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Good morning friends! It's exciting here today, we are celebrating all things card making from now until National Card Making Day and to start us off here is a fabulous coloring tutorial from Marie Gamber. Make sure you join in our special Facebook Event for lots of card making fun, tips, videos, giveaways and special offers HERE.

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And now for the tutorial!  Have you ever wondered how people get that fun furry look on the cute little bears they color?   Well there are  a variety of ways!  I will show a quick sample of 4 ways to accomplish that furry look and a quick video  tutorial on how to do the terry cloth technique!  I hope this inspires you to try this!   

I am using Copic Alcohol Ink markers for today's tutorial.  I used the same  Taupe color combo on all the techniques.  I like to keep my mid-tones about 70% of the image unless I am wanted a dramatic lighting effect.   

Shadow - E47

Dark mid-tone - 44

Light mid-tone - E42

Highlight - E40    

Let's take a closer look at each technique.

The video shows step by step how I created the texture using  a terry cloth and 70% alcohol.  It is a fun technique that I really love, It's always a bit of a surprise when the cloth is lifted off the image!


Color the image with your shadow, mid-tone and highlights using short flicking strokes. It is very difficult to add this dimension after you have added texture.


Do not color the rest of the image until you are finished texturizing and your image is dry. If you colored the cup, ground and donuts first, the color may bleed into your brown fur.  

When you are finished coloring your image and pleased with the dimension, select a terry cloth and fluff it up with your fingers so all the little bumps stand up and aren't flat.

Apply some 70% alcohol to the cloth.   You will want to make sure it is damp but NOT sopping wet.  

Apply the palm of your hand over the terry cloth and hold for 4-5 seconds.  Lift and allow to dry. Tip_  70% alcohol is best.  90% alcohol will evaporate too fast.


For a final touch, take a small corner of the cloth with a little alcohol and dab for 4 seconds at any area that needs more texture.   

Take your lightest marker and place small stipple dot over any area you feel is too light.   You may not need to do either of two last steps.  It often turns out perfect without the additional steps!

Another great way to add texture to fur is with a Copic Colorless Blender.   I find this technique to appear like a soft fur and makes you want to run your fingers through it.   It is more subtle that the other techniques.   An important thing to remember is that a  Copic Colorless Blender is not a blender -   It is a "mover" of color.   That makes this perfect for establishing texture.  We will use this technique to move some of the color and creating a subtle texture.

Use the same Taupe  color combo on this image


Lay down a base coat of the lightest color - E40.   Color the entire image using a very light touch.   Avoid going over the image more than once.   Every time you color over an image, you lay down one more layer of pigment and the image will become darker.   You want to preserve your highlight so easy does it!

If you are happy with your shadows, use your E47 and color over the top of your shadow area with small flicking strokes.  Continue with your mid-tones  - E44 and E42 and your highlight - E40.

When you are happy with your shadows and highlights, it's time to start texturizing the fur.     Use the tip of the brush when using Sketch or Ciao markers or the nib of original markers for this technique.   Touch the tip to your colored image and hold some for 3-4 seconds and others for 4-5 seconds.   This will allow a variety of texture.  Repeat the process until your image has the texture you want.


Avoid holding the colorless blender on the edge of the image.   As the colorless blender spreads, the ink moves and you may have color spill over the edge of your image.   Start a little inside until you get a feel for how much the ink will spread.

Tip:  The color will become lighter as it dries.  It's best to work methodically over the image and then return to areas that are dry if you want more texture.    

Stippling is a fun technique.   It can give some great texture!    

Use the same Taupe color combo on this image. Lay down a light single coat of your E40, your  highlight color.   This will retain your highlights and yet wet your image and that will allow your colors to blend easier.

Stippling is when you place the tip of your nib on the paper and then lift. It creates a dot.  The tip can remain on the paper from 1-4 seconds.   The longer the nib remains on the paper, the larger the dot will be.   It's good to alternate the time so the fur has interest and a lot of texture. This can be fun and relaxing!  

Stipple with the mid-tone over the shadow area.  This will just map the area until you are sure you are happy with the shadows.  If satisfied, stipple the shadow, E47 over the top of your mapped shadows.  

Continue to stipple with the dark mid-tone, light mid-tone and highlights.    You will be creating dimension and texture to the fur.

Tip:  In order to get the stippling to blend between colors,  start the next lighter color slightly over the darker and continue to stipple outward.   This technique bridges the two colors.  

Scumbling can sometimes be described as a random, scribbled texture.  This can often be done in figure eights and concave movements that create a coarse, dramatic texture.  This scribbling technique was used to add dimension  to the bear and texture to the fur.

I used the same Taupe  color combo on this image.

Lay down a very light single coat of E40 - your lightest highlight.   

Create random scribbling over the areas you want to be in shadow with your mid-tone.  If you are satisfied with the shadows, Scribble in small figure eights or concave shapes with your E47 directly over the shadow area.   

Continue to scumble with the next lightest colors until you finish your highlights.   

