 2014 full of new things.

Copic in the Craft Room_FB banner-02Part of our new, exciting things around here includes Copic in the Craft Room. This is our new community celebrating the creativity of people just like you, teaching and sharing great ideas for using your Copic Markers in craft projects. We are creating a community for crafters through the use of several social media sites including Facebook and Pinterest.  (Click the links and like or follow us and join the community of Copic crafters!)

Our program goals are:
  • To Inspire Copic crafters, both new and experienced, to use their Copic products and get crafty.
  • To Educate crafters, no matter their skill level, teaching proper product use for success and new ways to use Copic products.
  • To Grow both as a community and as individual crafters.
 Crafting and coloring can happen anywhere- at a fancy desk, on your cozy couch, laying in bed, or sprawled on the living room floor (a few of my personal favorites). However, since I work for Copic, I wanted to share my desk at work. This is where I get my craft going!

As you can see it is messy!! This won't be cleaned up until I leave for CHA, because that big stack of papers you see are almost all related to the new Tracing Memories classes starting up in ONE WEEK. Yikes! 

I love my big, spacious view of the trees and the Costco parking lot across the street.

My craft supplies are all store in a set of drawers off to the left. I do have a full set of every color of marker, but those are for special occasions. At work, I usually have to use a very specific color range, so I have limited markers out at any time.

The paintings are some I made last year for my office, to go with the color scheme of the rug and chairs.

Because I write directions and tutorials, my computer plays an important role. But, the spot I use the most is my handy light table.

This is my life. I draw with pencil, trace with a multiliner, scan, print, then color. I always keep scratch paper under my work when I'm at the coloring stage. Here is a picture that I am working on for the new Tracing Memories class. I have a photo of my daughter and my lucky pirate lunchbox to keep me inspired. 

I have a good, true white lamp for keeping colors accurate when I am working. I share my office with Nancy, our amazing Certification Director. She keeps the program running smoothly. She's an amazing friend and an incredibly hard worker. Love you Nancy!!

Because I am the Product Director for Imagination International,  I have to actually get business done, I can't be coloring all the time (sadly!)

I have a giant set of Ikea closets on the other side of my room. This holds paper samples, product samples, and packaging ideas that we've had over the years. At my little desk and chairs, visitors are always welcome. We have meetings, I do product training for whoever is curious about how our products work, and plan all sorts of great things to help you get more out of your markers. Again, more Tracing Memories stuff on the table (I hope you come to one of those classes this year, it will be awesome!), reminding me I'd better get back to work.

My desk at home is just a laptop, a rack of markers, a light table, and a scanner/printer. My husband is the one who owns the big, messy art studio at home- the kind of big room where you can throw paint, build an installation piece, have a disco party, or invite your cub scout group to take an art class from me.

I love my markers! Most of the time, I am hauling sets of markers around the community, teaching kids art classes, Tracing Memories classes at the local retirement communities, and wherever else there are people who need more art in their lives. 

Wanna see more inspiring spaces? Check out the rest of the blog hop!

Michele Boyer
Lori Craig
Sharon Harnist
Cindy Lawrence
Debbie Olson
Colleen Schaan
Sherrie Siemens

Make sure you stop in at the Copic in the Craft Room Facebook page and share your own crafty space photos.
Thanks for visiting my office!

By the way, you can register now for my Tracing Memories class in Portland, OR on Feb. 15th. Two sessions to choose from, each are 4 hr classes, and only $99! I think you will love the new class!!


Lori Craig said...

Love seeing your new office! Can't wait to visit one day and sit in my chairs again!!! I'm contemplating doing a large abstract canvas for my one office wall. Yours look great!

Becky said...

Fabulous office.

Rene Price aka gabbysews said...

Thanks for sharing your space!!

Shell said...

Ahhh!! Sooooo good to see that someone has a little mess in their space. :) Keeps it real, ya know. Love your office and your inspiration.

Unknown said...

Love the space, I just shut my door and walk away sometimes, leave the mess behind! ;) Some days I know I should just break out that yellow caution tape! lol

Jan Garber said...

Having just recovered from a lengthy illness, i needed just this sort of inspiration to get back to those markers! I love seeing all of the great storage ideas and will be redecorating and resorting many of my supplies! Thanks so much for sharing! Jan, Arizona

robinann17 said...

Your creative space looks so cozy and warm. Love your comfy chairs and great color combinations. Robin

Jean Bullock said...

anVery cool.

Sharon Harnist said...

Loved seeing your new office space and am jealous you are right across the street from one of my favorite stores (which is now an hour away for me!). Have a great time at CHA and with all the new classes!

Celeste Goff said...

Love the deep mocha color on your walls juxtaposed by all the beautiful pops of color you have dispersed throughout the room. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing with us.

Jan Castle said...

I use the Copic black case to store my Copics and use from there taking a basket at a time. I notice almost everyone stores their Copics on the side....mine are this a problem for me???
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Colleen Schaan said...

Hey... that's my home-away-from-home! Love your office space and love seeing what you are working on. Say hi to Nancy for me! Hugs

Debbie Olson said...

Your new office space is lovely, Marianne--can't wait to see it in person one day!

April Gilbert said...

From my personal experience, I tried to store my copics upright too for about a month or two. I then started noticing that a couple of my markers seemed to be drying out and causing a sticky goop when coloring, and one dried completely. I since then started storing them on the side again just incase my storage option was causig this issue. Since then I haven't noticed anymore dry markers.

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Unknown said...

Love the space, can't wait to see it in person one day! Love the artwork you have done with copic markers. I alos love working with copics and i used to buy them from www.truemarkercolors. com. Thankyou!

Unknown said...

Wow You have a great Room. I just wanted to ask where do you get your copic markers online? I once used Suggest me any other

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing the knowledge.My younger brother is a painter and he is going to launch his exhibitions. I am sending him your link. Please share some prismacolor colored pencils based paintings.

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