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So I bought myself some super expensive markers for funsies.

Actually, I bought them “for Cora” which is how I convinced myself to pay such a price. FOR THE CHILDREN!

While using them I figured there must be a way to DIY them myself with alcohol or something – so off to the YouTube I went and decided I wanted to TRY FOR MYSELF.

Here it is.

**Edit** A commenter on YouTube suggested I try using blending stomps dipped in alcohol. That sounds fantastic – must try next!

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I spent an hour experimenting with a variety of media on the new Terraskin paper. Terraskin is a polymer paper, like Yupo, but it is coated in limestone and is known as a “stone” paper.

Playing with your mediums without a need to “see results” or have anything saleable is integral to your art practice.

Playing gives you permission to push the boundaries of your current skill set without the stress of a deadline, commission or monetary requirement.

Refilling Copic Inks.

Copic marker portrait demo of Jad Abumrad from WNYC’s Radiolab.

In case you missed any of the Copic marker tips this month.

This is from a free booklet that Copic makes available to it’s retailers and customers. This colour wheel is in the middle of the booklet and so helpful in understanding how Copic numbers their markers and how to choose a selection that will blend well together.     Pay attention to all the instructions down […]

I’ve put together the colours I generally use for portraits. I especially like using the green and purple for deeper shadows. It stops everything from looking too ‘brown-yellow’ and they’re light enough and sheer enough to layer. Some darker shadows: E04, E13,E53 Olive, Eastern and African skins can use combinations of E13, E15, E17, E25, […]

Here’s my Yupo paper test. It’s pretty cool. And here’s the final scanned so you can have a closer look. The Yupo was pretty fun.