Good morning all! Since returning home from Memphis I have had no time to create, so still no card for you today. I do want to take a little time though to tell you what the class was like and what I learned.
First of all, the Copic certification class isn't so much about learning how to color - it's learning about the product so that you can better educate people and be able to answer questions that people have about the product. That was a little disappointing because all of us were wanting to learn more about how to color. But, the information we received will be helpful in your coloring too. Also, Sally Lynn told us that there are plans for an advanced coloring class that will be available to Copic Certified Designers! That will be one I won't miss if it comes near me!
Some things that were taught in the class were
Copic is pronounced COPE ICK not COP ICK. I started off pronouncing them wrong, but after seeing you tube videos of people pronouncing it correctly I have since changed that.
The Spica pens are pronounced SPEAK A. Until this class I was saying SPIKE A. Another fun little tidbit about the Spicas is that they are called At You Spicas and in Japan At You is Wow and Spica is Stars - so they are Wow, Stars!
It doesn't matter how you store you Copic markers, but the Spicas need to be stored flat. The reason is because the glitter is little bitty square pieces of glass that are suspended in the color and if you store them upright, either the pieces of glass will float to the top and you will only get color when you use them and no glitter, or the glass will sink to the bottom and all of your glitter will be used up leaving you with only color.
We learned a lot about what kinds of card stocks and inks work well with the copic markers, and also how to test card stocks to see if they are suitable. I personally didn't write a lot of this down because I am mainly a digital image user - but you can find all of the information on the card stocks at Marianne Walker's blog HERE. I will tell you that they say the Georgia Pacific white card stock does not meet their tests, but I have been using that for a lot of my cards and have not had problems.
The new Copic manual has tons of information in it on the card stocks and inks, but only two lines about using Copic markers with your digital images. They say that laser printers use toner and the toner is fused to the card stock so there are no problems. The ink jet printers vary so much that they only tell you to test it out. This is where I come in saying that you can still use ink jet printers to print out your digital images and use your Copic markers - you just have to try a couple of things. First, try coloring and if your ink doesn't smear you're good to go! If you do get some smears, try heat setting your image with your heat gun. If you still get smears, spray your image with a fixative or a light coat of an aerosol hair spray. Let it dry well before coloring. I have found that sealing takes care of all smearing problems, but I haven't tested all card stocks. The type of card stock you use has a lot to do with it too.
If you are still getting smearing, try using a different card stock. You can print your images on a glossy or coated card stock that allows the ink to stay wet a little longer so that you have time to sprinkle on some embossing powder which you can then melt with your heat gun. You will have no problems with smearing if your images are embossed. Some printers will allow you to go into the settings and adjust it to print with an extra heavy ink so you have time to emboss. So, there are a lot of options.
The most important thing for me to understand was the number codes on the markers. Of course I already knew that B is Blue, BV is Blue Violet, E is for Earth tones, G is Green, R is Red, RV is Red Violet, Y is Yellow, YG is Yellow Green, YR is Yellow Red, V is Violet, and C is Cool Grey and W is Warm Grey, but the numbers were confusing. Well, the second number is how much of the color is in there, the higher the number the darker the color. For instance if you have a B21 and a B24 = the B24 will be a darker blue than the B21. The first number is how much grey is in the color. The more grey, the less "bright" the color. When trying to pick colors that blend well together you will make all of your picks the same letter. Try to match the first number to keep the tone the same, and then choose two or three numbers difference higher and lower for highlights and shadows for your second number. For instance, if I were going to color a green leaf I would pick my favorite green for the leaf which is YG03. Then to choose a highlight green I would stick with the YG family, stay with the 0 for the first number and then choose a lower second number - in this case the lowest I can go is YG00. For my shadow, I would move up a couple of m=numbers for my last number and choose YG06 or 07. Once you learn how to read the wheel all of your combinations are pretty easy to pick.
Copic has a color wheel that you can see HERE . It's not a color wheel like we think of when we think of a color wheel - it's more to show you their range of colors and where they fall in line with each other. Once you understand the color wheel, choosing colors that will work well together (as in blending) as well as what colors will compliment each other is easier.
I will try in my future posts to not only list which Copic colors I use, but also how I use the color wheel in picking them. I hope that will be helpful to you all.
I'm really glad I went to the class, had a lot of fun and met a lot of really talented people. It was also nice to spend a few days with my daughter. Now I just need time to play! Hopefully I'll be able to do that soon!
It has gotten so warm here that I am afraid Spring will be a very short prelude to Summer. The temperatures are in the mid seventies with lots (dare I say too much?) sun and the mosquitoes have wasted no time in letting us know they are still around. I know many of you love the sun though, so I hope you are out enjoying it. Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by.