Marker Blending on Paper
1. Color evenly, really soaking the paper. Color in circles to keep you edges wet and to avoid streaks.
2. While it is still wet, add your darker color to one side. Lift up at the end of the stroke, so you have more ink on the shadow side and less on the edge where it will be blending. You can do this step after your base color has dried, it is easier however to do it while the base is wet.
3. Go back over the darker color with your first color. Add a lot of ink and really soak it in. This is what hides those rough edges and mixes the two colors together to get a smooth blend. If this doesn’t work for you, try using colors that are closer in value to each other, or use lighter colors to begin with. Repeat steps 2 and 3, layering more and more ink until it gets as smooth as you want it. You won’t destroy your paper, don’t worry.
4. Add a third color if you wish, again, using the same technique. Start with your lightest, add your middle color, go back with your lightest to blend those two layers together, then add your darkest, then go back with your middle to blend the dark into the rest of the picture. Finish up by using your lightest color.
5. Use the colorless blender to add a highlight back in. For a stronger highlight, use Opaque White and paint a white spot back in.
Marker to Marker Blending
This works with any two Copic markers. If you want the color area to fade to white, use a blender pen as one of your colors. If you wanted it to fade to yellow, then choose a yellow as your “brush” color. Always use the lighter color to pick up darker colors, that way you can see how much color you’re picking up.
Use the colorless blender as a paintbrush and pick up some of the color from your other marker, directly onto your blender pen. Start with small dabs of color until you see how much/how quickly it will fade out when used. Next, choose a picture that you want to color, and touch your marker at the darkest point you want. Then color out towards the lighter side. If you’re done blending with that color but your tip still looks dirty, just scribble onto some scratch paper until the color comes completely off.
Effects with the Colorless Blender
With the colorless blender, we expect blending, but it really does the following best:
- Lightens Color
- Pushes color
- Fades color to white
- Great for Special Effects
- Blends Colors
- Fade to white by pushing colors
- Start with an area that you’ve only colored the edges. Make sure you have good scratch paper under your work for this technique.
- Color from the lightest spot, out towards the edges. Don’t stop in the middle or it will give you ugly lines/streaks. Use a lot of blender, so it’s really juicy and is shoving that color around very strongly.
- Color almost to the edge, but not over. Remember, your color is getting pushed in front of your blender, so if you color up to the line it will go over. Also note how dark the color is around the edge. This is at least 1 or 2 shades darker than my original color, so try this technique with lighter colors until you get an idea of how it will react. If you need it lighter then let it dry and repeat.
- If you want a nice subtle shadow that fades out from your image then try the same thing, only use a lot less blender and a much lighter touch.