Learning Copic coloring

This page is going to be decicated to my quest and desire to learn Copic coloring. The aim is to learn as much as possible and to take as many different classes as I can. My personal goal is to become a Copic instructor as it is called here, and teach others how to color with Copic’s.

I’ll be sharing my progress and the projects here and on Instagram (mirjamsartstudio) #learningcopiccoloring

So let’s get started……

kleur swatch

My first Copics. The Ciao, because of the price and because it has a brush nib.

Here in the Netherlands (and maybe also in other country’s, I don’t know) you can buy a 5+1 set. There are 15 different sets. I first made a list and wrote down what colors are in what set, and to check if you get all the sets if you get all different colors, or if there will be doubles. Well, there will be doubles, triples and more if you get all the sets. Not a good idea.

IMG_20170509_161402 (0,3 ML means 0,3 multi liner)

I choose the Scrap & Stamp set 1 plus 3 single markers.

B00, E35, R00, RV10, YG11, 0 (blender) plus E37, R02 and BV00

Time to experiment with my new toys…..

The first thing I did is to make color swatches after that the real coloring started..


The flower design is from Vanilla Arts by Amy Shulke. She has a free subscription to free digi stamps with a color “recipe” for Copic coloring combined with Prisma colorpensels. For the dark green I used a Promarker. I colored the top one first with the R00 and R02, because that didn’t great the contrast I wanted I added the E35 and E37 in the bottom one. That does give more contrast, but also gives it an vintage feel.

I discovered very quickly that these 9 markers weren’t going to be enough for me, I need more than 2 colors to make a good light to dark blend.


After the flowers I also wanted to try my hand on skin, hair, fabric and no-line techniques. So why not do it all together… I started with the lined girl, stamped in Memento Elderberry ink and than the no-line one stamped in Memento Angel Pink. I used all the colors I have, the BV00 for the shading of the skin with the R02 and R00. RV10 for the cheeks.

I’m happy with the results so far. And of course I wish I had all 358 Sketch markers (because the Ciao only has 180 colors (as if that is such a little amount ))

For now, saving up for more marker to great blending groups and do a lot more coloring and experimenting, I love experimenting with techniques and Copic!!

Learning more…



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