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Midnight Dahlia

Intermediate Marker Painting - Overpainting for Depth

Join Amy Shulke, a professional illustrator and marker enthusiast for a live coloring demonstration. Real coloring in real time.

Are you ready for realistic coloring?

Online video classes are not real, at least not real in the way you assume.

The projects are planned months in advance. The lessons are tested and simplified. The demonstration is rehearsed. The footage is shot multiple times and edited for clarity. The script is….well, it’s a script!

Everything about an online art class is designed to make the project look easy and amazing.

But that's not how real art works

Vanilla Livestream breaks the production barrier, giving you a real look into the real time artistic process.

 

Let’s play with pencils and texture!


Join Amy for a fun mixed media project featuring lots of waving, bending, and folding flower petals. Start with a base of Copic but then we’ll add overpainting and loosen up with colored pencils to add artistic color accents and authentic petal ridges.


This is an extremely versatile coloring method which can be customized later to the color palette of your choice. Once you master the technique, change up the blossom recipe or the background for infinite creativity!

Midnight Dahlia is an Intermediate coloring demonstration.


We welcome colorers of many levels into this class. This class assumes you’ve mastered basic techniques and now you’re ready for more independent work and artistic skills. We don’t cover basic blending technique in these classes.


Skill Level: Intermediate

Techniques used:

  • Flicking
  • Push & Pull
  • Overpainting
  • Distress Ink Background
  • Detail work with colored pencils


Course Includes:

  • Over 2 1/2 hours of video demonstration with Q&A timeouts. Work at your own pace.
  • Recipe guide
  • Printable photo reference, underpainting guide, detailed color map, and full color sample

Please note: Q&A session was for students who attended the live session

 
 

Required Supplies: printable supply list included in class package

PLEASE NOTE- Stamp is a separate purchase from PowerPoppy.com and is not included in the class materials here. Dahlia is the digital stamp used for this class.

  • High-quality Copic-friendly marker cardstock (X-Press It Blending Card or Cryogen Curious Metallic White 89lb are highly recommended)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (*classic only)
  • Picket Fence Life Changing Blending Brush
  • Copic Markers
  • Technical pens - Triplus Fineliners (0.3)
  • Artist quality colored pencils (Prismacolor Premier recommended)
  • Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy
  • Detail Scissors
  • Large circle die or lid for circle template
  • Pop Dots
  • Silver or Gold decorative paper
  • Extra sheet of paper- either Cryogen or Watercolor
  • Tombow Mono Zero Eraser, Round
  • Mod Podge or Hake dusting brush
  • Acrylic clipboard, glass mat or hard surface and drafting tape to secure your project to the surface
  • Pencil, pencil sharpener
  • Erasers - black and white polymer, white sticky tack
 







We recommend challenging yourself to complete 'Dahlia',

a Digital Stamp Kit from the Vanilla Stamp Shop

(stamp kit includes an original Amy Shulke digital stamp and Retreat package)


Want the complete Harbor Springs Retreat Bundle?

(Retreat bundle includes Pocket Watch, Tangerine Basket and Dahlia)

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 take as much time as you want to complete the lesson.
How long do I have access to the course?
Lifetime access! You have unlimited access to the content for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Is the digital stamp included or do I have to purchase it elsewhere?
The digital stamp is not included in the class materials. Purchase can be made at PowerPoppy.com, digital stamp is the preferred form.
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 [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 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. However, keep in mind that I won't be much help troubleshooting any 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.

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