St. Patrick’s Day Costumes – Coloring with Copic Markers

Copic st patrick's day costumes by vintage coloring 01In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, and as a rationale to buy a necessary green Copic Marker (G09), Curator Prime colored a set of costumes from a 1922 catalog of festive decorations published with the title, The Party Book. This post contains several work-in-progress photos of that adventure, as well as detailed commentary and marker numbers. Should you wish to reproduce this, Curator Prime strongly recommends you read through the entire post first, as some initial color choices proved to be less than ideal and were corrected.

First, Curator Prime printed the page to be colored on Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80 lb. Cover, her cardstock of choice. This image  of St. Patrick’s Day costumes is one of the Free Coloring Page Friday offerings here at Vintage Coloring.

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Second, she reviewed her available Copic green markers, and while finding them somewhat lacking in quantity, they would suffice for this project. Curator Prime finds Sandy Allnock’s Copic Hex Chart more pleasant to work with to choose colors than the standard, numerically organized Copic chart.

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Deciding to start with the gentleman’s costume, Curator Prime chose G46 and colored all the shamrocks, arm stripes, and hat.

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She then filled in the main material of the costume with YG11. The slight shading on the right side is accomplished by going over the same area with the same color.

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The shoes will be left alone for now.

For the woman on the right, the G09 was put to use on her projecting skirt.

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The dangling ribbons and shamrocks provided a useful area for Curator Prime to practice her brush tip technique, namely holding the pen as upright as possible to achieve as thin a stroke as possible.

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Lots and lots of area to practice.

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The projecting shamrocks upon her head were also colored with G09 (shown in picture), while the headband was colored with the same G46 used on the gentleman’s costume (not shown in picture because Curator Prime forgot to take that picture).

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Deciding to add some yellow, Curator Prime went light with a YG00 for the blouse and underskirt. This later proved to be too light for her tastes.

The gentleman’s greens were again re-purposed with YG11 used on the stockings and G46 on the shoes. Buckles were Y28, though that color did not provide the anticipated effect and would be re-visited at a later point in time.

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Having established a yellow and brighter green, the rest of the gentleman’s costume was finished with YG00 for the socks, G09 for the poms, and G46 for the shoes themselves.

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For the lady on the left, YG06 was used for the dress and apron with the intention that repeated colorings over the same area would darken the apron enough to differentiate it from the dress. That was a bit of a dismal failure.

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Whie pondering her options, Curator Prime used YG00 for the poms on the hat, the edging at the top of the dress, and the stockings. G09 was used for the hat, the trim and ribbons, the shoes, and all of the shamrocks.

Which meant now Curator Prime must address apron situation.

In Real Life, where one does not have the advantage of an electronic Undo function, one must make do with the materials at hand. Since this was not a piece Curator Prime wished to re-color, she selected G43 and re-colored the dress in hopes of achieving a greater contrast with the apron.

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While less of a dismal failure, it was not enough of a success to stop Curator Prime from going over the dress, again, this time with G24. Greatly pleased with the color results, Curator Prime was less than thrilled with the out-of-lines mistakes on the back edge of the dress. Given that perhaps other out-of-lines incidents may occur, she set aside her annoyance to be addressed at a later time and focused on the remaining areas to be colored.

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As mentioned earlier, upon review, Curator Prime was not satisfied with the intensity of the yellow and re-colored all YG00 areas with Y13: the right lady’s blouse and underskirt, the gentleman’s socks, the left lady’s hat poms and stockings.

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For both of the ladies, E07 was used for the hair and R22 for the lips.

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Due what seems to have been an unfortunate misprint in the original illustration, the alignment of the right lady’s lips outline and lips fill was, shall we say, slightly off. While Curator Prime had an idea of a possible way to make such an error an advantage, the skin color should be placed in first.

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Initially deciding on E01, Curator Prime colored the right lady’s back arm … and immediately replaced that color with E000. All skin was then colored with E000 for a far better result.

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Returning to the issue of the misaligned lips, Curator Prime used G09 to give the woman a most handsome mustache.

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The Gentleman received eyebrows of E44 and definition to his lips was brought about by a light use of E01, thus proving that color useful for this illustration after all.

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The right lady’s shoe buckles still displeased Curator Prime, therefore G09 was used to to create a look that was easier to live with.

Curator Prime also eradicated those out-of-lines issues thanks to the Colorless Blender (0) which is colorless though not used for blending thus sometimes creating confusion. Using the chisel edge of the marker, the errant green was pushed back into its proper place. Has Curator Prime mentioned how much she loves the Colorless Blender?

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Here, then, in all its re-worked glory is the final St. Patrick’s Day Costumes, a Copic Coloring by Curator Prime. Should you wish to recreate this look, you may take advantage of Curator Prime’s learning experience and only use the following colors: G46, YG11, G09, Y13, YG06, G24, E07, R22, E000, E44, 0 [should you need the Colorless Blender]

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