On Thursday, Donna & I drove down to Mystic for a Copic Certification class with Marianne Walker. If you haven't checked out her blog, please do. She could keep you busy reading for days (maybe weeks!) Marianne is a Graphic Artist who started out in the comic/illustration industry and she does amazing things with Copic Markers.
Now I realize that most scrapbookers and card makers will not get so involved in coloring as Marianne, but the techniques that she teaches on her blog can be applied to many projects, especially for rubber stampers, and that was the focus of our class.
One of the important things that I learned about Copic markers is that the Colorless Blender is not really a "blender" at all; it's more of an eraser. It is used to push colors from one spot to another whereas a traditional blender tends to pull color. We learned four color blending techniques without ever taking the colorless blender out!
The other very important thing we learned is that the paper makes a HUGE difference in how the markers blend. They don't work well on glossy paper, they just soak into watercolor paper, and they really need a smooth (but not coated) surface to be able to move on.
Sally Lynn MacDonald has two Copic 101 classes at The Inspiration Station tomorrow, the morning class is full but there are a couple of seats at night if you'd like to learn more about these awesome markers.