Ann’s Copic Tip for September……..
On your untested paper draw a circle with your multiliner OR you can use something stamped with Copic friendly ink (ie Memento). You want to make sure it’s not your ink bleeding.
Take a lighter colored marker and color in the circle or image in a circular motion
What you are looking for is to see if the color stayed where you put it. If it bleeds then your paper might be too soft for Copics. Also, flip your paper over you want to see it soak through the paper
You can color over your paper again with a darker color and feather half the image and see if you can blend it.
You should also test your colorless blender on it. Make sure to let your coloring completely dry first. Then take your blender and touch it to the paper. The ink should move out of the way and become lighter. Some papers will give more crisp edges than others.
1. How much ink do I add?? Well, it depends on the marker and if it is completely dry or not, but here is a good guideline:
Sketch markers – 2 cc’s.
Ciao markers – 1 to 1.5 cc’s.
Copic original markers – 2 to 3 cc’s.
Wide markers – 3 to 4 cc’s.
**each little mark on the side of the refill bottle is 1 cc.
Keep in mind …it is better to underfill your marker than overfill – be carefull!
Methods to fill….
1. Drip and dab method. This is the most direct method of refilling. Using the dropper built into the various ink bottle simply drip/dab drops of ink onto the chisel nib of your marker. To re-charge a marker it takes about 20-30 drops of ink (your drop size and my drop size are different, so the best judge is still how many cc’s you’ve added). Let each drop get sucked in before you add the next drop. Try not to squeeze the bottle or you’ll end up with a huge mess!! You can touch the end of the refill bottle to the actual marker or you can leave them a few mm apart. Just find which way works best for you.
2. Remove the nib and fill. This way is much faster! With your tweezers pull the chisel tip out from your marker. Carefully set your tip onto something that won’t get ruined or soak through while you are refilling. Be sure to check where the ink level is in your bottle before you start filling so you don’t overfill.
Take the cap off the other side of the marker (this helps to avoid getting air bubbles and allows the ink to seep in better). Carefully pour in the ink. Don’t squeeze too quickly since it’s easy to mis-judge how much ink you’re adding. When you’re done, put the nib back in and put both caps back on. Let your marker sit for a moment so the ink evenly distributes within the marker.
3. Refilling with the booster needle. The most accurate and quick way to refill markers is with the Copic booster needle. This is a large needle that attaches over the built-in dropper on a bottle of various ink. Then, you insert this into your marker, squeeze gently until you’ve added the correct amount of ink.
Some of these tips were taken from the I Like Markers Blog (http://www.ilikemarkers.blogspot.com). Marianne goes into specific detail about filling the copic markers and I encourage you to check out more tips when you have some time to peruse her site. It’s a fabulous resource for all things copic!!