Color Kissing for Botanicals
This class originally ran as a Livestream in July 2017. It was filmed live and unscripted.
This is a different style of presentation than the normal Marker Painting Workshops. Amy speaks live and off-the-cuff, so this is a more conversational and less formal feeling class. Includes an introduction video with the opening of the class and a student Q&A session at the close.
Then in a series of demonstration videos, students will practice coloring the Scarlet Geranium image. Instruction includes all elements, the cast shadowing, underpainting base markering, and pencil details. A total of 2 1/2 hours of demonstration video.
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 create floral fireworks?
Join Amy for a lesson on push & pull florals. Amy shows you how to see the hidden blues and violets and increase your coloring accuracy.
We all make color assumptions. Chalk it up to faulty memory, general laziness, or the fact that we tend to believe everything our kindergarten teacher said.
One way to add artistry to your coloring is to stop coloring stereotypes and start looking at the color things actually are. I want you to start taking little color tours. Look at the color of objects around you. I mean really look. What kind of yellow is that pencil? What Copic marker matches your living room walls? Would you use the same marker in the corners of the room?
The more you look at color, the more color you see.
Expand your awareness of color and your unique color style will emerge!
Scarlet Geranium is an intermediate 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: Intermediate
We do not recommend this course for first time Vanilla students.
- Swish & Flick
- Push & Pull
- Color Kissing
- Overpainting with colored pencils
- 13 minute Technique Deep Dive video on why good fences make great neighbors. Crisp edges are important!
- Over 2 hours of fully narrated coloring demonstration videos. Instruction includes all elements, the background, cast shadowing, base markering, and pencil details to make the blossom appear dimensional yet accurately shaded.
- Scarlet Geranium 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
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)
- Copic Markers
- Technical pen - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner (0.3)
- Artist quality colored pencils (Prismacolor Premier colored pencils use for this project)
- 0 Colorless Blender Solution (small refill preferred for better control)
- Tim Holtz Waterbrush, detail tip, filled with Copic 0 Colorless Blender (must be new, never had water in it)
- 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).
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!"