Mixed Media Poppy Canvas using Alcohol Inks and Soft Drink Cans

Today I am using Copic Various Inks (Alcohol Inks) to colour an unusual material and create a unique and vibrant Copic coloured poppy canvas - it's just a bit of fun today. What's the unusual material? Empty Soft drink/Soda/Pop cans, though you could use thin metal sheets or even metal coated cardstock if you have any. TECHNIQUE Using X-Press It Triple Tac Glue (or other matt glue) adhere some pretty soft coloured FabScraps papers onto your canvas. You may like... Read more →

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Copics: Inky Petals Christmas Card

Today I'm finding a creative way to use a whole lot of little pieces of leftover blending card, it's too good to just throw out! While I've used Christmas colours to decorate the pieces of card, you could easily use any colour, or even multi-colours. This layering technique is very flexible and you could incorporate previously coloured pieces, re-coloured pieces or even pieces that would have gone in the rubbish. Go crazy creating your very own inky petals to use... Read more →

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Copic Markers: Using Glossy Card & Colouring Photos

Today I am using Copic Markers to add hints of colour to printed photos. Sounds easy enough doesn't it! Though it sounds easy, using Copic Markers on glossy photo paper isn't quite as simple as colouring on uncoated paper, there are quite a few factors in play that can affect your results. Not to worry - in the following post I will show you several techniques and go over a few important tips for colouring with Copic Markers on glossy... Read more →

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Common Uses for the Copic Colourless Blender

Today I'm looking at the little miracle that is the Copic Colourless Blender. In spite of the name, the Colourless Blender isn't really used for blending, instead think of it as your magic wand! It can fix mistakes, create patterns and texture and add highlights to your colouring. Today I'm looking at the most common uses for your Colourless Blender. To try out the following techniques you will need: Copic Colourless Blender marker Copic Various Ink - Blending Fluid Mini... Read more →

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Copic Various Inks - for Sunset Blooms

Goodmorning, today I am looking at Copic Various Inks. Various Ink refills are part of what make the Copic system truly amazing. All 358 marker colors have a matching bottle of ink. Each bottle will fill a dry marker up to 15 times, depending on the style of marker. Each bottle of ink has a built in dropper tip for simple application. The airtight inner seal prevents the ink from drying out for many years. Now while it's true their... Read more →

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Mixed Media Mail Art With Copic Markers

Hello gorgeous sparkly readers, today I'm going to show you how to create a beautiful piece of mail art that's almost too pretty to send! This is a great way to create custom envelopes and really impress your postie, plus it's a simple way to reuse some of your own art to make something new. The really nice thing is that this basic technique could be used for cards, pages, envelopes anything flat. If you don't want to make your... Read more →

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Monotone Mixed Media Journal Page

Today I'm going to use my Copic products to create a monotone journal page. Working with a limited colour palette was a new thing for me and monotones even more difficult - you know how I love my colour! I used blue so much last year I thought I'd try a different palette and settled on a grungy, vintage colour scheme. After giving the page a bit of thought, I decided to go completely Copic - ALL the colour on... Read more →

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Copic Bloom Journal Page

Today I will be using a few supplies from my X-Press It and Copic hoard to create a bright and happy journal page, using my 'word' for the new year! I've chosen the word 'Bloom' for this year as to me it seems hopeful and that's what I currently am. Hopeful that 2015 will be happy and healthy, hopeful that my art will move forward, hopeful that all the uncertainty and trials in my life will settle and that things... Read more →

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Testing Copic Marker Shadow Colours

Today I'm taking a huge leap and experimenting with different colour Copic markers to add interest to shadows. Now I'm not sure if you've seen this post but in it, Mandi-Lee talks about using complimentary colours in your shadows for extra wow factor. I've previously tried using the Blue Violet family, the Cool Greys and even the occasional Blue, but I was wondering what else might work other than complimentary colours. To test some combinations, I created a grid using... Read more →

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Layering Copic Colours to Create a Beautiful Night Sky Effect

I'm back this week with another idea with many uses - layering your Copic colours, for a beautiful though abstract result. I often hear Copic beginners expressing their frustration with learning to blend, well while you are mastering blending why not play with layering. Layering colours is much easier, gives interesting and unexpected results and can be used on many projects. I have used this to create a journal page, but you could easily use this as an amazing way... Read more →

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Doodling for Beginners: Masked Lady

I thought that for today's post I'd give all of the nervous doodlers out there a hand and show you a straightforward project that looks stunning! You can complete this page with just a few materials and with only a little experience and imagination. Now this is quite a step-by-step project so grab your favourite doodling pens (you know mine are Copics) and let's get started, because we are creating this masked lady! SUPPLIES Copic Multi Liners in 1.0, 0.5... Read more →

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Using Watercolor Pencils over Copic Markers

Today I'm having a play and combining my Copic Markers with some of my new Bruynzeel Design Aquarel (Watercolor) Pencils to see what happens! I'm hoping I can create a finished piece that is subtly coloured and allows me to use the translucency of watercolours to enhance my Copic coloured image. Now this project could end up as a card front, journal page or even a framed piece - the choice is yours. What I used: Copic Markers: Blender, YG0000,... Read more →

