Sammi’s Copic Journal and Giveaway

Hello! Sammi from Mad for Markers here!

I’m thrilled to be part of Kristy’s AWESOME Blog party! Thanks for having me lovely!! I am a HUGE HUGE fan of Kristy.. She is a brilliant artist and so inspirational!! I love her creations so much that I got her to design my store logo ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait until she comes to visit us DOWNunder *hint hint*


I LOVE books and especially Copic journals โ€ฆ so I decided to share some that I have been working on. Keeping a Copic journal is AWESOME… it creates a resource that you (and others) can keep coming back to over and over. You will never forget that โ€œlovelyโ€ combination again! Enough chatter from me โ€“ Here is the video, with a bit more โ€œverbal chatterโ€

Thanks so much for watching ! I am selling a range of resources in the Mad for Markers store HEREย 

AND have decided to host a GIVEAWAY for this Fun B’day month!!

so… I am giving away a blank journal with a bunch of tabs and COPIC themed cutouts (tabs, heads to colour etc) as well as Copicendium Volume #2ย 

Copicendium is an A5 booklet with 24 pages showcasing projects created using Copic markers and this edition has a special focus on Christmas creations… AND Some Odd Girl! To enter I want to know what your fav thing to color is and what you struggle with! Your comments below are your entries. Deadline to enter is Oct 31 and winners will be announced Nov 5.

Enjoy the celebrations and make sure you wish Kristy a Beautiful Birthday!!!


  • Maureen L. says:

    My favorite thing to color is people – especially hair and I’m getting better at clothes. The thing I struggle with most is using a consistent light source. I’ve found that I have a tendency to switch it if I’m not careful. Thanks so much for the opportunities to win and Happy Birthday Month Kristy!!

  • Andrea says:

    I love coloring hair but I struggle with animals. Awesome giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Maria mendoza says:

    My favorite thing to color is my digital stamps and people

  • Diana Fernandez says:

    Hello! I love to color digi’s, my favorites are from saturated canary and dilly beans… Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Nikki says:

    Ironically hair is my favorite to color (especially pink hair) and the thing that gives me trouble is hair…. (weird I know) but I struggle with finding a red combination and a blonde combination! When you find THE RIGHT ones that work well together, it would be nice to put them in a Copic journal! Thanks for the opportunity! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • mary pat says:

    oh a copic journal sounds like so much fun!!

    i have a hard time with certain hair combos- i haven’t found a good red that i like.

    i love to color sog!!

  • Sherry Wegner says:

    This is Amazing I So Love This Idea For Copic Journal .. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I Would Have To Say I Love Coloring Clothes… I Struggle More With The Hair Most The Time ..
    HaPpY BiRtHdAy KrIsTy!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanxx For A Chance At Winning Ur Awesome Giveaway.. Now Off To Check Out Your Site Mad For Markers Yay!

  • Ardilla says:

    My favorite thing to color are animals, bears, frogs, donkeys, dogs… I also love to color clothing and scenes. I struggle with people’s hair… thatยดs so hard!!!!!
    I would love to have markers, as I always color with pencils.

    This giveaway is awesome, thanks for the chance!

  • wendi R says:

    I LOVE to color cupcakes and yummy treats. I struggle with skin on people

  • Kimberly says:

    i love to colour hair… and i stuggle with skin hues and dress folds that don’t have pre line in

  • Marianne says:

    As I’m still a newbie when it comes to colouring images, I’m struggling with almost everything, but people and intricate clothing with pleats and stuff are especially difficult. And determining the direction of the light source and sticking to it. Keeping a journal is a fabulous idea. I try to pencil down colour combinations I have used, but it’s of little use if you cannot remember where you left your scribbles afterwards. Thanks for sharing your video and for giving us a chance to win your journal and copicendium giveaway.

  • Mama Karaba says:

    I Love to color fashions! I sometimes have problems with shading, but it’s fun to practice, practice, practice! Thanks for the chance to win free stuff!

  • Billie A says:

    Great idea and great video. i have a tablet with just number combo’s Ive seen used but no photos colored to back it up. I love your idea. My favorite to color is shirt tops or animals, what I would love to learn is how to do the folds in cloths, like skirts, dresses.. Again thanks for your lovely video

  • Jan Hennings says:

    love this!

  • JLJ Designs says:

    I love to color dresses. I struggle with hair, especially if it’s not straight. Thanks for the chance!

