Vendor Spotlight: Copic Markers

Reported by Amanda Talbert

Is there any doubt that the crafters of Craft Critique like Copic markers? Well I’m no different. I love Copic markers. The thing is, when I am trying to decide if I should buy a set of markers that cost more than any markers I’ve ever owned, and are also alcohol-based (which sounds a little scary), I need to know more than if a person just likes them or not.

We told you that they blend and that we like that. We told you that they come in a huge host of colors and that we LOVE that. We even told you that they are refillable, which really makes me feel better about the price. Now I’d like to tell you about some of the tricks and tips I have learned or figured out on my own that make these markers a must have.

I started my Copic research by actually meeting and talking to Marianne Walker of I Like Markers fame and Pat Huntoon of Technique Junkie at CHA. What a wealth of knowledge these ladies are. I learned that the letter in the designation on the end of the markers (or on the side in the case of Copic Ciao) tells me what color family the marker belongs to. So my E00 marker belongs to the Earth family of colors and my YR 09 belongs to the Yellow Red family of colors. The first number on the end of my Copics is the color group the company has placed each color into. The second number lets you know where your marker falls in the range of colors from light to dark so my E00 would be the lightest color in the Earth range and my YR09 is the darkest color in the YR0 range. I find knowing this about my markers very helpful. I find this chart even more helpful.

I found this chart at and downloaded it. It started out blank and I filled it in with the colors I have after I printed it on the Smooth Bristol paper I use. The chart is helpful for picking colors to use as well as knowing what colors I still need to buy.

I like knowing about the markers, I like knowing how to use them even more. I’ve learned so much from YouTube tutorials like this and this and this and from demonstrations at CHA. The very most important thing I have learned is that the very best way to create subtle shading is to shadow with the color you are already using.

I did all of the coloring and shading on this girl with just one marker of each color. Her hair is completely done with just one brown marker, her skin with just one flesh tone, the yellow with just one shade of yellow. By laying down multiple layers of the same shade the color darkens and intensifies and I can get a vast array of subtle color shifts.

I also learned a technique that lets me apply color from my Copic markers onto an acrylic block and then pick them up with the colorless blender or a lighter color marker to give me a more watercolor like effect.

See the dark brown that I picked up with my flesh colored marker? It came right off as I colored with it.

Another great thing to do with the blending marker? I can fix my mistakes.

It’s a bit hard to make out in this picture but I colored out of the lines in this picture. Sometimes I do that. It gave me a great opportunity to try out the quick fix. I pushed back at the color, towards the area it was supposed to be, with my colorless blender and this is how it turned out.

Who doesn’t like to fix a little boo boo now and then? The alcohol blending solution inside the blending pen can also be purchased as a refill and there are endless things to be done with that solution. I, unfortunately didn’t have any Copic Alcohol Blending Solution, so I tried the technique I learned with a different solution.

I colored the upholstery and did the shading I wanted for the final fabric and then I pressed a paper towel that had been made damp with alcohol blending solution onto the markered area. When I lifted the paper towel it looked like this.

I love the textured fabric look.

The finished product came out exactly the way I wanted it to. I can’t ask much more than that.

The final verdict, for me, on Copic markers? As I told you right from the start, I love them. Now that I know how to use them, and where to learn more, I don’t mind the $3 and up pricetag at all. Now I just need MORE. Do you have something new for us to learn? We’d love to hear your ideas and see what you have found on the internet about Copic Markers.

Leave a comment on any of our Vendor Spotlight: Copic Marker articles, and you’ll be entered to win a set of 12 Copic Atyou Spica glitter pens. I’ve used these pens myself, and they’re awesome!
We’ll pick a winner on Saturday, September 19th.

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

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175 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Copic Markers

  1. Lydia September 15, 2009 at 7:43 am #

    WHOA – This is one of the best Copic articles I’ve ever seen!!! Thank you for that Paper Towel technique!!



  2. Persimmons Gal September 15, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    All these Copic marker articles are making me really really want to try some! Not like I need another art supply but still.

  3. Danielle September 15, 2009 at 7:45 am #

    thats a pretty cool technique! thanks for sharing it.
    Ive never seen these markers before

  4. In the blink of an eye September 15, 2009 at 7:46 am #

    I would love to own copic’s but havent made the jump. I am doing alot of practicing with stamping, coloring, and shading what a wonderful prize to win!

