Friday, May 26, 2017

Just For You!

This sweet set from Stampendous call "Bouquet for You" is one of the stamps we used at Advanced Copic Retreat.  Stampendous is an amazing generous sponsor with quality products and went above and beyond and gave a set to every attendee.  Thank you Stampendous!
Kuretake Zig also blew us out of the water with their sponsorship of the amazing (my favorite) water brush, the BRUSH2O.  We used it to create such a soft look in the background and whenever we needed subtle transparent look on something throughout the weekend.  Everyone got to play with my Nuvo drops (another huge favorite) to finish off the card with fun embellishments too.  For this set we learned how to create a painting-with-Copics background, fun texturing, transparent glass, water drops to make it over-the-top, and reflections.  WOW, so many techniques in one piece and was it ever fun to color!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

You Don't Want to Miss This....

Sooooo, I have a little....giggle....blush....squeal.....secret....

Are you ready for some BIG news?

I am now the West Coast Regional Copic Instructor for Imagination International Inc.  No...NO...FOR REALS!!!  I will be joining the AMAZING team with Debbie Olson, Cindy Lawrence and Michelle Houghton.   What does this mean?  This means I will be traveling, mainly on the West Coast to select areas and teaching the Copic Beginning and Intermediate Certification courses, as well as their fun workshops.  OH, YOU DONT WANT TO MISS THIS!  Do you know how thrilled I am to add this to what I am currently doing.  Yes, I will still do my Boot Camps in Phoenix and I hope to see you at one of them!  But now this gives you more opportunity to join me in a Copic Certification class or workshop.  We will get to hang out even more now!!  Keep an eye out for next years schedule and be sure and sign up right away.  If you can't make one of mine, PLEASE go to one of the other amazing instructors classes.  You get so much guidance and quality teaching from these ladies.  Nothing compares to taking a class in person, plus the opportunity to hang out with like minded people!


So in celebration of my acceptance for this place of honor, the Imagination International Inc/Regional Instructors and Copic Blog Team are having a fun hop...and what's a hop without a frog?

I have created this piece using one of the Copic Doodle Packs Doodle Pack Green.  Have you seen them before?  What is a Doodle pack you ask?  A Doodle Pack is a color-coordinated, theme assorted pack with two Ciao markers, a Multiliner and a glitter pen.   This is the perfect gift for a friend who loves to doodle!  Its the perfect size for travel, combine it with a small notepad for the road and you are good to go.  I just happened to take it with me to the RV last weekend and even though I had my whole box of Copic goodness (all 358 markers) with me, I refrained from use of any other product other then a pencil.  I wanted to see what I could accomplish with using what they have picked for the Doodle pack.  With no light box, transfer paper or Tracing Memories App I had to go old school and DRAW this little guy.  I do love tools that make things quicker but also enjoyed the process of bringing this guy to life just by using what I saw in the inspiration photo.  Mind you the photo was of a yellow and black frog.  
Here he is just waiting for the Doodle Pack...This Doodle Pack has an Olive Multiliner...so I just traced over the lines with the Multiliner and then proceeded to color it in with the two Ciao markers (G14 and YG41)...that's it...2 markers and a multiliner!



Please check out what the rest of what the Copic team created in celebration of little ol' me!  

Before you go we have a little goodbye...

We are also saying goodbye to Lori Craig from the Regional Instructor team.  She might be leaving the team but it is for new and great things.  Lori is now handling all of the NEW Tommy Chalk Paint line for Imagination International.  She is super excited about this new endeavor and I am sure you will be seeing some amazing stuff using this product soon!  For those that got blessed to be in one of her classes I know you know that she will rock the Tommy Chalk side of things!

Thank you all for your years of support and love.  Thank you for commenting, following and sharing.  Your comments lift me up and encourage me to soar to new heights!  I look forward to seeing you in the future at one of my personal events or a Imagination International Copic class!

Jennifer Dove

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

You are Out of this World!

