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Friday 26 August 2011

Shading with color pencils over Copic Markers

This is a tutorial for those of us not lucky enough to own the 17 gazillion colors of copic markers out there!  This is how we get to color like we do though!!!

Supplies needed:
Stamp/image of choice
Copic marker(s)* (I used BV02, G05, and E43)
Colored pencils*(I used prisma color pencils: Violet, Parma violet, grass green, and dark brown)
Low odor mineral spirits**
Blending pencils
memento ink
small jar with air tight lid(to put your mineral spirits in for easier use)

To get started, pour some of your mineral spirits into the small jar and make sure the lid is on tightly, set aside.  Stamp image with memento ink.


Next color your image with your copics making sure to get an even coat on your image. (I have just done the purple here.)

Next use your colored pencils to put your shading where you want to, or where you think they should be, after all it’s your picture…


Now dip the tip of the blending pencil into your mineral spirits.  (Just the tip, you can always dip it back in if your blending pencil runs dry)


Start rubbing your dipped tip onto your colored pencil marks and watch your lines disappear!

wicked cool huh?! 

Now here is my finished image.  You may want to change blending pencils when you change colors, I didn’t for this one but if you have darker colors you may need to!


*you can use any color pencils you want.. I have used Crayola, rose art, any old color pencil you have!!  I don’t know about other brands of marker as I only have these…if you try it with another brand of marker and it works let me know!!!

**There is a product called Gamsol that you can use for this also.  I like the low odor mineral spirits because it’s cheaper and does the same thing.  Gamsol is $6 for a couple of ounces and you have to order it online.  The low odor mineral spirits I use is $6 for a quart and I can get it at my local hardware store!


  1. Great idea and I have done the same but don't own any copics. I also like to use baby oil that I put on a little piece of sponge (like those you would use to apply make-up),and it will blend and not smell and will stay for a long time in the sponge. Just tap the blending pencil into the sponge and you got the oil. Josie

  2. Wow. Great tutorial and great results. I love that purplish rose. I got purple roses in a bouquet recently.

    I've been wanting to try colored pencils with my Copics.

    BTW, I use a Citrus-based brush cleaner with my colored pencils and it was $1.99 for a 2 oz. jar.

  3. Great idea!!! I for one don't have all of the shades of Copics. But I DO have the giant box of Prisma pencils!!!! Thanks! Great tutorial!

  4. It will work with any kind of pencil with a high amount of pigment in it.Like good quality school pencils ,here in the Netherlands that wil be Stabilo pencils.

  5. Very nice! The results are lovely! Thanks for such a great toot!