It’s time to start thinking about holiday greeting cards….many have asked for classes on making scenes, and two classes are soon to be released. Like September 1 kind of soon! It could feel like it’s too early, but knowing what kind of scenes you like to draw might help you decide what stamps to buy this year for your holiday cards….try to picture how the scene could work with the other products you purchase, and save yourself some time and trouble!
As always, your course videos will be available for you ongoing, so if you aren’t ready yet to begin, you can save the videos for when you have time. All content is live all at once, so there’s no need to log in at a particular time.
For those in a panic over markers, the class supplies are below – feel free to try substituting as you need to. The lists are the same for both classes so it’ll make life a little simpler.
Copic Markers for both classes
- Get your pens inked up, especially your colorless blender!
- We’ll use BV0000, BV000, and BV00, this time they’re not listed just for fun.
- B000 or Boooo are fine for these lessons.
- B21/B24/B29 are used as a sky combination – if you have a go-to nighttime blue, you can use that instead.
- B21 is used for much of the snow; B23 or B32 could work here too, or possibly B12.
- R27 was selected as a “general” red. Use any medium red you have – we’ll shade with greys.
- Y000 can be substituted with Y0000, but I recommend having a light yellow.
- YG91 and YG99 are more realistic greens; you can use others, but I do recommend these for pine trees.
Neenah Solar White paper is used throughout both classes.
White for snow (both classes) 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:
- 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.
- 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!
- Other white pens; Inkssentials is a favorite of many people, and I just ordered the sharpie and Dylusions paint pens, so I can’t yet vouch for how fat the nib might be.
- The Liquid Pearls can add some dimensional snow, though sometimes the dots are larger than you might wish.
- White sprays can also be used—but scribble a bunch of color onto some scrap and spray it first to test it. Let it dry overnight and see how it reacts; some brands may melt right into the Copic ink and disappear.