Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Very First Video Tutorial

Hello!  I have some big news today.  I created my very first video tutorial.  "Why for?", you might be asking.  Well, I'll tell you...I'm the new designer at the Color Me Copic Club and that means that I will be making a new Copic technique video each month to share with the CCC members.  Carlene Pinkscrapper runs the show over there, plus she has a fabulous boutique filled to the brim with cool crafty supplies.  Visit her store's blog and take a look around!

You'll have to forgive the technical glitches in my video.  I actually shot a version of it yesterday, but the tripod we have is on the large side and even when it is completely collapsed to sit on a table, it sits up really high.  I started to film my video using the tripod in that manner and it made everything appear as if I were doing a Copic demo from outer space!  Not so good.  We also have a tiny Gorilla tripod that only sits about 8 or 10 inches tall, but has these flexible legs that can be wrapped around stuff to achieve those impossible camera angles.  Also, not so good.  I considered hanging it around my neck for the ultimate "Cheryl Coloring Cam", but thought that might be awkward (and stupid).  We considered hanging the larger tripod upside down from a hook screwed into the ceiling.  Thank goodness we opted to go a different direction.  Finally, Kirk said that he remembered seeing a tripod that was 10 or 12 inches high and only cost $15.  I asked him where and he said (the dreaded) WalMart.  Why is it, no matter what you need, no matter how obscure, WalMart always has it?  It's as if, they have a basement filled with elves held captive and forced to make mountains of weird items that consumers don't even know they need...yet.  Yes, I just compared WalMart to Santa.  Sorry Santa.  I asked Kirk where he bought the big tripod, guess what he said...right, you guessed it...WalMart.  What?  Do they have a whole department devoted just to tripods?

Anyway, being the doll he is, he ran out and picked it up for me.  At least now, the camera and my demo appear to have been filmed on the same planet.  In my video, I demo how to create the illusion of drapes and folds in fabric on images using Copic Markers.  It's a really nice detail to add to different designs and once you start, you won't be able to stop.  As I mentioned earlier, my video shooting skills need some work, but hey, Scorsese and Tarantino had to start somewhere, too ;)  Anyway, take a look-see.


  1. Wow, AWESOME tutorial! I am relatively new to Copics so this was very helpful...can't wait to try this out...I have A LOT of practicing to do!

  2. Hi Cheryl! It's been a while since I've visited The Ink Trap--what wonderful timing to see your first video! It's a winner! I thoroughly enjoyed hearing your voice and watching you color draped fabric. You are an excellent teacher--bravo! (Loved the tripod story, too!)

  3. Hi Cheryl,
    I love watching your video, although I don't colour with copics. Loved to see you create all the folds in the fabric, so pretty!


  4. Totally awesome video tutorial Cheryl, I'm so glad you chose to do this subject as it was a technique I was thinking of trying out for a certain image this week, so thank you. You did a fabulous job on it, and great story about the tripods. You do have a way with words.
    Donna xx

  5. What a fabulous first tutorial Cheryl - you are a natural! I need to find time to practise my folds - I enjoyed watching you colour and reading your tale about the tripod!! I look forward to your next installment. :)

  6. Great to hear your voice!!!
    LOVE the tutorial- I want to colour like you when I grow up!!
    I think a Quentin Tarantino type craft video is an awesome idea!!*shoots guns*

  7. You did good, baby girl! Loved watching you color in the folds in her dress! Old dogs can learn new tricks! Hee Hee
    Hugs, Mom

  8. Wow!!!! this video most defiantly inspires me! awesome tutorial Cheryl!!! you coloring is amazing as always!!!

  9. Great video, so easy to follow!! Hope you continue doing these.

    Diana :)

  10. your work is beautiful. Followed you from Kenny K Galz. Excited about your vids. You rocked it! Always inspired. TFS

    Jess B.

  11. Thought your tutorial was great - you kept it simple and easy to understand. Can't wait to play with some folds.

  12. FAB video, Cheryl!! I loved everything about it!! TFS

  13. Hey Cheryl, I think your video was fabulous! Your story though made me LOL. We are so very lucky to have you as a designer!!! XOX Carlene

  14. Hi Cheryl, what a pleasure it was to watch your video.
    You did it so well, and you have a lovely voice to listen to.
    You are so talented with the copics, your the best.
    Hugs from the Netherlands, Riet.

  15. Really great tutorial - you've made it look so simple! Thanks for sharing! x

  16. Waouh ! Your first video is awesome !!! It had been several weeks since I had taken time to look at blogs and there, I am dazzled ! Your final car is fabulous. It'll take me the afternoon to catch up my delay !
    Big sunny hugs from Paris

  17. OMGoodness! Your coloring is FABULOUS!!! I love this draping technique. I am a new follower. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent.


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