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