Copic Blending Technique – How to get good transitions

Hi ya everyone this is Melissa from Melissa Made!! I’m so super stoked to be sharing with you during Kristy’s Birthday Bash Month!  The line-up is unbelievable and I’ve already learned SO much from the tutorials previously posted!  I’m going to share with you a quick tutorial on how to get those Copics to blend together smoothly.  I always get comments and questions on how I get the transition between my dark areas and light areas of an object – so today I’m going to share with you a very simple and easy technique to achieve just that!

A few things I should add – the broader the stroke the better and I adjust this depending on what I’m coloring.  For hair, I like a thinner stroke so I use less of the brush.  For a larger area like the circle in the video I try and use more of the brush for a thicker stroke line.  I also try to always color when the marker I put down last is still a bit wet.  A little tip I sometimes use when I need a really smooth base coat is to first lay down a coat of colorless blender. I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial for using your Copics!  The technique though simple is not easy – the more you practice the better you’ll get!  I had to add my final project with Mooey too!

Happy Birthday Kristy and thank you so much for letting me share today.  I have one more little treat for you!  Those that leave a comment on this post will have a chance to win a $10 gift certificate from Some Odd Girl!

You have thru October 29th to comment and get your entry in and winners will be announced on October 31st!




  • lizzie says:

    oh my golly how awesome!
    happy birthday again kristy!!!!!

  • Ange says:

    Great blending! And your mooey project is gorgeous!!

  • Denise says:

    Thank you so much for tut!! U never can get enough of them when it comes to copics!!
    Crafty Hugs,

  • Angie Ashuk says:

    Great card. Thanks for the tut.

  • Anne B. says:

    Very pretty card and beautiful coloring.

  • Linda Citronlime says:

    Hrm…am I the only one that gets the message “this is private”?! 🙁

    • Kristy says:

      Workin on that Linda 🙂 Boo to Youtube!

      • Kristy says:

        All fixed! Come take a peek!

  • Jenny S. says:

    Shucks- I couldn’t view it… Hoping I can see it soon! It says it’s private.

    • Kristy says:

      Come and try now Jenny! 🙂 All fixed!

  • Angie Ha says:

    Thanks for the tips. I’m still perfecting my blending!

  • Maria Therese says:

    Gorgeous card ♥
    But I got the message that the video was private..

    • Kristy says:

      All better now Maria! 🙂

  • Faye says:

    Brilliant tutorial and I love the card too. xx

  • SannaS says:

    FABULOUS card!! love it!!! =)

  • Barb O. says:

    Great colors but I love the pearls and flowers too, thanks for the chance to win!

  • Annie says:

    Cute Card, I absolutely adore the critters. Thanks for the great tutorial 😀

  • auntie em (emily) says:

    That was a great tutorial and a sweet card! I am taking my second Copic class tomorrow and have sooooo much to learn!
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Tina Mayo says:

    such a cute thats great!! thanks for letting us watch..I love watching videos like that.

  • Tricia says:

    great tut! I need to practice more!

  • karla says:

    Very pretty card and beautiful coloring.

  • Lucianna says:

    Loved your tutorial, really great tip and such wonderful coloring 🙂

  • Kim H says:

    beautiful coloring, and a cute card. Love the pearl bling swirls, and the flowers. Thank you.

  • Carly Jo says:

    The more tuts I watch the more I see that its not a “pick up marker and do it” kind of thing. I am using other cheap markers to try to see if I can ever get good enough to shade like I want. Everone here knows that Copics are an investment! I love the cow, does it say anthing “witty” or funny on the inside? Either way its a great show of skill, and a great “awwww” maker!

  • Katie says:

    Awesome tutorial! I love seeing how others color 🙂 Hope you’re having an awesome birthday celebration Kristy!

  • 1LuvnMama says:

    Wowza! What an awesome tutorial! 🙂 I luv to see how others color and this tut by Melissa was worth seeing! I must try this technique . . . usually use the light to dark then back down to light again. Great job and a Happy Birthday to you Kristy!

  • nitasha says:

    Pure cuteness! I am a newbie to Copics and I am learning so much here!

