Interact with Zoe

Hello there,

I really love interacting with everyone and I would love to get to know you too! Sitting behind a computer can be lonely and so having the opportunity to chat with you (albeit online) helps to make that online time more exciting.

There’s a bunch of places you can find me,
Private Facebook Group,
Instagram for Make it Crafty
Personal Instagram,
YouTube,
Periscope,
Katch.me (Periscope Replays)
Twitter,
Google+
those are the main ones I try to keep up with.

Sign up for the NEWSLETTER over on the right hand side. I send out news on the new products, discounts and sometimes even send freebies. 🙂


Colouring Tutorials

I have been writing in depth colouring tutorials over the last few years. They take a very long time to write so it seems I really only get 1-2 out per year so far.

They are available to purchase from here >>

The e-books include all step by step instructions with photos as well as printable pages so that you can print and follow along.


Frequently Asked Questions

What do I colour with?

My Favourite medium is Copic Markers – mainly because I have spent many hours using them and so I am now comfortable.

Paper I use is called Make it Colour paper but I also recommend Hammermill, ExpressIT or any smooth paper around 250gsm – 110lbs. My friend Barbara is amazing and does wonders on regular printer paper so just go with what you have on hand. 🙂 My point is – don’t get hung up on the paper you are using. There are many fantastic papers and I suggest getting used to one that is readily available near you.

How long have I been colouring? About 6 years

Do I have an art degree? No, I started colouring with markers as a beginner just like most others, but I do have an eye for design as I have been a web designer for many years.

How long have I been crafting? Ouch! This answer hurts! 20 years! I bought my first stamp, some embossing powder and a couple of tombow pens when I was about 16!


What other mediums have I tried?

Pencils:

I have a set of Prismacolor pencils and I love how soft they are, but I don’t like how easily they break.

I have a few Polychromos and I love how fine I can sharpen them without breaking and the ability to get fine detail over the top of my copic colouring.

Watercolor Paints

I am still experimenting with watercolouring but I do love the distress inks for background and I like the cheap little Koi Traveller paint set I have.


What are Digital Stamps?

Digital stamps are images that you can save to your computer, resize them, rotate and flip, create scenes without masking and more. Then you simply print them out and colour and create your project.

Printers for Digital Stamps

Personally I have an old Canon iP4700 that’s still working great for me. I use the original Canon inks.

Laser Printers are ideal – BUT the issue is the thickness of paper you wish to put through the machine. If it is too thick, it will either get stuck or destroy one of the drums it is passing. There are not many laser printers that can accept thick paper.

Inkjet printers – the inks cause the problems. Some work fine, others smudge a little and some are terrible. If you are looking to buy a new printer, I highly recommend going to a crafty forum and asking what printers people are using at the time. Things are always changing and so any recommendations I make here will be outdated in no time.

Update: I recently purchased an Epson XP-324 so that I could take advantage of their special DURAbrite inks which are waterproof and can print ‘digi stamps’ onto watercolor paper.

BUT, I am finding that the ink can smear a little if I do not let it fully dry before using COPIC markers. I need to do some more testing but just wanted to make mention of it.


Periscope Viewers

I really love to teach and now I am over my nerves I am really buzzing over the idea of Periscope and have to stop myself from jumping on to share things with you. 🙂 I wanted to create this page so that I could easily send viewers to a page where they can follow up products or people mentioned in the scope.


Coming Up on Periscope!

 

Previously on Periscope!

 

dec14.2b
How many reindeer can I color in 30 minutes?
Sunday 14th December
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Copic Colours:
Fur: E29, E27, E25, E21
Other: C7, C5, C3, R24, R29, G17, G28

 

dec13.1a
Making some last minute Christmas cards. Drop in and say hello. ??
Sunday 13th December

 

dec-11.3a
Colouring Aurora borealis background with Copic Markers
Sunday 13th December
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Copic Colours:
C10, BV29, BV26
YG21, YG00, BG23, BG49, R29, R24, Y13, V28 & BV17

 

No Line COPIC colouring – Tinkles Elf
Friday 11th December
Continuing colouring Tinkles – no lines CoPIC markers
Sunday 13th December

 

dec-11a
Colouring over an old image
Friday 11th December
Creating a faux watercolor background with reinkers
Friday 11th December

 

BEST-CLEANER
Cleaning & Storing stamps
Thursday 10th December

 

nov-30a
Creating a masked scene with rubber stamps
Sunday 29th November
Copic colouring Kats lil kittens – come and go as you have time
Monday 30th November
Continuing to finish card with Kats lil Kittens – pop in to say hi
Monday 30th November
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Copic Colours:
Skin: E000, E01, E11, E13
Hair: Y21, Y26, Y28, E57
Other: C5, C7, W7, W3, 0

 

dragonflies
Fun colouring together with Jennifer from DoveArt Studios – pop in and say hi

 

group
Live at Jennifer Dove’s COPIC boot camp
Live with Jennifer Dove at COPIC Boot Camp – Phoenix Arizona
Live with Jennifer Dive at Arizona COPIC Boot Camp #copic
Live with Jennifer’s famous boots

