Cloud Coloring Tutorial and *Mini Challenge* by Arabella

Cloud Coloring Tutorial and *Mini Challenge* by Arabella

Hello!  It’s Arabella here with a little tutorial on how I colour my clouds with copics.  I used to try to use Distress Inks and a cloud template to create clouds on my stamped images, but I’m not very good at it and I am never happy with the result I get, so I thought I would have a go at colouring clouds with my copics instead…  I haven’t looked back since!

Warning!  This post is picture heavy!  I probably should have made a video, but I haven’t done that before, so I thought I should stick to what I know!

Before we get started I wanted to share a photo of some clouds I took recently while we were out on the boat… 


You can see from the photo that although clouds are perceived as white, they have a lot of purple/grey shadows.  You can also see that the sky appears to become a more intense blue the further away from land you get.

Copic Cloud Colouring Tutorial:

I start by printing out my image (Reading Mae) and cutting it to the size I want to use on my card.  Then I grab my pencil and lightly pencil in some clouds.  


Next, I erase the clouds so that there is only a very faint pencil mark left on the page.  

TIP:  You can’t erase pencil once you have coloured over it with copics.  


Next I decide what colours to use.  For this one, I used BV20 as my darker colour and BG70 as my light colour.  I start by laying in the shadow areas on the clouds (using a flicking upwards motion from darker into lighter) with my lightest colour (BG70).  


Then I add my BV20 but don’t flick up as far as with the BG70.  You can see it’s looking quite messy now, but don’t worry as we will come back and blend it out.



Blend the darker BV20 out with the BG70 again using a flicking motion (dark to light).  At this stage I also put a little bit of shadow along the top v’s.


Now if you are happy with the blending, start adding some blue for the sky.  I used B000 at the top, coming down to B0000 and finally BG70 closer to the ground.


And here is the finished Reading Mae:


I followed the same procedure with Bicycle Kaylee, excpect I used different colours for the clouds and sky:


For this one I used the following colours:

Clouds: BG0000, V20

Sky: BG0000, BG10, B12 and B14

Grass: G20, YG03, YG17


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Now we want to see your cloud colouring skills!  Let’s have a mini challenge!  Link up your Some Odd Girl creations with copic coloured clouds below and you’ll be entered to win the 2 digis used in this tutorial, Reading Mae and Bicycle Kaylee!

We can’t wait to see your creations!







  1. Does it have to be with copics? I only have promarkers, and I want to play!

  2. wow loved the tutorial!!! Thanks!!!!

  3. Your clouds and sky look fantastic and this is a really easy tutorial to follow. 🙂 x

  4. thanks for the tutorial looks pretty simple to follow!

  5. You make it look so easy……good challenge!

  6. Beautiful colored clouds! I can´t join tho, since I only use ProMarkers to color with. hugs!

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      if you want to try the technique with a different medium Sandra go for it and enter! We won’t disqualify anyone for using something else 🙂

  7. I love adding clouds to images but i love the way you do yours…it’s sooo realistic compared to what i do!

    Thanks for a great tutorial 😀

    hugs and xxx

  8. WOW – this is fabulous! I don’t have Copics so I can’t play with this one, but this is a wonderful tutorial and your skills are amazing! 🙂

  9. This is a great tutorial. Thank you so much. I can’t wait to give this techique a try.

  10. GREAT TUT!! I’m learning so much this weekend.

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