Copic Coloring®: atyouSpica Pens
A little sparkle goes a long way, and with the atyouSpica glitter pens from Copic you’ll be able to add just the right finishing touch to make your card designs dazzle.
Unleash your inner sparkle with this fun lesson on coloring with these specialty pens.
AtyouSpica glitter pens are the perfect complement to your Copic coloring. Each pen contains micro glass flakes suspended in colored pigment ink. The ink is transparent, making it easy to layer over your Copic coloring.
With 24 colors to choose from (including clear) it’s easy to coordinate sparkly color with your artwork. These pens are nontoxic and waterproof when dry, making them the perfect tool for mixing and matching media. The firm felt tip applies color easily and smoothly to most surfaces. While there aren’t specific techniques for atyouSpica pens, there are a few different ways to use them.
Since atyouSpica pens contain colored pigment inks, they can be used alone to add color and shimmer to a project. When using these pens to add color, use small circular motions to avoid visible stroke marks. You should avoid coloring over the same area repeatedly as the ink may tear or pill the paper (Photo 1).
Over Copic® Coloring
If you want to add sparkle and shine to a larger area, it is recommended to first color the area with Copic markers for a smoother finish. Color the image as you normally would, adding shading, blending and highlights (Photo 2). Once the ink is dry, add a layer of shimmery color with an atyouSpica pen that matches or complements the base colors. Remember to use small circular motions to avoid visible stroke marks (Photo 3).
Note that layering a colored atyouSpica pen over your Copic coloring may change the tone of your base color. If you simply want sparkle and shine without color, use the clear glitter pen.
While you can’t actually airbrush with atyouSpica pens, you can create a cool splatter effect by using the Copic Airbrush System with these pens.
Hold the pen near the surface of the paper. Place the metal nozzle of the Airbrush System next to the tip of the pen. Squeeze the trigger to release a burst of air. The air will flow across the tip of the pen and force a small amount of ink and mica flakes onto the paper (Photo 4).
Experiment by holding the pen at different angles to get the best results. Layer two or more colors to create an interesting background pattern (Photo 5).
It’s easy to add a bit of shimmer to ribbon, buttons, or fabric and paper flowers with your atyouSpica glitter pens. Just color directly onto the surface or draw a pattern, and let the ink dry. Be sure to seal nonporous surfaces with a spray sealant to help set the colored ink (Photo 6).
Writing & Doodling
One of my favorite ways to use atyouSpica glitter pens is for writing or doodling. The shine in this ink is subtle, so it doesn’t distract from the words or message. Use the pen to add a sentiment in a matching color; add a frame to finish a card; or doodle hearts, arrows or flowers to complement an image (Photo 7). •