 

 nov-1a
Little Christmas Elves – Coming Nov 3rd – not #halloween I just want bats finally 😉
Friday 30th October
Digital Stamp:
Copic Colours:
Skin: E000, E01, E11, E13
Hair: Y18, E25, E29
Overalls: Y06, Y18, Y38, YR27
Tights/Hat: R32, R24, R29 – W1, W3 – 0

 

oct-19a
Mermaid scene – Copic colouring – {CASE}ing series by Kelly Latevola
Wednesday 28th October
Rubber Stamps: Cordelia Rubber Stamp and Clam Shell rubber stamp.
Copic Colours:
Skin: YR000, YR00, YR01, E93
Tail: B00, B01, BV13, BV000
Hair: G000, G00, BG23, BG15
Shell: YR31, R32, BV000, B01, RV32
Special Mentions: Kelly Latevola’s {CASE}ing Genius series | Dawn Wplus9 – Hand Lettered Hello | Elaine – MarkerGeek

 

My colouring journey… Will likely be lengthy ?
Friday 23rd October
A bit of a chat sharing some of the cards I have made and coloured over the last 6 years, sharing my journey with colouring.

 

oct-31st
Fairy treehouse – winner of 100,000 hearts is silvermist_80
Friday 23rd October

 

Kangaroo in backyard – quick hello
Thursday 22nd October
Quick Hello after I spotted a Kangaroo in the back paddock.

 

Time to colour the Zombie face & @halloween so we can see some bats tonight 🙂
Download FREE image here and join the color challenge
Share your zombie projects on Instagram using the hash tag #CreativeColZombies

 

Zombie colouring continued…

Download FREE image here
and join the color challenge
Share your zombie projects on Instagram using the hash tag #CreativeColZombies

 

 oct-17a
Quick background idea for scenes
October 15th 
Digital Image: Geeky Family Christmas Surprise
If you want a good laugh, this is a fun Periscope to watch as it turns out I CAN NOT draw diamonds! But I do ‘save’ the show by sharing some tips on ‘cast shadows’ at the end.

 

 oct-16a
Fantail Goldfish – DoveArt Studios
October 15th 

 

zombie-slash
#creativecolzombies colorcollab with @sandyllnock
Friday 16th
Sandy AllnockZOMBIE APOCALYPSE? No. But coloring the undead! ?? Collab with @makeitcrafty #copics
Join the fun and share your creative zombies with us on Instagram or add your Zombie to the Inlinkz on Sandy’s Blog Page
http://sandyallnock.com/zombie/

 

 oct-11a
Fairy bauble – colouring a wooden table
Sunday 11th 
Digital Image: Fairy Bauble
Copic Colours: E43, E31, BV29, BV23, C2, C3, C5, C7 – bunch of pencils to clean up afterwards

 

oct-15a
Spooky Scene Color Along
Sunday 11th 9am

 

bokeh
Attempting a ‘Bokeh’ background with Copics
Friday 7th October
Digital Image: Fairy Bauble
Copic Colours: YG41, YG45, Y11, blender

 

baubles
Colouring Christmas Bauble – tag colour collaboration with @sandyallnock
by MakeitCrafty – Thursday 8th October
Coloring Christmas bauble – collab with @makeitcrafty 30min
by Sandy Allnock – Thursday 8th October
Sandy Allnock and I colour the same image: Fairy Bauble

 

tinkles01
Beginning a ‘no line’ colouring project
Wednesday 7th October
Digital Image: Tinkles Digi Stamp version
Rubber Stamp: Tinkles Rubber Stamp version
Brief Overview:
Start with the background using squiggly colouring to reduce the concern of perfect blending. Use distress inks around the edge to smooth the background appearance.
Copic Colours: BG23 for the background – Sponged with DI Peacock Feathers
Booties: RV29, RV25, RV23 & RV21 – black and magenta pencil
Mentions:
Kathy Racoosin#thedailymarker30day3
DawnWplus9 –  My favourite sentiment set right now >> Hand Lettered Hello

 

fence-grays
Using gray markers for depth – great for beginners with minimal colours
Tuesday 6th October
Digital Image: Garden Picket Fence digi stamp version
Rubber Stamp: Garden Fence Rubber Stamp version
Copic Markers: G17, RV14, BV13, E25 for the colours – N4 & N7 to add depth
Recommendations: Start with the Cool & Warm grays – C2, C5, C9 & W2, W5, W9 plus the blender to create depth over your other colours

 

Colouring a Christmas Tree
Monday 5th October
Digital Image: Not Available Yet
Copic Markers: RV00, RV21 & RV23 for the wings

 

fairy-wings
Fairy transparent wings
Sunday 4th October (Morning)
Digital Image: Fairy Butterfly Brietta Digi Stamp
Rubber Stamp: Spring Branch Rubber StampOther products mentioned: Adirondack Cloudy Blue Stamp Pad, White Prismacolor Pencil, Wink of Stella (glitter pen)
Copic Markers: RV00, RV21 & RV23 for the wings
I’ll be visiting Arizona USA in November 2015 – Check out Jennifer Dove’s retreat info here

 

oct-04a
Attempting to Colour Silver White Hair
Saturday 3rd October (Evening)

 

green-skin
Colouring soft edges and green skin
Saturday 3rd October (Morning)

 

thorny-rose-frame
#thedailymarker30day3 colouring challenge – @makeitcrafty sneak peek
Friday 2nd October