  5. Lorri September 15, 2009 at 7:48 am #

    Wonderful……. I have been dreaming of owning some copics for ages! My fingers and toes are crossed (oh how am I going to paint now?)

  6. Dixie X. King September 15, 2009 at 7:50 am #

    i was in the architecture program my first 2 yrs of college and loved working with alcohol based markers, they made all of tha adding color so much nice and they do write and stay permanent even on mylar. i’d love to have a set now to use in my art-based adventures!

  7. Margie H September 15, 2009 at 7:51 am #

    WOW! Ladies, all three articles (so far) have been more than helpful! It gives me more confidence to go and pick up those markers and start creating with them again! Thanks! Keep up the great work!!

  8. Brenda September 15, 2009 at 7:56 am #

    Thank you for such an informative article! I’ll be bookmarking this (as I do with so many of your articles!) and referring back to it many times.

  9. sandyh50 September 15, 2009 at 7:56 am #

    I am so thankful for you articles on Copics. I don’t have any yet but really want to start investing in them.

  10. suzynbnice September 15, 2009 at 7:59 am #

    I love my copics. I’m slowing building up my collection. they’re wonderful!

  11. Michelle September 15, 2009 at 8:05 am #

    ya know, I’ve really been wanting to try some Copic markers. I just may have to go out and get some!!!

  12. Shaz September 15, 2009 at 8:05 am #

    Great info! I am still on the wire about Copic but this is very convincing. I would love to win!

  13. AlteredByMe September 15, 2009 at 8:09 am #

    Love the article. I don’t have any of these and they look like so much FUN!


  14. connie September 15, 2009 at 8:10 am #

    I have had Copic Markers on my “wish list” for the last 6 months! I will one day be able to add them to my supplies.

  15. michelle September 15, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    Awesome article thanks so much. . .

  16. Maxine Hodges September 15, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    Thanks for all the info. As a scrapbook store owner, I am trying to make the decision if the product is worth the price and would it be a product my customers would see as worth the price. I have never tried the pens, but now think I might have to give hem a try.

  17. Francie Horton September 15, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    Amanda, this is an amazing article! Leave it to you to be so in depth. 🙂 I printed my color chart on my favorite paper and took it to the store with me to try out the different colors. It only convinced me that I *needed* more colors!!

  18. Francie Horton September 15, 2009 at 8:45 am #

    Maxine, I give art lessons in our local scrapbook store. My advice is that it’s only worth the investment if you have someone to teach them how to use them. I’ve noticed people don’t buy things (especially at this price point and skill level) if they can’t take a class on it usually. Fortunately Copic makes it easy to get certified.

    (Amanda, smack me if I’m stepping on your toes here.)

  19. msfreida September 15, 2009 at 8:47 am #

    Great article! LOVE LOVE LOVE my Copics! I’m slowly building my collection, and swear this is the best investment I’ve made for my craft! For anyone in doubt, RUN…don’t walk…to get your hands on one to try! You’ll be hooked too!


  20. Harriet September 15, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win this set….

  21. Steph September 15, 2009 at 8:57 am #

    I’ve just recently purchased my first copic markers. Thanks for all the tips in this article. Can’t wait to try out some of the techniques.


  22. tiffguam September 15, 2009 at 8:58 am #

    THank you for acknowledging the fact that you can shade beautifully with just one marker!!!! And that paper towel trick-AWESOME! Thanks again for another awesome product review!

  23. Sharon September 15, 2009 at 8:59 am #

    Haven’t use any of these they are so high just didn’t know if they are worth the cost but your showing what can be done makes me rethinking my nonbuying

  24. Lorie September 15, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    Oh, my goodness…I love the markers and the glitter pens are to die for! Thanks for a very well written article!

  25. maiahs_momma September 15, 2009 at 9:07 am #

    WOW, love the sounds of this giveaway…and I do LOVE using the Copic Markers would love if there were workshops near me. I would love to try the Spica’s yet, but I hear they are amazing :)!

    Inky Hugs,

  26. Catherine September 15, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    I have not yet tried Copic Markers but they fascinate me! Love what you did with them, looks like they are so fun to play with!

