Aug 1, 2016

Combining Pencils, Copics, and Water Based Markers

It's the kitchen sink approach for those of us with less than stellar coloring skills.

You can (carefully) use Copics without bleeding through cardstock like 80# Neenah Solar White! Love one layer cards.


  • Stamp images (masking where needed) with a Copic friendly ink. I used Hero Arts Intense. Memento Tuxedo and a few others will work.
  • Color with colored pencils first. I used Prismacolor.
  • Blend with Copic markers. Copics will melt the colored pencils and blend them. Easier than gamsol or baby oil.
  • The wax of the pencils will prevent the Copics from bleeding through to the back side of the cardstock if you use the Copics lightly.  
  • If you are concerned that this technique will ruin your Copics, test it out first. I've done this before and they are fine. I just wipe off the marker on paper. 
  • Add highlights (yellow is perfect for plants, but I also used the others pictured) with a water based marker (I used Tombow). In fact I used more pencils than are pictured. I was experimenting and just having fun.

LOVE this Sweet Succulents set from My Favorite Things. It's a keeper!

Would love to know if you try this and what you think of your results.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Terrific

8 comments:

  1. super fantastic! I loaded an empty Copic marker w Gamsol. Works a treat.

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  2. super fantastic! I loaded an empty Copic marker w Gamsol. Works a treat.

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  3. Intense, fabulous color! I've seen this set in use before and I think it's so cute. Love the sentiment with it. I'm extremely intrigued with your method of using Copics over Prismas. Also interested in Toni's idea. I have a spare marker I could use. I shouldn't visit more than one blog a day because I come away with too many ideas to try, sheesh.

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  4. Wow! Love your coloring. Thanks for the tip about using the colorless blender. I had gamsol, but didn't use it often, and it evaporated!

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  5. Love your coloring! The colors that you used are so nice and vibrant!

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  6. Love love this card Joan. I have never tried this technique. Will have to give it a go. TFS.

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  7. I love the way you framed your sentiment with the brightly colored succulent images!! This is fabulous!

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