Copic Winter Wonderland PreClass

This intermediate course needs markers and paper – no other supplies! It’s a look-ma-no-stamps adventure. Scenes will be general winter scenes, good for anytime through the cold months of winter, not just for Christmas.

If it’s been a while since you colored with your Copics, you may wish to review the Copic Jumpstart course content – including the introductory videos in the PreClass lesson in that curriculum. You may wish to refill markers and change out ragged nibs before getting started on this course!

(There are no videos in this pre-class lesson.)


You may use whatever paper you normally choose for your Copic coloring. In the class, Neenah Solar White is used. On slick papers, or really thick papers, some of the techniques may turn out differently due to the way those papers blend.


  1. Get your pens inked up, especially your colorless blender!
  2. We’ll use BV0000, BV000, and BV00, this time they’re not listed just for fun.
  3. B000 or Boooo are fine for these lessons.
  4. B21/B24/B29 are used as a sky combination – if you have a go-to nighttime blue, you can use that instead.
  5. B21 is used for much of the snow; B23 or B32 could work here too, or possibly B12.
  6. R27 was selected as a “general” red. Use any medium red you have – we’ll shade with greys.
  7. Y000 can be substituted with Y0000, but I recommend having a light yellow.
  8. YG91 and YG99 are more realistic greens; you can use others, but I do recommend these for pine trees.
  9. These are the same colors as are used for the other wintry class, City Sidewalks.

Other supplies

White for snow can be achieved with a variety of tools; in the videos in both classes, primarily a colorless blender marker and a Uni-ball white gel pen, and Copic Opaque White in one video (but it’s not critical). However you can use other products too, and I’ll be posting a YT video soon on some products to use for snow:

  1. Copic Opaque White stays more “white” than gel pens, which can sometimes absorb color from underneath them. The brush that comes with this bottle shown below is VERY tiny, so I use a #4 brush with it.
  2. White acrylic paints, and perhaps even white gessos, may work, too; color a piece of scrap with a flood of color and try different paints you have to see how they react. Let them dry overnight to see how they absorb color. Any watercolor brushes used with acrylics need to be washed REALLY well….don’t ruin a beautiful brush just for snow!
  3. White gel pen – my favorite is a Signo Uniball pen.
  4. The Liquid Pearls can add some dimensional snow, though sometimes the dots are larger than you might wish.

Quick links to share your work wherever you like:

Artventure Community

An active art community run by Sandy – and you’ll be right in her pocket for quick feedback and answers to questions! Free to join.

Student Facebook Group

Our closed group is a safe place to share for those in all our classes who love the ‘book! Activity isn’t as high there, since most moved to Artventure.

Social media & blogs

Post wherever you like to share, and let your friends know which class you’re taking. They might like it too!