Zoe from Australia – Owner of Make it Crafty
How long have you been colouring & how did you start?
I started colouring with my first set of derwent pencils when I was a young girl. However that was more ‘colouring book’ style. My love affair with copic markers began in February of 2010. I simply upgraded from 7 year old colouring books to 30+ year old colouring line art. I often joke about how it reminds me of colouring in old colouring books.
What area of the house do you colour in? Describe it to us.
I actually colour at my computer desk as I have my light set up here and I can chat and surf whilst I am colouring.
What is your favourite colouring medium?
Would have to shout Copic Markers!
Have you experimented with other mediums? If so what are they?
Yes! I just recently bought some prismacolor pencils and I am having a play around. I have also tried PrismaMarkers and Tria markers, chalks, pastels, derwent pencils and water colour pencils.
Have you tried colouring anything other than paper?
I like that Copic markers can allow for experimentation. I have coloured acetate, vellum, buttons, ribbon, tissue paper, chipboard
What is your favourite colour combination?
Hmmm it depends what mood I am in when you ask…
Do you select your papers and embellishments before colouring your images?
No unfortuantely, and then I am always in all sorts of trouble when I try to make a card. I really just love the colouring part and wish I culd get away with displaying what I colour rather than making a card.
Other than Make it Crafty images of course, what are your favourite images to colour?
hmmm I often seem to fall back on Magnolia stamps, plus I love Crissy Armstrong, Mo Manning, Karens Doodles…. I like images that are a little more realistic I think. Ok except for the Magnolias without a nose and mouth – they just found a soft spot in my heart.
What inspires you?
Ideas! I get these crazy ideas that I am going to attempt to colour with dots. Or I am going to mix a bunch of colours together to see what happens or I am going to teach myself how to colour folds or hair or… the list goes on… I love watching youtube, and will watch painters, illustrators and all different artists to learn about lighting and shading.
Do you have someone/s you aspire to colour like? If so, who or whom?
ooooo I have many… When I grow up I want to colour like Mary, Mag, Chrissy, Crissy, Chris, Annika (oops she will kill me), Claudia. Ok that’s enough for now, I am depressing myself for how much I still have to learn! There is so much talent out there and so much to learn.
Share your favourite tip for your fellow colourers.
My biggest tip is to practice your light source. You don’t have to be great at blending or colouring but if you can get your light source happening that alone will make your images pop and look realistic. Then you can start practicing your blending and depth and so on…
I loved to climb trees as a child (4 years)
My Grandmother saved this in a photo album