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2017 Copic Certification Program

 

Dates and locations for the 2017 Australian Copic Certification Program have now been released. Classes will run in the following locations, subject to demand:


Rockdale, NSW 
Standard: Saturday 11/03/17 
Intermediate: Sunday 12/03/17

Cheltenham, VIC 
Standard: Saturday 22/04/17 
Intermediate: Sunday 23/04/17

Arana Hills, QLD  
Standard: Saturday 03/06/17 
Intermediate: Sunday 04/06/17

 


Click here if you would like to register your interest for an alternate location.


Standard Certification
Initally designed for papercrafters The Standard Certification program has evolved to benefit crafters, illustrators and designers. This technique based, one-day intensive program aims to provide a hands on class covering the most important aspects of Copic’s product lines and techniques. It includes detailed product knowledge, blending techniques, mixed media techniques, testing inks and papers, and how to achieve the best possible results when colouring with Copic. You will receive a compressive manual covering the full range of Copic products and an extensive kit of Copic products.


Intermediate Certification
The Intermediate Certification has been developed for people who want to know more of the artistic aspects of working with Copic products. You must have completed the Standard Copic Certification class. In this class, you will cover shading, shadows and in depth colour selection colour Most importantly, you will gain the confidence to make more complex colour selections. If you want to take your colouring to the next level, this class is for YOU! You will receive a comprehensive manual and Copic bonus gift.


Please do not hesitate to contact us on certification@copicmarker.com.au if you have any queries.

 

Copic Ambassador Program

 

The aim of the Copic Ambassador program is to feature talented Australian and NZ Copic users from various industries (ie. Fashion, design, illustration, papercraft etc.) We are excited to announce that we will have a new team in 2017, to give another group of passionate Copic artists the opportunity to share their work with the Australian and New Zealand Copic Community.

 

We are looking for artists who:

• Demonstrate a variety of creative talent and inspirational projects
• Artists who are already using and committed to The Copic Brand
• Use Copic and affiliated products in their everyday work (showing finished work but also product images eg. product in use)
• Regularly engage on social media platforms including Instagram, facebook and Youtube
• Use of short videos clips (showcasing our products in use to create art) is an advantage

If you love sharing your passion for Copic on social media, then we want to hear from you! To register your interest in becoming an ambassador, click here.

Feature Artist - Jack Grayson

We were blown away when we saw this piece by artist Jack Grayson from Geelong in Victoria. We asked Jack all about his artwork and why he loves Rembrandt Pastels.

 

What are you favourite Talens products?
My all-time favourite product from Talens is ‘Rembrandt’ pastels. I use them for all of my realism work and rarely introduce pastels from another company. I find that they have a texture to them that is hard to find in other brands. While some are too chalky or crumbly, Rembrandts have a perfect balance of a dry, chalky texture and a smooth, almost oily finish that makes them easy to apply, very vibrant, and easy to blend and work with other colours. They come in such a diverse range of colour that is never an issue finding the ones that you need, which is a real bonus when working with subtle variations in tone and colour.

How would you describe your artwork?
My work is photo realistic, colourful and as engaging as I can make. While all of my pieces are inspired by personal attraction to an image and personal ideas I link to it, I like to make my work more about the experience people have when they encounter it. My Artwork is all about people’s individual experience with my work, what they think of when they see, ideas it brings to mind and how it makes them feel. I don’t want to influence or intrude on the personal experience that seeing a piece of art for the first time can be, as I want people to react to it in a way that makes it stick with them as an individual.

Where do you create?
I have 2 main bases of operation, the first being my desk in the lounge room at home. This is where I draw cartoons, write stories and develop all kind of ideas in my free time. The second is my studio. I work in a 4x4 squared metre space in a shared complex filled with artists and creators of all kinds. It is an amazing environment to create in that surrounds you with inspiration from a great company of talented and passionate creative thinkers. There is an art gallery and a cafe 50m down the road, a florist and ceramics store across the street, workshop space, jewellery store, picture framer and design hub all within a 150m radius of one another. This is where I create all of my pastel works and it is an amazing community to be a part of.