  27. Christina September 15, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    All these Copic reviews makes me want to head to the store to pick up some Copics!

  28. jenny September 15, 2009 at 9:13 am #

    these sound amazing. would love to win!

  29. Elaine A September 15, 2009 at 9:14 am #

    I’ve been on the fence regarding the purchase of Copic markers for a while now. They are kind of pricey and I’m afraid that they will become the flavor of the month for me. I have several sets of Marvy Markers and seldom use them. I usually end up using watercolors or Prismacolor Pencils. I’d love to try some out, but there are no stamp stores near me that have them, so I can play test them out. Everybody raves about them, and I am itching to try them. It would be nice to win the spica set.

    Elaine Allen

  30. Magnolia and Ivy September 15, 2009 at 9:24 am #

    I’m a big fan of the Copic markers and would love to win some.


  31. Jenn September 15, 2009 at 9:26 am #

    Makes me wish I knew how to color. Copics are so beautiful

  32. Lynn Reloza aka jklmscrapper September 15, 2009 at 9:28 am #

    I love my copic markers. When I want to relax, I color with my copics. That paper towel technique is awesome. Thanks for the opportunity to win the glitter pens!!!

  33. StampinCarol September 15, 2009 at 9:30 am #

    I have not been able to justify the cost of these yet have wanted to try them. Thanks for the opportunity to win some! And that paper towel technique, wow!

  34. Janette September 15, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    I have been tempted to try Copics for a while, but I think you just convinced me to actually do it!

  35. angie September 15, 2009 at 9:40 am #

    the more i read about these, the more i really want to try them. i would love to win a set!!

  36. isabel scrap September 15, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    Love to try these Copic !!!

  37. alexandra September 15, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    really fun ! thanks for the chance

  38. la zaz September 15, 2009 at 9:48 am #

    i never see those pens but i love to use them

  39. guillauma September 15, 2009 at 9:48 am #

    Cool technique ! thanks for the giveaway and for sharing some inspiration

  40. the mustik September 15, 2009 at 9:49 am #

    I adore to color stamping
    so I wan’t to try these Markers

  41. isa dona September 15, 2009 at 9:49 am #

    Thanks for the chance to win some …
    fantastic technique

  42. vitoria September 15, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    cross my finger to win … i’m a fan of stamps and markers

  43. Beth S September 15, 2009 at 9:54 am #

    Thanks for the new technique. You can never stop learning. These markers become an addiction.

  44. Jingle September 15, 2009 at 9:58 am #

    Wow! That is great work! Thank you for sharing your techinques!

  45. Brandy September 15, 2009 at 10:00 am #

    OMG this is the best site EVER! So much awsome information…Ive been wondering about these copics now I know I NEEEEEED Them!

  46. Debbie September 15, 2009 at 10:01 am #

    Copics are just THE BEST! I do not own any, yet, but have used them in classes! AMAZING…so smooth & BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  47. Nora September 15, 2009 at 10:04 am #

    I have been using the SKETCH line of COPIC markers since January & honestly, I cannot rave enough about these FANTASTIC markers! My collection is up to 48 & yes, they’re pricey. But, IMHO, when it comes to some of your crafting tools, you get what you pay for. I wanted a quality marker & I got it with COPIC. You really do get what you pay for!
    I met Marianne a couple months ago & she is the sweetest, most helpful lady you could ever know. I highly recommend that you become a follower of her blog – you will learn so much…almost like taking college courses in art without having to pay for them! *LOL*

    Thanks for the opportunity to win some SPICAs – I was given one as a gift & love, love, LOVE it!

  48. nina September 15, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    I’ve enjoyed this week’s spotlight on Copics – very informative! I’ve never tried the glitter pens, although my Copic collection seems to be growing (if only my colouring talent would grow in the same manner…) !

  49. RAP September 15, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    The more I read about these the more and more interested I get in them. Thanks for all the detailed reviews.

  50. Kim Ross September 15, 2009 at 10:15 am #

    I’m in love with Copic markers! Great article, too… I learned a new technique or two. 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  51. Stampin_melissa September 15, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    What a wonderful posting! I love my Copics. I had pretty much stopped coloring until I started “collecting” my Copics, now I’m coloring again and loving it!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win some Spica pens!


