Saturday, October 8, 2016

"On My Craft Table" Kick-Off! & Giveaway!

One of the best aspects of crafting is sharing. I'm beginning a new series on my blog called "On My Craft Table" where I'll be sharing my new artsy finds, techniques, and tips. This is an exciting time for me, so I hope you enjoy and join me on this journey!

#onmycrafttable today is Copic coloring using 1) my favorite skin tones, 2) colors that aren't remotely close blending families, and 3) ways to create texture.

I'm working with new happy mail, a stamp from Penny Black called "winter fairy". I started with her skin, only because I knew what colors I was going to use.

Tip: Don't be afraid of contrast! It really makes your image come pop.
This is my favorite Copic skin tone combo simply because it mostly resembles my own. I took the Copic certification courses and really found that adding a little unblended BV to the darkest areas, really adds some contrast. In the pictures below, you can see E11, E13, E15 alone, then with BV23. Of course, it's all a matter of personal preference too :)

Tip: Don't be afraid to blend different color groups.
Here you can see on her wings, from top to bottom, I faded from B0000 to BV00 to RV00 with the darker B00 and BV02 closest to her back. It did take a little work, but I love the effect.  I used the same type of blending for the stripe behind her on the finished card. I added a little RV00 to all the furry areas as well.

Tip: Create texture with different types of strokes.
I used regular blending for the wings, dots to create the texture in her furry headband and puffs that swing from it, swirls and dots for her hair, and squiggles for her furry boots.

I adore how this image turned out! Especially after adding my fave Diamond Stickles!

I'm also sharing over at CAS(E) this Sketch! #193 and The Card Concept #59 (clean & simple)

I want you to try this awesome mix of skin tones, so I'm gifting a set of the Copic marker colors I used to achieve this look- E11, E13, E15, and BV23.

Comment below or on my Instagram page by Tuesday, October 11 at 11:59pm EST.  The lucky winner will be announced on Wednesday!

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Thanks so very much and I appreciate all of the support and encouragement to venture out this far!!

xoxo Deidre



  1. Your card is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your colors, your coloring is gorgeous! Great take on the sketch too.

  2. Beautiful! I would love to learn to use the copic markers.

  3. Oh wow wow wow, awesome coloring, I am just new to copic coloring and still have lots to learn, this is really helpful to me, thanks for sharing!

  4. What great tips for using the markers - you really broke down this image! I think I would have been overwhelmed! Your final card is bright and fun!

  5. I adore your Copic coloring!!! Beautiful card!!!! Thanks for playing with us at the Card Concept!

    1. Thanks so much! You're also the winner of the Copic markers giveaway :) You can message me your address using the contact form above to the right or send it via email to deidre at eyeswideopenarts dot com

  6. Absolutely ADORABLE! You coloring looks amazing!
    Thanks for joining us at CTS!

  7. Absolutely beautiful, I love your soft coloring, it is perfect, I love how you have use the colors from our inspiration, thank you for joining the Card Concept.

  8. Deidre, this is amazing......... you've given me the courage to step out my comfort zone. Your coloring is beautiful thanks for the step by step walk through.