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Christmas: Painting with Copics


This card was created on 21st November; day 21 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge.

Skimming around Pinterest, I saw a Craftsy article on “watercolouring” with Copics and I was intrigued… I have a small selection of Various ink refills, so I thought I’d give it a go.


First, open a window. I didn’t do this till later on in the process — mainly because it was November and it was really quite cold — but the alcohol fumes can get a bit much!

You can either use the refills neat or “water” them down with 0 refill or even Copic cleaner fluid. Then just get a brush or two and just play. You can mix colours together, layer them over each other, create texture with an almost dry brush, and generally use the same sort of techniques you would with other mediums. Just remember to use small quantities at a time and work reasonably quickly as the refills do evaporate and you don’t want to waste them!

When I was trying to find the link for the original inspiration I discovered a tutorial on the Copic site, which goes into a bit more detail from a more artistic perspective…

I wanted to minimise the bright white areas on the panel, so I did a bit of ink-blending around the edges. I also added some Distress ink over the patterned paper to tone down the colours. I die-cut the main panel and layered it over a piece of the patterned paper on a red card base. A scattering of sequins and a small sentiment banner finished it off.



The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge


  • stamps:
    Tim Holtz – crazy talk
  • digital stamps:
    Digistamp Boutique – Christmas tweets
  • dies:
    Lawn Fawn – small cross-stitched rectangles
  • inks:
    Distress ink pad – vintage photo
    Ranger – archival – jet black
  • colour:
    Copic various ink refills
  • embellishments:
    Pretty Pink Posh – sparkling clear mix
  • paper and card:
    Neenah solar white 216gsm
    Bazzill Basics – nordic pines
    Hunkydory adorable scorable – robin red


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