I am going to try to get the rest of the cards we created in Advanced Copic Retreat posted for everyone to see.  Here is the one we did using Adventure Land from Craftin' Desert Divas.  We created the background using glossy paper and the Copic Airbrush setup.  We made the fun interactive portion of the card using the Slide On Over Circle from Lawn Fawn and finished it off using the edge dies from Little Darling Rubber Stamps.

Everyones cards turned out amazing and it was so fun to complete them using these products from our wonderful sponsors.

For these cards we focused on coloring metal, creating a space background and coloring transparent elements.  I also taught the attendees how to create this fun moon and planet.  You too can learn some wonderful techniques in the upcoming Copic Boot Camp!  All the info can be found HERE!

Links for the products below

Craftin' Desert Divas - Adventure Land clear set
LDRS Creative Basics - Cutting Edge Borders 1
Lawn Fawn -  Slide on Over Circle


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Get' er Done

Look what Little Miss Muffet did!!!! Do you recognize her? There is now a Polka Dot Pal named "Jennifer".  Isn't she just the cutest thing you have ever seen.   HA HA HA.  But for reals, she is an adorable stamp.  She is now available in rubber for you to color up through Little Miss Muffet Stamps.  The fun thing with all the Polka Dot Pals is you can create your own faces on them, and that is what I did with this one.  Coloring images such as these really helps to hone coloring skills and expands your artistic abilities.

Photo of Nic and I after 2016 Copic Boot Camp, 4 days of 10 plus hours of teaching per day...but we sure were cute in those outfits!!

Here is the first image I colored to mimic Boot Camp
You can see how LMM whole DT team colored her up on the Little Miss Muffet Challenge blog HERE

Colors used on the card
YR21 YR23 Y26
E23 E25 E29
BV20 BV23
B21 B24 B26
C1 C3 C5 C8
E50 E51 E21 E93

I would love to see what you have done using any of the Polka Dot pals!  Feel free to place a link in the comments 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sunset Sway

This sweet image is called "Sunset Sway".  I tried to keep it pastel but in the end that didn't happen.  I find that keeping things light is hard as the Copic's are so vivid and yummy and the color choices are endless.  I couldn't help but do the Tulips in orange.  I thought I would play around a bit more with cast shadows to give depth.  Most of the shadows are correct I think but if they are not don't judge me.  It was fun to do anyways.


Simple Tulips and Anemones swayin' in the breeze!!  There is actually two different choices for this digital image, one is with a butterfly.  Power Poppy has the mose amazing digital detailed floral.


Copics:
R00 R01
BV17 V99 BV29
BV20 BV23
G40 G43 G46
Y32 YR02 YR68




Sunday, April 16, 2017

Puppy Love

Here is one of the sweet cards we will be coloring up and creating at the Advanced Copic Retreat in Phoenix Arizona.  May 19th is just around the corner and I am so excited to be hosting, teaching and creating with a large group of ladies.  There is still time to register as we have a few spots left.  You can find the link HERE with all the information.  If you can't make the May event I hope to see you in October for the 4 day Copic Boot Camp.
Thanks to our amazing sponsors for making this work.  For this card we will be concentrating on coloring fur.  We will be using this adorable stamp from sponsor Heartfelt Creations called "You're Paw-fect".   I purchased this die from Taylored Expressions (also a sponsor) called Notepaper & Clipboard to create the layering.  Make it Crafty (sponsor) designed these adorable laser cut decorations and the sponsor Iamroses is sending the attendees flowers to complete this card.  Just look at the pile of goodness for this event!

I call this style card a "throw-up" card (I know...thats so wrong), because it looks like someone threw up tons of yummy embellishments all over.  I am showing my style of how to use all the pieces and still keep it grounded as well as how to cluster and layer.   A pet peeve of mine is seeing stuff on cards just floating around...so I thought it would be fun to encourage grounding in card layouts.  Of course there are different ways to do things and everyone has their creative styles so this will be so much fun to try.

