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!

"Velveteen Rabbit" is a nearly 4 hour course which shows you how to expertly use Copic markers and colored pencils to achieve that cuddly rabbit fur and those realistic glassy eyes. Learn how to bring life and personality to this cute bunny and other animals like her.

  • Technique Deep Dive video teaches how to control your pencil for professional results

  • extended cut demonstration videos with instructional commentary

  • helpful lesson aids including photo references and color guides

  • technique instructional handouts

Marker Painting Workshop classes offer artistic challenges for intermediate to advanced colorers. Learn how to enhance depth and dimension by controlling the temperature of your colors. | MarkerPainting.com | #copicmarker #coloredpencil #coloring #howtocolor

Other Popular Courses:

12 Week Copic Marker course takes you from beginner to WOW! Learn to color with depth and realism from professional illustrator Amy Shulke. | MarkerPainting.com | #copicmarker #coloredpencil #coloring #howtocolor #realisticcoloring

12 week starter course - learn Copic Markers with unique Vanilla Arts techniques.

12 Week Copic Marker course takes you from beginner to WOW! Learn to color with depth and realism from professional illustrator Amy Shulke. | MarkerPainting.com | #copicmarker #coloredpencil #coloring #howtocolor #realisticcoloring

BEGINNER LEVEL CLASS! Learn the flick technique with an unusual artistic approach.

Latest Livestream:

Vanilla Livestream classes- challenges for intermediate to advanced colorers using Copic Markers and colored pencils. Every month you'll learn a new artistic technique to take your coloring to the next level! | Marker Painting.com | #copicmarker #coloredpencil #realisticcoloring

Taming Pink Elephants-

Pink sounds like such an easy idea -

It’s soft and delicate and oh so sedate…

“I’ll color the flower light pink and it will be so soft and pretty…”

Except your pink Copic projects tend to glow and scream loudly “Hey world, I’m the pinkest of the pinks!”

What happened?

RV Copic markers have some interesting characteristics not found in the other marker color families. Learn how to avoid choosing pinks that are anything but quiet and sedate.

But also, part of the problem is you. We’ll discuss why projects tend to get darker than you intended and what you can do to keep things soft and delicate.

Friday, April 12th at 11am EST

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


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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