Vendor Spotlight : Copic Markers

Reported by Melissa Norris
So yes, I am one of those people who hopped on the Copic train as soon as it left the station. I am a trend follower, and bought a set of markers to try out. Now, I will admit to not using them as much as I should, mostly due to my lack of crafting time. But every time I pull them out, I fall in love all over again.
Our reporters have done a fabulous job this week showing off the greatness of Copic markers. And I agree with them all, especially Dana’s con of not having the perfect Copic with super brush and fine bullet point nibs!
When I’m working with small images, especially that are one solid color like the little elephant below (I apologize for the picture, the scanner and I weren’t getting along), I like to stick with one color, and just keep layering the color on to create the shading. This is one of the really great things about Copic, despite what you may think, you really only need 1 marker to get started. If you’re debating about colors because you can only pick out a few at a time, I recommend starting with light colors that you use often, because you can always work in layers to achieve desired shading.
As you start building your Copic collection, it’s best to stick to the same color families, as Amanda mentioned in her post. By adding markers that are 1 or 2 steps up, it makes for easier blending and shading, and the ability to create even darker shades.
One of my favorite items in the Copic collection is the blender pen. You’ve seen how it can be used to create neat effects and erase mistakes. I also like using to lighten a color a bit. In the above image, the flesh tone I used was a bit dark, so after a quick swipe with the blender pen, it was lightened a bit and was just the shade I was looking for. I also used it on the swirls on her boots to have a bit of a lighter look, similar to stitching.

Last, I wanted to try using the Copics on some of my standard embellishments (and again, sorry about the bad scan). The porous items did great of course, especially the ribbon and flower. Just remember, that the more color you add in order to get full coverage, the darker the item will become, so start with a lighter shade.
The non-porous items, a brad, sheer flower, rhinestone, button, and acrylic flower, all pooled as Dana mentioned in her article. Even though this may have been the look she was going for, it was not for me. And they were sticky, and the ink rubbed off a bit, so be aware that items such as these do need sealing.

  • Huge color selection
  • Refillable and changeable nibs
  • Completely blendable
  • Alcohol ink doesn’t pill your paper
  • Can be expensive if you want to purchase a lot at once (coupons can be used at some retail stores)
  • Not widely available in some areas, limiting purchases to online
  • Super fine tip not available for all marker styles
In the end, I’m very happy that I jumped on the band wagon and will continue to be a Copic believer. Now I just need to get them out and use them more!

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.

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59 Responses to Vendor Spotlight : Copic Markers

  1. Sandy Hulsart September 16, 2009 at 7:51 am #

    Nice reviews but if they did not put the chisel tip end on the Sketch markers, you would not be able to use the airbrush system and get smooth color. I love my Copic markers and enjoy teaching Copic classes in the Michigan area.

  2. Angie September 16, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    I love the information in your review too. I am looking at eventually purchasing some, so I will file the info away for later use! Thanks so much!

  3. Deluxx September 16, 2009 at 9:20 am #

    I covet the Copic markers. Thanks for so much great info about them; I feel well-armed with techniques for when I actually get some! They’re on my birthday wish list…

  4. Catherine September 16, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    Thanks Melissa for your review today. I am just getting into Copic and am finding these reviews very helpful

  5. Sandra September 16, 2009 at 9:46 am #

    thanks for the review … now to save money!

    Thanks for the fun!

  6. Amy September 16, 2009 at 9:51 am #

    Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

  7. Elaine A September 16, 2009 at 9:53 am #

    Thanks for the review – especially the information on how the Copic pens work on no-porous items. One of the items I would have probably tried to use them on would be dominos. It was one of the questions I was thinking about.

    Thanks – Elaine Allen

  8. inkedx2 September 16, 2009 at 10:10 am #

    I have just purchased a few Copics. Want to play with them to see how they react.


  9. Melanie September 16, 2009 at 10:12 am #

    I am so excited about these posts! I have wanted to see these in action, so many thanks!

  10. Jill September 16, 2009 at 10:26 am #

    Thanks for all this info! I have been dieing to get my hands on some of these!

  11. Rachel September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    Wow, you’ve really given me some new ideas for what to do with these things! Thanks!

  12. Patchi September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am #

    It’s not going to take many more reviews before they become irresistible!

  13. Jingle September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    You did an awesome job with these! You guys are slowly but surely convincing me…now if you could just convince my wallet! LOL!

  14. Kaytee September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    I keep hearing great things about the Copic markers. I wish they weren’t so expensive for full sets. I might buy some in the future.

  15. Sylvia September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    I just read about your review on copic markers and am on my way to the store to buy some neutral markers. I can’t wait to try them on my die cuts.
    Thank you for the review.
    Sylvia in Santa Cruz

  16. Donna September 16, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    I’d love to own a set of Copics and of course the only thing stopping me is the money. I took a class once at my local SBS but the teacher wasn’t very good and it didn’t convince me that this was a good investment. I’m beginning to think that maybe I can do this! Thanks for the reviews. They’ve been very informative!

  17. StampinCathy September 16, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    Great article. I want some copics so bad, but they are on my LONG wishlist. Someday!

  18. Sandy September 16, 2009 at 11:48 am #

    This just confirms my NEED for a set, or even a few, Copic markers! TY for the opportunity to win some!!!

