I have been avoiding Copics. I’ve only been card making for about a year and just couldn’t justify the expense. When I started, I did purchase the entire set of Tombow Dual Brush Pens because these could be used for: coloring, watercoloring, stamping and lettering. I figured a tool with that many uses transcended the expense. There was one problem with my Tombow markers: when I went to color, the paper would pill. After asking my artist friend about the paper piling frustration, she told me, “go buy yourself some nice alcohol markers.” I still couldn’t justify the expense. So I have avoided coloring little critters and typically use my watercolor paintbrush to color. After stumbling upon a Black Friday deal, I decided to purchase some Copics and am glad I did. So this is my first entry into my experience with Copic markers.
Which marker to buy?
I settled on Copics. I had an opportunity to try them at a card class I took and they were really great. Copics come in four types: Sketch, Classic, Wide and Ciao. I settled on Sketch because of the brush tip and that's what everyone in interweb land seems to use. Looking back, I probably would have been ok with Ciao. The differences between Sketch and Ciao revolve around size (sketch is larger so it holds more ink) and amount of colors available (Sketch has 358). The Ciao is less expensive but the Sketch is readily available in my local craft store which was an important factor in how I ended up purchasing my markers.
Which colors to choose?
There's a lot of colors. Since this was my first go, I had no idea which colors to get. I looked through the internet for some advice and here are some resources and information I curated.
These markers are expensive. Each marker retails for US$7.99. I initially purchased some sets on sale. The issue with sets is that you can't choose what is included. I decided the best way to purchase was individually or in custom sets.
How do I learn how to use these things?
My goal with Copic markers was to learn how to use them to have realistic blending and shading on my images. I always admired the Copic coloring on critters and wanted to learn how to blend and use them properly. If I was making such an investment into markers, I wanted to learn how to use them properly. I signed up for Online Card Classes Copic Markers for Cardmakers Class. This was my first Online Card Class and I wasn't sure what to expect. The class has about three to four different videos from different teachers each day and there are 13 days. Each day covers a different technique using the markers. The class also provides free downloadable practice images which they recommend printing and then photocopying onto Neenah Solar White 80lb Cardstock. I was able to watch the videos and then practice the technique. Once I felt like I had mastered it, I watched the next days technique and practiced that. The practice sheets also helped me to try out different blending combinations and where I felt my collection was lacking in a certain color blend, I could purchase that one marker at Michael's to build my collection.
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