It will be important to start the scumbling over  the outer edge of the darker color - overlaping the colors  slightly.  this will allow your colors to blend.   If you need a little more help with blending the colors, you can use the tip to tip technique I discuss in my video.

Have fun using these techniques on your coloring and don't forget to comment on Marie's Blog  for a chance to win the Beary Fun Retreat collection. Check back on her blog to see if you were the lucky winner on October 4th.   

 Tutorial by designer Marie Gamber

Supplies used on the Beary Fun Retreat Cards

Beary Fun Retreat Cling Stamp

Beary Fun Retreat Die

Happy Time Treehouse Cling Stamp

Happy Time Treehouse Die

Sunflower Accents Cling Stamp

Sunflower Accents Die

Classic Sunflower Cling Stamp Set

Classic Sunflower Die

Beary Fun Retreat Paper Pad

Frosting Powder

Stack and Store Daubers

Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit

Dries Clear Adhesive

12 x 12 Cardstock

Memento Desert Sand Ink

Memento Tangelo Ink

Memento Rich Cocoa Ink

Memento Bamboo Leaves Ink

ColorBox Lime Pastel Ink

ColorBox Guacamole Ink



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That dancing bear in the video just makes me smile. Loved your tutorial. I'm a huge fan of Copics. I liked the terry cloth technique the best, I think. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.
Sunday 24th of September 2017 07:32 AM

Thank you so much Jan! I love doing Copic Tutorials. I too like the terry cloth technique. I use them all but the terry cloth technique just seems like magic. Don't use 90% alcohol - the 90% alcohol will make it dry too fast! Hugs, Marie
Sunday 24th of September 2017 04:53 PM
Love the ideas for making the bear's fur look real. How do you guys come up with these ideas. Great job. Well done.
Sunday 24th of September 2017 09:01 AM

Thank you Marsha. it was such a fun tutorial to create! Hugs, Marie.
Sunday 24th of September 2017 04:54 PM
I have always love bears so cute and of your texture are beautiful Im going to try to do this cute bears for babies books and cards Thank you so much GOD BLESS.
Sunday 24th of September 2017 09:26 AM

Thank you Connie. What a cute idea! The set would be perfect for babies books and cards. I think it would make adorable gift tags and wall hangings for a child's room too! Hugs, Marie
Sunday 24th of September 2017 04:58 PM
I so love this Bear collection! I wish I could win this. Thank you all for all the beautiful work you guys do
Sunday 24th of September 2017 09:44 AM

Thank you Monica. I wish you luck on the drawing. Liz will be drawing the lucky commenters name from my Blog HERE ( Make sure you comment there! :D Hugs, Marie
Sunday 24th of September 2017 05:01 PM
Very pretty Marie, what a talent.
Sunday 24th of September 2017 11:10 AM

Thank you Vilma. Easy to do. I know you can :D Hugs, Marie
Sunday 24th of September 2017 05:02 PM
This just brings the collection alive. Thank you so much. I do have some trouble getting my copics to do what I want. This will help a lot. I love the dimension it brings to the little bears. Thank you also for the printed info for our journals.
Sunday 24th of September 2017 11:24 AM

Thank you so much Mary. I have a lot of Copic Marker tutorials on YouTube. Just keep your touch light and the ink will do what you want! :D Thank you so much for your kind comment - Don't forget to comment on my Blog ( for a chance to win the collection! :D Hugs, Marie
Sunday 24th of September 2017 05:07 PM
Great video and instructions. Thank you!
Sunday 24th of September 2017 02:59 PM

Thank you so much Allene! :D Hugs, Marie
Monday 25th of September 2017 07:36 PM
OMG! I just love this! Thank you for sharing. That dancing bear makes me smile :)
Sunday 24th of September 2017 04:56 PM

Thank you Shannah! I am glad you liked the tutorial! :D Hugs, Marie
Monday 25th of September 2017 07:37 PM
This is a great tutorial on texturizing techniques.
Sunday 24th of September 2017 11:04 PM

Thank you Susie! :D Hugs, Marie
Monday 25th of September 2017 07:37 PM
Marie, thank you so much on educating on the different techniques. Who would of thought to use a terry cloth in that way!
Monday 25th of September 2017 06:25 AM

LOL Thank you Marlene! Yes and did you know you can use an old pair of blue jeans to give jeans texture or just about any cloth or lace to texturize images with sweaters and dresses? The fun goes on and on :D Hugs, Marie
Monday 25th of September 2017 07:39 PM
Thank you for your clear explanation. It will be fun to bring these cute bears to life.
Tuesday 26th of September 2017 02:25 PM

Thank you Susan. I am glad you found the tutorial clear and helpful! :D
Wednesday 27th of September 2017 02:20 PM
Wow I learned a lot of new things about fur, what a knowledgeable gal you are Marie, you brought life to those bears. thanks
Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 06:03 PM
Absolutely love heartfelt creations down here in little ole NewZealand..I would love to see an Egyptian theme and a Paris theme maybe in the future? I'm sure you's would make it amazing like the rest! Here's Hoping!
Wednesday 4th of October 2017 04:09 PM