  52. Anna September 15, 2009 at 10:26 am #

    Wow awesome article and looks like awesome markers. I will have to be on the lookout for them. But thanks for the chance to win a set.

  53. Melanie September 15, 2009 at 10:27 am #

    Oh, ME!!! I want some so badly!

    Also, thanks for the articles … now that I know I can use one color for shading, I feel better about maybe purchasing some … start with a small number of them. A little more do-able than saying you need ALL the colors! Thanks again!

  54. Courtney September 15, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    wow! I’ve learned so much in this post. I’m loving the texture. Must remember to try it.

  55. Janet L. September 15, 2009 at 10:42 am #

    Great articles to learn about the Copic Markers. I don’t have any, would like to try them, and would love to win! Thanks for the chance.

  56. Catherine September 15, 2009 at 10:55 am #

    I am so dang happy you all are featuring articles on Copic. I am just learning about Copic and starting to purchase some, such a daunting task and these articles have been very helpful.

  57. Tamikko September 15, 2009 at 11:03 am #

    I only have a few Copic Markers but I love what I’ve found with them. There is nothing like them. They are the tops.
    The best site for Copic Markers is the certified teachers site ‘I like Markers’. Marianne Walker brings great ideas to her fans from beginner tips to advanced, always with pict by pict, showing shadowing through direction of light and tips on making sure you’ve added enough dark and light for a more realistic look. Her site is full of amazing little art bites.
    Thanks for the chance to win an amazing prize.

  58. Francie Horton September 15, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    Elaine A – Not just stamp stores carry them. I have also found the Sketch ones at Hobby Lobby and at an anime/manga (Japanese comics and movies) bookstore. Hobby Lobby lets you try them out on a piece of scrap paper or your color chart. I was a little leery of asking the bookstore owner cuz he’s a bit of a fusspot anyway. hehe

  59. Tee Ransone September 15, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    The more I read, the more I want!

    Thanks for all the good info. These are truly justifiable tools!



  60. Amanda September 15, 2009 at 11:09 am #

    Wow, thanks for all of the wonderful comments. I’m so happy to hear other people love their Copics as much as I love mine.

    One thing I forgot to mention about Copic markers in my article – They are supposed to fully saturate the paper, that’s how they work. This means they will bleed through so be prepared. That’s how you know they are working!

  61. Clare (Littlebear) September 15, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    I have some Copic Ciaos, it’s great to learn some new techniques – thank you.
    Clare x

  62. Mary Jane September 15, 2009 at 11:13 am #

    Thanks for all the recent information on Copics. I guess I’m going to have to start my collection 😉

  63. Jill S September 15, 2009 at 11:14 am #

    Thanks for the info! I might just have to start saving up to buy some of these!!

  64. Jennifer Styles September 15, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    I am so happy about the timing of your articles on Copics. I’ve just invested my life’s savings in a largish selection of these markers and can’t wait to try them out!

  65. Mrs E September 15, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    I have been lusting over Copic Markers for a very long time but have never been able to convince myself to spend the money, now myabe I can do it!
    I have to say I am not only impressed by your reports but also in the high level of talent of your reporters. Thanks Craft Critique!

  66. Barb Housner September 15, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    My new year’s resolution (no personal resolutions just craft) was to learn to color better and have been practicing with my Copics – having lots of fun. I could use some more. Love the texture on your couch.

    Barb Housner

  67. Kellie B September 15, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    Well, you sure do make a great argument for getting copics. I had resisted until reading your review!

  68. Michelle September 15, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    wow, I would love to win some copics! Sign me up!!

  69. Lori Barnett September 15, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    Great information! I LOVE COPIC markers too 🙂

  70. Anonymous September 15, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    Thanks for all the great info you present. I often feel I have “test driven” a product and never left home. Keep these messages coming. I am going to have Copic markers VERY SOON!

  71. Stephsstampinstuff September 15, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    This is fantastic! Thanks for the tip about the alcohol and paper towl technique! I will have to try it myself!

  72. Debbi Doodles September 15, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    I am just learning how to use Copics, love the great info you always share, thanks!

  73. Candy September 15, 2009 at 11:32 am #

    Wow, what great information on Copics. I think I’m going with the sketch. I want to experiment with that airbrush!!!! I love all the beautiful colors that Copics have. Where to start, where to start???

