Weird stuff going on lately. A lot of the ladies I scrapbook with have asked me about Copics, and a common remark they’ve made is “I bought a few once, but I didn’t care for them”. As you can well imagine, my jaw hit the floor and I was all like “Shut up?!?!” After I finished spazzing out, I started listening to why they weren’t a fan, and the reasons had more to do with the way they selected and used the markers, than with the markers themselves.
In order to fill the universe with more Copic love, I’ve come up with a simple list of common mistakes people make when purchasing Copics, and ways to avoid them.
1. Buying one of each color. Copics are meant for blending, that’s what makes them different than colored pencils and Sharpies. If you buy one red marker, it will appear flat on the paper. Copics are meant to blend in sets of three, it will give your image a three dimensional look. Instead of just buying R35, buy R 32 and R 37 as well and blend them.
2. Not Understanding the Copic “Code”. Those letters and numbers mean something! In the interest of brevity, I won’t go into the detailed explanation. However, if you don’t understand how the letters and numbers work, it’s probable that you won’t get the result you’re looking for. A full resource to cracking the code can be found on my site, HERE.
3. Thinking the Cap Color is how it will look on paper. The makers of Copics, .Too, try to make the caps as close as possible to the ink color. Let’s face it, there’s a difference between how color will appear on paper and how it will appear on plastic. If you’re buying in a store, they should have some scratch paper for you to test on. If you’re buying online, buy in a blend of three to ensure you’ll have beautiful results.
4. Not understanding the difference between marker models. Not every Copic Marker is interchangeable. You cannot use Ciaos and Copic Wides with the Airbrush system. Not all of the nibs on Original Copic Markers will fit on Sketch and Ciaos. Ciaos don’t hold as much ink as Sketch. If you have a hodge podge of markers, you may not have the best results.
5. Not asking about the correct supporting materials. If you’re new to Copics, chances are you haven’t gone through the trial and error of what works well with them. Store owners and certified class teachers have, ask their advice! They’ll tell you right from the start that Stazon ink is NOT compatible with Copic Markers. If you go home with your Copics and color on some copy paper or water color paper, you’re going to have one heck of a mess. Ask for paper suggestions as well!
I hope this was helpful! If there are any questions, please feel free to CONTACT me or the other members of our CMS team for more help!