Getting Started with Copic Markers

Hi All,

I thought I would just recap on what are the basic requirements for getting started with copic markers.  Firstly you need the right type of ink.  As Copic markers are alcohol based they can interact with some of the inks of some stamp pads eg stazon ink, so the best ink for stamping when you want to colour with copics is Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  You can get Memento inks in different colours also.  I sometimes stamp in a brown ink, depending on what kind of look I am wanting to create.  The next thing you will need is the right cardstock.  The best card to use is X-press It Blending card.  I have tried stamping and colouring on ordinary white card and the ink in the markers just doesn’t blend very well and since that is probably the best feature of copic markers I don’t waste it!  You can stamp and colour pretty much whatever you like so pick out your favourite or grab a new stamp that inspires you.

And of course you will need some markers and there are no definite rules about which markers to get first, it really depends on your favourite colours and what you intend to colour in.  I would say though it is worth getting a ‘colourless blender’ fairly early on in your collection because although it is called a colourless blender it actually removes colour and really is more of an eraser ie if you colour out of the lines you can use the chisel tip end of the marker to push the colour back into the lines.  It may take a few times if it is a bright colour ie red that you are wanting to remove.  Make sure you let it dry each time and be careful not to remove the ink that you do want to stay there.  When starting your copic marker collection it is preferable to buy a couple of colours in the same colour family as they will be the easiest to blend and get the results you are looking for.  At least 2 markers will allow you to create shadows and depth in your colouring, in addition to blending (and 3 or 4 gives you even more ability to create seamless blending).  I suggest checking out the Copic Marker websites for more detailed information on the colour system.  But I will give an example, my favourite skin colour combination is E000, E00, E01 and sometimes E02.  You don’t have to have all these markers to start with but you do need a couple so that you can create depth in your images ie E000 and E00(lighter skin tones), or E00 and E02 (slightly darker skin tones).  Hopefully this is helpful and gives you a bit of idea of where to start.

If you want more information on Copic Markers be sure to checkout the Australian Copic Marker website and their blog.

Please remember I am not Copic Certified although I hope to be able to become certified in the future, so this post contains information that I have learnt along the way and things I would like to have been told when I started my copic marker collection.

Until next time,


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