Thursday, June 28, 2012

Coloring Inky Faces with Copic Markers

Good morning friends! It's Lesa, here with a coloring tutorial for you today!  I have been working very hard on my coloring lately, especially on faces of images.  The Inky Impressions images are PERFECT for coloring and shading.  I learned a lesson or two from several of my stamping friends and fellow Inkettes and I wanted to share those lessons with you.

First, you choose your image and stamp it in your choice of ink.  I tend to use Memento Tuxedo Black for almost all my stamping. And today,  I chose Lili's Cleaning Day as my image.

Lili stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Use E50 for all the skin and E21 for shading
Now I used to just take my skin colored marker and color in her face.  But, I recently learned that by using E50 and shading with E21 - it looks more natural. . .

I start by coloring in all the skin with E50. . .

All colored in. . .

Then, I take E21 and add a thin line around the edges where a shadow would fall. . .

See how the darker line adds shading to her face, arms and neck

Then I brush a bit of R20 directly on the tip of E50 and add her cheek glow

Just a dab on her cheeks - then you gently shade over everything with E50

Her finished face!
Ready for a project!

The key is not to be afraid of color. For practice, I simply stamp a bunch of different Inky images on scraps of white cardstock and start coloring.  While I know I'm not perfect in this, we all have to start somewhere and I hope this little tutorial will prove helpful!  Remember, practice makes perfect! Enjoy your coloring!


  1. Lesa, your coloring is really improving nicely! Thank you so much for sharing this great tutorial with us!

  2. Your coloring looks wonderful. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

  3. I really like that effect using those colors and will have to try this on my stamped images...thanks

  4. fabulous must try this thank you Hugs Elaine

  5. Thank you for a great tutorial. Its lovely to see how others colour and mix skin tones which I find quite difficult to do. Hugs Sheila.x


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