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Lemon Zest

Marker Painting: Modified Underpainting for Yellow

Join Amy Shulke, a professional illustrator and marker enthusiast for a sweet treat- Vanilla Arts style!

Marker Painting is a completely different 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 to color any stamp image in their collection and every stamp they might purchase in the futu


Lemon Zest requires confident Copic and colored pencil skills.

Skill Level: intermediate and advanced challenge


In a 13 minute Technique Deep Dive lesson, Amy shows you how to modify the underpainting technique to shade your yellow objects with realism and beauty.

A bonus 7 minute video helps you loosen up your approach to coloring yellows... or any other color.

Then in a five part series of fully narrated coloring demonstration videos, students will practice coloring the Lemon Zest image. Instruction includes the underpainting, cast shadow, cut segments, and modified pointillism. 2 hours of total demonstration time.

Techniques used:

  • Underpainting
  • Overpainting
  • Flicking
  • Overflicking
  • Push & Pull
  • Pointillism
  • Scumbling
  • Detail work with colored pencils


Course includes:

  • 13 minute Technique Deep Dive video- a closer look at underpainting for yellow
  • 7 minute Technique Deep Dive video- the experimenting mindset
  • 40 minutes of demonstration video- color-along style instruction for the Copic Marker portions of Lemon Zest
  • 25 minutes of video- color along style instructional video using colored pencils
  • Lemon Zest digital stamp in three handy formats (PNG, JPG, or quick print PDF)
  • recipe guide
  • printable full color sample, underpainting guide, detailed color map, and photo reference

Required Supplies: printable supply list included in class package

  • high-quality Copic friendly marker cardstock (X-Press It Blending Card recommended)
  • Copic Markers- 0, B60, B34, V12, Y11, Y13, Y15, YG03, YG17
  • artist quality colored pencils (Prismacolor Premier recommended)- 901 Indigo Blue, 931 Dark Purple, 938 White, 942 Goldenrod, 936 Slate Grey, 1005 Limepeel, 1026 Greyed Lavender

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 they are her preferred medium for portraiture and scientific illustration. She has a special passion for teaching crafters and shy artists to stretch their boundaries by incorporating established 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.


Class Curriculum


  Lemon Zest- the Printables
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  Extra Resource Videos
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"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 just love the things I'm learning and can't wait to start the next project. Your images are challenging for me and I like that. I'll never look at another image and how to color it the same again!"

"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."

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
Immediately! As soon as you're through the registration and payment processes, the class material will be automatically opened for you.
How much of the course will I have access to? Do you stagger the release of information?
This course is 100% FULL ACCESS from the moment you join. Work at your own pace and take as much time as you want to complete the lesson.
How long do I have access to the course?
Lifetime access! You 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 is a challenge level course for intermediates and advanced colorers with both Copics and colored pencils. This is absolutely not a suitable class for first timers or beginners. You must be very competent at blending and other basic Copic skills. You also need to be comfortable using colored pencils at several pressure levels. For more information email Amy@vanillaarts.com
Is the digital stamp included or do I have to purchase it elsewhere?
The digital stamp is included in the class materials. No new purchase necessary.
Is there a student loyalty discount?
Yes. PLEASE EMAIL AMY TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT BEFORE YOU ENROLL! 20% off for students who take Amy's live classes at Remember When and Bee Creative, for online students who have taken previous Marker Painting or Colored Pencil Plus classes, and for my supporters at Patreon.
What if I'm missing markers or supplies from the required list?
For Copics and colored pencils, I'm very liberal about supply substitutions. BUT please understand that not all markers and pencils behave the same way, even if the colors are very similar. Every substitution you make will change the look of your finished project and the more substitutions you make, the harder your project will be to complete. If you are missing a color and want advice on alternatives, email me at amy@vanillaarts.com for further info.
What if I use a different brand of marker?
I'll be honest, I use Copic because of their brush nib. I've yet to find another maker brand with nibs as springy and juicy. I would suggest that some of my techniques are unlikely to work well without a brush nib... but if you've got other markers and are willing to match my colors to your brand, GO FOR IT. Sorry, but I won't be much help troubleshooting any problems you encounter because I won't be able to test your blends myself.
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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