  74. Pat (patzee2000atyahoodotcom) September 15, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    What thorough coverage of the Copic markers! Thanks for putting so much info in 1 place. I have a set of the Ciao and now you’ve given me the tools to use them. (Love the paper towel technique!)

  75. Tara Sroka September 15, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    These markers look amazing. I hope I win if not I’m going to have to buy some anyways. LOL! Thanks for the chance to win and for the reviews on Copic markers.

  76. Belinda September 15, 2009 at 11:43 am #

    Wow, thanks for the fun ideas! 🙂 Will have to try it! Thanks for the chance to win some as well!

  77. Julia O Boo September 15, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    Great tips, I am drooling over these but a lil pricey gotta save up for them. Well then Christmas is coming too! ; )

  78. Janet September 15, 2009 at 11:52 am #

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Copic Markers. I have the sketch. They’re so versatile. Thanks for the new techniques!

  79. Mom September 15, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    I love this site and I love my Copic Markers. I do not consider myself at all artistic, but with my Copics I can make a decet attempt. All it takes is a little practice. I, too, love the tip withthe paper towel. Thanks for all your help ane inspiration.

  80. Kara September 15, 2009 at 11:56 am #

    I think that it is awesome how you were able to fix your mistakes. Your finished stuff looks great. I might just have to buy some…

  81. Erica Hettwer September 15, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    I love that paper towel look! Super cool!

  82. sew_crafty_girl September 15, 2009 at 12:09 pm #

    My husband just started my Copic addiction this month on my birthday. He’s created a monster! I’ve admired the Spica markers many times on the counter at my LSS, but haven’t bought any yet.

  83. Shashi September 15, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    I was intrigued by these Copic Markers. Have you compared them to the Adirondack alcohol ink markers, and if so, how do they match up? Thank you for your wonderful reviews.

  84. Rachel September 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm #

    I didn’t know Copic made glitter markers! I’m a sucker for glitter… now I will have to check them out! Thanks!

  85. Deanne Burton September 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm #

    Thanks so much for the info in the last couple of days about Copic markers.I have a few coming in the mail and have never used them and your info has been very helpful!!!

  86. Phyllis September 15, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful. I would have never thought to use a paper towel and blending solution. Thanks for sharing.

  87. StampinCathy September 15, 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    WOW!! This is one amazing article and just love your samples. Thanks for a chance at some copics. I would love to be able to play with some.

  88. Joyce September 15, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    Great review and love your technique.

  89. scrapaddict September 15, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    I really want to try these markers since you can refill them! What a great idea and I like the different techniques and the color chart! 🙂 Thanks for the great articles! Fingers crossed to win! 🙂

  90. Polka Dot Moon September 15, 2009 at 12:45 pm #

    You did an amazing job and this is one of the best “how-to’s” I’ve seen!

    I don’t currently own any Copic Markers but have had them on a wish list for some time!

    Thanks for the chance at an awesome giveaway!

  91. VivatRegina September 15, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    If I buy any more art supplies or crafty goods, my husband may shoot me. So to keep my husband from going to jail, I’m REALLY hoping I win these! Just in time for the holiday card-making party of mine. 😀 Thanks for the tips!

    *crossing my fingers*

  92. VivatRegina September 15, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    If I buy any more art supplies or crafty goods, my husband may shoot me. So to keep my husband from going to jail, I’m REALLY hoping I win these! Just in time for the holiday card-making party of mine. 😀 Thanks for the tips!

    *crossing my fingers*

  93. Anonymous September 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    I’ve just started playing with a few copic markers and it is really fun!! The colors are so bright and beautiful!! Thanks for all your tips and information-it’s like taking a free class online!!Can’t wait to try some of the tricks!

  94. Teresa Jenkins September 15, 2009 at 12:54 pm #

    I absolutely love my Copics! They are rather addicting though! Haven’t tried out the Spica Glitter Pens yet, but would love to the chance! Thanks for sharing!

  95. luluvision September 15, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    You guys are making it very hard for me to NOT pick up a set of copic markers! They certainly sound like they are worth the money! Thanks for doing the review and thanks for doing the giveaway! I hope I win!!