This event is structured very differently from the event in the fall.  For this event we learn techniques on images and then create cards.  We will event be doing a little piece of framable artwork.  At this time we have 45 attendees and my assistants and I will be having such an enjoyable time teaching and creating.  There is always great food and a bounty of wonderful attendees!

For the fall event it is Boot Camp in a BIG way.  JAM packed with techniques, loaded with information,  tons of coloring with Copic's,  lots of games and prizes, fabulous food and of course new friends.

I hope to see you at one of the events in the near future

- Jennifer Dove

Heartfelt Creations - You're Pawfect
Tailored Expressions - Notepad & Clipboard
IamRoses
Make It Crafty


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Flower Power


As if Kitties and Doggies weren't cool enough...Marianne Walker and Imagination International have another great book in the Coloring Foundations Series: Coloring Flowers with Copic Markers.  The book is full of great step-out instructions and pictures.  Filled with 8 tutorials from basics to intermediate.  Included is the line art to scan and print on your favorite paper.  It will help you understand how to color leaves and a variety of blossoms.

I found a little time today to get to play and this is the image I chose to color from the book.  It shows how to add depth to your image just by....well I am not gonna tell you...haha....guess you will need to get the book.  I am pleased with the end result.


Coloring Foundations Series: Coloring Flowers
**Just so you know, I read the instructions and then chose some of my own colors to complete this image.

Copic's Used :
Y02 15 19
G21 24
YG11 03 17 63 67
B0000 00
BV20 23
R29
R89
G99



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fun with Cats and Dogs


Did you know Imagination International has workbooks?  These wonderfully printed, full color books come in a range of topics from Intro to Coloring with Copics, Cats & Dogs, Coloring Flowers, and Faces & Hair.  If you are just starting out on your own this is a great place to start.  If you are a teacher and want to use them as a curriculum this is the perfect tool.  Everyone can have their own workbook to follow along while you give instruction.  All the books have step by step directions as well as images to scan, print and color.

I thought I would get a little fancy with the book and merged a bunch of the Siamese kitties together and place them onto a paw-print background.  I wanted to focus on playing with cast shadows on the background to make the kitties pop-up off the card.  Another super fun card to create.  If you think this book is too easy, then take things further and add additional elements.  There is always reason for practice and expanding your capabilities.  Challenge yourself to go beyond the step by step.

Here is my finished card.  I think my kitties turned out dimensional, like they are popping off the page don't you think.  As my 2 year old would say, "I Likey".

You can find this book HERE

Copics:
E40 E42 E43 E44 E47 E49
BV20 BV23
B12 B16

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Hunny Bunny

As soon as I saw this stamp from Craftin' Desert Divas "Hunny Bunny", I knew what I was going to make.   Using a die from CCDesigns I created a little somethin'-somethin'.   I wanted to make a fun Easter card and thought I would try my hand using the 2win Kirarina Oil-based Pens.  
They have two shades of color in each pen, so I used them just like I would use my Copics.  I added the light color first and then the darker in the shadowed area and blended it out with the light again.  I drew the eggs and grass using the black Kirarina and then added the color.

I colored the stamp three times and colored it up.  Cutting out the "windows" using the die on a 4.25 x 5.5 piece of paper and then drew in the eggs and the grass.  Once it was all colored up using the 2win pens, I popped it up on a card base, and OOOH LA LA, hippity hoppity hurray! Done!

As I didn't have any grey or green colors on hand in the Kirarina I used my Copics to finish it off.
 2win Kirarina Oil-based Pens come in 18 varieties with duel tips.  Each one has two color tones.  They have a round nib and a fine nib for details.  Event though you would think that because they could be considered "too cute" for art as you can see you can create art.  They are even Acid Free and can be used on slick surfaces.  You can find them here at the link below.  Check out all the fun colors!  How about grabbing these and hiding them around the yard for a very colorful Easter egg hunt.  I just might have to do that...start art young!



