Copic Marker Q&A
Copic Markers are an alcohol marker which means you can blend the inks together to create different colors and gradients.
The kits are actually not really picked all that great for blending. There's usually not a whole lot of coordinating colors -- to achieve that smooth blend. It's like blending a light forest green with a dark olive green, the shades do not match. If you do want to purchase kits I recommend the Copic Blending Trios. They come with 3 coordinating colors that you can blend. I also recommend the 6 packs they come with 3 different shades with 2 coordinating colors you can blend. (affiliate links)
My favorite paper to use is Copic Xpress it Blending Card. (affiliate link)
The Copic sets are actually not really picked all that great for blending. There's usually not a whole lot of coordinating colors -- to achieve that smooth blend. It's like blending a light forest green with a dark olive green. Kinda difficult to get them smooth without the colors in between. I recommend the Copic Blending Trios they come with 3 coordinating colors that blend. I also recommend the 6 packs because they come with 3 different colors and 2 are coordinating colors you can blend. (affiliate links)
Copic Sketch - Prices vary from $5.85 - $8.99
- oval barrel (which holds more ink than the Ciao)
- the names and numbers are listed on the cap ends
- 358 color choices
- replaceable nibs (comes with super brush and chisel)
Scrapbookpal.com has Copic Sketch Markers for $5.85.
Copic Ciao - Prices vary from $3.90 - $5.99
- round barrel
- names and numbers are listed on the side of the marker
- 180 color choices
- replaceable nibs (comes with super brush and chisel)
Scrapbookpal.com has Copic Ciao Markers for $3.90.
I recommend getting 1 set of 3 or 4 coordinating colors. So, choose a pink, purple, blue etc. Make sure they are in the same family so, B91, B93, B95, B97. This way you can learn to blend them. You can download my Free Copic Checklist to see my exact go to colors!
I know there are quite a bit of stamp companies that have their own black inks that will work well with Copics -- that I've heard from other crafters. I started with Memento Black ink and Memento Desert Sand (for no line coloring) so that's what I've stuck with for the last 13 years. (affiliate links)
I color from dark to light. It makes more sense to me to pull out a little of the previous color with each new lighter color. I also feel like I have more control of the ink by coloring dark to light. If you have never colored before I think you should try both ways and see what's more comfortable. If you are already comfortable coloring from light to dark -- it might throw you off by switching. I don't think there's a wrong way to create art --- just do what feels more comfortable.
By using the tip of your brush and laying down the marker and then flicking out -- where your marker touches the paper last is going to be a lot lighter then when you first put your marker to the paper. This makes the color a little lighter and a little easier to blend the next color. Check out this video on different ways to color.
First, I want you to first make sure your paper is Copic friendly, I use Copic xpress it. Sometimes, you're not doing anything wrong but the paper isn't heavy or smooth enough. Second, make sure you aren't going back over the dark colors with the light. You are making your darker color separate and causing blotchiness. Another thing that might be happening is you're not adding enough color to the paper. So, if you're using R81, R83 and R85 to color and it's not smooth. Add another layer in that order exactly how you laid the color down the first time.
Try thinking of your image in a fully lit room. Where would shadows make sense? If she was wearing a hat there would be a shadow on her forehead. If a kid was holding their arms in front of them, there would be a shadow casting onto the shirt under the arms. It's easier to start by doing this rather than focusing on a certain direction where the light is coming, while you’re still learning. It will soon just come to you and you will color without thinking. 🙂
Check out my Blog Post - STOP Trying to find the light source.
If your Copics are newer or recently refilled they might be super juicy. Also, there could be pressure built up in the barrel -- if you use a marker and this has happened or is happening, take the cap off the other end when coloring. This will help release some of the pressure forcing the ink to come out.
TIP: Never open your marker directly over your image.
TIP: Keep a paper towel close by and when you see the nib start to get shiny -- give it a little squeeze with the paper towel.
It depends on how much you use that marker. The tip can get dull and not as pointy. Also when the nib looks like it has darker or lighter areas on it. I always try to soak the nibs in some blending solution (if the tip is not dull) to help clean out some of that sticky ink. Make sure you push the nib back in the barrel fully.
