Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Art Instruction

I recently signed up for a series of classes on how to use Copic Sketch Markers. These are dual-tipped, alcohol based, refillable markers that come in 322 of the most beautiful colors. They are manufactured in Japan, but are available at art supply stores such as Dick Blick. Hobby Lobby carries a limited selection as well. I also have seen them at some of the more progressive scrapbooking stores, which is where I am taking these classes.

I bought a few Copic markers a while back on the recommendation of an artist friend of mine and they just sat around not being used. They are a very wet marker and take a little practice getting used to, especially if you are more familiar with using water-based markers such as Tombow or LaPlume. There are some tips on using the markers on the Copic website and also a variety of video tutorials are available on You-Tube - just do a search for "Copic Markers." I personally like to take in-person classes so I have someone right there who can answer questions. This particular class meets once a month for six-months and is taught by a Certified Copic Instructor. Each month we get 5 new colors and project sheets based on those colors and the techniques taught in that particular month. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

We are on Week 8 over at 52Q - can you believe that EIGHT weeks have already gone by in 2009? I sure can't! The question this week is, "What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?" Well, I live in Illinois and although I make it a practice not to discuss politics on this blog, I'm sure you have heard about the political circus going on in our state right now. Between our impeached governor and his newly appointed junior senator, I don't know if I should laugh out loud. . . or just cry!


Lilli in Vancouver said...

Good for you for educating yourself on something new. Those markers do seem to have a special soft subtlety to them. Good Luck!

Lori said...

i love how those markers look too...the colors are very soft and pretty!!!

Little Pink Studio said...

Jeanne, I just bought some of those markers, but so far, mine are just sitting here. :0)
Love the page you did with them!
xo, Cerri

Stacy/Creativemuse said...

You are such a cool designer I am so liking your copic discovery....I love using pens but haven't plunged into the makers to yet(4 sets of little hands in my pretty pens,markers,penciles etc)I love that these are refillable I'll be checking into them more!and your blog too! I'm jumping in on the 52Q and sending some friends the links too. I so miss our Arteratica group. *I think that's where we origianlly met or maybe just the Faire ZNE?*..Still happy to see your inspiratational works!


Donna Layton said...

Loving your new banner.
I love Copics, but I don't use them properly. I like watching youtube copic videos. Pretty amazing. I bet taking a class on using them as they were intended would be wonderful. Your journaling is spectacular as always:)

Diane said...

I have been eyeing off copic markers for quite a while. I think I used to use them once many years ago but more for technical stuff rather than art.
I love what you are doing with them.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow I would love to take a copic class. Yes please keep us updated on your progress! Love your page and your tag is so cute!

Robin said...

oh my GOSH! I saw this post late last night and I've just started art journaling....and guess what! I Dreamt about your markers! LOL! Corny I know but the beautiful page you created floated all night (it seemed) in my dream! I MUST get some of these! Thanks for sharing and I'm looking forward to hearing more about this class. I wish I could find something like that where I live!

m i c h e l l e said...

I *heart* copic markers! Love your tags too...I only got up to week 3 so seeing you keep up with them is motivating me to get back to it!!!

Maija said...

I love how your marker work turned out! I love my Copic markers, but I think I need a class like the one you are taking!

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