Coloring a Detailed Image with Copics

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Do you have a stamp image you love but are intimidated by the amount of coloring? Today I want to show you how to take that detailed image and make it a simple coloring task with your Copic Markers.

Coloring Your Image

I began by stamping my tree image onto X-Press It paper using Memento Rich Cocoa ink. 

I then decided on three colors for the leaves from the same color family and two for the flowers. Keeping the number of colors down to a minimum can help in coloring a detailed image more quickly. I used Copics G40, G82, G85, Y21, and Y38.

To begin coloring the tree, I colored the larger leaves with G40 and some of the medium leaves with G82. I also colored both the medium and tiny leaves with G85. If you color the tiny parts of your image with a single color, it makes the coloring go much faster. That is another reason to use several colors so even if you are not blending and shading in each individual leaf, you still get that effect a bit by using different Copic colors for the leaves. I did mix the three Copic colors for the larger leaves however. Here is how it looked as I began. The leaves with two colors below have not been blended yet. I did go over those leaves again with G40 to blend. I only did that with some of the larger leaves.

For the flowers, I chose just two colors-Y21 and Y38. I colored every flower with the lighter color (Y21). Then on the larger flowers, I did go back and add a bit of the darker color to the center of the flowers. This adds quick shading to the intricate image. Here is how it turned out:

The Finished Product

I then trimmed the paper down and attached it to a card. Here is how my card turned out:

  • papers:  Memory Box Valise, Memory Box kraft notecard, X-Press It blending paper
  • stamps:  Memory Box Tree of Blooms G1769, Memory Box Let's Catch Up B883
  • stamp ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Rusty Hinge
  • Copics: G40, G82, G85, Y21, Y38
  • embellishments:  Papertrey Ink Rustic Button Twin

I hope you will try this easy way of coloring with Copics. Enjoy!


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