Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Coloring Skin Tones with Nichol Magouirk

Hello! This is Nichol Magouirk and I am new to the WOJ DT. :)
I am thrilled to be sharing my first tutorial with you here on the Whiff of Joy Tutorials & Inspiration Blog.

Today I am sharing ideas on using Copic Markers to achieve different skin tones. Note that each of the examples below (except for the hair and sentiments) are exactly the same. Only the skin and hair differ. I love that it is so easy to customize stamps for the recipient!

To begin, I die cut several Tim Holtz Sizzix Ornamental Label Shapes from Neenah Solar White Cardstock. I stamped the Melinda Reading Book image on the label, created a mask for her
and then stamped the grass and flower background from the Accessory & Sentiment Set to create the scene to be colored. I also stamped greetings from the Magical Wishes Sentiments Stamps below each image.

Next, I colored in the skin and hair. Here's a video showing step-by-step coloring + photos of the Copic Markers used for each step of the design:

Here are the Copic Markers I used for skin & hair on the blond angel:
Copic Markers used for the slightly darker skin tone and black-haired angel:
Copic Markers for the darkest skin tone and dark haired angel:
I used the tip to tip Copic technique to add the R22 Light Prawn Color to the tip of 0 Colorless Blender, then I colored in the angel's wings so that it was a bit lighter and more translucent looking than her shirt.
The first 3 colors shown were used to color in her pants.
The Chocolate Spica Glitter Pen was used to add detail to the swirl on her pants, the Silver Spica Glitter Pen to color in her jewelry, the R27 Lipstick Red to add detail to her top and the Clear Spica Glitter Pen to add some glitter to her wings.
The greens shown below were used for the grass and leaves, the yellows and orangish-yellows for the flowers.
These browns + the Buttermilk Spica Glitter Pen were used for the book and dangling bookmark.
Next, I adhered masks (Inkadinkadoo Masking Paper) over the angel and the grassy design.
Using Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink and a Text Background Stamp, I stamped over the die cut label.

Then I added some more Old Paper Distress Ink around the edge of the label using an Ink Blending Tool.
I removed the masks and here is the completed label.
PAPER: Neenah Solar White Cardstock; Berry Sorbet Cardstock by Papertrey Ink; Kraft Cardstock

STAMPS: Melinda Reading Book by WOJ; Elisabeth Bell Accessories & Sentiments Stamps by WOJ; Magical Wishes Sentiment Stamps by WOJ; Friend Definition Cling Background Stamp by Hero Arts; Cling Dots Cling Background Stamp by Hero Arts; Flowers & Leaves Cling Background Stamp by Hero Arts

INKS: White Memories Dye Ink; Memento Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko; Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink by Ranger

EMBELLISHMENTS: Pearl Gemstones by Hero Arts; Buttons by Stampin' Up; Ribbon by Papertrey Ink; Twine

TOOLS: Butterfly 3-in-1 Punch by Martha Stewart; Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz; Foam Adhesive; Masking Paper by Inkadinkadoo; Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine; Tim Holtz Sizzix Ornamental Die; Corner Chomper Crop-a-dile

Thank you for stopping by today!


  1. thank you!!
    Nice work and very interesting !!!

  2. THANK YOU for this superb tutorial! It is the best Copic skin tone tutorial I've seen!

  3. Thank you excelent tutorial.
    Blessings Bernie

  4. Wao! what a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. You did a fabulous work. Hugs, Zulma.

  5. Wig this is outstanding
    love this tutorial!!


  6. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial !!!

  7. This is a wonderful tutorial, thanks for much. I am constantly trying to improve on my darker skin tones. I think that his will help a lot.


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