Friday, April 7, 2017

Thinking Outside the Box

Ever have a idea but you are too tired to get out of bed?  Well that always happens to me...this idea I actually remembered by morning.

This idea was a new way to texture card stock.  Normally when I am texturing something I use a terry cloth or burlap or other textured textile.  These items soak up the alcohol.  My idea was using something that wouldn't soak it up, wax paper.  I did try seran wrap but didn't like the results as much (will have to experiment more).  Anyways, I airbrushed onto blending cardstock and then spritzed the crumpled wax paper and held it for a second onto the airbrushed background leaving some fun results.  I really liked it.  Once I had that "oh, it's cool" moment, the paper just sat on my desk staring at me.
I have had this stamp set from Stampendous sitting on my desk because I am working on a project for the Advanced Copic Retreat I am directing and teaching at in April in Phoenix.  It is called Bouquet For You.  It has so many different fun parts to it and can be used in so many ways.  I decided to use one of the flowers from the set to create a simple card.

This was the perfect opportunity to play around with my new Nuvo Aqua Flow Brushes.  I stamped the image in Versa Fine directly on top of my background and then used the Aqua Brushes to color it in.  I am not "fluid" with water coloring, but it was super fun to do.  The colors are so vivid but can be watered down if desired.   I decided to not water them down but rather color directly with the Aqua brushes.  I used the two purples and the two greens for this card.  They come in sets of 3 and there are 4 sets plus an empty water brush set.  I then colored the wonderful chipboard layered word from Make It Crafty using the Aqua Flow brush in both the purple and the green.  It dried really quick so was able to glue it together and add it to the card.  Once the image was dry I added white gel pen to the highlighted areas of the image.  One would usually stop there but NO not me...I had to add my favorite embellishment,  Nuvo Crystal drops.  I used Bottle Green, Crushed Grape, and Violet Galaxy.  The first two are mat and the galaxy has a shimmer.  YUM!

All this because I had to experiment!  Here are the links to some of these fun products.  Now go do something that is not quite inside the box!   You just never know what the outcome might be until you try!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Sitting Pretty

Here is the last little cutie for Aprils class at The Paper Collage.  This new released stamp from Stampendous called "Sitting Pretty" is super adorable don't you think?  I used it with one of my new favorite dies from Taylored Expressions, the Notepaper and Clipboard die.  I will be getting a lot of use out of this one!  Then to top it off I added White Nuvo Crystal drops to the hearts.   Look how easy it is to make the elements stand out but just adding some Nuvo.   I am such a sucker for those Nuvo's.  

Just incase you don't know...Nuvo's dry pretty quickly and that is one of the reasons I am slowly getting all the colors...LURV!

Copics:
E31 E35 E57
E50 E51 E93
R81 R85
BV20 BV23




Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Squidly Friend

This guy just made me smile.   This is a new Stampendous! release.  It has so much character and was a blast to color.  I did a little dot texture on the background and wanting to make him pop so I used a bright contrasting color against the blue.  I then made the dots on his head a little dimensional by giving each one a cast shadow.  This will be a card I will demonstrate at The Paper Collage at the end of April.  There are a few seats left if you want to join in.
If you are already attending be sure and order your Nuvo from the store so you can complete your cards at home.  This card was SO much fun to create!

Stampendous!:  Octopus
Nuvo Crystal Drops:  Ripened Pumpkin, Silver Lining, and Liquid Mercury

Copics:
B000 B02
BV20 BV23
YR04 YR07
E50 E51

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Slurp Slurp Slurp

Its time again for a fun class at The Paper Collage.  Here is one of the fantastic cards we will be coloring featuring a sweet House Mouse®.  We are touching upon a few great techniques such as creating backgrounds and grounding an object.
  I hope if you are local you will join me.  We have a few spots left in the afternoon class.  The class details are under "class schedule" tab above.

If you are not local you can purchase this stamp beginning in April (Yes, you just got a sneak peek of a new release) and color it up on your own.  The colors I used are below.

