The ability to produce 3-Tone Smooth Blending is likely the top reason that Copic markers have become so well-loved by Stampers. Stamped images can become more realistic and sometimes absolutely stunning with layers of smoothly blended shading. Layering various shades of color using these markers doesn’t cause the paper to pill or leave streaking in your images! Hooray for Copics!
So let’s fix that! We’re going to add our very own 3-Tone Spots and Streaks. And, yes, we’re going to do it with the markers that have become highly sought after for their superior qualities meant to prevent streaks and spots. (Uh oh! The rebel is coming out in me. Some call it a poltergeist. Some call it “the other woman.” LOL!!!) Really, there are just some images that demand spotting and streaking for a more realistic and natural look. Ready? Let’s do this thing!
The first pumpkin image is filled using 3-Tone Smooth Blending. Looks nice, right? But it’s a whimsical pumpkin, and pumpkins have natural rib indentations that we can exaggerate by using streaks. The second pumpkin image now looks more natural and interesting. What do you think?
Try these techniques with other images. Give your naked winter tree images some summer leaves. Let your beachy wood pilings appear to be made of wood. Stamp your images of beach chairs, picnic tables, bushes, and hyacinths. Use your Copic markers to streak and stipple them. Compare them to images you’ve filled using 3-Tone Smooth Blending. Which images look more realistic to you? Let me know what you think.