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Magnolia Copic Coloring Tutorial from Magnolia Ink No. 1

February 1, 2010


Supplies needed:

    Heavyweight Cardstock/Bristol board    Fade-resistant Dye Ink, i.e., Memento

    Designer Paper, Colored Cardstock    Rubber/Clear Acrylic Stamp

    Copic Markers                White Gel Pen


Step 1: My first step is to choose my papers in order to coordinate the Copic colors I use.

Step 2: I then stamp my image with a dye ink onto the heavyweight cardstock. Note, be sure to put a blank sheet of paper under your image, since Copic markers will pick up any colors from your work surface.

Step 3: E000 – Pale Fruit Pink. Always begin coloring with the lightest colors first, usually the skin colors.

Step 4: E11 – Barely Beige. Add some shading around Tilda’s face.

Step 5: E01 – Pink Flamingo. Add some lighter shading around Tilda’s face, going over E11.

Step 6: E00 – Skin White. Blend together all three shades used on face. Repeat above on all remaining skin areas.

Step 7: R20 – Blush. To make Tilda’s rosy cheeks ~ apply in small circles on check area.

Step 8: R000 – Cherry White. Blend/Soften outer areas of cheeks.

Step 9: E30 – Bisque. Tilda’s hair. Lightly color entire hair area ~ leaving small areas white for highlights.

Step 10: E31 – Brick Beige. Add feather strokes throughout hair area ~ beginning at outer edges.

Step 11: E33 – Sand. Add darker feather strokes as above. Use E30 again to blend all hair colors.

Step 12: E40 – Brick White. Tilda’s shirt & belt ~ Lightly color each area.

Step 13: E42 – Sand White. Add highlights to outer areas of shirt & belt. Blend with E40 again. Repeat for stockings.

Step 14: E50 – Eggshell. Tilda’s gift box ~ Lightly color entire box, including gift tag and center decoration.

Step 15: E53 – Raw Silk. Add highlights to outside edges of box, tag & decoration. Blend together with E50.

Step 16: R27 – Cadmium Red. Cord around gift box ~ Add stripes and color center heart.

Step 17: E07 – Light Mahogany. Tilda’s jumper ~ Color entire jumper area.

Step 18: E09 – Burnt Sienna. Add darker shading to the pleats and outer area of jumper.

Step 19: E08 – Brown & E95 – Flesh Pink. Use E08 to blend colors together and E95 to add lighter highlights.

Step 20: W3 – Warm Gray. Add shadowing around all image edges.

Step 21: E50 – Eggshell & E51 – Milky White. Add E51 to area around W3 shading, and then E50 blending all.

Step 22: 0 – Colorless Blender , W3 & W4 – Warm Grays & R00 – Pinkish White; White Gel Pen. Using colorless blender, go over any areas you wish to be lighter, and using white gel pen add dots to Tilda’s cheeks and white highlights where you choose.

And, finally, blend W3, W4 & Roo to add a “grounding” effect below Tilda’s feet.

My Card:

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Deebi27 permalink
    March 21, 2010 3:24 pm

    Thank you , thank you for the glimpse into your method of creating your cards. The face was esp interesting.Although I use those colors your coloring creates a richness in your work! WOW! I really like your Copic holder! I have a really cool holder, but having the colors divided is wonderful! Thanks again!

  2. Denise permalink
    March 23, 2010 5:11 am


  3. March 23, 2010 3:48 pm

    Thank you for this GREAT tutorial!!!


  4. Debi permalink
    March 31, 2010 8:42 am

    Thank you. I am just learning these techniques and this was a simple instruction sheet of step by step. Appreciated much. Debi

  5. Janette G permalink
    April 15, 2010 11:24 am

    I love the hair, your highlights are just wonderful! I am new to the copics and to Tildas, this is very useful. Thank you.

  6. Robin permalink
    October 25, 2010 9:27 pm

    Thank you! This was my first Tilda. Your directions were great. So helpful. I could not help but notice your copic holder. Where did you find it?

  7. November 17, 2010 2:32 am

    i really like to color my hair and i would love to try different hair colors specially auburn -*:

  8. Diane Dumouchel permalink
    May 22, 2011 5:50 am

    Could you please tell me, where did you take your storage for your copic, it is a very good idea.

    I have a nother question, what do you think about copic ciao? I don’t know what to do, by copic scketh or ciao.

    Thank you very much.

    Diane from Quebec

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  10. Janice permalink
    March 22, 2012 5:02 am

    Thank you for showing us how amazing copic marker can do!

  11. August 21, 2012 11:43 am

    great instructions im just learning to use copic pens and magnolia stamps thankyou salli x

  12. Ariadine Gouvea permalink
    January 11, 2014 3:45 pm

    Hi Debbi !!! I love this tutorial. I would write more, but for now I’m at the beginning of my study of English and painting magnolias. I would write more, but for now I’m at the beginning of my study of English and painting magnolias. I will always be work to see. Thank you for your attention!

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