Welcome to the Colorful COPIC & ART SQUARES blog hop!
You are in for treat today because here in the studio we are pairing up our Copics with our favorite Art Squares by Inchie Arts. There are so many things to love about this pairing!
Did you know...
Art Squares are the perfect canvas for creating small-format art!
They come in 6 sizes (1 inch, 1.5 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, and ATC).
Art Squares come in 7 colors (black, dark gray, light gray, kraft, dark cream, light cream and white).
They are perfect for wet or dry mediums.
Copic markers and inks look amazingly vibrant and deliciously rich on Art Squares!
Copic multiliners glide smoothly across the surface.
Work on the “top” or toothy side for the best results.
You can mix and match your mediums! No warping, bending or curling.
Now come take a closer look at each of our art tables...
Today I am working on a white 4" Art Square. I love this size because once the Art Square design is complete, it is large enough to be the whole card!
I stamped my image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink with Penny Black's floral set, 30-282 Efflorescence. Then I got out some of my favorite Copic markers...perfect for coloring flowers! Here are the colors I used: R39, R35, R32; YR18, YR16, YR14; B26, B24, B21; Y32; G85, G82. Once my coloring was complete, I stamped my sentiment (Penny Black 30-286 Heartfelt) using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Using an ink blending tool and foam pad, I added background inking with Ranger Archival inks. Subtle background stamping was also added using Penny Black stamps, 30-274 Posted with Love and 1999L Letter Background. I love that Copic colors are so strong and beautiful, so even with an inked background, the shaded flowers stay bold and bright. Oh, and those soft splatters? I added those using a mixture of Copic Colorless Blender and the same marker colors used to color the flowers. I just colored a small bit of marker color onto my acrylic block, added Colorless Blender directly from the refill bottle, and flicked on this "paint" using a paintbrush.
For today’s art equation of “Inchie Arts + Copic Markers”, I created a small canvas that contains a pocket on the reverse side to hold a personal note.
For the front of the “canvas”, I trimmed a 4” white Art Square to measure 3 ½ x 4 keeping the trimmed part to create the sentiment later in the project.
The flowers (Applause 40-379 - Penny Black) were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento. Copic markers (R05, R29, Y19, YG05, YG09, YR16) were used directly on the Art Square to color the flowers and leaves.
For the background, a small bit of BG45 was dispersed from the refill bottle to a non-stick craft sheet. Alongside the color was placed a few drops of Colorless Blender from the refill bottle. Using a paintbrush, the alcohol inks were used to watercolor the background.
Using the leftover piece trimmed from the Art Square a smaller 3/8 x 1 3/8-inch tag was created. The small sentiment (Snippets 30-283 – Penny Black) was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento. Both the small tag and larger “canvas” were edged with a black 110 Copic Marker.
Small red pearls accent the flower bases and an orange Atyou Spica Pen was used to add some twinkle.
On the reverse side, a pocket was die cut (A Pocket Full 51-053 – Penny Black) from vellum and attached using a glue pen.
The card insert was die cut from white cardstock (Shades 51-055 – Penny Black). One small portion of “Applause” was inked with Lady Bug and Olive Grove Memento inks and stamped on the right side. Copic marker BG01 was used to feather in a soft sky. The same colors of Copic markers used for the flowers on the front were applied to this flower.
A quick sentiment (So Very Much 30-269 – Penny Black) stamped in black completes the tiny notecard.
[Supplies: Inchie Arts 4" White Art Square; Copic Markers: BG01, R05, R29, Y19, YG05, YG09, YR16, 110, O Colorless Blender Refill, BG45 Refill, Orange Atyou Spica Pen; Penny Black: Applause 40-379, Snippets 30-283, So Very Much 30-269, A Pocket Full 51-053, Shades 51-055; Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Tuxedo Black, Lady Bug, Olive Grove Memento; Other: Vellum, White Cardstock, Adhesive]
Now be sure to hop along with these other talented designers for even more Copic and Inchie Arts inspiration!
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