Now that I have my coloring kit setup, I am able to start practicing coloring techniques on-the-go. This kit has help me improve my coloring skills, de-stress from life stressors, allows me to craft outside my home, and I am able to use some of the images in craft projects.
I started my Copic coloring adventure by taking a class. My thoughts, if I am going to spend money on Copic markers (they ain’t cheap) I should learn how to use them. I could have YouTube Copic coloring techniques. But decided it was worth the money to take an online class. The best part, I was able to go at my own pace and never felt I was behind.
This class has taught me so much about coloring with Copic markers, from blending to shading. But the key to getting better is practicing your coloring techniques and writing down your color combinations. Coloring the same image a bunch of times may get boring but being able to change it up with different color combinations made it fun. With my on-the-go coloring kit, I was able to practice anywhere I went.
Writing down color combinations will help you learn what colors work and what colors don’t work. It also helps you find out your favorite combinations. I will write down the combinations next to the images, and writing the lightest color to the darkest color (ex. E50,E51,E53). Don’t be afraid to try different colors together because you never know what will work unless you try it out. These images are meant for practicing coloring techniques to improve your skills, so there is no such thing as mistakes. But the good ones could be used on different projects.
You could use any images to color with, printed or stamped. The class I took used printed images, all I had to do was print them out on copic friendly paper. I used those printed images during class and printed a bunch of them out and practiced with blending, shading, and different color combinations. Now, I use stamped images on 4.25”x5.5” copic-friendly paper. I love using stamped images because I am able to practice and I can use my better colored images on future cards. So when I need to make a card for someone, I am able to go through my colored images and pick the ones I want to use. Coloring images ahead of time saves me some time, when making a card. I am able to whip up a card because I already have images colored.
Check out my other Crafting on-the-go posts about creating an on-the-go coloring kit, stamping your images, and using what you color in projects. If you want to follow my coloring/crafting adventures follow me on Facebook and Instagram.