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The UK Copic Re­gional In­struc­tor shares top tips on colour­ing, and what makes a great craft­ing show

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Meet Copic in­struc­tor Wendy Kadzidlo

How did you learn to colour?

I’ve al­ways loved colour­ing and find it both ther­a­peu­tic and fun. I at­tended var­i­ous Copic colour­ing classes, in­clud­ing the of­fi­cial Copic Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Class (in Anaheim, USA) and In­ter­me­di­ate Copic Class in 2012 (also in Anaheim). I be­came a cer­ti­fied Copic Re­gional In­struc­tor for the UK in 2010. How­ever, as I tell my class del­e­gates, the most im­por­tant thing is to prac­tise, prac­tise, prac­tise...

What is it that got you hooked on Copic mark­ers?

Sim­ply – they are fan­tas­tic! I’ve al­ways loved colour, and Copics are avail­able in 358 gor­geous colours, but the main at­trac­tion is their qual­ity and ver­sa­til­ity. The mark­ers blend beau­ti­fully, and Copics can be used on var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als and in dif­fer­ent for­mats, in­clud­ing air­brush­ing.

How does one be­come a cer­ti­fied Copic colourist?

I of­fer the one-day in­ten­sive of­fi­cial Copic Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme for the UK. The class is only of­fered by Copic Re­gional In­struc­tors, and whether you take mine or one in Amer­ica, it is the same class and is recog­nised around the world. The class cov­ers: three com­mon mis­takes and how to iden­tify, test and use your ma­te­ri­als; four blend­ing tech­niques; how to cre­ate tex­ture and erase mis­takes; the Copic num­ber­ing sys­tem; how to choose col­ors that work well to­gether from the Copic Colour Wheel; and air­brush­ing with both the ABS-1 and the air com­pres­sor.

What do you think are the most com­mon colour­ing mis­takes or mis­con­cep­tions about colour­ing?

Colour­ing should be a re­lax­ing and en­joy­able ac­tiv­ity, but peo­ple of­ten stress. At the end of the day it is a piece of card, so en­joy the process and re­alise the more you prac­tise, the bet­ter your art­work will be! When colour­ing with Copic al­co­hol mark­ers, al­ways work on top of clean pa­pers, as the pens will go through the card­stock and pick up any ink from un­der­neath, which can be very frus­trat­ing when you’ve al­most fin­ished your im­age. This was an early mis­take, so I learnt quickly! I had some blue Copic ink on a piece of pa­per about four pieces un­der­neath the piece I was work­ing on, and it came through onto my light pink flower!

What are the big­gest changes to card­mak­ing that you’ve seen since start­ing Stamps & Mem­o­ries?

So much has changed since open­ing my busi­ness in 1998! The in­tro­duc­tion of die-cut­ting has made a huge dif­fer­ence and is now of­ten avail­able to match the stamp de­sign, and for some­one who doesn’t have a straight eye, die-cut­ting lay­ers for a card is so much eas­ier! Who re­mem­bers sten­cilling with a light­box and wax crayons?!

How long have you been or­gan­is­ing craft shows, and why did you de­cide to start do­ing this?

As it cost ridicu­lous money to rent a lo­cal shop (Hunger­ford is full of an­tique shops!), I started or­gan­is­ing reg­u­lar lo­cal events in Kint­bury (Berk­shire) where I re­side – these events still con­tinue, and the next event is on Satur­day, 14th Oc­to­ber 2017!

My aim is to make the var­i­ous Paper­craft shows that I or­gan­ise a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence for both cus­tomers and ex­hibitors – to run a show you need both equally! My for­mat of avoid­ing prod­uct rep­e­ti­tion so we have a good va­ri­ety of stamps, die brands and other pa­per­craft­ing prod­ucts, seems to work well for every­one. In ad­di­tion, we of­fer cus­tomers the chance to join our in­spi­ra­tional work­shops, make-and-takes and var­i­ous demon­stra­tions.

Do you have a favourite stamp or stamp set?

That’s a dif­fi­cult one – all my stamps are favourites and I only stock stamps I like. There are old favourites, in­clud­ing some wooden stamps, which of­ten make an ap­pear­ance in my classes. But I must ad­mit I love my dog­wood stamp (as used here)!

What’s your favourite thing to colour?

I love, love, love colour­ing flo­ral images.

“Colour­ing should be re­lax­ing and en­joy­able, but peo­ple of­ten stress”

Use Copics to colour on card and even on tiles!

Wendy loves all the Copic colours

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