Copic Marker maintenance is so important. Your most used markers will need to be refilled. You’ll notice your marker ink not blending well on the paper and you will know you need some more ink. Another part of the Copic upkeep is to clean the inside of the marker lids, you can soak them in the blending solution. You will need to do this when you notice your ink getting sticky and that’s due to the dried ink on the cap getting on the nib of your marker causing your nib to get all gunky and your nib will need to be changed. These markers are seriously amazing and will last you forever if you take care of them!
Sure!!! You can email me a photo and I'll take a look! email - hello(AT)mycreativescoop.com
Online Classes Q&A
You can substitute color combos for whatever you have. For example if you have B91, 93, and 95 for blue and I’m using B12, B14 and B18 for the water.. use what you have. Try to replace however many markers I’m using with your combo. If you were to follow a class or tutorial and do not have those colors used you can still follow along. If you are watching someone color a brown bunny and they are using E30, E31, E33 -- and you have E23, E25, E27 you can color using those. Yeah your bunny will be darker and different shade, but you'll still get to follow the rule of applying the ink to the paper in the same way as the teacher. You can even make a pink bunny! 🙂
My classes are going to help you more if you are using Copics. The technique is a little different if you're using another alcohol marker with a bullet nib as opposed to the Copic which is a super brush nib. However, you will learn from the class still, light source, depth perception, freehand backgrounds and more. However, I do not have a lot of different coloring mediums -- so telling you which colors to use will be difficult. So, I suggest if I'm asking for blue for water and I'm using 4 different shades of blue, just use whatever blue color combo that coordinates that you have. 🙂
First, I'd like to say that you should learn from as many different people as possible. Then take the techniques and tips you learned, that you like the best, from each artist and combine them so you can create your own style! I think it's so important to stand out and create your own look.
In my classes I encourage you to do just that. There's no pressure to color it exactly the way I did -- or if you didn't want to go as dark, or if you wanted to do some extreme shadows. You need to create the look YOU want! I'm just there to help you learn how to use the markers and teach you some freehand backgrounds. 🙂
Most of my new classes are only available for about a 2 week period. After a year has gone by I'll re-open the course according to the season -- some classes will stay all year if it's not a seasonal class.
Unfortunately, no. I'm sorry. I've had an issue with class re-distribution and I put a lot of effort into my classes.
However, you will have lifetime access to classes you purchase.
I've been card making for about 13 1/2 years now. When I was pregnant with my youngest I had gone to a friends house and saw a Stampin' Up! catalog and fell in love with the idea of making her birth announcements. Shortly after that I became a demonstrator, hosted classes and clubs. Then I discovered all these other stamp companies and started to get on Design Teams and work the trade shows. I met a lot of store owners and was asked to teach at their stores. 🙂
Why yes it is! I've taken multiple classes to learn about online marketing, teaching online, blogging etc. You can read the post on How to Create a Craft Blog, if you'd like to learn a little more about the process.
I've been thinking of doing a course on how to making money online as a crafter. If I got enough interest I would totally do this or start a coaching group. Email me if you are interested about this! hello(AT)mycreativescoop.com
I cannot remember -- I try to keep my 'Craft Resume' updated. You can check it out HERE!
No, just coloring and card making. I have dabbled in mixed media but I never know what to do with it afterwards. I love the idea of bullet journals but I have no time and never complete it.
I do, I'm currently using an Erin Condren Planner. I will be honest, I only use the monthly spread and notes. :/
I have a Brother
You can either wait for a design team call or email and ask if they are looking for any design team team members. It also helps to use that companies stamps and tag them if you post on Instagram or Facebook, to try and get noticed. Also, commenting on their posts on their blog and social media helps. 🙂
I love my Copic Markers and coloring! I also love working with my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks and alcohol inks.
Yes, absolutely! You can make money with affiliates, being on design teams if they pay, being published, open an Etsy shop, teaching classes and more. Check out my How to start a Craft Blog page!