Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Thanks so much for your comments on my last post.  It reminded me of some of my first posts here.  Even though I'm a person who sees a glass as half full, I also believe that if it happens to somebody else it can happen to me.  I don't want to go to the school of hard knocks if I can avoid it, but I love reading the stories of those who have gone.

Because of my profession in the legal field, I've seen a lot of things that go on behind the scenes.  I know that a lot of what goes on before it becomes "known about" never gets disclosed.  Those disclosures could help prevent errors and/or increase a bottom line.  Sometimes knowing what you don't know can be a powerful learning experience.  If seeing my oopsies encourages or inspires someone to pick up those markers and get to coloring, have at them.

Here is my latest oopsie, just this past weekend.  When I first started coloring with Copic markers, there was so much emphasis on the paper you choose.  I'm sure you've heard about the importance of paper and know there are several on the market.  What does the paper have to do with the functioning of the markers?  When you've spent money on these markers, you don't think about paper.  You just want the markers to work, and as much as you paid for them, gosh, darn, they should work on any paper, if not color by themselves! LOL

I've been coloring on paper made for markers.  I use both Copics and Promarkers with very few problems with bleeding and oversaturation.  Somehow a swatch paper that I cut from paper that was intended to use in the Cricut Imagine ended up in my stash.   The image was printed, and my colors were picked.  As I began to color, what I was seeing right before my eyes gave me flashbacks and palpitations, and I swear I could hear the music from "Psycho" in my head.


What an awful mess.  It took me awhile before I realized it was the paper.  I thought about the ink.  I thought about the room temperature.  Did I leave them sitting in the sunlight.  None of those had ever been a factor before.  I only realized it was the paper when I just put it aside and started coloring something else with no problems.  Now just to find out how it made its way into my stash of swatch paper.

I have to apologize to Khrista of Saturated Canary.  This is my first post using one of her images.  If you've been researching coloring with markers, I'm sure you've heard of Saturated Canary.  Her images are fabulous.  So much fun to color.  I have another one for my next post.   You can find Khrista here and an occasional freebie here.  http://saturatedcanary.blogspot.com/  

One of the things I enjoy on YouTube is when the accomplished artists show their journals or swatch books from their early years and comment on their progress.  Both Promarkers and Copic sell papers specifically designed for their markers.  That's a good place to start.  I promise you'll see immediate improvement.

And, remember, even Venus and Serena don't hit every ball or win every match.   LOL
As always,
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. So true about the paper, but it has a lot to do with colouring technique too, don't you think? Many crafters think that oversaturating the image will give them a depth of colour in the first colouring. Not so! It is much better to wait until your first layer is dry before colouring it for the second time. The rule to remember is oversaturation causes bleeding. Thanks for sharing your oopsie with us ... aren't oopsies the most wonderful way to learn!

  2. Thanks for sharing...What type paper do you use?

  3. I'm so sorry, I don't know its store or name brand. The paper came with a Teresa Collins bundle from Provocraft.