  • Jess doyle says:

    I love colouring people, i struggle with the colour purple…

  • Nick says:

    I love to colour in stamps, digital, rubber or clear doesnยดt matter. I find blond hair hard to do. I donยดt seam to get the shadows right. I think I become pretty good at colouring in peoples clothing.

  • eva says:

    what great journals! it’s such a great idea but i just haven’t done one. i love to color hair but i don’t always get the same results. sometimes it looks great and sometimes it’s a dud. but it’s still fun for me.

  • terriavidreader says:

    Happy Birthday Kristy! I love to color little girls but I have a hard time with the shading. Occasionally I get it nearly right but sometimes it’s just way off. Thanks for a chance to win!

  • jan farnworth says:

    i love to color in general in fact every time i make a card i usually color first then make the card. I sometimes pull out the paper pad i want to use then pick colors from the paper line to color with. thanks for the chance to win.

  • damaris velazquez says:

    Thanks for this great idea. I have yet to start a Copic “favs” color journal or porfolio. This is giving me the push I needed. I’ve always loved coloring, and when I was introduced to it last year I knew it would be something I’d get into quickly. My favorites are hair. and most recently greenery like trees and leaves.

    Thanks for a chance to win.
    x0, Damaris

  • Angie Ha says:

    I love coloring stamping immages, mostly people. I’m starting to get the hair down, but I still struggle with the clothes.

  • Rose Andrew says:

    I love colouring ….all sorts … but my biggest draw back is using colour black & grey tones … just not to comfortable in using them …animals are second on my list … !!
    I love, Sammi’s idea to keep a journal with colour combo ….have to try it out and thanks for sharing Sammi’s .
    Happy Birthday to Kristy …!

  • Susie says:

    I love to color stamped and digi images, especially frilly girls. I struggle mostly with coloring/blending faces/skin.

  • rachel mutchler says:

    This is an amazing idea. I am fairly new to copics and don’t have a ton of colors so this would really help me when I find something that works. Thanks for another fun day and another Happy Birthday to you. I love to color mostly digi’s as that’s what I have the most of. I struggle when the images are small and I can’t get a real decent sepia look going.

  • marykay says:

    thanks for the awesome video. My favorite thing to color is backgrounds. I’m new to using copics and find backgrounds less demanding for quality.
    My worse coloring has got to be clothing faces and hair. That’s pretty much everything isnt it?? I’m learning slowly
    thanks for chance to win that catalog

  • marykay says:

    oops forgot to say “Happy Birthday Kristy”

  • Ann C says:

    I color flowers and people the most. I like strong colors and do great with them. I find it hard to achieve some of that pale coloring that I like as well. I know…it should be easy but I just can’t seem to keep from going darker!

  • Bridget says:

    I enjoy coloring flowers, clothing & objects most. But I struggle with skin & hair. When I luck up & do a great job on hair or skin, I can never remember the combo or techniques I used to get that result. So a Copic journal is a great idea! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  • Loz โ™ฅ says:

    this is fabulous!! I just want Sammi’s already filled books – great idea! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love colouring almost anything with my Copics – which I am fairly new to – except larger areas ie: Backgrounds!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cathy P in AZ says:

    I tend to struggle with keeping my light sources consistent when I color. I can always tell after I am done what I should have done, but struggle in the moment. I need to practice more, so I am excited about this giveaway! I can always use more tips. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • SARA PIERI says:

    hi!!!!!!! i love yuor colour!!!!!! sorry for my english,im Italian! thank you for this beautiful giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰ love love love! hugs SARA

  • Gretchen says:

    Happy birthday kristy. Love your journal Sammi. I like to colour people and I really struggle with wavy or curly hair!

  • Joyce says:

    Love, love, loe the journal! I struggle with blending in general. I really have to fight the urge to overblend!! I still overblend a lot.

  • Pam Palmer says:

    Hm – I love to colour – full stop! But hair, faces and clothing would be the main things. I am challenged in colouring/deciding where my shadows/shadings should be, but am “getting there”, with practice, practice, practice!
    Thanks for offering the chance to win, Sammi, and to Kristy for the occasion!

  • Carly W says:

    Happy Birthday ๐Ÿ™‚

    My favourite thing to colour …. anything … I love giving all different things a go. I actually got a copy of this Copicendium the other day and tried the candle idea in it! I gave it to my friend as a gift ….. it was so easy and impressive.