What do you do if you are in a creative rut?
If I get stuck in a rut I simply stop what I’m doing and work on something else until I feel like getting back to the initial task. It can be hard to find motivation to work on specific things sometimes and I find that if I ever try to force myself to do something, it doesn’t turn out at the best standard I know I can produce, which can be very disappointing. For example, I’m currently in the process of juggling 2 different pieces, simply because I keep losing motivation for one, and decide to work on the other one. It can be a bit draining and frustrating, but I find it’s the best way to get over a rut while still maintaining a decent level of productivity.

Which artists are you inspired by?
There are so many artists I look to for inspiration. Many are cartoonists, as I have a particular love for the cartoon genre in the way it manages to express emotion and tell stories in a captivating and exciting way. One of my big inspirations in the pastel medium and realist genre is a local Geelong artist Jill Shalless. Jill mentored me for a about a year throughout 2014-2015 and taught me just about everything I know about the pastel medium. She continues to mentor and teach me new things all the time, helping me with techniques, compositions, artwork ideas, exhibition details and the list goes on. She is an incredible artist in both technique, concept and execution and produces work that will continue to inspire me for years to come.

When did you first start using pastels?
For the longest time pastels were the bane of my existence. They were messy, confusing and hard to control. But, as mentioned earlier, I started working with local artist Jill Shalless in 2014 who pushed me and her other students to expand out boundaries and dare to try mediums we wouldn’t usually even consider. We worked with pastels for around 2-3 weeks where I leaned some proper techniques and got to familiarise myself with the medium. It took a lot of patience for me to finally understand that realism is a process and takes a long time to finish, as opposed to the cartoons I was used to drawing. After this period of introduction I was hooked on the medium and have been working with them ever since. I used them to create my final artworks for my final assessment at the end of high school and have continued to work with them for shows and for recreation over the past year.

When you aren’t creating, what do you do?
I work full time for a local art supplies company which takes up the majority of my time. But outside of that I spend a lot of time in my studio, volunteering as a youth leader and working on a number of different projects. In the coming years I plan take up study at RMIT University in Melbourne to study animation and design, which will mean that the vast majority of my time will be spent creating and doing what I love. One day I hope to create full time as an artist, animator, design, writer and producer.

You can follow Jack’s journey on his Instagram and Facebook pages.

Copic Loves Your Sister

 

A few months ago we were touched by this photo posted on the Love Your Sister Facebook page. Its a photo of Connie from Love Your Sister, who is fighting her third battle with cancer. She has lovingly created colouring pages for her kids.

 

 What is Love Your Sister all about?

Sister/brother duo Connie and Sam (well known for riding across Australia on a unicycle and raising $1.5 million in the process) are on a mission to raise $10 million dollars for cancer research. You can learn more about their mission here.

How can you help?

Enter our #copiclovesyoursister competition! For each unique entry submitted Copic Australia will donate $1 to Love Your Sister.*
Create your own uplifting image or colour this image that Connie has created. You could also win a Copic prize pack valued at over $250!

 

Facebook- Post a photo of your entry with at least one Copic product, directly on our facebook wall include the hash tag #copiclovesyoursister within the comment of your post.

Instagram - Upload a photo of your entry with at least one Copic product, to your own Instagram account. Tag @copicmarkerau and include the hashtag #copiclovesyoursister. Please note that we can only accept entries posted on public profiles.

What’s The Prize?

1x 6 Piece Copic Skin Tone Sketch Set

1x 6 Piece Copic Perfect Primaries Sketch Set

1x 6 Piece Copic Floral Favourites Sketch Set

1x 6 Piece Copic Pale Pastel Sketch Set

1x NEW X-Press It A4 Blending Card Illustration Pad

THE FINE PRINT:
Entries will be judged based on creativity. Entries must be submitted by 11:59pm (AEST) on 30/10/16. The prize winner will be announced on The Copic Marker Australia Facebook and Instagram pages by 3/11/16. Entrants must respond via direct message by 18/11/16, otherwise the prize may be reallocated at the discretion of Copic Australia. All entrants must be Australian or New Zealand residents. Entrants under the age of 18, must have consent from a parent or legal guardian. Entrants may submit 2 entries, as long as each submission is original and unique. Images entered into the competition may be used for promotional purposes. Images may be used on product packaging with written approval of the artist. In this case, high resolution images or original artwork may be requested. This competition is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook or Instagram. 

