I’ve decided to try to give Copic markers a whole hearted try. I’ve had a little set of them on my shelf for a while, waiting for me to work up the courage and find the time to develop a serious relationship with them. Yesterday, I watched a couple of online videos about using Copics and printed off a chart from the Copic website to start keeping track of the colors I own. I found the chart is a great reference tool when trying to decide which colors to use together on an image!
Here are a few things I’ve learned so far about Copics:
1. Paper Trey white cardstock is great for using with the markers! (yay!)
2. Memento ink is good for stamping your images to begin (StazOn stains the marker tips!! Yikes!)
3. When coloring, you need to use small circular motions to avoid leaving the tell tale coloring marks all over.
4. It’s good to have about 3 shades of a color that are fairly similar to give you good shading.
5. Copic’s official site has a handy chart to print out (on Paper Trey’s cardstock, of course) that is great for helping you to remember what colors you already own and for a quick visual when working on coloring an image.
6. Check out www.carpediemstore.com for some decent prices on the markers! I’m sure there are other sites out there with reasonable prices, but I’ve used this one. The markers aren’t cheap. Hobby Lobby does have a few of the individual sketch markers, so you could possibly use one of their 40% off coupons on the markers one at a time if you are patient and persistent!
I have A LOT to learn yet and even more practicing to do, but I’m actually enjoying the whole learning process! I guess I’m a kid at heart, loving to color, color, color!