Monochromatic Colouring With Copic

Pink Ribbon Banner

Today we are looking at monochromatic colouring. Monochrome is defined as 'using only one colour' this can include all the tints, tones and shades of that hue.  In support of breast cancer awareness month and the McGrath Foundation today's project is a pink ribbon.



1. Draw or print ribbon onto X-Press It Blending Card - I've chosen to draw a very light outline, this is referred to as the 'No Lines' technique.

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2. Colour the entire image with Copic RV0000 as a base, this will help your colours to blend better.

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3. Then add your second darkest colour to mark out the darker areas on your ribbon - I used Copic RV04.

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4. Lay down your mid tone, Copic RV02 this should really begin to define the light and shaded areas.

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5. Add your darkest colour, to help define the shadows, I used Copic RV17, use sparingly - you can always add more later.

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6. Go over your previously coloured areas and begin blending using the same colours as before Copic RV17 and RV04. Avoid the very lightest areas at this point, so you don't over colour. Try using the flicking method to add the colour and a little tip-to-tip blending.

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7. Finally add the light colours back in, blend with Copic RV02 and add in RV00 and RV000.

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8. Continue adding layers of Copic, until you are happy with the variation of colour. I have coloured quite dark to better show the texture that will be added next!

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9. Spray some textured material with Copic Colourless Blender, and press onto your coloured image, you can read more about this technique here.

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10. Add a little text with the Copic Pink Multiliner. I have also cleaned up my edges with a white pencil to make my lines more crisp.

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Now don't forget that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. To help support the McGrath Foundation in the fight against breast cancer, Copic Marker Australia is running a giveaway over on Instagram... So why not join in and Think Pink for October!

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Project Created by Kate Palmer

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