How to easily color and shade a Rose using Copic Markers

I think coloring flowers are difficult.

The petals are all twisty and there are folds and creases.

I think it’s especially difficult and intimidating for some that is brand new to Copics.

I am going to break down the process of coloring a flower by explaining how to color a petal.

Then all you have to do is repeat the process.

 I drew this rose using my iPad Pro and iPencil. This was actually my first time ever drawing one, I think it came out pretty good if I say so myself. If you have joined VIP access to my Digi Library, you can download this Rose for free and follow along.

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Using Digi Stamps

You’re probably wondering, “what is it about digi stamps that so many people love?” Well, I’m going to share 4 reasons why they are awesome!

  • You don’t have to worry about a stamp being out of stock.
  • They don’t clutter your craft room (I have an armoire)
  • Get a perfect ‘stamped’ image every time!
  • I can resize and mask images.

So many people who haven’t tried digi stamps are missing out! Like, for reals!

“But…I can’t print digis because I don’t have a laser printer.”

Oh yes you can!

I do use a laser printer but I have used an inkjet with no issues. — If for some reason your ink smudges or you fear it will ruin your Copics use a heat tool and ‘set’ the image for a few seconds.

Don’t forget: Change the settings on your printer to a cardstock – to avoid the paper jam. Make sure you use Copic friendly paper, like Copic Xpress it.

Here’s a video on how to resize and set up your digi for printing.

Step by Step Coloring a Rose with Copics Tutorial

I printed my digi at a lower opacity, this is going to give my image a no line look, once it’s fully colored. If you don’t know how to lower the opacity, make sure you watch the video above – I’ll show you how there!

I already colored part of the image because I wanted to show you the completed petal so you can compare it to the color process.

I’m using the following markers to color my rose. Copic Markers – B000, B00, B21, B23, B24, B26, B29, C6, C10, YG97, YG95, YG93. If you are new to using Copics and haven’t quite got the blending down yet, take a look at my post, How to do the Flicking Technique using Copic Markers.

If you are brand spankin’ new to Copics and not sure where to start check out THIS POST!


Shadowed Areas Step 1.

Here are the areas that will have shadows. The rose petals that are folding over will have shadows under he the the piece that is folded.


Step 2.

With each new lighter color, you want to come out a little more each time. Depending on how many shades (markers) you are using, you may or may not need to fill in more or less..


Step 3.

The middle color, in this case is B21, is usually the color that is added most. Again, I’m leaving enough space for 2 more colors.

You can limit the amount of lights, or darks creating a very deep shadow with a small highlight for a very contrasted looking image or a softer, watercolor like image.

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Step 4.

Repeat the process adding the 4th color, mine is B00.


Step 5.

The last color is B000, but we are not quite finished yet.

It doesn’t look as dark or as blended as the petal that is already colored, right?


Step 6.

We are going to deepen the color by adding some greys, here I’m adding C6. C stands for Cool which works with other cool colors, like blue.


Step 7.

When going over the C6 using the B29, you can see I went outside the line a bit.

So, now I have to fix it.


Step 8.

Since I needed to cover a mistake, the C6 was not dark enough. So I pulled out the C10 and just made the area of the petal a little more narrow.


Step 9.

I used my B23 to soften the inside part (the part going in and down the center of the rose) of the petal.


Step 10.

Then pulled out the B23 using my B21, just enough to soften the edge. I was able to get a nice transition between the shades, so I didn’t have to repeat the B00 and B000.

Color Choices

Anytime you want to follow a tutorial you do NOT have to use the same colors.

The best “rule” to follow when choosing another color combo to follow along a video or tutorial is to replace the same amount shades (markers).

So, for example if you wanted to create a red rose, not blue. I would use.. R39, R37, R35, R32, R30. That would be the main blending shades (R30’s). The 00 – 0000 per each color family, can most of the time give you the lighter colors and the actual color will only be slightly off. However, it will still look great even if it is slightly off.

My choice of 00’s would be R00 and R000.

I’d use the Neutral grays, or the N’s, as red is NOT a cool color.

How to color and shade a Rose using Copic Markers

Light Source

Remember you want to put the shadows where they make sense, under a fold, in the center part of the rose, on the inside part of the petals etc. If you struggle with where to put shadows check out my post on Light Source.

Take a look at the fully colored rose. You can see a shadow on just about the anything that looks “inside” and overlapping.

Let’s look at another example of Roses I’ve colored using my Copics. Here’s a card I made using an older stamp (no longer available) from Concord and 9th.

The rose is a little more simple and the view is from looking down. All of the shadows are under the the top petals. You can see a video on how I colored this rose HERE.

If you are looking for a 2-toned flower here’s a card I made using a Power Poppy Digi Stamp, called Rosy.

I’ve created a Fire and Ice look to these beautiful roses. You can see a step by step tutorial on THIS POST.

Shadowed areas of the Fire and Ice Roses:

  1. The part of the petal that is coming out of the center of the rose is going to be darker.
  2. The edges are going to be the lightest.
  3. If there’s part of the petal that is folded, the part under is going to be darker.

I really hope you found this post helpful. Please feel free to ask any questions, you may have.

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. catherine johnson

    Brilliant tutorial and wow what a card.
    What a beautiful card Kevin. Thanks for joining us at Craft your passion challenges.
    Happy Crafting!
    Catherine X DT

  2. Helen Haines

    So beautifully coloured and great tutorial. Thank you for joining us at the Anything Goes Pencil Case Challenge. Helen DT xx

  3. Sharman

    Great jo on drawing the rose and of course your coloring is awesome. Congrats on teaming up with Tammy. I met her at Angie’s…

  4. annie

    Thanks heaps colouring this today.xx

  5. Karen Roberts

    SO beautiful. I am still working on building my Copic stash, so I don’t have everyone one.

  6. Irena Stefanova

    Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing with us in the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog’s “Anything Goes!” challenge!
    Irena, LTSCB DT

  7. Julie O

    Well done! Love your deep shading on this. Thanks for entering our challenge this month at Great Impressions Stamps. Julie, DT member

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