 

Copic Artist of The Year Winners

We have been blown away by the amazing entries submitted in the Australian Copic Artist of The Year Competition.

Congratuations to the following Copic Artists:

 

THIRD PLACE - Levi Bell

 

SECOND PLACE - Brea Lanyon

 

FIRST PLACE - Lee Kimura

 

Congratulations to the very talented winners, please get in touch with us by direct message on Facebook or Instagram.

Keep an eye on out for a new competition next week, raising awareness for a very special cause.

Copic Artist of The Year

 

The search is on for the Australian/NZ Copic Artist of the year!  

There's over $1000 worth of Copic Up for grabs!

 

HOW TO ENTER:

Create an original project using Copic as the primary medium. Take a photo of your finished work of art making sure that you include at least one Copic product in your photo and upload it using one of the two methods –


Facebook- Post a photo of your artwork directly on our facebook wall (www.facebook.com/copicmarkeraustralia) include the hash tags #copic358 #mycopic and #copicmarkerau within the comment of your post.

Instagram - Upload a photo of your work to your own Instagram account.Tag @copicmarkerau and include the hashtags #copic358 #mycopic #copicmarkerau. Please note that we can only accept entries posted on public profiles.

THE PRIZES:

First Prize - $700(AUD) Worth of Copic Products* of winners Choice

Second Prize - $250(AUD) Worth of Copic Products* of winners Choice

Third Prize - $100(AUD) Worth of Copic Products* of winners Choice

 

THE FINE PRINT:

Entries will be judged based on creativity. Entries must be submitted by 11:59pm (AEST) on 28/9/16. The prize winner will be announced on The Copic Marker Australia Facebook and Instagram pages by 6/10/16. Entrants must respond via direct message by 18/10/16, otherwise the prize may be reallocated at the discretion of Copic Australia. All entrants must be Australian or New Zealand residents. Entrants under the age of 18, must have consent from a parent or legal guardian. Entrants may submit multiple entries as long as each submission is original and unique. Images entered into the competition may be used for promotional purposes. Images may be used on product packaging with written approval of the artist. In this case, high resolution images or original artwork may be requested. This competition is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook or Instagram. *value of product will be based on average retail product pricing.

Sparkly Canvas Art

Day after day, Mum's do so much for their families - this X-Press It Glitter canvas project is the perfect way to say THANK YOU!

Materials:

 

Step 1:

Cut a Double Sided Adhesive sheet , big enough to cover the front and sides of your canvas. Peel one side of the backing off and position on the canvas, wrapping the edges. Cut the corners of the sheet to keep the canvas smooth. Peel of the second side of backing and set aside.

 

Step 2:

To make a stencil mask - use your Adhesive Sheet offcut from the previous step. Peel off one side of backing and position the Adhesive Sheet on the back of your pre printed word (make sure you have printed your word in reverse!) Cut out your word, then carefully peel of the backing. Position the cut out backing onto your canvas and smooth out(as pictured) - discard the printout with adhesive. 

 

Step 3:

Pour your first colour of X-Press It Micro Glitter onto your canvas, and spread it out to cover all of the exposed adhesive, including the sides of the canvas. Gently rub off any excess glitter, then peel off your mask. Repeat the same step with an alternate colour of glitter, gently rubbing it into the exposed adhesive.

 

Step 4:

To seal in any loose glitter and add a slightly glossy finish, coat your canvas with X-Press It Clear Gel Glue. A soft, damp brush makes the glue easy to spread. Allow to dry and add an additional coat if desired.

 

Say thanks to your Mum and enter our competition to win you both an X-Press It prize pack valued at over $100!

Gel Press Journal Page

Create a fun journal page using the Gel Plate to build up layers of patterns & colours. The possibilities are endless, no two projects are ever the same. 