  96. Scrapycandy September 15, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    This upholstry technique is amazing! And it brings up even more ideas. Thanks for sharing a very inventive idea! Love coming here.

  97. Laurel Lee Pedersen September 15, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    You’ve convinced me I need some of these!

  98. Lorianna September 15, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

    Thank you for such a informative article
    But all your articles are great

    Thanks so much for the chance to win , and with 9/19 being my Bday what a great gift these would be!!!!


  99. Jean September 15, 2009 at 1:18 pm #

    Great article! I’m crazy to own some of these Copics.

  100. Denise September 15, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    I have seen the name copic, copic, copic, but these are the first articles I’ve seen to explain and show what they are actually capable of. Thanks so much!!! Can’t wait until I am able to get some!


  101. Katherine September 15, 2009 at 1:34 pm #

    Thanks for the great article. I think this will push those of us straddling the fence right on over to the copic side.

  102. babyjsmom September 15, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    Great article and love the review of the Copic markers. I have wanted to try them out…maybe I could win some.

  103. bop23 September 15, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    Nice copic review. Thanks for the contest.

  104. Michelle/Eliotstamps September 15, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    Thanks for all the great tips and links! I never would have mixed my ranger alcohol blending solution with my markers, but I will now!

  105. Stephanie September 15, 2009 at 2:02 pm #

    Love all these techniques on Copics!

  106. Rebecca September 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    Love the idea of using paper towl to make a fabric or upholtsry look-brilliant!

  107. Susan September 15, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

    I just bought a new set of Copic Markers and I was not really sure what to do with them until reading these posts! Thanks for sharing

  108. Vidette September 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    I would love to own these. It would really get the creative juices flowing.

    Great articles. It makes me want to spend the money.


  109. kkaisu September 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    I am taking a class in November to learn more about these – they look fantastic!

  110. Anonymous September 15, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    What a great giveaway!! I love Copics and well, you know, you can never have enough.

    Joelle B.

  111. KanataNewf September 15, 2009 at 3:00 pm #

    I’m still on the fence but slipping ever closer to wanting to try copics for myself….

  112. SuzanneS September 15, 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    I liked this article..I always wonder what type pens to use…this helps me decide and these seem to be very good

  113. Colleen September 15, 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    I don’t have any copics, but after reading and doing research on how to color with them, I might be ready to take the ‘plunge’. Thank you so much for these useful tutorials.

  114. Colleen September 15, 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    I don’t have any copics, but after reading and doing research on how to color with them, I might be ready to take the ‘plunge’. Thank you so much for these useful tutorials.

  115. Sian September 15, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    If I hadn’t started collecting my Copics after reading these wonderful reviews I would have ran out and bought some.

    I love mine and I’m slowly collecting the sketch markers as I’ve started off with the Ciao due to the expense and availability.


  116. Lori September 15, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    I love getting new tips on how to use my Copics. I am fairly new at using Copics and have learned alot from all you gals! Thanks !!!

  117. Debbie September 15, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    Wow…what a wonderful review!
    I love my Copic Sketch markers. I’m slowly but surely building up my collection and reading everything I can find on the Net to learn more about them. I love to compare my Copic colored items to my previous watercolored items.

    I haven’t tried the Spica’s yet but would love to start a collection of them also. Whoo-hoo!

    thanks for a chance to win.

    Debbie Reaves

  118. Michelle (mla1111) September 15, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    I just started playing with some copic sketch markers, love them so far…I want to master the technique as I have seen fabulous coloring with them! Thanks for the review!

  119. Ashley September 15, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    I love the idea of printing the chart out and coloring in the ones you have!

  120. Lori September 15, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    well, thanks, lol. i have until now successfully avoided wanting these markers. but after reading these articles i have decided they really sound worth the money… think i’ll have to add them to my Christmas list!

  121. Carole RB September 15, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    I have a few copics and I’m in love with them. Now I would surely appreciate winning those spica glitter perns. I never tried them. Thanks for giving us a chance to win a set of them.

  122. Claire September 15, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    All these copic marker articles are great. it is seriously making me think of getting some to try out. I do have the glitter copic but I loove how the colours appear on the pages. Just beautiful.
    I have the watercolour markers but now I’m thinking it would be good to get copics as well
    Thank you for the great articles

  123. LuAnn September 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm #

    I’m just getting into stamping and can’t wait to get my own set of markers to use with stamping! thanks for the chance to win a set!

