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Copic Coloring on Metal

by Amy Bowerman

Hello friends!  I’m back with another Copic Coloring tutorial to share with you.  Today, I will be showing how to use Copic Markers to color Metal.  This month at the Altered Alice our wonderful sponsor is Stampendous.  For this tutorial I will be using the latest and greatest from Stampendous with this lovely Wonderland stamp set.  Truth be told I would have bought this set for the floor stamp alone (definitely my new fave!) but all the stamps are equally fabulous!  Stay tuned for more projects coming up later this week using the Stampendous Wonderland Stamps.

Copic Coloring on Metal Stampendous

Copic Coloring on Metal with Stampendous Wonderland Stamps

STEP 1:  Craft Metal to prime or not to prime?  Priming your craft metal is completely up to you.  The Copic color will stick to it either way.  Here I have primed my metal with Folk Art Extreme Glitter paint to add tooth and sparkle.  In retrospect I might have considered sanding the metal first.  *WARNING if you decide to prime your metal be sure not to touch it with sticky fingers like I did or you will peel the color off and ruin your art.

Copic Coloring on Metal Priming

Priming with Folk Art Extreme Glitter

STEP 2:  Stamping With Archival Ink  Some say that archival ink is not embossable…I say but of course it is!  I had no problems embossing with the Archival ink on its own.  If you are a bit gun-shy about it go ahead and add a bit of Distress Ink just to be sure. *Please excuse my painty fingernails…this is my version of a “French Manicure”.

Copic Coloring on Metal Stamping

Stamping with Archival and Distress ink

STEP 3:  Emboss  I typically use Ranger Fine Detail Embossing powder for ALL embossing purposes…this project was no exception.  I keep my embossing powder in a plastic container and apply with a plastic spoon.  Shake the excess back into the container and give it a good flicking on the back.  If some extra powder sticks to the metal try blowing on it but don’t get too crazy if a little extra is left around your image… it’s no big deal.

Copic Coloring on Metal Embossing

Ranger Fine Detail Embossing Powder

Once you’ve blown the dust off your metal emboss it with a heat tool.

Copic Coloring on Metal Heat Embossing

Heat Embossing

I just wanted to share a pic of my New Copic Storage System.  I found this wine holder at the thrift the other day.  As much as I LOVE my wine I Love my Copics even more!  Don’t they look right at home in there?

Copic Coloring on Metal Copic Storage

Thrift Store Copic Storage

STEP 4:  Adding Color This is the best part…who doesn’t love to color?  Whenever I use Copics on metal I like to start with the darkest colors first.  This way if you mess up you can use the clear blender to fix any mistakes.

Copic Coloring on Metal Coloring Folds

Coloring Folds

Here I have used B02 on the folds of Alice’s dress.  To add Depth I went around the outlines with B05.  When coloring metal you will need to blot the color on using the tip of your marker.  If it’s too dark for your liking just go over it again with the lighter color to remove it.  The embossing really helps contain the color.  It’s like a bumper for staying in the lines :)

Copic Coloring on Metal Detailing

Adding Detail and Tone

To add detail and depth of tone I added BG10 and BG15 to Alice’s dress and pinafore.

Copic Coloring on Metal Blue Tones

Something Blue

STEP 5:  Coloring Skin  When Coloring skin tone on metal I have found that the darker colors work best.  Because we are working with metal it is difficult to get a lot of depth and shading.  Just think of it like a Monet….a little blotchy up close…but Gorgeous from a distance.

Copic Coloring on Metal Skin Tone

Skin Tone

For Alice’s Skin I used E02 and added YR00 to highlight key areas on the neck, face, above her eyes and her hands.

Copic Coloring on Metal Coloring Hair

Coloring Hair

STEP 6:  Coloring Hair  The brightness of the metal made the Yellow hair WAY too bright (Y13 + Y17)…not to worry it’s nothing a little Warm Grey 5 can’t fix.  If you find your brighter colors too bright you can work a Warm grey into the crevices of the embossing to mute them.

Copic Coloring on Metal Dress Details

Dress Details

STEP 7: Adding Details   I always save the smaller areas for last so I can figure out which colors will look best with the main color of the image.  Here I have added Y17 to the buttons along the top and bottom of Alice’s dress, R32 + R34 for the lips, flowers, sash, bows and parasol, and YG 45 + G03 for the leaves.

Copic Coloring on Metal Alice

Alice in her Sunday Best

Doesn’t Alice look dashing?  I tell you the level of detail in this Wonderland set from Stampendous is to die for!

Copic Coloring on Metal Rabbit

Coloring Light Tones on Metal

STEP 8:  Coloring Lighter Tones  Light Tones are tough to do when coloring metal.  Tough, but NOT impossible.  To color the rabbit I used E50 and went over key areas with C1…I’ve found that cool grays work best with light tones.  I added  R32 to his ears and BG15 to his eyes.

Copic Coloring on Metal Highlighting

Adding Highlights with Perfect Pearls

STEP 9:  Adding Highlights with Perfect Pearls  Similar to my Copic Bling Tutorial from last week, I have used Perfect Pearls to add extra white to the rabbit…he is the WHITE rabbit after all.  The Brush strokes will be very bold after you apply the Perfect Pearls.  You can blend them in using your finger tip.

Copic Coloring on Metal Cheshire Cat

The Power of Purple

STEP 10:  Coloring Purple Cats  It was quite simple to color the Cheshire Cat due to his striped nature.  Simply blot the color between the stripes working with the lighter color first then continue blotting with the darker colors.  *Remember if the color is too dark just go back over it with a lighter one.

Copic Coloring on Metal Cheshire Cat

The Cheshire Cat

STEP 11:  Sealing Your Work   Since I have used sparkle paint and Perfect Pearls for this project I used Krylon Glitterblast clear sealer to keep the sparkle and shine.

Copic Coloring on Metal Sealing

Sealing with Krylon Glitterblast

STEP 12:  Sealing with Krylon UV Resist  These images will be going in my wonderland garden.  In order to protect them from getting faded by the sun I gave them a nice coat of Krylon UV Resist Gloss.

Copic Coloring on Metal Sealing

Sealing…again…better safe than sorry!

STEP 13:  Cut Images out Using Tonic Scissors   Tonic Scissors are the absolute best for cutting anything….especially metal.  The serrated edge will turn down the edges of your images so you won’t have sharp edges sticking out.  Keep turning the metal as you cut to make  a smooth edge.

So that’s all there is to it…easy peasy no?  If you would like to see more of my Copic Colored Metal Projects be sure to check out my Alice in Wonderland Garden Art , Alice in Wonderland Cinderblock Garden and Up-cycled glass table.  Stay tuned for more projects later this week featuring the Stampendous Wonderland Set.  Want to win a set of your own?  Then swing by the Altered Alice and play along with us….3 winners will be awarded this fun set from Stampendous this month!

Thanks for stopping by…have a creative day!

Amy*

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