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Author: Mari Kocjancic
Mari Kocjancic

My name is Mari and I am a stay-at-home mom of five. I have been crafting and doing artwork of some kind since I was old enough to hold a crayon. I love expressing myself through artwork and spend pretty much all of my free time with a marker or paintbrush in my hand. I began card making and stamping about 5 years ago and it quickly became my favorite hobby. I love creating something that I know will be sent on to put a smile on someone's face. My Spectrum Noir markers are my preferred coloring medium but I find myself reaching for my pencils quite a bit and occasionally do some mixed media pieces. I am beyond thrilled to be a part of this team and can't wait to get started!

16th Mar

Colouring With Green

In this tutorial I will be colouring with green.  One of my favorite green blends uses colours from the JG and LG colour families. This blend will go great with all your St. Patrick’s Day projects. To create this blend I will be using JG6, JG5 and LG5. Creating the green blend To start the - Read full post [...]

13th Feb

Coloring Fair Skin Part Two

This is the second part of the coloring Fair Skin and Hair tutorial. Part 1 of this tutorial can be found HERE. Coloring Red Hair Tutorial In coloring red hair we will be using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers TN7 TN6 and OR1. Start by applying the darkest color, TN7 in the shadow areas of the hair. - Read full post [...]

4th Jan

Coloring Fair Skin

This tutorial will share how to color fair skin with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. For this example the following markers are: FS9, FS4, FS2, TN1, CR2, and TN2. The first step is to add in the shadow details with the darkest marker in the blend, FS9. The shadows will be around the sides of the - Read full post [...]

28th Dec

Creating an Ombre Sequin Look

This video tutorial will show you how to get a sequin look with an ombre color pattern. Not familiar with the idea of an ombre pattern? It means “the gradual blending of one color to another” and usually moves from light tints to dark. Check it out in this video: Spectrum Noir alcohol markers used - Read full post [...]

30th Nov

Creating Faux Enamel Embellishments

This tutorial will show you how to make shimmering faux enamel embellishments to add to your projects. I’ll be using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers BO1, BO2, BO3, YG3, and YG2 along with the Crystal Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen. After I colored the image in completely, I went over the whole thing with the Sparkle - Read full post [...]

14th Nov

Coloring Light Blonde Hair

Hair color combinations are one of the most popular tutorial requests we get here at Spectrum Noir! Did you know we have a whole section on the site dedicated to coloring hair with markers and/or colored pencils (see it here) and a downloadable hair chart featuring our alcohol markers you can grab for free as - Read full post [...]

12th Oct

Coloring Mummy Wraps and Simple 3D Decoupage Tutorial

In this tutorial I will be showing you how to color the wraps on a Mummy with the EB markers and the Blender Pen. I will also show you a quick and simple way to add 3D decoupage elements to your projects to add just a little dimension.   Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers used: Owl: - Read full post [...]

8th Aug

Flamingo Coloring Tutorial

This tutorial I will show you how to color a flamingo with a bit of realistic feather texture with the Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers. For the flamingo I will be using markers DR6, CR11, CR8, CR7, CR5, CR3, CR2, GG5, GG4 & GG1. To color the legs, add some GG5 in the darkest shadowed areas. - Read full post [...]

13th Jul

Coloring Bricks With AquaBlend Pencils

This tutorial will show you how to color bricks with the Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils (Clay, Charcoal Brown and Black Umber). For the first step we’ll be using the Clay pencil. First you’ll add just a little color to the left side of one brick. Using a small paintbrush dipped in water spread the color - Read full post [...]

13th Jun

Coloring Baby Skin With Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils

In this video tutorial I will show a quick and simple way to color baby skin with the Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils. To color the skin I used the Coral and Soft Red AquaBlend Pencils. For the rest of the image I used Charcoal Brown, Ruby, Fossil Grey, Aegean Blue and Deep Blue. I also - Read full post [...]