  124. Monika/Buzsy September 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm #

    I really like reading about Copics… I always learn something new. TFS!

  125. Kimber-Leigh September 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    i’d love a set 🙂 and great article. i’ve been curious about copics for awhile now!

  126. Cammy September 15, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    Oh – thanks so much for the tip on using your acrylic block for the watercoloring effect. Great job!

  127. Cheri Howard September 15, 2009 at 4:44 pm #

    Cool technique with the paper towel, and I LOVE that you can fix a mistake with the blender pen – can’t do THAT with other markers!

  128. Vicky September 15, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

    Thanks for the detailed article on the Copic Markers. I’ve been contemplating collecting these and now I know it’s the marker for me. I will have to wait because I’ve been out of work for over a year now but definately plan on getting them. Thanks! Vicky

  129. Jessica Canham September 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    I love my Copic markers and the artistic results I can get with them! The paper you use with them makes all the difference though. It would be interesting to see an article on that. Thanks for the chance to win.

  130. Janet September 15, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    I will be teaching copic markers in a card class soon. I can hardly wait. Loved all the tips. I really needed it.

  131. Tamra September 15, 2009 at 5:35 pm #

    The more I read about these markers the more I want them. Thanks for all the info you have provided.

  132. Anonymous September 15, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    I love the look of COPICS…I think it’s the vibrant colour from them…I only have a few colours as I’ve not mastered the shading technique..well I haven’t tried the shading. Have to admit the COPICs make colouring more FUN!

    Sheri L in BC, Canada.

  133. Judy Lucas September 15, 2009 at 6:10 pm #

    These look like great markers. I would love to win them. Thanks for the opportunity.

  134. Lisa G. September 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    thanks for the awesome review…would love me some Copics!!! 🙂

  135. krestkatz September 15, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    Thank you for such detailed information. I am in the process of purchasing the sketch markers and will be taking two classes at my local stamp store in Tuckerton, NJ. I love the brightness and the ability to shade with these markers. I never liked the watercolor marker because they would not blend. Thank you again


  136. Lori September 15, 2009 at 6:44 pm #

    The texturing looks awesome!

  137. Angie September 15, 2009 at 7:40 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this technique! I will have to remember this when I actually get to own some Copic markers!!

  138. Kim Burmeister September 15, 2009 at 8:21 pm #

    I love Copics and can’t seem to get enough of them! Thanks for the chance to win.

  139. nancy September 15, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    This is great. I love reading about the copic markers. I am so tempted to take the plunge. . I appreciate your demonstration and tips.

  140. iamglamourpuss September 15, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    I am a colored pencil and marker fanatic! I ordered these really cool coloring sheets by Copic from Japan. I was sad that they didn’t come with markers. I must’ve lost some info via my translating program. I’ve been wanting to try these FOREVER and cannot wait to see what other great tutorials and tricks I can pick up here and there. Thanks!

  141. Sara September 15, 2009 at 9:06 pm #

    i love how you did the fabric patterning! I never knew about that solution 🙂 thank you so much 🙂

  142. Kittie September 15, 2009 at 9:07 pm #

    I own the complete set of Ciao markers but am totally challenged with them. I know I could learn to use them if I could just wrench my watercolor brush out of my hand.

  143. Isabel Z September 15, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    I have been reading about these markers for so long and would love to own some. I enjoy reading posts like yours so that I can learn as much about them as I can. It is a big investment but one that sounds so worth it. Thanks for the opportunity to win a set.

  144. Barb S. September 15, 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    Thanks for the great information about Copics. I am trying hard to resist, but I think you have convinced me to shop!

  145. Kathleen September 15, 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    I am very, very interested in the Copic markers and will check out their site when I finish this comment. They don’t seem all that expensive; they are comparable in price with the Stampin’ Up markers. I love all the techniques that can be used with them.

  146. Ayelet September 15, 2009 at 10:24 pm #

    Thank you for a wonderful article! Love the texture of the chez-long :)!

