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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

9 Simple Steps to Coloring Blond Hair With Copics.

Welcome Paper Nest Friends,

My husband and I are celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary next week and headed to Florida for a much needed vacation. Between my mother's 8 week Rehab from knee replacement, and Randy and I purchasing a new home we need a week away to just RELAX. So my project today has a bright and cheerful summery feel to it. I have used one of the newly released Paper Nest Dolls stamps called "Pinwheel Ellie"

Here is a Copic Color Progression Tutorial using E51 for the highlights, E53 for mid-tones, and E57 for cast shadows. In the first photo I am simply mapping out where I envision my lightest shades will land. This is where the sun is hitting the hair. (In this stage think of the hair as mountains and valleys. Your mountain areas will get hit by the sunlight and the valleys will be left in the shadows.) After the highlights are added I then begin with my darkest shadow and work from darkest to light meeting where my highlights were placed in the first photo. After laying all three colors down I like to go back with my darkest color again to deepen up those beautiful valleys in the hair. 

Below is a close up of my coloring of the entire image. I have used the following Copic Markers:

Skin: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, and R20
Hair: E51, E53, & E57
Clothes: BG01, BG05, Y15,Y18,Y19,YR07, YR09, R24, & R29

Here is a close up of the flowers - These are such fun summer colors!!!

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  1. Thank you for the colouring tutorial Melanie it is much appreciated and what a beautiful card you have created it really does make you feel happy, have a wonderful vacation.
    lorraine x

  2. Cute card…It would be perfect for your daughter. Thanks for the coloring tutorial. Have a wonderful mini vacation.
    Hugs, Diane

  3. Adorable card!!! I do not have Copics but your lesson can help us with other pens.....big thank you!