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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Hello!

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!

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

Latest Livestream:

Hyacinth Bulb in Glass- a lesson on coloring lightweight and delicate flower clusters

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

Friday, May 18th at 11am EDT

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

Have you ever noticed a heavy feel to your floral coloring projects?

Flowers should be lightweight and delicate, not bowling balls on stems! Learn Amy's process for keeping flowers dainty and featherweight.

The secret isn't just about the color combinations you choose, it's also in the way that you interpret the stamp. 

Bonus lesson on transparent glass!

 

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

New in Marker Painting Workshops:

 Lemon Zest, an intermediate to advanced level Copic Marker & Colored Pencil class on shading yellows for realism. Stop using orange or brown markers which lead to fake looking, flat coloring! | MarkerPainting.com

Take the Class!

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

"Lemon Zest" is a 2 hour course on modifying the underpainting (or grisaille) technique for yellows. Amplify realism by creating the correct colors to make your yellow objects look real and rounded. Learn to simplify the coloring process and reduce the stress of choosing markers!

Class includes Amy's fun sheer glaze technique. Use it on wedding veils, balloons, and other objects that are translucent but not transparent.

  • Technique Deep Dive video explores how underpainting works for yellow (because yellow is slightly different than other colors)
  • extended cut demonstration videos with instructional commentary
  • helpful lesson aids including photo references and color guides
  • technique instructional handouts
 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.

-Joy

 

Classes & Courses in Progress:

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