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Marbling with Copic Various Ink and Shaving Cream

Hi All - today I'm going to share something fun that you could even get the kids involved with if you want to, though you may also want to do a few yourself! I must warn you, once you start playing this can be a little addictive, and it only gets worse once you realise all the things you can use it on! I'm talking about marbling with Copic Various Inks of course :) I absolutely love this and tried... Read more →

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Subway Art Canvas with Hazel & Ruby Stencil Masks

Hi All - today I'm creating some cool Subway art with stencil-masks from Hazel and Ruby - I've only just discovered this and there is some truly wonderful Subway Art that has been created using these letters across the web (just Google - Subway Art Hazel & Ruby), so I was eager to try this for myself. BEFORE you begin make sure you choose either a bright (or pale) paper if you are using dark paint or a dark or... Read more →

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Finnabair Inspired Copic Journal Cover

Hi - today's tutorial has quite a few steps but the results make it completely worthwhile! Now a few of you may be familiar with the work of amazing Polish artist Anna Dabrowska - better known as Finnabair, and if you're a long time reader of my blog you will know I love and ADORE Finn and her art. so it should be no surprise that today I am taking inspiration from Finnabair's unique complex style and creating a cover... Read more →

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Jane Girls Stencils: Petite Series Blog Hop & Giveaway

OK those of you who have been following for a while will already know about my complete love and adoration, with a mightly dose of respect and gratitude for what she does - aimed squarely at Jane Davenport. If I hadn't met Jane at the Brisbane Scrapbooking and Papercraft Expo a few years ago I probably wouldn't have started drawing, she literally changed the course of my life! Since then I've enrolled in pretty much every online course she has... Read more →

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Copic Backgrounds using Masks and Stencils

Today I will be showing you how to create your own masks and stencils to use with Copic markers and the Copic airbrush. I will be using plain acetate sheets, a wonderful low-tac product called Mask It (from X-Press It) and to finish I will be using lace or grandma's old doilies laying forgotten in the linen press (don't tell my Mum)! What I used: Clear Acetate sheets X-Press It Blending Journal or X-Press It Blending Card Copic Sketch markers... Read more →

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Copic Marker Mermaid

Hello hello. A few of you may know I just took the AMAZING Mermaid Circus class online with Jane Davenport and Teesha Moore - swoon! I've had a ball, though in the usual Sparkle Tart fashion I don't think I'll ever finish all of the lessons! One of the challenges was to draw a face and shade using Copic markers, I won't be telling you Jane's secrets for doing this but I will be showing you my results. Now if... Read more →

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Copic Coloured Fairy with Dotted Background

This is my take on the classic Copic dotted background, based on the art technique of pointillism. This is a technique which requires little skill but LOADS of patience as all of those little dots take time. I really enjoy creating this sort of background to use with fantasy images as I love the magical quality of the background. What makes my version a little different is that I love adding Tim Holtz Ranger Industries Distress Ink over the Copic... Read more →

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Copic Colour Journals & Colour Swatches

Copic journals - where do I begin?? When people talk about Copic Journals they are often discussing different things without even knowing it, from now on I will be calling mine by the following names: Copic Art Journal - a visual art journal or diary in which Copic Markers are used, and Copic Colour Journal - which records colour combinations, ideas on colouring, techniques and often a printed chart with purchased marker colours. Now these could be combined into the... Read more →

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Copic Bling Flowers - Part 3 of 3 in the Copic Coloured Flowers Series

This is the third flower technique in my Copic Coloured Flowers series, Flower #1 used 2 colours of Copic markers, Flower #2 used 3 colours from differing families and added in a little bling. This technique ramps up the sparkle power and when combined with some creative Copic combinations produces stunning results. Depending on your flower choice (flat or dimensional) will decide how many colours you can use to create the copic colour of your flower. For smaller flowers fewer... Read more →

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Tri-Coloured Flowers - Part 2 of 3 in the Copic Coloured Flowers Series

This is the second flower in my Copic Coloured Flowers series, Flower #1 used 2 colours of Copic markers, this flower uses 3 colours from differing families and adds in a little bling to create a stunning fantasy flower. This technique really works well on flatter flowers like the gardenia I used here, and though I have used a mulberry paper flower you can use this same technique on fabric flowers also - it looks amazing on satin, though your... Read more →

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Bi-Coloured Realistic Flowers - Part 1 of 3 in the Copic Coloured Flowers Series

Let me start this post by saying I take no responsibility for anyone ending up with a Copic flower colouring addiction. I'm warning you all these are fun, soooo easy and give fabulous results every time! This is flower #1 in my Copic Coloured Flower series there are 2 more gorgeous copic coloured flower techniques for you to try coming up next. Please note each technique builds on the one preceding it, so there is some repetition of instructions. Flower... Read more →

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Copic Grunge Splatter Background using Colorless Blender

Today I will be playing with Copic backgrounds using your Copic Various Inks and Copic Colorless Blending Fluid. As usual you can use these ideas and adapt them for cards or pages and the beauty of these backgrounds is that they are just so versatile! You could die cut this to use on a project, use it as a layer or even stamp directly onto this using an oil based ink pad like Archival ink, to create a simple but... Read more →

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