Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tiddly Inks and a Tutorial

Good afternoon everyone and Happy Sunday!  The family and I are taking it easy today just enjoying some time hanging around the house together.  The hubby and I are watching a movie while our little one keeps running around and being absolutely cute and adorable!  Our teenager is in her room watching a movie of her own.  It is hopefully going to be a nice and relaxing Sunday with little to no stress and enough relaxing to start the new week off right!

Today I am posting a project I made using the Tiddly Inks image, Wryn - Hanging Around.  The new Wryn's are just so adorable and really a lot of fun.  For my project I used a sketch from the Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge Blog.  I'm going to enter my card in their challenge for this week.  I also have a short tutorial on how to color skin tones using this sweet image.  I hope you find it useful!

Coloring Skin Tones
With Copic Markers
This is a quick tutorial on how to color skin tones with copic markers.  The tutorial shows the way I have learned to color, using the dark coloring for shading first and then working to the lightest colors.  There are other techniques that use the lightest color and work to dark.  I hope this tutorial helps you in your copic coloring journey and then you create your own style and technique along the way.

For this tutorial I used the Tiddly Inks image, Wryn – Hanging Around.

To start, I color a very light layer of each of my colors, starting with the darkest layer, the shadow, first.  I color lightly at this point because I plan on going over each color again to blend them together.  The colors that I used for skin tone on this image are E11, E01, E000, E0000.

 After I colored a light layer of each color I go over each color again, blending them together this time as I color.  As I color I pull my marker to the inside of the image, almost like I am moving the colors together.  Usually two light layers are all I need but if they don’t blend in a way I am happy with I may take a few of my lighter colors and blend them again.  This is where you have to be careful, if you use too much color then your colors could run outside the lines.

Here’s Wryn’s head all colored and blended.  I added a little pink to her cheeks using R20.  I color overtop with E0000 to blend the pink in with the rest of the image.

Once I am done with her face, which I usually color of all the skin first, then I color any other part of skin that I see.  When I color, I tend to color a small section at a time before moving on to another part of the image.  I am able to see the highlights and shadows more clearly if I do it this way.  I also find it easier to blend a little area at a time rather than a large area.

Another combination of colors I use for skin tones is E13, E11, E01 and E000 for darker shading.  For lighter skin tones I use E21, E30, E50 and E0000.

Here is a close up of my entire colored image after it is put on my card.

  I hope you find this tutorial helpful.  I'd love to know what you think so I can tweak as I write more and go along.  If you want to print out this tutorial click HERE to get a downloadable version.

I'm so glad you could stop by today,


  1. oh marlena hun this is sooo cute and I love how you did the tutorial. I don't have those colours in copics...only have 12!!! romfl!!!! but I just know a zillion people are going to love this
    huge hugs Lou xxxx

  2. She's just adorable and I really like the color combo and the strips of cloud paper too! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

    Peace & Luv,

  3. thanks so much for sharing your tutorial. You do amazing work. What a talent. Your card is adorable.
    Nancy SSW-DT

  4. Oh thanks so much for your time and efforts in making the tutorial. You cal well see that you are a pro at this. You coloring is beautiful. Love the blues and the purples. Have a sweet day!!! Arlana@SSW!!!

  5. Thanks for sharing your tutorial...It is always fun to see how others create! Such a fun Tiddlyinks image! Thanks for playing along at SSW!
    Judi SSW DT

  6. I couldn't get the download to work but I love the way you did this. I am certainly a beginner with copics & PM, AM, etc. I'm trying to learn the ins & outs. Thanks for sharing. You definitely know what you are doing!!!

    1. I'm sorry you couldn't get the download to work. I tried it again to see if there was a glitch in my link, but it worked on my end. Maybe it was an internet snafu.
      Thanks so much for your compliment, I Love my copics, can you tell?

  7. She is gorgeous and love the way you colored the image....your tutorial was very helpful, thanks so much. I love those flowers, they are so pretty all layered together.
    So happy you shared with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

    Patti SSW/DT

  8. Hi Marlena she is really gorgeous and I love the colours you've used. Thanks for the tutorial they are the colours I'm using now so I'm happy about that. I've just got to get the hair perfect now. Love your pretty purple added embellishments on your card. Great card and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and good luck.
    Kathie SSW-DT

  9. This is just fantastic! I love you coloring and this super fun card. So glad you could share it with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesdays.
    Hugs, Heide SSW-DT

  10. Wow! This is gorgeous perfect papers & fabulous colouring thanks for the tutorial & Thanks so much for joining us this week @ SSW :)

    Genevieve SSW-DT

  11. Thank goodness for the tutorial! You are a master at coloring for sure and I love that you've shown me a few tricks that I'm going to put to use immediately. Fabulous card Marlena! Thanks so much for joining us at SSW this week.
    Sharon, SSW-DT


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