Amy Shulke – Marker Painting Foundations


Marker Painting Foundations is the first step towards coloring independently and with more accurate realism.

Amy Shulke – Marker Painting Foundations

Amy Shulke - Marker Painting Foundations

New to Copic Markers?
Join Amy Shulke, a professional illustrator and marker enthusiast for an introduction to painting with markers- Vanilla Arts style!

Coloring blogs and internet tutorials have a major drawback- they are almost always demonstrations rather than instruction. Copy-cat or “do what I do” style videos can only teach you to mimic the instructor. Sure, you can color that same image by following along, but what happens when you want to color a different image, one you haven’t yet seen demonstrated?

Uh oh… now you’re stuck.

Marker Painting is a new approach to coloring with markers. Amy teaches students basic techniques and color theory based on the way artists use paint. Instead of focusing on “how” to color a selected stamp image, Amy shows you the “why” behind color selection, shade, layering, and depth. This provides students with the necessary knowledge and instincts to color an endless variety of images for the rest of their lives.

Marker Painting Foundations is the first step towards coloring independently and with more accurate realism.

In this twelve week beginner level course, Amy covers basic marker techniques and general know-how, giving students a good understanding of both how markers work and how to work markers.

This course is ideal for:

complete beginners
self taught colorers who feel as if they’ve missed key information about basic technique
frustrated colorers who struggle when coloring unfamiliar images
colorers who find themselves in a rut; looking for something beyond regular blending technique
crafters wishing to push beyond craft level coloring, to boost depth and realism in their projects

Twelve Week Course includes:

12 weeks of coloring lessons-
30 to 60 minutes of clear technique instruction
guided coloring video for every project
mid-week supplementals to spark further thought
16 PNG digital stamps (also PDF and JPG alternate formats)
bonus supplementals and consumer information
multiple instructional handouts, designed to complement each week’s video lesson
discussion board for instructor guidance, help, Q&A

Curriculum Overview:

marker ink- understanding how ink works
marker care and maintenance
marker papers and cardstocks
basic marker strokes
color blending fundamentals
troubleshooting and correcting mistakes
introduction to coloring for depth
introduction to coloring for shape
introduction to coloring for balance
marker limitations


Forever access. Join anytime. Work at your own pace.

Course Projects:

Your Instructor

Amy Shulke
Amy Shulke

Amy is a professional freelance technical illustrator with 25 years of experience in graphic arts. Amy began using colored pencils in 1985 and she ed with DeSign markers in 1989. Colored pencils with a base of either marker or watercolor is her preferred process for portraiture and scientific illustration. She has a special passion for teaching crafters and shy artists to stretch their boundaries by adding established fine art techniques to their coloring projects.

Join Amy for fun and highly informative lessons which will not only change the way you color but the way you see color in the world around you.

Course Curriculum

Welcome Day

General Information Page & Supply Shopping List

Class Materials FAQ

Marker Painting Foundations Forums – Please Read

Video: ing Over (11:02)

Survey- You and your goals

Read: Measuring Growth

Assignment: Popsicle Trio (digi stamps here)

Read & Print: Workbook Pages

A Note on Video Downloads

Copic- A Product Primer

Video- The Marker Family Reunion (39:24)

Read & Print: Copic Markers & Pens (Product Info)

Read: er Marker Colors

Recommended Purchase: The Allnock Hex Chart

Lab #1- Substrates (Paper)

A note about “Labs” and “Thinks”

Video: Kiss it Goodbye (23:09)

Read & Print: Amy’s Paper Experiments

Recipe- Candy Kiss

Video Demo: Coloring Kisses (11:55)

Assignment: Test Your Papers (digi stamps here)


Think #1- Anatomy & Care

Read & Print: Marker Anatomy & Care

From the Blog: One Tiny Thing- Refresh Your Markers

Video: Refill & Refresh (9:26)

Assignment: Build a Cleaning Kit

Lab #2- The Art of Flicking

Read & Print: Flicking & Blending

Video: The Art of Flicking (14:57)

Video: The Art of Flicking- Part II (18:02)

Recipe: Ginkgo Leaves

Project Samples: Ginkgo Leaves

Video Demo: Ginkgo Leaves (22:35)

