Copic Marker Basics
Copic Markers are one of the most popular markers on the market today. Originally, they were primarily used by cartoon and comic illustrators. When they were discovered by crafters, they tool off like a rocket.
They are different than other markers in that the dye ink is suspended in a buffered alcohol solution rather than water. Both the alcohol ink and the paper dry very quickly. The color actually blends with the fibers in the paper that you are using. The more color on the paper the better the blend. That means that your Copics will work together to create a seamless project when applied correctly.
There are four different styles in this line. All the markers are refillable. So, while you will make an initial investment in these markers, you won't be tossing them. Better for your purse and better for the environment.
Another wonderful feature of the Copics is that the nibs can be replaced with the same or different nibs that give more functions to each marker.
You can purchase these markers as singles or in packs of different sizes and colors.
Copics have a three-year shelf life, Like any other alcohol markers, you want to keep them out of direct sunlight.
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Copic Numbering/ Identification System
- B is blue
- BV is blue-violet
- R is red
- RV is red-violet
- V is violet
- G is green
- YG is yellow-green
- Y is yellow
- YR is yellow red
- BG is blue-green
- F is fluorescent
- C is cool grey
- W is warm gray
- T is toner grey
- N is neutral gray
- N is neutral gray
- E is earth
Natural Blending Groups
Nib Options With Copic Markers
Copic Classic Markers
- Soft Broad
- Semi Broad
Sketch Nib Options
- Super Brush
- Medium Broad
- Medium Round
Ciao Nib Options
- Super Brush
- Medium Broad
Wide Nib Option
- Broad Calligraphy
- Extra Broad
Why Is Paper Important When Using Copic Markers?
What Inks Are Compatible With Copic Markers?
- Momento Tuxedo Black
- Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink
- My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid
- My Favorite Things Extreme Black
- Gina K Designs Amalgam Black
- Ink On 3 Black
Coloring With Copics
There are just a few more things to think about when you are using your Copic markers
What To Avoid With Copic Markers
Caring For Your Copic Markers
Refilling Your Copic Markers
The Drip Method
- Protect your workspace with newspapers or scrap paper. Sometimes you may drip some ink and it may stain your space,
- Uncap both ends of your marker, This will help even the pressure in your marker.
- Uncap the refill bottle. Be sure to handle it carefully and only turn it upside down when you are ready to drop some ink on your marker.
- Tilt the marker to a 45-degree angle and gently squeeze the refill bottle to apply ink one drop at a time onto the chisel broad nib, The end of the refill bottle is designed to dispense drops and the nib will soak them up.
- Apply 20 drops of ink. ( you may need as many as 30 drops) You are better off underfilling the marker so that you do not get an ooze of ink.
- Replace the nibs and caps on your marker.
- Recap the refill bottle.
Using The New Copic Refill Inks
- You still want to cover your workspace with newspaper or scrap paper.
- Uncap both ends of the marker. This just helps equalize the pressure within the marker barrel.
- Take some tweezers and gently remove the chisel/broad nib. Never remove the brush nib (unless you're replacing it with a new one) because it's made from several pieces of felt and may come apart.
- Uncap the refill ink pen and insert it into the marker. The nozzle won't easily release ink until you squeeze, but be gentle so that you don't squirt too much out by mistake.
- Squeeze the ink bottle to slowly fill the marker. Because the marker is opaque, you can't see how much ink is in the beach line represents 1 milliliter (ml). If you know the marker is empty (because the nib is dry), use the markings on the refill pen to add 1.8ml for Sketch, 1.4ml for Ciao, and 2.5ml for Classic/Original. If the marker isn't completely empty, but you want to top it up, just add 1ml because you don't want to risk overfilling it, which can cause leakage.. This is where the measurement tick marks on the bottle come in handy.
- Now you just need to use your tweezers to gently re-insert the nib back into the marker, and you're done!
The Colorless Blender
Blending With The Colorless Blender
And yes, you can blend colors on your projects with the blender. Here is how to use it to blend colors:
- Saturate your desired area with the colorless blender first.
- Add the color you want over that layer while it’s still damp.
Making Corrections With The Colorless Blender
Other Things You Can Do With The Colorless Blender
- Add highlights to a specific area
- Create colorless transparent objects
- Add texture and patterns
- Mute colors
- Clean up edges of an image
Copic Marker Tips
- Before you color on any paper, you should test the markers on it to see if you’ll get any bleeding. Make sure that you have a few more layers of paper underneath to see how severe the bleed might be.
- If you are using a variety of mediums on your artwork, make sure all other artwork is completely dry before coloring with the markers. If you are laying down lines of ink before coloring, you definitely want to avoid smudging these lines.
- Make sure you use the lightest colors first and gradually work towards your darker shadows. If you color with darker colors first, it will be difficult to fix mistakes.
- To blend, first color the desired area evenly with the lighter color. Next, you want to color the desired area with a darker color. Use the lighter color to blend the area where the two colors meet by applying to color over this area multiple times until the colors blend together.
- You can also blend color by treating the marker ink sort of like watercolor paints. Use the marker to color on a piece of plastic. The ink shouldn’t absorb into the plastic and will leave a small puddle. Take the marker of the second color you want to blend it with and touch the nib to this puddle. It will pick up a small amount of the color on the tip of the nib. Use the marker like a paintbrush and you’ll see the blended color result on the paper.