Copic® Col­or­ing Tech­nique: Col­or­ing on Vel­lum

One of the things I love about my Copic® mark­ers is that they make me feel like an artist, es­pe­cially when I can cre­ate amaz­ing, painterly ef­fects by us­ing them to color on vel­lum.

CardMaker - - Contents - By Col leen Schaan

Cre­ate gor­geous paint­like ef­fects on this pretty translu­cent pa­per!

Copic Col­or­ing on Vel­lum

Vel­lum is a smooth, translu­cent sur­face typ­i­cally used as a spe­cialty pa­per. Its slightly non­porous prop­er­ties cre­ate in­ter­est­ing paint-like ef­fects and al­low Copic inks to be “erased” or re­moved com­pletely with rub­bing al­co­hol or a Col­or­less Blender.

To test the qual­ity of vel­lum, swipe a dark Copic marker across the sur­face. Once the ink is dry, wipe it off with a rag sat­u­rated with al­co­hol or a Col­or­less Blender. If tiny specks of color re­main, the vel­lum has em­bed­ded pa­per fibers and isn't high qual­ity. If the ink is re­moved and the pa­per is clean, then it is a more pure vel­lum and of higher qual­ity.

Use high-qual­ity vel­lum to cre­ate a “Copic paint­ing” with th­ese sim­ple steps:

Step 1: Stamp im­age onto vel­lum us­ing black ink.

Step 2: Sprin­kle clear embossing pow­der onto stamped im­age. Gen­tly tap off ex­cess pow­der. Heat im­age with embossing heat tool to melt embossing pow­der (Photo 1).

Step 3: Flip vel­lum over. Us­ing B26, ap­ply color to the sky area with long, back-and-forth strokes. Do not worry about col­or­ing into other ar­eas. If you want a painterly look, ap­ply a sec­ond layer of color over the first (Photo 2).

Step 4: Us­ing the Col­or­less Blender marker, care­fully “clean” any ex­cess blue ink from non-sky ar­eas (Photo 3).

Clean off nib by scrib­bling onto scratch pa­per (Photo 4).

Step 5: Base build­ings with smooth strokes of E55. Base side­walk with E71 and let dry. Add tex­ture to side­walk by tap­ping gen­tly with E71. Base road with smooth strokes of C5 (Photo 5).

Base leaves with scrib­bles of YG09 (Photo 6).

Step 7: Base awnings, chairs and um­brel­las with smooth strokes of R27, col­or­ing in the di­rec­tion of the fab­ric (Photo 7).

Step 8: Color table­tops, curbs, roof, lanterns, rail­ings and tower with C9, C5 and C3. Color door­frames, lights, ta­ble and chair trim with Y08 (Photo 8).

Step 9: Add dots of G29 and YG09 to the leaves cre­at­ing pud­dles of ink to add tex­ture as de­sired (Photo 9).

Step 10: Flip im­age over. Add shad­ing to build­ings with smooth strokes of E55. Add shad­ing to awnings with strokes of R27 (Photo 10). Step 11: Trim edges for com­pleted im­age

(Photo 11).

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