  19. Rebecca September 16, 2009 at 12:40 pm #

    I’m loving all the Copic informtation. I’ve been curious about them for a while now and I think I may have to make a set my next investment 🙂

  20. Jean September 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    Thank you for the review; I have read and am saving all of the Copic marker reviews, just in case I actually get to purchase some!

  21. isa dona September 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    never use them, but love to try

  22. alexandra September 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    cool giveaway, love to use these markers

  23. isabel scrap September 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    great stuff !!
    thanks for the chance

  24. vitoria September 16, 2009 at 12:54 pm #

    oh oh, cool inspiration

  25. la zaz September 16, 2009 at 12:54 pm #

    Cool review, love all the information you gives us

  26. the mustik September 16, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    these copic markers are for me !!! 😉

  27. Cori S September 16, 2009 at 1:03 pm #

    I’m in love w/ the copic markers, but I agree, they are expensive to buy. I want to expand my collection, since my sister & I will be sharing them for fashion designing 😀

  28. Debbi Doodles September 16, 2009 at 1:05 pm #

    Oh good idea to use them on embellies, I hadn’t considered that. Thanks for the tip!

  29. Claire September 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    l the poly shrink tutorial,
    I think I may actually have to get some

  30. Katherine September 16, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    Thanks for all the info on the copic markers and for the great idea of using them on embellishments!

  31. K September 16, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    Thanks for the helpful reviews. I have a few of these markers but have not really put them to use yet. Now I’ll give it a try.

  32. Erica Hettwer September 16, 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    I read somewhere that you can pull out the nibs to refill them and one gal replaced her chisel tip with a bullet tip.

  33. Michelle (mla1111) September 16, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    Thanks fo the review and tips!

  34. Louise Forsyth September 16, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    Great tips with blender pen, the stiching on the boots looks fab.
    The copic series you guys have done has been awesome. Thanks loads.

  35. Belinda September 16, 2009 at 3:36 pm #

    Love the info on the review! Thanks for all the info!

  36. Chris C September 16, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    So many great reasons to get some copic markers, now we just need the money to buy them lol.
    Thanks for all the ideas.

  37. craft_princess September 16, 2009 at 4:32 pm #

    Vert nice review! I am sure learning alot today about markers!

  38. jo September 16, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    great review! I always lose sight of the fact that you CAN use one marker and still get good shading… I always think I need 2 or more! 🙂

  39. BishopsMommie September 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    thanks for the review..I have a few and am really wanting more..Thnks!!

  40. annesatx September 16, 2009 at 8:50 pm #

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

  41. Stampin_melissa September 16, 2009 at 9:24 pm #

    Great review! I love my Copics. One con is that the more I get the more I NEED! LOL! I do wish the Sketch had a super fine tip.

  42. Ms. Cheryl September 16, 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    I can’t get enough!!!! Thanks, ms.cheryl

  43. DeniseB September 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm #

    Great info in these reviews. I love my markers and want to learn more about them….. I keep putting more colors on my wish list. So many to choose from!

  44. Lisa j September 17, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    I LOVE my copic markers…..luckily right now I live in Japan and was able to get them a little cheaper! I love everything about them…..just had to refill my first one yesterday. They are worth every penny!

  45. Maria September 17, 2009 at 2:43 am #

    Great reviews – very informative.

  46. Cheri Howard September 17, 2009 at 2:58 am #

    Thanks for the great reviews!

  47. Lisa G. September 17, 2009 at 6:59 am #

    Would LOVE to play with these!!! Unfortunately they’re not in my budget right now. Thanks for the chance in a give-away 🙂

  48. KayKay September 17, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    Beautiful, beautiful!!! I’m saving up to buy a set, but in the meantime, I will start with buying one in red! I already love these markers, and I have every brand of markers available (except copic).

  49. Digital Misfit September 17, 2009 at 11:34 am #

    I have been dying to try copic markers. I love the blending and colors available.

  50. mkayteem on scs September 17, 2009 at 4:43 pm #

    Thanks for the review Melissa. I have been interested in Copics for sometime now. Just need to save money to make the plunge. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  51. April Hall September 18, 2009 at 1:42 am #

    So informative! I may have to pick up a few colors to start a collection!

  52. Yosha September 18, 2009 at 7:01 am #

    Thank you for all the info. I literally JUST finished assembling my SU marker set and feel like I need to chuck it and the copics! Sigh. Must save money first!

  53. Janee September 18, 2009 at 8:00 am #

    I only have a couple of Copics, but I do like them a lot. I am really enjoying these articles – tons of information!

  54. patty w September 18, 2009 at 10:58 am #

    Very good review..thanks for all the info.

  55. Jan Castle September 18, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

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  56. Jan Castle September 18, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    I purchased a set of 72 original Copics and L-O-V-E them! If I had a wish for the Copics, it would be that the ‘original’ come with one nib ‘brush’ and the other nib ‘bullet fine point’…then I could purchase any broad/ calligrapher nibs as necessary. I prefer the ‘original’ because the caps are not messy and close easier than the ‘brush’pens. Jan Castle

  57. StacyC September 18, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

    Not sure if I left a comment or not.. Sorry if I did… Great review. Thanks for all the info..

  58. SondraM September 18, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    Love this!! Great reviews on the new copic markers!!! Thanks for the information.

  59. SewitlittlethingS September 19, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    I am dreaming about these markers,…some day 🙂