Chocolate Box

Learn to create deeper colors than Copic makes, developing realistic depth

Join Amy Shulke, a professional illustrator and marker enthusiast for a fun and informative coloring lesson, Vanilla Arts style!


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

Amy teaches students basic techniques and color theory based on the way artists use paint. Instead of focusing on "how" to color a selected stamp image, Amy shows you the "why" behind color selection, shade, layering, depth, and form. This provides students with the necessary knowledge to color any stamp image in their collection and every stamp they might purchase in the future.

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

 

Do you want to learn to create darker colors than Copic makes, colors that are essential to creating realistic deep dark areas?

We've used the Push & Pull technique to create lifelike depth but how do you Push a dark object when Copic does not make a marker dark enough to push it with?

It's a problem!

Amy's Pseudo-Black process creates the correct color for your pushes without guessing or shopping for new markers.

Join Amy for an advanced level lesson and learn to create realistic depth for dark areas. It's time to conquer the dark.

This lesson also includes a bonus segment on my vibrant silk flourish technique.


Chocolate Box is an advance level demonstration


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

Advanced classes assume you’ve mastered basic techniques and are ready for independent work using artistic skills. Read more about Vanilla skill levels here.


Skill Level: Advanced

We do not recommend this course for first time Vanilla students.

Techniques used:

  • Distress Inking for temperamental cardstocks
  • Flicking
  • Overflicking
  • Push & Pull
  • Underpainting for deeply recessed areas
  • Use of photo references for accuracy
  • Detail work with technical pens and
  • Overpainting with colored pencil


Course includes:

  • 12 minute video- a deep-dive look at the dangers of using black in your artwork
  • Over 90 minutes of video demonstration. Work at your own pace.
  • Chocolate Box digital stamp in three handy formats (PNG, JPG, or quick print PDF)
  • Recipe guide
  • Printable photo reference, underpainting guide, detailed color map, and full color sample

WARNING:


Basic computer skills are required to access class materials.

If you struggle with websites, video players, downloads, printing digital files, and communicating in discussion forums, this course may not be right for you.

We recommend that you try our FREE More Than Luck course to get a feel for how our site works and the type of computer skills you'll need to make the most of your learning experience here.

 

Required Supplies: complete printable supply list included in class package

  • High-quality Copic friendly marker cardstock (X-Press It Blending Card or Cryogen Curious Metallic White is recommended)
  • Classic Distress Ink - Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo
  • Life Changing Blending Brushes by Picket Fence
  • "Flourish" stencil from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous
  • Copic Markers
  • Technical pen - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner (0.3), Posca Paint Pen, Extra Fine, White
  • Artist quality colored pencils (Prismacolor Premier colored pencils use for this project)
  • Glassine paper
  • Mod Podge brush or Hake dusting brush.
  • Clipboard or hard surface (glass mat is recommended)
  • Drafting tape.
  • Pencil, pencil sharpener.
  • Erasers - black and white polymer, white sticky tack, Tombow Mono Zero (round).
 






We recommend this workshop and coloring kit as companions to Chocolate Box:


(this class is an Intermediate skilled class)

(*click image for more information + enroll)



(independent, artistic coloring kit)


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.


"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!"

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.
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 do as much (or as little) as you want.
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. If you are missing a color and want advice on alternatives, email me at [email protected] for further info.
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 my techniques are unlikely to work well without a brush nib... but if you've got brush nib markers and are willing to match my colors to your brand, GO FOR IT. I will warn you that I won't be much help troubleshooting any blending problems you encounter because I won't be able to test your blends myself.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.