Tuesday, December 3, 2013

MarkerPop: Tilda with a Big Bouquet

Hello to all our friends out there in CYBERland!    Marie  here with a coloring tutorial on this adorable Tilda image from Magnolia.
It is getting nippy outside and snowflakes are biting many little noses!   It looks like the winter holidays are here for some of us!  And for those with warm and sunny weather at this time, it is the perfect opportunity to get an early start on you winter projects!  I don't know about you but   I know I can ALWAYS use extra  gift tags at this time and I will let you in on a little secret.... I think tags are my new addiction!     Here is one that I created and I hope you like it!
  • Copic ink to paper Blending
  • Copic Tip to Tip Blending
  • Texturizing
  • Creative Copic Marbleized Background with Fun and Whimsical Snowflakes
  • Distress Sponging for an antique look
Paper: Cryogen Iridescent White (Curious Metallic Inc.)
Copic Sketch Markers,  (.too, Inc.)
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger)
Copic Opaque White Ink (.too, Inc.)
Coloring Techniques:   The terms will be used in the tutorial for your reference. 
  • Highlights:  Plan ahead and establish the highlight area of  the focal image.   It will be important to be consistent with this source throughout the entire image.
  • Smooth Color Application:  Any job is easiest when you break it into small  baby steps.   The same rule applies to coloring.   Work in small areas in order to keep the base layer lightly saturated for easier blending. Completely finish the small section before moving to the next.  For example...  the leg or the arm.
  • Base Coat:  This is a smooth layer that is lightly applied to a small area. It is applied with one layer only.  Additional layers will darken the color and  prevent you from getting the best highlight.  Remember -  Contrast draws the eye and is a good thing as long as it is blended.
  • Flicking Method of Blending:  Ink application by applying a light flicking motion with the hand and wrist.   Remember those check marks we always got on our homework?  Similar !
  • On-Paper Blending:  The tip or side  of the marker is applied directly to the paper.
  • Tip to Tip Blending:  Another word for this technique is "Bridging".  The tip of the light marker is touched to the tip of the darker marker.   The  light marker is quickly applied to the paper.    This  creates a mid-tone between the light and dark colors.    TIP:   If you are missing that important mid-tone in among your Copic collection - bridge the mid-tone by using the Tip to Tip Blending Method.   This will not harm your markers.   Example:  R20 to R24 will  give you the R22 bridge.  
  • Texturizing:  There are many methods of adding texture to your focal image.   One method I used on this project is a dotting motion with the tip  my Colorless Blender to the focal once it dried. I avoided the outer edge of the focal image in order to avoid the ink from bleeding outside my lines.
Step 1:  Light Source- Determine where you want your light source.  I have selected the front left side.   Skin Tones: E000, E00, E11, E13, R21 -  Apply a smooth single layer (Base Coat)  of E000.   Avoid coloring the base coat more than one time.  Repeat coats darken the color and you want to keep you highlight.   Using Ink to Paper Blending, apply a small amount of E11 on the shadow side of the image (right).   Using a Flicking Method of Blending, flick toward the center from the inner margin of the E11.  Apply E000 from the inner margin of E00 toward the center.   Apply a very light touch of R20 or R21 to the cheeks and blend out with E00o.   Tip:  Avoid over-saturation of your image.  If the paper is over saturated it will pool and form blotches and will spread outside your lines. 

Step 2:  Santa Suit:  R20, R22, R24, R27,  R39 and Colorless Blender -  Work is always easiest when you break it into small projects.   Coloring with Copic markers is the same.   Work in small areas to allow your image to lightly saturated for easy  blending.  Apply a light base coat of R20.   R27  is applied to the darkest shadow side (right).   A  flicking method is used to apply the R24, R22 and R20.   Plan ahead in order to make certain you do not get too much shadow side or mid-tone coving your image.  You can always darken your image but it is difficult - (near impossible) to lighten an image.  In order to add a little more contrast, a small amount of R39 can be added to the very darkest part of the shadow area.   Blend the colors for a smooth appearance.   A Colorless Blender (the very tip) was applied to the suit to give it that fuzzy, santa suit look!.  I love adding texture!

Step 3:  Hair - C3, C5, C7, C9, B000 -   Highlights were  established with B00.  It is important to be consistent with you light source throughout your coloring.    Apply C7 to your shadow area and slightly blend out (using a flicking wrist motion) toward the  highlight.  Flick in the direction the hair is flowing.   Continue with a small amount of C5, C3 and B000.   The white part of the Cap was colored with a small amount of B000.   I think it is fun to add a surprise that grabs the view's attention.   A touch of B000 may just do the trick !

 Step 4:  Greenery - Ga40, YG63, YG67, YG91, G29, W6.   G40 was applied and the Greenery was texturized with the other colors.   The shadow area of the bottom stems was established and the YG91, W6 and G29 was used n the darkest area.   Blend the stems.

 Step 5:  Flowers - Copic R34, RV23, RV10, Y23, Y00, BV000, BV34.   Determine where you light source would be hitting.  The flowers are darker on the petals  in the back.    Apply base coat to a small area with a single layer.  The mid tone on small areas are colored the easiest by touching the tip of the light marker to your dark marker.  For example,  BV000 tip is touched to BV34 and then quickly applied as a mid-tone.  It will not harm your markers!   TIP: Tip to Tip Blending Method is a great way to blend small areas.  It is difficult to blend very small flowers with 3 blenders - solution...   Tip to Tip Blending will give you a highlight, mid-tone and shadow.   

 Step 6: Paper Wrap Around Flowers:  E30, E33, E35, E37 -   Apply E30 lightly (one layer) as your base coat and then apply the E37 to the shadow side.   Smoothly blend the E35, E33 and E30 with the Flicking Blending Method.    The white sweater was colored with C1 and C00  applied to the shadow area and blended with C00 out a little.  Avoid coloring the entire sweater.  You do not want a grey sweater.

 Step 6:  Finishing touches:   The shoes are colored with C3, C5, C7 and C9 with a touch of Opaque White applied with a quill pen for a highlight.  The grounding was colored with B21, C3 and Opaque White Ink.   Snow flakes  were applied using a quill pen with Copic Opaque White Ink.   A Creative Copic Marbleized background was applied to give the appearance of  a snowy day.    The edges of the paper  are sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.    Sponge from off the paper to the paper using a  small circular motion with the Tim Holtz Felt applicator.   This give a vintage feel to any project.

I am linking this card with the following wonderful challenges:

I hope you enjoyed this coloring tutorial.   We would love to see your projects in our current MarkerPOP Blog Challenge!  THE CHALLENGE:  Turkey Time
Create a Thanksgiving themed project using your Copics and/or ShinHan markers!  Our wonderful Sponsor is Sharri Baldy.      I hope to see you there.


  1. Super cute - very nice job thanks for sharing!!!

  2. Marie, This is a great tutorial. I always learn something from you. Thank you for that. Love the image and you really made her stand out in a lovely way. Hope you are doing well. Keep in touch.

  3. Gorgous tag Marie. I love the fabulous colouring and sweet Tilda image xx

  4. Love your tutorial, really nicely done. Tilda is so adorable and she is wonderful on a tag.

  5. Beautiful tag, Tilda is lovely!!! and great tutorial.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

  6. This is the sweetest tag, ever and your tutorial is fabulous. I remain in awe of your talent, my friend.

  7. Beautiful tag..Thanks for joining us at Papertake Weekly..Hugz Gayle xx


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