Ann’s Copic Tip for September……..
How to test your papers to see if you can color with Copics on them:
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.
Lisa’s Copic Tip for September…………………………
Okay, so eventually you’re going to have to refill your markers. There are a few different ways to do this and I totally encourage you to watch a couple of YouTube videos before your first attempt. If I can give you any advice …make sure you are working over a well protected area. Remember …you’re working with alcohol ink!!
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!! 🙂
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Ann’s Copic tip for July…………
Did you know that you can use your Copic refills as alcohol inks? Just like the Tim Holtz ones. They do the same thing AND they come in 334 colors. So it would be easy to make custom backgrounds that match your stamped image colors exactly.
Imagine the possibilities.
Lisa’s Copic tip for July………………
When you are refilling your markers this is also a good time to replace damaged nibs, so keep a supply of replacement tips and a pair of tweezers. Copic tweezers have little gripping teeth to get hold of the nibs better. There are nine styles of Copic interchangeable nibs, from broad to calligraphy, that provide greater freedom of technique in your renderings.
How to Change Marker Nibs
•Using the tweezers pull the large nib out of the marker.
•Insert the new nib slowly back into the marker.
•The ink will wick form the inside out to the end of the nib. This may take a few minutes.
Here are the different nib types:
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Every month on the 12th we will be posting a new tip for your Copics. It may be about coloring, other uses or just some information on the markers themselves. Lisa and I will each have a tip. This month, I’ll also share our April tips too. If you want to sign up for this great club you can find all the information here.
So here are our tips:
Lisa: When you use your copic markers you have the chisel end and the brush end (sketch markers). There is a picture on either end of the barrel showing what “type of tip” is at each end. However……..did you know….that the BRUSH end (the one we most always use) has a GREY RING around that end. Therefore….you can tell at a glance which end to open!!!
Ann: Ok so I know we are selling Sketch markers but I do know there are a lot of you out there that have the CIAO markers, so here is a little info:
The Ciao markers were actually intended for children. The marker was made for smaller hands and the maker tops have holes in them so if swallowed or inhaled a child could still breath. Now if you look inside your marker cap you will notice it does keep it air tight. So be very careful when putting the cap on b/c there is space where you can “jam” you marker tip into the side and wreck it.
And you must make sure you hear a click when you put any of your marker tops on to ensure they are closed air tight.
Lisa: Copic colors have been around for 25 years and you can still get the same colors as you could 25 years ago. So you never have to worry about a color being discontinued.
Ann: If you are just starting your collection buy in the same color family number (ie, stay in the 20’s, keeping gray scales consistent). Pick a color and then “build” around it. For example: Start with B20, and then buy B22, B24 and then to add your greens add G20, G22 and then your Reds R20….etc. The first number indicates the gray scale. You will find it easier to match if you are just starting out.
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