Assignment: Practice Flicking (digi stamps here)

Think #2- Blending Superheros

Read & Print: Our Own Worst Critics

From the Blog: Myths & Creativity

Assignment: Go Hunting

Preparation for Lab #3: Alternate Markers

Lab #3- The Science of Blending

Video: Great Chemistry (25:55)

Read & Print: The Science of Blending

Recipe: Ribbon Spools

Project Samples: Ribbon Spools

Video Demo: Ribbon Spools (30:42)

Assignment: Improve Your Blends (digi stamps here)

Think #3: The Copic Fairy

Read & Print: The Copic Fairy

Assignment: Memory Lane

Preparation for Lab #4: Alternate Markers

Lab #4- Rebel Blending

Video: Best Frenemies (12:25)

Learning Aid: CMY Color Wheel

Video: Copic Cops (Rebel Blending) (15:20)

Read & Print: The Copic Cops

Recipe: Mixed Drinks

Project Samples: Mixed Drinks

Video Demo: Mixed Drinks (40:45)

Assignment: Mixed Drinks & Color Runs (digis here)

Think #4: Heads & Tails

Read & Print: Oil Slicks & Jelly

Preparation for Lab #5- Marker Selection

Lab #5: Darkness & Light

Video: The Dark Side (16:33)

Bonus Video: Paper Staining (11:19)

Read & Print: Light Side, Dark Side

Recipe: Shiny Apple

Project Samples & Photo Reference: Shiny Apple

Video Demo:: Shiny Apple (42:50)

Assignment: Dark vs. Light (digis here)

Think #5: The Snow Shovel (0)

Video: The Snow Shovel (13:08)

Read & Print: Correcting Mistakes

Preparation for Lab #6- Color Palette

Lab #6: Depth Perception

MUST WATCH VIDEO: Stop (11:48)

Video: Push & Pull (15:50)

Read & Print: Push & Pull

Recipe + Project Samples: Maple Leaves

Video Demo: Maple Leaves (20:00)

BONUS Practice Project: Maple Leaf (digis here)

Recipe + Photo Ref + Project Samples: Sliced Pear

Video Demo: Sliced Pear (33:34)

Assignment: Sliced Pear (Digis here)

Think #6: 44 Shades of Gray

Read & Print: Color Accuracy

Preparation for Lab #7: Color Palette

Lab #7: Color Sculpting

Video: Easy Highlights (24:14)

Read & Print: Color Sculpting

Recipe + Project Samples + Photo Reference: Red Boots

Video Demo: Red Boots 1 (26:19)

Video Demo: Red Boots 2 (21:54)

Assignment: Red Rain Boots (digis here)

Think #7: Looking on the Bright Side

Read & Print: Highlights

Preparation for Lab 8: Color Palette

Lab #8: Down Under

Video: Down Under (19:37)

Read & Print: Down Under

Recipe + Project Samples + Photo Reference: Seashells

Video Demo: Seashells (46:18)

Assignment: Seashells (digis here)

Think #8: Complementary Blending

Read & Print: Compementary Blending

Preparation for Lab 9: Color Palette

Lab #9: Life Isn’t Smooth

Video: The Smooth Talker (16:15)

Recipe + Project Samples + Photo References: Ice Cream Sandwich

Video: Colored Pencil Strokes (22:18)

Video Demo: Ice Cream Sandwich (52:38)

Read & Print: Texture & Colored Pencils

Assignment: Ice Cream Sandwich (digis here)

Think #9: Detail Pencil Details

Read & Print: Think #9- Colored Pencil Details

Preparation for Lab #10- Color Palette

Bonus: Q&A on organizing marker collections

Lab #10: Ride the Teeter-Totter

Read & Print: Ride the Teeter-totter

Video: Balance- the motion of color (17:50)

Recipe + Project Samples + Photo References: Chucks

Video Demo 1: Chucks (Copic) (42:19)

Video Demo 2: Chucks (Colored Pencil) (26:26)

Assignment: Chucks (digis here)

Think #10: The Decorator’s Rule

Read & Print: 60-30-10

Preparation for Lab #11- :Color Palette

Lab #11: An Artist’s Process

Warning: Curves Ahead

Read & Print: an Artist’s Process

Recipe + Project Samples + Photo References: Two Tulips

Video #1: An Artist’s Process- the prep work (17:37)

