February Calendar Copic Tutorial

Hello and happy Sunday! I’m happy to be back today, to share one of my favorite things with you . . . calendars! I always keep a handmade calendar on my desk and love creating a new page for it each month. I was thrilled to find Flourishes has this awesome downloadable 2012 Calendar and couldn’t wait to try it! A Year In Flowers 1 was the perfect stamp set to get started with this year!
After printing the calendar onto ivory cardstock, I trimmed it to approximately 4.50” x 5.25”, having the calendar offset to the left, leaving more unprinted cardstock on the right. I filled the space on the right by die cutting it with one of Spellbinders Edgeabilities decorative inserts and then zig-zag machine stitching the edge. The calendar was layered onto a pink cardstock base measuring approximately 4.75” x 5.50” and now it fits into the CD case I’m using for this year’s calendar!
Next, February’s Primrose was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto white cardstock and then colored with Copic markers (listed below). Here are a few Copic coloring tips for you . . .

After stamping, I die cut the floral image with Spellbinders Classic Oval Nestabilities die and while the cardstock was still in the die, I airbrushed the background with Copic B0000:
I usually don’t bother making a mask for airbrushing (just because I find it too tedious!) — I can usually get pretty close to the image without getting too much overspray onto the image (left photo above). A little overspray usually won’t affect your final colored image but if you wish, you can remove any unwanted color with the Colorless Blender marker (right photo above).
Next, I colored the flowers with R81, R83, R85, centers with YR31 and then moved on to the leaves:
To get some nice shading detail in the leaves, I base coated them with YG61 (left photo above). Putting down your lightest color as a base coat helps to prime the paper and make the subsequent colors go on smoother and blend easier. Next, I used darker YG63 to shade the darker areas (right photo above). Keep in mind if you were looking at a real flower, parts of the leaves further away from you would naturally be darker, while parts of the leaves that are closer to you (or where sunlight would be hitting them) will be lighter. Then go back with the lighter YG61 marker and soften the edges of the darker color, so it blends into the lighter color.
To give the light pink die cut mat behind the floral image a little darker contrast and to make it match the flower coloring, I used the darkest R85 Copic marker to airbrush the edges (right photo above). After die cutting and rolling the yellow Spellbinders Spiral Blossoms One flower in the right photo above, I used Copic YR23 marker to lightly color the edges and center of the flower. Lastly, I used Copic W0 and W1 to shade underneath the Primrose image.
Thanks for stopping by today . . . I look forward to seeing you back here again next Sunday!
~ Sharon Harnist


{February Calendar Supplies}
: Flourishes
A Year in Flowers 1.
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Oval and Big Scalloped Oval Nestabilities, Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities, Spiral Blossoms One, Grand Calibur die cutting machine.
Paper: light pink, light yellow & ivory cardstock.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black.
Copic Markers: B0000, R81, R83, R85, YG61, YG63, YR31, W0, W1.
Accessories: Flourishes
2012 Calendar Download, Copic Airbrush System, sewing machine + ivory thread, foam tape, CD case.

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  1. Diane H says:

    Gorgeous calendar…wish I had your Copic talent…it is so perfect!! Now I want to see all the rest of the calendar year…LOL!!

  2. Cheryl Lea says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  3. Toni Storie says:

    How beautiful! Thanks for sharing a couple of your Copic tricks!

  4. Sharon, This is just a gorgeous creation! Thanks so much for giving us a new idea for Flourishes’ Calendar AND the Year in Flowers sets! This is just stunning!

  5. Jan Marie says:

    I always look forward to your calendars. They are inspirational, but this is beyond that and more. Great work lady.

  6. Wanda Cullen says:

    Gorgeous calendar page and I’m always glad to read tips for Copic coloring!

  7. Ruth Greene says:

    Loved your flower of February. You make it look so natural. I have the calendar but could not figure out how to print out the
    4 X 5. I have not given up as I enjoyed so much making the
    calendars last year. Thanks for sharing your love of creating with us.

  8. Thanks for the Copic info, Sharon! I always need more instruction; this was very helpful. :)

  9. e says:

    I need all the help I can get when it comes to copics! Thanks for sharing your details!