    Hmmm things I struggle with … shadows …. yep .. I have no idea what to do there.

    xoxox Carly

  • Penny Busch says:

    I struggle with black hair, black shoes etc. I just can’t master that light source and shine. I love colouring digi images from varied sources, mostly girly themed with good hair. Also “I’ve colouring any image with denim jeans on as I love b91,93,95,97,99 combos.

  • Linda F says:

    What a wonderful idea Sammi. I think it would be great idea for me as I’m very much a learner driver when it comes to copics, so it would be good for taking notes and trying out tutorials. As I’m pretty new to copics I’m not sure if I have a favourite thing to colour – but I do like to try images with lots of shadow and folds. What I really struggle with is leaves – I can’t find a green combo that I like. Cheers Linda

  • jessica says:

    What gorgeous journals!! I wish I could color half as awesome as Sammi does!!!
    I love to color and love working on my blending…I am still pretty new to copics and right now enjoy coloring just about anything! I would love to get better at coloring faces and hair…practice I know ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jamie j says:

    my favorite thing to color is my christmas cards i make every year!! also i do enjoy just coloring my art in general. ๐Ÿ˜€ what i struggle most with is drawing CG images, feet, and hands. *they are evil creatures* but i just have to push my self harder and work harder to get the look i want ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sue D says:

    Great journals! I like to color people but struggle with what colors to use.

  • Denise Bryant says:

    I love to color floral designs. And I struggle with the color sometimes spreading too far outside the lines with stamped images. I think I might be over saturating the paper. Have to work on it!

  • Carly Jo says:

    My favorite thing to color is clothes! Whooo hooo I can color dresses all day and move onto the next! I must say that my most struggled with thing is skin, it seems I shadow to hard or not enough and never at the right points ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Deanna D says:

    I so love this idea!!!

    My favorite thing to color is nature…mostly flowers. I tend to struggle with my light sources and shadowing.

  • Starr says:

    I love coloring stylized people digistamps. Different skin tones are fun to color and so is hair. I have the biggest trouble on where light hits on things like hair and the folds of a garment. I’m trying to work on that from pictures and tutorials.
    You do beautiful work!

  • Corinne says:

    Hi Sammi and Kristy! My fave thing to color is people — especially their hair, and face, and clothes :).

  • Nancy JB says:

    I’m just starting with Copics and got into them because I like the way one can color people. I have some rubber stamp images I want to color with Copics.

  • Naomi Hanson says:

    Hello and Happy Birthday! My favorite thing to color is my stamps. There are so many different options for colors and designs. The thing I struggle with is that I am a perfectionist so I want to make and color things perfect.

  • Natalie H says:

    I’m still a beginner so I struggle with it all! But I certainly enjoy the challenge. I have a hard time with shadows and highlighting hair. I have a tendency to keep the skin tones to light so I’m working on that too! But I do enjoy coloring sweet little girls (digi and stamped) probably because I have 3 adorable granddaughters!

  • Martha llorens says:

    I guess my favorite things to color would probably be flowers and little items things like that. I have only recently tried to take a chance on drawing people. I am still struggling with faces and hair, but I think I am getting better at it.

  • Linda Rowland says:

    Love coloring nature, October is bursting with oranges, browns, greens, reds!!!! Love to see Gods Copic collection!

  • lyn tomlin says:

    I am not sure what my favorite thing is probably anything cue and cuddly – I struggle with the shading (I get the principle of the sun shines here, but do not natually see those bright spots…)

  • Tiffany says:

    “Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you”
    I enjoy coloring roses. I can make the red petals get different values enhancing the beautiful flower as a whole! Roses are the symbols for love which I always put in when coloring every, single, petal ^-^
    Although, I do struggle with coloring the skin smoothly. I am still new at using copics so when I blend, it get’s a bit messy making the reesult a mess >_<

  • Nicole says:

    WOW i love this journal idea. It’s super great cause I often foget my coloring combo’s. Your coloring is FAB. I love coloring people and my fav are Some Old Girls. I just think that the SOG images are a blast to color. I’m struggleing with ceating the shading for clothing (its doesn’t look real to me).

  • Lynda says:

    I love to color people…trying to make them look a bit like who I intend to send the card to…I struggle with hair and skin…this looks like an amazing giveaway…thank you for the chance to win!!

  • SarahC says:

    I love to color people since they are pretty well defined. Wings and such are still difficult to get that “lighter than air look. Fur is another difficult thing. Thanks for the oppurtunity to win a useful gift.

