i leaped out of bed this morning in my characteristic high-energy way, sprinted to my jalopy, and sped off to the south coast epiphyllum show.
this post is not about that.
although, i will share photos from that event posthaste!
this post is about this:
i brought my copics out of the closet and have been having a mighty fine time drawing & coloring with them. the paper in this sketchbook is thin and soaks completely through several pages. so… i devised an ingenious plan to stop the bleeding. prepare to be impressed. go get your pencil and reporter's notebook, i'll wait.
i put a couple of pieces of paper behind the page i'm drawing on. told you i was smart. copic does make THIS special sketchbook that resists bleeding and i may try it out in the future, but for now i'm enjoying the backwards sketch on the back of mine.
i'm getting a lot of mileage out of the orchid i bought recently.
i looked through the preview of THIS book featuring sketch artists who use copics and found a few artists that interested me. Marianne was one of the very few with a blog.
there were also 2 artists who make lovely landscapes with copics, but i was unable to locate them online. what a pity.
i will continue to conduct experiments and share my findings with you.
the epiphyllums above are done in gouache. i acquired 4 new varieties for the patio.
Field Report: the special Copic paper really works. Over and out. 🙂 kas xox
Kate Burroughs says
Love your botanical and sketchbook adventures. Always fun to acquire new plants! I just got some bromeliads, an agave, a variegated hau tree and some wild looking taro plants at the last plant sale I attended.
Mary Ann Moss says
ooohhh thanks inga! can’t wait to have a look…
Deborah A. Pierro says
Hi Mary Ann! Thanks for the idea of putting paper behind the page I’m working on in my journal because of the Copic bleedthrough problem. I might try to get the Copic journal, too. Youz a 1derful person!
Tia Tuenge says
Markers are beautiful and fun. Tracing paper works great to stop bleeding. Just put one sheet behind the one your drawing on. When it’s covered with ink you can use it as a pallet for other marker drawings. I learned that from my drawing class last winter. xoxo
Hi Mary-Ann, whatever the medium, always so inspiring and full of humor! Wanted to send you a link about a copic artist for a long time, but always thought they came well after watercolor and its opaque friend gouache in your book, so restrained. I guess now is the time 🙂 Unfortunately the young lady doesn t have a blog but a fertile instagram account and makes beautiful recipes sketches. She still hadn t found the brilliant anti-bleeding idea you had in her Moleskine and Leuchtturm, but the sketches are superbe: @anna.rastorgueva on instagram. Happy week start from Munich!
Connie Rose says
Major epi envy here!
I bought a few Copic markers when they came out but after playing with them in a one day class I realized my heart was really with the digital world. A friend of mine was the recipient of my few pens. I still like to try out various medias and see if any of them strike a chord with me but mainly I’m in a monogamous relationship with my iMac. 🙂
Shar Ulm says
Now I know what to ask my hubby for for Mom’s Day – a flaming gorge epiphyllum! Hope he doesn’t get too confused. Ha.
Does this mean you are adapting and changing, Ms Moss! I see your Copics are resting comfortably and safely rather than standing at attention. Did you forget that you said never, lol ? I think this is cute. You have made a wise decision. Just a slight pause, actually a very long pause, while I was in the throws of my best friend’s departure and his ultimate demise. One never knows how much one love’s another until they are gone. It’s a matter of resuming and readjusting to oneness.
Amazing! Amazing colors! Love, love, love!
Karen Goetz says
You crack me up, Mary Ann! I love your ingenious problem solving skills! I am in love with the little bottle with the pink flowers. Copic markers are the ONE thing I haven’t invested in yet. Don’t worry. I shall, in time. I have about every other marker out there though. You have done masterful works with them, but I think you could make a masterpiece with a bit of campfire charcoal and some berry juice. Truth!