Materials:

Gel Press (we used a 5x7 but you can use any size you like)
• X-Press A5 It Mixed Media Journal
• Soft Rubber Brayer
Acrylic Paint (We used Jo Sonja’s)
• Textures and found objects (we used corrugated card, a FabScraps stencil, bubble wrap & a paint brush)
• Scrap Paper

First Layer - Background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apply a small amount of paint to your Gel Press. Using your brayer, spread it out to a thin, even layer. Lay a piece of corrugated card, face down on the plate and gently press. To create a cross hatch, reposition the card in the opposite direction then set your card aside for another project.

Press your journal page face down, onto your Gel Press. Gently rub the back of your page, then peel it off to reveal your pattern. Allow your page to dry enough so that it is no longer tacky. 

Second Layer - Bubble Wrap

Apply a contrasting colour of paint to your Gel Press and spread with your brayer. Lay a piece of bubble wrap face down and gently press, then remove and set aside.

Press an area of your journal page onto your Gel Press, rub and peel of to reveal. Use a piece of your scrap paper to remove the excess paint from your Gel Press. See tips below!

Third Layer - Stencil

Apply another contrasting colour of paint to your Gel Press and spread with your brayer. Position your stencil on top of your Gel Press, then lay your journal page down and press firmly. Peel the page of to reveal. Use a piece of your scrap paper to remove the excess paint from your Gel Press. 

Fourth Layer - Dots

Using the end of a paint brush, add small dots of paint to your Gel Press. Lightly press your journal page onto the Gel Press. Reposition the opposite corner of your page to repeat the same pattern. The second corner may be lighter, but gives a great effect.

Finishing Touches

Using your paintbrush add fine lines and dots to lift the colours and make them pop! 

 

Tips

• Use a piece of scrap paper to remove any excess areas of paint from each layer of your Gel Press. The odd bits of leftover paint can create really interesting works of art!

• Experiment with different textures to create interesting layers. Try paper towel, a comb, mesh, rubber bands... Be creative.

• Keep baby wipes on for a quick and easy clean up. Check out our previous Gel Press blog post for more tips and clean up tricks.

Introducing Gel Press

We are really excited to announce the addition of Gel Press to our range of products. Let your imagination run free with this range of monoprinting plates. Explore the endless textures, shapes and layers that can be applied and achieve original results every time.

With Gel Press plates, you get all of the benefits of ‘gelatin’ printing - but none of the downsides! Gel Press is super durable and reusable because, unlike ‘homemade’ gel - Gel Press plates can be stored at room temperature. And it’s easy to clean - It’s printmaking without the mess! The ultra-sensitive surface requires just a small amount of paint and then ‘grabs’ the tiniest details; such as the veins of a leaf or the delicate wisps of feathers and ‘holds’ them in the gel. Press your paper on the gel plate - lift the print and Voila! Creating a masterpiece is easy.

How it works:

Step 1: Remove clear film and apply paint to the exposed gel plate.

Step 2: Roll paint on as a thin layer with brayer.

Step 3: Create designs by pressing textured objects into wet paint.

Step 4: Lay paper (not glossy) onto painted surface.

Step 5: Gently rub paper with hands to create a transfer image onto the paper.

Step 6: Pull paper from printing plate to reveal your masterpiece!

Printing Tips:

• Acrylic based paint is recommended, but you can also use oil paint or fabric paint and some water soluble inks
• Experiment using different materials to create textures -  like foam stamps, stencils, plastic or bubble wrap, leaves, twine etc.
• Soft tipped tools are the best - make sure not to use things with sharp edges or pointy tips so you don’t gauge the gel

Easy Clean Up:

• Acrylic Paint: Wash plate with mild soap and water, then pat dry with clean paper towel
• Oil Paint: Wipe surface clean with baby oil followed by mild soap and water, then pat dry with clean paper towel.
• Gel Hand Sanitizer: Can be used to remove paint residue - rub onto gel plate and wipe clean
• Baby Wipes: Are a quick efficient way to clean the gel plates - wipe surface clean with baby wipes, then pat dry with clean paper towel
• Tough Stains: If the gel does get stained, it will not affect the quality of future prints - however, to remove tough stains from the gel, follow the instructions above for cleaning Oil paint

Share your creations with us on our facebook page!

        

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