Nuvo Crystal Drops:  Ripened Pumpkin

You know how much I love my Nuvo's...well if you saw my stash you would!  Tomorrow you will see a card with tons of Nuvo Crystal Drops.  Also a favorite die would be the Stitched Hillside Border die by Lawn Fawn.  I tend to use it a lot and has so many different options and ways to use.  Yes, these are just some of my MUST HAVES!  I am an enabler!  You're welcome!

Copics:
YR04 YR07
E50 E51 E93
E31 E35 E57
B000 B02
BV20 BV23

I thought, as I have just colored this image up, I would also enter it into the House Mouse challenge blog challenge HMFMC #238 "Food and or Drink"....popsicles are a main food group if you live in Arizona :).  If you love House-Mouse® you must join in on one of the upcoming challenges.




Thursday, March 16, 2017

Color of the Day 225


***Please note that I color using the lightest color first, dark, medium and back to light.  I only slightly blend the edge of the last color placed.  Then add the shadow. 

If you miss one of the combo's you can find it on the side of the blog labeled "Color of The Day".  Please realize that your computer screen and printer can change the way you see it or how the colors print, but if you try it yourself you will get some fun combos...promise!

Also, feel free to pin them.  I ask that you do not sell them printed out, do not place them on your personal blog but rather link to mine.  These are for personal use only.   Leave me some love if you want to see more!

Thank you to all my followers and fans from all over the world.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ouch!

So in light of the whole April the Giraffe addiction I thought I would create this card.  When everyone started watching her, people were saying she lays an egg when delivering...an egg, you heard right.  Some people just don't have common sense I think.   I thought this new stamp from Bloobel would be perfect.

I used my multiliner to draw in the egg details as well as the background paper to match.  I think its funny.  You can find the digital stamp HERE.  

Copics:
YR30 Y21 Y26
BV20 BV23 BV25 Bv29
E15 E18
C1 C3 C5
Y35 Y38 YR04
Multiliner .2

Monday, March 13, 2017

Must Haves - Multiliners Fine Set

I know I talked about the SP Multiliner (non-disposable) a few weeks back and how to refill and change out the nibs, but I thought I would touch a little on the disposable fine multiliners.  There are so many different size options available.  I always tell my student "don't accidentally buy the .005 instead of the .5, as the .005 is smaller then the hairs on a gnats butt"...well I mean it!  It is super fine and there is a big difference.  That being said if you would like super fine details or are working with a small image you will definitely want the .03 and the .05 in your supplies.  I love my "micro" multiliners 0.05 and 0.03.  I use them often and are a must to have in your supplies.

For this bunny I wanted to make him really small.  If I was to have used the regular grab and go Multiliners, the details would have been lost.  To take the guess work out of choosing sizes, Imagination International Inc has them already packed up and ready to purchase as sets.  I love it when the guess work is eliminated.  
I made this little card with the bunny popping out of the hole.  Supplies used below.  Simple and sweet!


This is the set I used for the bunny

Set contains four Black Multiliner Pens: 0.03mm, 0.05mm, 0.1mm, 0.3mm

Other options are:
Set contains four Black Multiliner Pens: 0.5, 0.8, Brush Small, Brush Medium

Set contains: 0.03mm, 0.05mm, 0.1mm, 0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.8mm, 1.0mm 
The popular original Multiliner inking pens are ideal for all of your fine-inking needs. These pigment-based ink pens are great for details, fine art, design, comics, modeling, journaling and papercrafting.

Copic Multiliner Features:
  • Pigment-based ink
  • Waterproof & Archival
  • Disposable 
  • Compatible with Copic Markers
  • Photocopy safe
If you made it all the way to the bottom of the post I thought I would give the bunny to you.   You can download it and use it for personal use or create a handmade card and sell the card...just in time for Easter.  Please don't share him, but send your friends over here to pick him up too. - Thank you....oh, he is only about an inch and a half big...don't make him too much bigger when printing or he will get grainy...he is a tiny bunny.  