  • Creative Grammie says:

    Wow! Happy Birthday Kristy!
    Melissa, thanks so much for sharing such a great tutorial on blending with copics, I loved it.
    This is a great site and I’m now a follower. I found your site from Mama’s blog, “Luvn the Journey”; glad I found you both.

  • Maria Therese says:

    Awesome video ♥♥

  • Karen says:

    Thank you for sharing this technique….out of all the copic videos I have watched I haven’t come across this sort of tutorial…so thanks!

  • Leah Crowe says:

    Absolutely fantastic tutorial/video Melissa.. this is definitely a video I’ll be watching again.. Your mooey is soooooo darling.. love the card!!

  • Carmen says:

    I love these tutorials. Thanks Kristie.
    Happy birthday.

  • Brenda says:

    Fabulous tut by Melissa!! Love the outcome as well. Hugs~Bren

  • petraso says:

    WOW !!! I didn´t now this!! So great!!!! Impressed!!!

  • Trina says:

    Thanks for putting this tut together! The Mooey card is beautiful and well-colored!

  • Pat R says:

    I’m not sure what’s going on, but the tut keeps stopping when I get to 1:41 minutes. Is it me, or did anyone else run into this?

    • Pat R says:

      Got it! Thanks for showing me this! I need all the tutorials I can get! Happy Birthday again Kristy and I love the way you celebrate your birthday!!!

  • KarenB says:

    Wow, amazing tutorial, thank you 😀

  • Amber says:

    Thank you so much it makes me want to rush off and play with my copics….alas work first play soon.

  • JLJ Designs says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I’ve been really struggling with smooth blending in large areas and I really think this will help.


  • Anita Marie says:

    wow awesome tutorial ,absolutelt love your card..hugz Anita..xx

  • Corinne says:

    Melissa, fabulous coloring tut!! Great tips and techniques on blending! Loved it.

  • Cbarmayne says:

    Great tutorial thanks Melissa! Super cute card too….

  • Sharman says:

    Great tutorial. Great tip on laying down the colorless blender first. Never thought of that. I am practicing everyday so that I can get that coloring down without any streaks….. Thanks for the tips….

  • Sammibug says:

    Awesome tutorial! Makes me want to play with my Copics, now! The project is gorgeous, too!

  • Donna says:

    Wonderrful blending technique, I use just about the same way, was taught a bit different but slowly started doing it this way and it works for me, is a bit tougher in small areas, but i am adapting.
    Thanks so much for your video, was very helpful!!
    Thank you,

  • Arabella says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing Melissa! Your Mooey card is super cute!


  • Trisha says:

    Wow, thanks for the tutorial. You make it look so easy. I only have a small set of copics and not the lighter versions. Now I see why I cannot get them to blend well. Sure do need to get more. Thanks again.

  • Amy O says:

    It’s so interesting how everyone works a little differently! Still trying to figure out what works for me. Your mooey is so cute!

  • Sheila says:

    Melissa I learned so much…. I never new about flicking your marker. I am so new to this digital and regular stamps and coloring…. Just collecting copics now. I also learned to color in circles…. Can’t wait to try this technique. Thanks for taking the time to show us.

  • Sheila says:

    Gorgeous card! Thanks so much for the tips. I’m going to try it later today.


  • Anita M says:

    Fabulous tutorial Melissa and your coloring is beautiful.

  • Karyn S says:

    wowee, these videos are so helpful! thanks for sharing – btw you are a very fast colourer (hehe)!!

  • Nana Donna says:

    Happy Birthday and wow Melissa sure stepped up to help us out with the blending
    she truly has an awesome talent in coloring with the Copics

  • Mimi says:

    thanks for a fab tutorial! always like to see how others color and blend! TFS! 😉

  • Ardilla says:

    Thanks for this tutorial and thanks for the chance to get a prize 🙂

  • Leah Martin says:

    Love the speckles on Mooey’s nose! Too cute!

  • Jess Marin says:

    Oh yay! Ive been a fan of Melissa for quite some time now. Transitioning can be difficult but I agree, practice practice practice. I know I need some. Thanks for the tutorial!!!
    Jess M

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