April 24, 2012

Creative Chat: Copic Markers


Today the MFT team are talking Copics! I'll show you how I store mine, and give you some of my fave colour combos.

I get asked a LOT where I bought my copics, as they are SO expensive in New Zealand. I bought mine in the 72 sets of Ciao markers from E-bay. Bought this way, they cost $4 per marker (including shipping) versus the $8 they generally cost in NZ stores. I filled a couple of gaps with Sketch marker colours, but mostly have Ciao.


This is my Copic storage. I have five of these Fiskars holders. I got mine at Spotlight and paid between $10 and $20 for each set. I love how easily portable they are and sometimes move them into the living room if I'm going to be doing a lot of colouring in front of the TV.


The thing I really like about these holders is being able to remove individual cups. I have all my Copics in front of me on a shelf on my desk, and I generally just reach for the colour family I need at the time. It saves a lot of room on my workspace.


The big downside to Ciao markers is the lack of labelling on the ends. I labelled mine using a label maker and 1/4" Circle punch. I created the labels using the smallest font size, typing out the labels with a few spaces between each one until I hit the character limit on the label maker. After printing I simply punched them out and adhered to my Copics. The 1/4" circles fit on the caps exactly.

I get asked about colour combos a lot as well. Below are three of my faves for colouring a la mode and Pure Innocence images. If you are just starting out with Copics, any of these combos would be really useful.


My go-to hair combo. I really need to practice with some other combos so I stop using this one so much! I generally colour the hair last and always just reach for what I know works.


Skin combo #1.


Skin combo #2. I don't have any rules about which one I use for certain images, it just depends on what I feel like that day!

Head on over to Kim's blog to see other tips and tricks from the team!

 Thanks for stopping by!
 

9 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah, so nice to meet a fellow Kiwi on the MFT site! I'm from Hawke's Bay. Thanks for sharing your Copic ideas! I'm also your newest follower!

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  2. Ohhh seeing all these copics is making me druel! Really need a trip to the States so I can get my collection underway!

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  3. ok. easy peasy. I'm labeling my caio markers. I am going to give your second skin tone a try, I too get stuck in a rut and use what I know.

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  4. Great storage Sarah! LOVE those containers! I also labeled all my Ciao markers...took a LONG time but it's SO worth it!

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  5. Those stickers ROCK Sarah!

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  6. Super awesome Sarah! TFS!

    Crafty Hugs!
    Meredith

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  7. Sarah, thanks for sharing your storage - I've not seen those cups before and they seem perfect! And thanks for sharing your skin colors! I may have to check out ebay for these as your price is excellent for anywhere!

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  8. Hi! Just today I got around to labeling my Copic Ciao markers. I couldn't get my font to go small enough, so I printed out the two 72-marker set color charts from the Copic site and punched them out with my 1/4" circle punch. I used a fine-tip multiliner to write on blank 1/4" circles for colors I have that are not in those sets.

    I think I like the handmade labels better - easier to read. I did swipe my label with the marker, but I like yours plain white, too.

    I feel like I've actually ACCOMPLISHED something. :)

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  9. Thanks for sharing information about Copic Ciao markers! I've been looking for a cheaper place to get them~ Just got my first 11 from Gordon Harris, but they were $7.99 each /o\

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