 
Copic Colors:
E30 E21 E23 E25 E27 G99 

Other supplies:


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Coloring Foundations - Must Haves

If you struggle with coloring faces and hair you might want to get some great insight from "Coloring Faces & Hair with Copic Markers" by Marianne Walker.  It really gives you some great fundamentals, PLUS images to scan and color.  This book gives very clear instructions, giving you a step by step in the coloring process.

Here is something I colored from the book.

The author wrote it so it starts simple and then progresses to more complex like the braids I did above. In this over 50 page book, it also has a coloring chart for skin, hair and eyes so you can document your favorite blends.  
For those of you wanting to get more practice in, or just getting started this is the book for you.

The Copic colors I used are:
Skin - E50 E51 E21 E93
Hair - E35 E08 R89 E79 
Clothes - BG70 BG72 BG75 BG78
R81 R83 R85
BV20 shadows

Other Products used in this card
White and Bubblegum Nuvo drops
CCDesigns dies



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

DoveArt Studios Release Time

It's time for our latest RELEASE from CCDesigns and DoveArt Studios.


Here is what I created using Water Mill.  I fell in love with this stamp!  I would love to stumble across this landscape one of these days and just sit in the peaceful silence that surrounds it.


In this release you will find a selection of vintage, nautical and nature.  We are very excited about each of these new stamps and we know you will love them too!!!

Want a chance to win one of these new stamps?  Get ready to HOP!

Each of our Design Team members (and Sue our special guest designer) will be sharing their inspiration with gorgeous projects that feature every one of these new stamps!

I hope you enjoyed this hop and seeing all the inspiration along the way.  We appreciate your love for the DoveArt Studios line and hope you continue to enjoy them for all times.


Here is how you play:

1.  Visit each design team member's blog (Blog roll below). 

2.  Leave a comment on each blog.

3. When you reach the end of the hop, you will be at DoveArt Studios blog.  There you will leave the name, or names of your favorite stamps in the release.  Come back on Sunday morning to DoveArt Studios blog to see if you won a stamp or two from CCDesigns.

We hope you enjoy!!  Get ready to be inspired!!

Jennifer Dove - you are here

Andrea
Rhea
Faye
Sue
Dorinda
DoveArt Studios

Be sure and leave some love!




Monday, March 6, 2017

MWAH!

Does coloring "black" hair scare you?  Don't let it...get past the fear!  Practice practice practice!  We are going to get some practice in class if you are coming to The Paper Collage in Phoenix on March 18th.  Still a few spots left.
Info for the class under Class Schedule above in tab.

There I go with those fun Nuvo Crystal drops again too!  

This stamp is called Birgitta Blowing Hearts

Copics:
C5 C7 100
BV20
E50 E51 E21
R81 R85
E33 E57



Sunday, March 5, 2017

Make a Wish

Hope to see you at the class in Phoenix on March 18th!  Details under class schedule above.  We get to practice coloring hair using these cute stamps from CC Designs.


This stamp has some cute sentiments that are included with this sweet girl.

Copics:
Y21 Y26 
E33 E57
E50 E51 E21
E93 YR04
R81 R85
BV20

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Taking a Bloobel Bath

I am a huge fan of the quirky style of Lisa Bloobels artwork.  She just offered a special membership to receive some of her quirky digis within the Bloobel designs.  I just knew I had to have it!  Look at this one you get in the membership!  You can find the info HERE.

Obviously she is taking a "Bloobel bath" in a cup of coffee....well that was my intention at least....either that, or its very dirty water and the "steam" is actually stench ha ha...anyways, here are my colors.

Copics:
E50 E51 E21 BV20
Y21 Y26 E77
YG03 YG17
C1 C3 C5
Y11
E93 R29
B91 B97
E41 E43 E44

Did you see how I used the Nuvo crystal drops on the cup?  Yup loving me some Nuvo!