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.

CardMaker - - Contents - By Col leen Schaan

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.

Going Solo

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.

Airbrushing

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).

Col­or­ing Em­bel­lish­ments

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). •

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