  • Lucianna says:

    Love the organization and the color coding. I have a journal of my own and love it but I do not have the color coding, thanks for the tutorial ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cyndi Elliott says:

    I love the idea of a color journal; I tend to write info on pieces of paper and then loose them. I love to color sweet little girls with large eyes. I would really like to do a better job coloring pleats and folds and having consistent shading/highlight.

  • ร…sa aka Scraphorse says:

    What a wonderful, and inspiring, idea!

    I think I my top favourite is coloring hair!
    The thing Im struggeling with is those really large areas, to get them look 3-d and “alive”…

  • QueenPam says:

    Favorite to color is people and my struggle is nature.

  • Nina. says:

    I love to color people and things i.e radio, icecream ect. Thanks for the chance!

  • Jessica Johnson says:

    I love coloring Digis from Saturated Canary have trouble with coloring hair

  • Chelacreates says:

    I love coloring some Odd Girl…I struggle with hair and animals ๐Ÿ™

  • Kimberly says:

    I love to color people and nature, especially clothing! I have not really tried coloring animals with Copics yet.

  • Sandra Strait says:

    My favorite thing to color is an abstract pattern such as you find in Zentangle. I struggle with getting a good blend in my color.

  • Kimberli Sarsfield says:

    My favorite thing to color are people and clothing but the thing I struggle with the most–HAIR!!!!!

  • Stephanie-Emma says:

    I need to do this, I love it when I get something right and hate it when I can’t remember afterwards what i’d done! I would love to win this, the booklet looks really helpful too! My favourite thing to colour is also the thing i struggle with – hair! I LOVE it when I get it so right and am really pleased with it but it doesn’t happen often enough!! But I enjoy practicing – practice makes perfect right!!?

  • Julie D. Richards says:

    My favorite thing to color is people. And the most difficult thing for me is hair.

  • Maria Williams says:

    I love coloring clothing but what I struggle with most is trying to create a realistic light source throughout the piece! I over think pleats and shadows and end up with what I think are multiple light sources.

  • Liz O says:

    I love to color people and flowers, I struggle with shading and always ted to go one shade to far LOL!
    Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win!

  • Ashley N Newell says:

    I love coloring flowers. People are a challenge for me, esp hair.

  • Karyn Schultz says:

    I love to colour hair. I struggle colouring faces ๐Ÿ™
    thanks for the chance to win!!

  • Beneta says:

    Color to cute little animals is one of my favorites. I still struggle with shading and determining my light source. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Kelly says:

    I love colouring digi’s and stamped images. I can colour skin but I struggle with brown hair. I can never get that right. Blonde, green , blue red and purple hair I’m fine with. Brown hair always ends up to dark or murky. Also I’m still getting my head around the light source but that is coming with practice x

  • Tiffany says:

    I love to color hair but I still struggle with it as I’m still pretty new to Copics!! I also have a hard time with shading and determining where my light source is and sticking with it!! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this amazing prize!!

  • Laura says:

    I find coloring relaxing and I really like coloring on newsprint or old coloring book pages. Takes me back to a simpler time.

    I would love to learn how to do shading and use new materials.

  • Net says:

    I have phases over favourites! One time its hair…. then dresses…. then bears… I guess it follows on when I’ve coloured one of those particular things nicely!

    Now these favourites things can also be the things which I can struggle with another day….. or even on the same day if I’m honest!

  • Lori Gauerke says:

    Hi, Long hair is the hardest thing to color for me, love your stamps and your cards! Thanks for a chance at a great giveaway!

  • Linda Simpson says:

    My favourite things to colour are images such as people, trees, bears, anything really as I love my Copics.

    I struggle with creases on dress, hair and getting bears to look dimensional.

    Thank you for the opportunity and I will definitely be starting to do a journal for my Copics too.

    Linda xxxx

  • Margaret says:

    I am still very much a beginner when using Copics. I particularly enjoy colouring flowers. I still struggle with choosing a light source, and then colouring accordingly. Colouring skin is really a challenge for me.

  • Jennyfer L says:

    I love to colour the hair but struggle with choosing the light source.. TY for a chance!

  • Jennifer S says:

    My favorite thing to color is people. I have lots of faces colored in and then I get nervous with the shading of clothes so I stop. Lot’s of unfinished pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Janet Hindman says:

    I love to color flowers but struggle with faces. I’m excited to start my copic journal!

  • DebraK in Florida says:

    My favorite thing to color is people, and the one thing I am still trying to perfect is hair. I have lots of tutorials saved and I want to eventually print them and bind them. I also have some issues with coloring folds in clothing. That will be my next task after I master hair. This is an awesome giveaway!!!

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