Looking for depth and dimension in your coloring?

Marker Painting is a totally new approach to coloring.

Well, actually it's the old approach.

Learn to use your Copic Markers the way an artist uses paint.

Marker Painting breaks all the crafty coloring laws. Painting technique sets you free from marker tutorials, recipes, and all the supposed rules that actually lock you into flat and simplistic coloring.

You can learn to color independently.

You can get realism and amazing depth from your Copics.

You can paint with markers!


What is your Copic Marker skill level?

I want to start (or re-start) from the very beginning.

I can do easy blends; now I want to improve my skills. 

I am an intermediate colorer and I want to find new challenges.

I'm looking for a monthly class which takes me beyond craft-level coloring

Join the Free Digi Club

Subscribers to the Free Digi Club receive one free image delivered to their email inboxes every month.

No strings, no spam, just one really versatile coloring image.

All images are especially designed for use with Copic Markers, colored pencil, or watercolor paints, markers, or pencils. 

  • easy to understand coloring areas
  • wide open coloring cells are perfect for showing off your blending skills
  • no texture marks or unnecessary lines, my stamps disappear when you color over them, allowing your work to shine!
 Subscribe to the Free Digi Club and receive a free coloring image every month. Perfect for Copic Markers, colored pencils, and watercolor. | VanillaArts.com
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My name is Amy Shulke and I'm a professional illustrator.

Don't get all impressed by that. I basically draw and color for a living.

That's right. Once an artist gets the composition down and the preliminary drawing done, the rest of art is basically coloring.

The exact same kind of coloring you do.

Except... artists have quality tools, access to better training, and we've had the luxury of long hours of dedicated practice time.

But there's nothing magical about what we do. Anyone can learn to underpaint, desaturate, and to use artist grade tools. Art concepts are not top secret. There are no special clubs, no secret artist hand-shakes... heck, you don't even have to wear a beret if you don't want to.

Although I highly recommend the beret.

Take the next step beyond crafting to become the artist you were always meant to be.

You can do this!

Latest Livestream:

Heart Abloom- a lesson on balancing vibrant gem tones

Become a supporter of Vanilla Arts Company at Patreon.com to access livestream coloring sessions.

Friday, March 16 at 11am EDT

Replay available for those who can't attend or want to watch it again!

If you love bold and vibrant colors, I'm sure you've encountered problems adding them to you favorite images.

Wild colors, especially gem tones attract a lot of attention and it's all too easy for them to dominate the entire image.

The usual solution is to add more competing colors but that creates a color riot which further distracts viewers. And frankly, a lot of the time, it leads to very juvenile looking projects.

How do you battle the crayon circus effect?

Join Amy for an exploration of Ultramarine blue, a gorgeously extroverted color. Learn to tame it with a few simple steps and then apply the same concept to other gem tones.


Previous Livestream Lessons: 

(available to members in the archive section)

New in Marker Painting Workshops:

 Doughnut Stack, an intermediate to advanced lesson on underpainting for realism. Learn to simplify the coloring process by focusing on one thing at a time. Class also includes Amy's translucent glaze technique. | MarkerPainting.com

Doughnut Stack

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

"Doughnut Stack" is a 2 hour course on learning to underpaint with grays for dynamic realism. Simplify the coloring process by focusing on one thing at a time AND reduce the stress of finding the perfect marker colors!

Class includes Amy's fun sheer glazing technique.

  • Technique Deep Dive video explores the purpose of underpainting and how it automatically creates the correct colors for you
  • extended cut demonstration videos with instructional commentary
  • helpful lesson aids including photo references and color guides
  • technique instructional handouts

Class includes: digital stamp, recipe guide, full color sample, color map, guide to shade & shadow, instructor Q&A access, a Technique Deep-Dive video, plus fully narrated coloring process videos (total 2 hours of instruction time).

 Kathy's  "Sliced Pear"  project. Marker Painting Foundations class 2017. | MarkerPainting.com

I’m addicted to online learning. But that said, I believe I’m qualified to know a great class when I find one. The Marker Painting Foundations class is probably the best online class I’ve ever taken. I succumbed to peer pressure and invested in Copic markers even though I haven’t colored since elementary school (many, many, many years ago). I love bright colors but I don’t have any art background to know what to do with them. Thanks to Amy Shulke of Vanilla Arts, that is changing. With practice, I continue to have results I didn’t think possible. I love her style, the way she teaches in a time released manner and the class workbook she provides.

- Kathy



I stumbled onto Amy's teachings by accident; I am so very glad I did. I have taken several of her online courses and I have learned so much. She is a natural teacher. I have even thought to take a holiday to America just so I can take a live class. Is that considered 'stalking'?

- Della

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... I have taken every Copic class ever offered, including the certification classes. I learned far, far more from Amy Shulke and the Marker Painting Foundations class than all of the other classes put together.

- Kris

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I was really discouraged about Copic coloring before finding Amy. I was drawn to her approach by the realism in her work and her very engaging way of explaining marker techniques.  Amy has great communication skills and really understands how beginners like me think and color. She’s an artist, for sure, and a fine teacher as well.



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