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

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My name is Amy Shulke and I'm an 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!

New Workshop Class:

Forever Access!

Marker Painting Workshops provide challenges for colorers who want to do more than blend!

"Cheers!" is a 1.5 hour course introducing you to Amy's technique for coloring beautiful transparent glass with realism. 

Ditch the dumb "trace the stamp with a blue marker" tutorials, because folks, that method looks completely fake!

You can color glass with amazing realism and it's a whole lot of fun! 

  • Technique Deep Dive video explores what all the blue marker tutorials are missing and how to start exploring glass today
  • extended cut demonstration videos with instructional commentary
  • helpful lesson aids including photo references and color guides
  • technique instructional handouts
  "Cheers!" , an intermediate to advanced level Copic Marker & Colored Pencil class on coloring transparent glass with realism. Stop tracing the stamp with a light blue marker because folks, that technique looks FAKE! | MarkerPainting.com | #copic #coloredpencil #adultcoloring #howtocolorglass

Latest Livestream:

Created to Create- create beautiful custom color palettes for all your stamp images.

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

Friday, June 15th at 11am EDT

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

Do you struggle with color?

Some choices are easy- leaves are green and perhaps you want a yellow flower... but how do you decide what colors to use throughout the rest of the image?

It's always a brain-buster! Choose wisely and the image sings. Yet most of the time, we end up grabbing any old color that feels reasonable and that leads to a willy-nilly amateur looking projects.

Relax. Awesome color palettes are easier than you think. All it takes is a color wheel and some kindergarten level math.

Join Amy for a fantastic trip around the color wheel, helping you create dynamic and attractive color palettes for every project imaginable! After this class, you'll be set for life!


Previous Livestream Lessons... six months of recorded livestreams available in the archive section!

 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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