You are in for a treat today as Copic pairs up with the ever popular Art Squares by Inchie Arts. There are so many things to love about this pairing!
Did you know:
- Art Squares are the perfect canvas for creating small-format art!
- They come in 6 sizes (1 inch, 1.5 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, and ATC).
- Art Squares come in 7 colors (black, dark gray, light gray, kraft, dark cream, light cream and white).
- They are perfect for wet or dry mediums.
- Copic markers and inks look amazingly vibrant and deliciously rich on Art Squares!
- Copic multiliners glide smoothly across the surface.
- Work on the “top” or toothy side for the best results.
- You can mix and match your mediums! No warping, bending or curling.
You can find more information about both Copic products and Inchie Art Squares at the links below.
Our teaching and design teams have been challenged to put marker (or ink) to these precision-cut matboard surfaces and see what happens! It's such an honor to be in this line-up!
This project was a bit of a challenge, because I have exactly 6 Copic markers to my name (B91, B95, E15, E07, YG95, R17)... but I think I made this work! This was my first time using Copics, actually, and I loved the ink flow on the Art Square surface. Blending with alcohol markers on the matboard squares is so easy, because of the way they absorb and hold the ink.
This is one of the images from my stamp line at Impression Obsession, called Couple Large (there is also a smaller version HERE). I colored the image in traditionally, laying down my lightest color first, and shading with darker tones.
Where I needed darker shading and lacked the right markers to use, I pulled out a Black Brown pencil (Derwent Coloursoft) to shade. The tooth on the Art Squares is great for pencil coloring, especially subtle shading like this. I almost always use pencil for more detailed shading with markers anyway - I just like the texture and precision I can get with pencils, and I love mixed media work, too.
I had some fun on the background - I scribbled a little marker ink onto a ceramic tile and picked it up with a waterbrush filled with rubbing alcohol to paint some loose shading into the area. In a few places I used drywall tape as a stencil. The ink was still wet on the tile, so I swiped a stamp through it and stamped to add texture in the corners.
For the edges, I tried something new - I drew a line on my tile with the chisel end of my marker, spritzed with rubbing alcohol, and then pushed the edge of the Art Square into the ink.
It gave a sort of vintaged edge to the piece, which worked well. I darkened the edges with a pencil.
That's my project! Hop along with these talented designers as they show you some more interesting and exciting ways to pair up two great products! Thank you for stopping by!
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