Cherry Blossom

Basic Floral Techniques


Are you ready for something more than cartoon flowers?

Florals and botanicals are incredibly popular themes for digital stamps and line art. Everyone loves coloring flowers!

Sadly, marker flower techniques have not kept up with stamp artists.

If you're tired of applying the same old blending combinations and getting the same old results...

If you've finally noticed that flower techniques can provide depth and dimension but still look plastic and fake...

How about if we try something new?

Now's your chance to learn floral techniques from the Queen of Underpainting and the inventor of Rebel Blending. Amy will show you how to use both methods to add more realism to your flowers.

And you can use these same methods for photorealism!

Cherry Blossom is an intermediate level lesson.



Join anytime, work at your on pace.

Marker Painting is a completely different approach to coloring with markers.

Amy teaches basic techniques and color theory-- the way artists use paint.

Instead of focusing on "how" to color, Amy shows you the "why" behind color selection, shade, layering, depth, and form-- providing students with the knowledge to color any stamp they encounter.

Take your coloring to the next level-- coloring with independence, creativity, and your own unique voice.


Cherry Blossom began as a Color Wonk Lesson

Color Wonk is a monthly subscription group for intermediate colorers. Cherry Blossom was the Wonk lesson in April 2024.

This is the FOREVER ACCESS version.

Class materials here include all the printables and learning aids originally offered to Color Wonk members. This purchase also includes a recording of the livestream demonstration which shows the complete coloring process from start to finish.

Sorry, the Q&A for the stream is no longer active and the Wonk forum is exclusive to to subscribers.

More info about Color Wonk & their current lesson here.


Cherry Blossom is an intermediate level workshop.

We welcome colorers of many levels at Vanilla Arts, but basic marker blending techniques are not covered in this class.

Intermediate classes assume you’ve mastered basic techniques and are ready for more challenging and though provoking methods to develop your artistic skills. Read more about Vanilla skill levels here.


We do not recommend this class for beginners or first time Vanilla students.


Cherry Blossom Includes:

  • Original Vanilla Arts digital stamp
  • Beautiful full color guidebook featuring:
    • Detailed step by step instructions and process photos
    • Full supply list
    • Photo reference(s)
    • Reference exploration
    • Digital color swatches
    • Full color final project pics
    • Underpainting guide
    • Color map
    • Value guide
  • Recording of the original Color Wonk livestream-- Amy demonstrates the entire coloring process and takes your questions

Techniques Used:

  • Flicking
  • Push & Pull
  • Underpainting with blue markers
  • Rebel Blending
  • Color Theory
  • Directional shading
  • Translucency effects
  • Temperature/Hue adjustments
  • Using photo references
  • Increasing realism
  • Overpainting with colored pencils

Supply List for Cherry Blossom here.


Basic computer skills are required to access class materials.

If you struggle with websites, video players, downloads, resizing PNG files, or printing digital files, this course may not be right for you.

We would love to have you but this is an online course. Computer skills are vital.


We recommend The Blend as a prequel to Cherry Blossom

The Blend is encouraged but not required.

Beginner marker blending and basic underpainting techniques WILL NOT be taught in this class.

All students will need intermediate level skills to successfully complete the Cherry Blossom project. The Blend teaches everything you need to know before joining.

Your Instructor

Amy Shulke
Amy Shulke

Amy is a professional freelance technical illustrator with 25 years of experience in graphic arts. Amy began using colored pencils in 1985 and she started with DeSign markers in 1989. Colored pencils with a base of either marker or watercolor is her preferred process for portraiture and scientific illustration. She has a special passion for teaching crafters and shy artists to stretch their boundaries by adding established fine art techniques to their coloring projects.

Join Amy for fun and highly informative lessons which will not only change the way you color but the way you see color in the world around you.


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
Immediately! As soon as you're through the registration and payment processes, the class material will be automatically opened for you.
What skill level do I need for this group? Is there a pre-requisite class?
Cherry Blossom is an intermediate level coloring class. We will not cover beginner techniques such as marker blending or how to layer colored pencils. To learn these beginner skills, please see our beginner level 12 week Copic Marker course, The Blend.
How much of the course will I have access to? Do you stagger the release of information?
This course is 100% FULL ACCESS from the moment you join. Work at your own pace and take as much time as you want to complete the lesson.
How long do I have access to the course?
Anytime access! You have unlimited access to the content - across any and all devices you own.
Is the digital stamp included or do I have to purchase it elsewhere?
The digital stamp is included in the class materials. No new purchase necessary.
What if I'm missing markers or supplies from the required list?
I'm very liberal about supply substitutions BUT please understand that not all markers and pencils behave the same way, even if the colors are very similar. Every substitution you make will change the look of your finished project and the more substitutions you make, the harder your project will be to complete. We have a segment in the course with tips on what to substitute and which supplies are essential. If you are missing a color and want advice on alternatives, email [email protected].
What if I use a different brand of marker?
I'll be honest, I use Copic because of their brush nib. I've yet to find another maker brand with nibs as springy and juicy. I would suggest that some of my techniques are unlikely to work well without a brush nib... but if you've got other markers and are willing to match my colors to your brand, GO FOR IT. Sorry, but I won't be much help troubleshooting any problems you encounter because I won't be able to test your blends myself.
Can I download the videos to watch offline?
Sorry but no, you must be logged into your account here at Teachable to view the videos and livestreams.
Will I get feedback on my project directly from Amy?
We do not have a dedicated feedback forum for Cherry Blossom and while Amy offered Cherry Blossom feedback at Color Wonk during the initial month of the lesson, there is no way she can offer personalized feedback to everyone taking her classes and courses. For project help and assistance, plus a bit of peer-to-peer feedback, consider joining Vanilla Arts: Copic & Pencil Chat at Facebook. It is filled with Amy's students, many of whom have taken this class and can offer their help and opinions.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 14 days for a full refund minus processing fees. Due to the digital nature of this course, absolutely no refunds are possible beyond the 14 day mark. NO EXCEPTIONS. Note: A refund withdraws you completely from the course. You will lose access to the course panel, course materials, and any associated forum.

"It's the OMG moments. That's why Amy's classes rock. She explains things that you've maybe noticed before but never thought much about. I love it!"

"At 62 years of age I have no illusions about becoming a great artist but. I am so appreciative of the change in my perception since taking classes with Amy at Vanilla Arts Co. Now I see the play of colors, the motion and the grace... It's a great way to view the world around me."

"I just love the things I'm learning and can't wait to start the next project. Your images are challenging for me and I like that. I'll never look at another image and how to color it the same again!"

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