  147. Rhonda September 15, 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    Looks excellent. Something to put on the Christmas wish list 😉

  148. chinamomxtwo September 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm #

    love the paper towel trick….hadn’t tried that yet with my few markers–thanks for the chance to win too! 🙂

  149. Anonymous September 15, 2009 at 11:04 pm #

    I’m just starting my collection and already in love with my Copics. The chart is very useful when shopping for more colors. Hope I win the Spyca set, would love to try them!!tks.

  150. Artkat September 16, 2009 at 12:09 am #

    I love using teh few markers that I have. Great article – love the paper towel effect

  151. Chris C September 16, 2009 at 12:42 am #

    I love the finish you got using the paper towel – fantastic.

  152. theng September 16, 2009 at 1:06 am #

    I like what you did for the upholstered look on the couch! Oh no! Now I really want these markers badly!

  153. Keesha September 16, 2009 at 1:37 am #

    Wow~~ I gotta check these out!! Can’t wait to play!!

  154. ~kelly marie~ September 16, 2009 at 2:38 am #

    I love my Copics! That paper towel is awesome!

  155. colorsgalore September 16, 2009 at 6:12 am #

    Wow, wow, wow! Copics are making me salivate…These articles are not helping me in keeping away from the makers at all!!!=)

  156. Sandy Hulsart September 16, 2009 at 8:07 am #

    You might also mention that in the numbering system, as the first number gets larger, the Tone of the color gets more gray. A B0 family is a very vibrant true blue, a B9 family is a very gray blue.

  157. Julie aka Okami September 16, 2009 at 8:18 am #

    Great article – I love my Copic markers.

  158. Sandra September 16, 2009 at 9:51 am #

    thank you for the review … lots of empty spaces in your chart there! Good luck!

  159. Vanessa H. September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am #

    I’ve not purchased any yet…they are on my list. I am truly amazed at how versatile they are. Thnx for all of the great information.

  160. Anonymous September 16, 2009 at 3:35 pm #

    I have collected a fair number of Copic Markers and now I’m encouraged to play with them and achieve some of the unique looks you showed here. Thanks! MollyK. at

  161. Anonymous September 16, 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    How wonderful to learn more about Copics from your explanatory articles. I want to become as educated as possible before investing in new markers.


  162. craft_princess September 16, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

    So cool I love how the upholstery came out textured!!!

  163. Becky September 16, 2009 at 4:58 pm #

    Great Review! I am going to have to try those Copic Markers!

  164. MommaJess September 16, 2009 at 5:37 pm #

    Wow that was great and informative. I LOVE Copics but alas I can’t afford them. I only have one right now. Thanks for the opportunity to win these great pens.

  165. jo September 16, 2009 at 5:52 pm #

    Great article! 🙂 Love it!

  166. BishopsMommie September 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm #

    thanks again…great stuff those glitter markers would be too cool of a prize..I am printing all his off to keep for future reference.

  167. julie1551 September 16, 2009 at 7:24 pm #

    WOW – I can hear my bank balance going down. Have used many other markers but the colours in these are mind blowing. A definite must have for any stamper

  168. Jen F September 16, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    Thank you for teaching me more about copics and their uses. I’m taking my first copics class this weekend and I’m really looking forward to it!! The results are so beautiful!

  169. annesatx September 16, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    I’m only just starting my Copic collection and I love my pens so far! I would love to be the lucky winner!

  170. Ms. Cheryl September 16, 2009 at 11:11 pm #

    Thanks so much for all this good info, invaluable. ms.cheryl

  171. vlinn60 September 17, 2009 at 7:50 am #

    wow lots of reviews with great info.i just make cards for pleasure so i don’t make any money from them.all your reviews make me want these markers so much but i’/ on ssi so the cost is a little over do you picklike just 12 colors to begin with that would give enough basics?i would love some help please.

  172. Deanne G September 17, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    WOW!!! Now I have to try this technique…how awesome!

    Yes, Copics are addictive, right??


    dcartegroves at yahoo dot com

  173. patty w September 18, 2009 at 11:01 am #

    wow..paper towel technique!

  174. Mary September 18, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    I loved seeing what Copic markers can so when used to make jewelry!

  175. Michelle @ Women Who Win September 18, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    WOW!!! Beautiful ideas that make the markers look like water colors. I love that! Thanks! –Michelle, blogattoday[-at]gmaildotcom