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Coloring Red Hair with Copics

November 1, 2009

1.  One of my very favorite ways to color Tilda and/or Edwin is with RED hair.  I like to color the center hair area with my lightest color to show the reflection of light in the hair.   Here’s a quick guide showing which Copic colors I generally use for my RED-headed Tildas.

Supplies Used:   Heavy weight cardstock or bristol board; Magnolia stamp; Memento ink pad; Copic Markers ~ E11 Bareley Beige, E13 Light Suntan, E15 Dark Suntan, E17 Reddish Brass, E19 Redwood & 0 Colorless Blender.


   2.  Using light feather strokes, fill in entire hair area with the lightest color E11 Bareley Beige.


3.  Using light SHORT feather strokes, add E13 Light Suntan, beginning at top head and for this image, at bottom of the bangs – stopping at the center section.


4.  Again, using light SHORT feather strokes, add E15 Dark Suntan the same as above.


5.  And again as above, using E17 Reddish Brass.


6.  Using your final, darkest color E19 Redwood, color VERY short feather strokes at the very top of  the head and at the very bottom of the bangs.


7.  The last steps are to blend all the above colors slightly – using light feather strokes with the lightest color, E11 Bareley Beige.   If needed, you can use your 0 Colorless Blender to lighten any areas that may appear too dark, such as the center section showing the light reflection on Tilda’s hair.


8.  Here’s Tilda all colored ~ She’s now ready for my card!    Pretty easy, right?!     🙂       Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions or problems with any of the above steps.   Thanks for visiting!  


7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2009 5:09 pm

    Wonderful tutorial! Thanks!

  2. November 1, 2009 8:26 pm

    AMAZING Mary! I love your color combo for red hair! Now to go shopping for some more Copics! 🙂
    Hugs~ Kim

  3. Deebi27 permalink
    November 1, 2009 9:24 pm

    THANKS for the help!

  4. January 1, 2010 8:25 am

    Hello Mary!
    It’s wonderfull how you colored Tilda and Edwin!Their red hair are lovely.
    I love all cards and tutorial you created for the Magnolia ink magazine, especially the card with Tilda with bird.The colors you chose are so nice!I’m very happy because I have this cutty stamp and you give me new inspiration to make a card with it.
    Thank you,Mary,and BRAVOOOOOOOOO!

  5. Coreena Main permalink
    June 4, 2013 1:39 am

    Your work is so beautiful…what colors would you use if you were trying to get more of a brighter red or raspberry type red? Thank you for your time in advance.


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