Sunday 22 April 2012

Colouring the Sea Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

I made a tutorial on colouring the sea using copics and pencils for the Copic Marker Europe blog and have since made a card for the Make It Crafty new Store Blog.  If you haven't popped to either lately you really are missing some amazing talent.

This is what you'll need:-
 A dark, medium and light blue copic marker, I used B39, B37, B34 and B000
A dark, medium and light prisma pencil or similar, I used Ultramarine, True Blue and Cloud Blue
Copic Opaque White or you could use a white gel pen
Paint Brush if using the Copic Opaque
Your stamp, I have used the Make It Crafty's "The Beach"

I should point out that two important things when using prisma pencils and copics together.  Firstly Prisma pencils do not work very well on smooth cardstock that you would normally use with your copics.  Prisma's like cardstock with a bit of tooth, (rough) not smooth.  They will not blend.
Secondly, you must do your work with the copics first and then add your prismas but DO NOT go back in with your copic markers.  The pigment in the pencils can damage the nibs on your copic markers.
First I have added some B37.  I picked up this marker instead of B39 but it really doesn't matter as we are not looking to blend here, we want to see different colours of blue as the ocean is made up of different colours.
I have then gone in and randomly added some B37
And then some B39
And then B34
And now go over all the white areas with B000.  I know it doesn't look much at the moment but bear with me.
 O.K. now we start to add the prisma pencils in starting with Ultramarine
Then the True Blue Prisma Pencil, randomly again, remember we are building up different colours
Finally finish with the Cloud Blue.  At this point if your not happy and want to add some dark blue again, use your Prisma Pencil Ultramarine, DO NOT go back to your Copics.
Next we are going to add some Copic Opaque White.  I love this bit, this is where it will start to take shape. I have used a small paint brush "O".
I have gone in with the paint brush adding a tiny amount of Copic Opaque White and flicked the paintbrush upwards, creating splashing waves.
 Here is a picture of the finished Beach.
And here is my finished card
I have coloured the chipboard palm trees, corner flourish and butterfly using penicls, links to the chipboard packs are below
The carnation was made from cardstock, you can find the tutorial HERE.

I'd love to hear from you if you give this a go.

Image "The Beach"
Image "Summer Dreams"
3D Chipboard Fine Swirls (I used the butterfly from this pack)
Flat backed pearls from BunnyZoe
Cheesecloth  and seashells from stash
Sentiment from Whiff of Joy
Copics and Prisma Pencils


Jane said...


Maria Therese said...

fantastic coloring ♥

angelwhispers said...

Wow Tracy this is such a great Tutorial just love it and such fab photos to follow!! The finished card is just awesome I love the the background is just superb!! Chanelle xxx

~♥~The Navy Wife~♥~ said...

Great tutorial! Thank you so much for taking the time to share :) Muchly appreciated.

JLJ Designs said...

Fantastic tutorial and gorgeous card, Tracy!


Unknown said...

Great tutorial Tracy, haven't coloured beaches yet, but I love the effect you achievend. Have a great Sunday, hugs Frea

Lau W said...

Oh so nice colouring, congrats ! Your card is fantastic, so fresh !

Catherine said...

Fab tutoral and an amazing card, love those palm trees...

Ally said...

Thanks a lot for the tut.! and the finished card is a simpe "wowzer" :o) Really gorgeous!
Hugs, Alessandra

Artesania said...

Fabululous tutorial great colouring and a perfect idea for the background!
Hugs Gudrun

Sassy Raggedy said...

Beautiful. Thanks so much for your tutorials. I love them. joann sassy raggedy

Grenouille Greetings said...

A great tutorial and a wonderful card. Fab sea - it looks just like the view from where I am currently on holiday! Love your palm trees and the shells too! Hugs, Lesley

Franz♥ said...

Wow, the effect is so realistic, amazing!

Hugs, Franz.