Ok here’s my second attempt at the Copic Markers. And my first tip that I learned…..all on my own too! I’m sure it’s totally something the rest of you Copic users know already, but it sure helped me!

Here’s my colored image and the markers I used (and yes, I LOVE strawberries!):

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supplies: palette noir ink, PTI white cardstock; Copic Ciao markers in C-1, RV29, RV23, G21, and YG67.

I am really happy with my first real attempt at blending with them. And I love that C-1 for outlining the image. A bit more subtle than the Prismacolor Cloud marker I was using.

Now for my blending tip. Here’s a pic and then I’ll explain.

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Ok, going left to right I will name these Berry 1, Berry 2 and Berry 3.  (Sorry I forgot to label them when I edited). 

Berry 2 is unblended – that is how I colored it when I started.  When I was first trying to blend, I had read/heard that you use the lighter shade to blend the “line” between the two shades.

For some reason I thought this meant you used the lighter marker and tried to blend from dark to light….like dragging the darker shade into the lighter shade to blend them.

Not true!

You should blend light into dark….use your lighter color to “drag” color into the darker shade.  (this was a lightbulb moment for me!)

Berry 1 is how I was trying to do it at first….by coloring with the light color trying to blend the darker shade into the lighter one.  See how it’s not really blended that well?

Berry 3 is using the light color to blend the light part of the berry into the dark….like dragging the light color into the darker one.

Total difference, huh?  And maybe y’all are smarter than me….but I totally had it backwards and was really thinking I couldn’t figure these markers out.  But man did that change my opinion!  I feel like I got a lot better color graduation blending that way.  So I hope this helps someone else out there!