Create With Copics: Beginner's Guide FAQ
That cover-up logo is actually called a "watermark," and is used to protect the copyright of an image or artwork that is owned by another company. Such is the case with some of the artwork I used in this class.
All the companies have been very gracious to allow the images to be included as downloads. Most of them are not available as digital images so to protect the companies they asked for watermarks. The good news is that you can still color along. I know you now want to be able to color them without watermarks so you can share your masterpieces. Here are links to find the images you have colored. Some are available in digital and some only in rubber.
- Scaredy Cat -- digital: www.doodledragonstudios.com direct link: http://www.doodledragonstudios.com/digital-stamps/scaredy-cat/prod_185.html
- Jolly Santa (already available to you without watermark) –- digital: https://www.makeitcrafty.com direct link: https://www.makeitcrafty.com/jolly-santa-digi-stamp.html
- Snow Bird -- cling rubber: www.stampendous.com direct link: http://stampendous.com/product/0/CRP169-R/_/Cling_Snow_Bird
- Frog on Inner Tube – rubber: www.crafterscompanion.com direct link: http://www.crafterscompanion.com/Anthony-Burt-EZMount-Stamp-Set--Aint-This-the-Life_p_1443.html
- Hydrangea -- cling rubber: www.stampendous.com direct link: http://stampendous.com/product/32763/CRW083-R/_/Cling_Hydrangea_Bunch
I made my storage bin for my Copic® markers. Here is a list of supplies and instructions so you can make one, too.
- ArtBin Double Deep (can be purchased at a local craft store or you can search the Web for "ArtBin Double Deep") comes with a lid.
- Purchase a ceiling lighting grid (from your local hardware store) made from the white plastic and comes in a sheet for fluorescent lighting. This will give you enough to make two storage boxes
- 1/2" thick wooden dowel rod from local hardware store, and you can ask them to cut to correct length. Square is preferred but round works too
- Additional items needed: Wire cutters, rubber bands (16 total)
- Start by using the wire cutters to cut the ceiling grid down 19 squares by 19 squares. Make two pieces in this size.
- Cut dowel down to make 4 pieces 3" long
- Place a rubber band on each piece of dowel about 1/2" from the bottom
- Place the grid onto the dowel at the furthest corner, and then sandwich the grid by placing another rubber band on the dowel. This will keep the grid from shifting.
- Do this with all 4 corners.
- Place a rubber band on all 4 dowels again about 1" from the top of the dowel (make sure there is a minimum of 1"-1 1/4" between the two grid pieces but lower than the length of the top lid of the pen when placed into the grid).
- Slide on the last grid through all 4 corners.
- Sandwich the grid with rubber bands.
- Slide whole grid unit into ArtBin.
Some people drill a hole through the bottom of the Artbin and the dowels and put a flat washer and screw to hold the unit into place. Mine is not screwed down and works great. Other people use double-stick foam tape instead of the rubber bands. You can use the ceiling tile with any size container; just cut the size you need out of the ceiling tile.
If you do a search on "Artbin Copic Storage" you can find some pictures out there. Have fun! Let me know if you have questions.
If you want the best results I recommend a smooth nonporous cardstock. X-Press It is the most common but is higher in price (might be easier to find though). I use a paper called Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 100lb, which can be purchased online through Kelly Paper. Neenah is also popular but is not as smooth and if I am not careful will bleed outside the lines. Try and see if you can find the Hammermill 100lb I spoke of, but if not then you can use the X-Press It. Hammermill runs about $24 for 250 sheets, and X-Press It is about $60. I hope that helps. You can still practice on other types of paper but each one handles differently.
There are many different sets of colors you can use for blending. These are the colors I used so that you can follow along with the samples: Blender Pen - 0; Brown E31, E35, E59, E79; Gray C1, C3, C5, C7; Red R24, R46, R59; Pink R81, R85; Shadow Blue/Violet BV20; Blue B99; and Green YG03, YG63, YG67. I used more than just these colors in the final card, and the colors can be seen in the downloadable PDF flyers.