Video #2: An Artist’s Process- the marker work (51:13)

Video #3: An Artist’s Process- the pencil work (53:12)

Assignment: Two Tulips (digis here)

Think #11: a Mind like Water

Read & Print: the Watercolor Approach

Preparation for Lab #12- Color Palette

Lab #12: Putting it All Together

Video: Ducks in a Row (15:42)

Read & Print: The Challenge

Recipe + Project Samples + Photo References: Strawberries

Video Demo: Strawberries 1 (59:05)

Video Demo: Strawberries 2 (47:48)

Assignment: Strawberries (digis here)

Final Exam

Read & Print: Final Exam?

Assignment: Popsicle Trio (the encore)

Photo Reference: Popsicle Trio

Please Don’t Go…

Bonus Materials- Build your independent skills with these digital stamps

Digital Stamps- Bonus Images

“It’s the OMG moments. That’s why Amy’s classes rock. She explains things that you’ve maybe noticed before but never thought much about. I love it!”

“At 62 years of age I have no illusions about becoming a great artist but. I am so appreciative of the change in my perception since taking classes with Amy at Vanilla Arts Co. Now I see the play of colors, the motion and the grace… It’s a great way to view the world around me.”

“I warn people when they sign up for your classes– it’s not just Copic, it’s sooooooooo much more.”

“Thank you, Amy for your generous nature. There are many gifted people in the world but you share your gifts so freely. Your classes are wonderful and I sincerely hope that the new online project allows more and more students to fall in love with your classes.”

Required Supplies:

X-Press It Blending Card or similar high-quality marker cardstock
Copic Markers – downloadable master supply list included with class purchase.
Artist quality colored pencils (Prismacolor Premier pencils recommended)
Uniball Signo White
Uni Posca Paint Pen Extra Fine, White

This course includes a private Marker Painting Foundations Forum:

Use and participation of the forums is optional, however instructor feedback is exclusively provided in the forums. Students may submit completed assignments via the designated forum for assessment and assistance. Instructor to student and student to student interaction is encouraged to maximize the feedback and support you need to improve your coloring skills.


Forever access. Join anytime. Work at your own pace.
Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course and finish?
The first lesson opens immediately after you enroll. The remainder of the course is spread out over 12 weeks with lessons opening to you every three to four days. Work at your own pace. Very few students work each lesson as it is released to them but there is no time limit on assignments and no pressure to complete a lesson before the next lesson is made available. Do what you can, when you can!
Do I have to hurry to complete the lessons before the current open enrollment period ends?
ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! Enrollment periods do not affect registered students. The course stays open and available for registered students year round. Basically, once you’re in, you’re in.
How will I know when a lesson segment has been opened for me?
Lessons open every three to four days. An automated email goes out as each segment opens to you.
Can I opt for immediate access to all class segments?
Sorry, but no. This class is deliberately rationed over twelve weeks. In my experience, handing a student too much information all at once is detrimental to the learning process. The slow release of information allows you to fully digest and mentally process the class materials. Waiting 3-4 days between segments also allows you time to practice and perfect the current technique before we build upon it in the next segment. Be patient. Learning requires more than enthusiasm, it also requires time.
How long do I have access to the course?
Lifetime access! After each segment opens to you, you will have unlimited access to the content for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.
What skill level does this class require?
This class is for true beginners. No drawing skills required. No previous marker experience required. Want more info? Email [email protected]
Am I required to use the Marker Painting Foundations Forums?
You are required to use the Forums to submit your projects for feedback and critique . The MPF Forums definitely enhance the class experience because you are interacting with fellow students who are either working on the same project you are or have completed it already and can share some of their tips! You not only learn from your instructor you learn from one another.
What if I’m missing a few markers or supplies from the required list?
In general, I’m liberal about supply substitutions, but this is a beginner course and I’ve designed a minimal supply list. I understand that beginners do not own many markers and often have limited resources. All of the required markers are high frequency use markers in my own studio. Substitutions are possible but with hesitation. Email [email protected] for further specific info if a small marker collection or your budget is a primary concern.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.

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