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Unread 10-17-2011, 11:01 AM   #361
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When one of my Copics goes dry I just hate to see it become unavailable to use. I want a refill instantly! A lot of online sources charge quite a bit for shipping or require a minimum of $50 or more to get free shipping. Does anyone have online sources that would provide free shipping on a ca. $25 order? I don't mind ordering a few other color refills, but $50 or $70 worth is extreme.
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Scrap-Mart has free shipping on Copic markers and refills and I don't believe there is a minimum order to US addresses . You may want to send them an email or call to ask to be sure
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Can anyone tell me what a good combo would be for RV13 and for RV69?
Do you want to go lighter than RV13? If so I just used RV00-RV02 & RV13 for Santa's bunny slippers in the gallery.

RV10-RV13 & RV14 work well too.

I don't have RV69
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Thank you, Barbara J, that lighter combo looks like it will work perfectly!

RV69 is a beautiful deep mulberry color, a color I need to play with a little more to find a really good blending combo.
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I also have RV11, but to me it doesn't seem to be the same hue (if that is the correct word)as RV10 to work well with RV13 .
Perhaps someone with all of the Copics can provide suggestions for a blending family for RV69
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I think you're right. I've tried RV10, RV13, RV14, RV19, and RV34 with this one and none of them work, either. Oh well, back to the drawing board...and the store. LOL
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Maybe RV69 is like my B79 just hanging out there with no family LOL

B79 is a beautiful Iris blue. It has a slight purple in the blue as does an Iris flower. But there are no blending colors that I could find.
My only option was tip to tip with the colorless blender. Not a perfect solution.
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Have you tried BV01 and or BV04 (but this one might be too dark) with your lonesome B79? Wouldn't it be funny if your homeless B79 blended with my homeless RV69? LOL

Speaking of B79, that's a color I don't have but I'm constantly drawn to whenever I look at the color chart. Some people might want to hit me for saying this but I kinda hope Copic doesn't come up with more colors, that chart is confusing enough for me already.
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Some people might want to hit me for saying this but I kinda hope Copic doesn't come up with more colors, that chart is confusing enough for me already.
All I ask if for them to release more Ciao markers so we can have them in all the colors.
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what is a good combo to achieve old lady blue hair?
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Picastamp, I'd try:

BG000 (pale aqua)
C1, C2 (cool grays)
B91 (pale grayish blue)
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Afdish, I think Copic should do that, too.
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WOO! I just found this really wonderful site - that is a HUGE help in figuring out blending combos. Check this out:

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Barbara Jay, using the site I just mentioned for help it looks like B60, B63, and B66 would work well with your B79.
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RosieLP, thanks for the link.
My collection is still growing. Love my Copics!! So many colors, so little time
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I went to the raft show in Brisbane (Australia) today and came home with 10 more colours to my collection, the lady I spoke to actually seemed to know what she was talking about and was a great help, 27 in my collection now!
I also printed off a new chart and am up to date with my massive collection LOL
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I also printed off a new chart and am up to date with my massive collection LOL
Your collection sounds as massive as mine! I am ready to add a few more colors, just not sure which ones I want yet
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Hmm that should have been craft show not raft show lol

I was pretty sure some one would get a laugh out of my massively meagre collection
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Barbara Jay, using the site I just mentioned for help it looks like B60, B63, and B66 would work well with your B79.
I have B60 B63 & B66 and they don't work. They are a smokey grayish blue while B79 is a deep vivid blue.
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Has anyone noticed the darker colored markers need to be cleaned much more often than the lighter colored ones?
It seems the very dark ink is stickier and dries in the caps and on the rim of the marker more than the lighter ink. When there is dried ink in the caps they don't come off as easily and need to be cleaned.
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Maybe RV69 is like my B79 just hanging out there with no family LOL

B79 is a beautiful Iris blue. It has a slight purple in the blue as does an Iris flower. But there are no blending colors that I could find.
My only option was tip to tip with the colorless blender. Not a perfect solution.
Here might be some possibilities for your two colors.....
For RV69 I've used the new RV63 and RV66. I used the tip to tip blending the RV66 and RV69 just to fine tune the blending of those two colors, but that combo does work.

For B79, you're right, that's a "lone wolf" out there, and I used BV02, BV13, and then the B79 for the deep contrast. I did use BV13 as a tip to tip on B79 to blend out the difference and got a real nice blend for those two. If you don't like using the tip to tip approach, you can scribble your darker color on a piece of plastic or acetate, and pick it up with your lighter color. In this case blending to your middle color from the B79, I'd use that middle color, rather than the colorless blender, to get a smoother gradient of color.
Good luck with those, and if anyone has a better combo, please share with us.
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Thank you for the info, lovetostamp!
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Barbara, you are correct in this. Typically the darker pigments (especially red, blue and dark brown) are a bit larger and therefore the ink seems a bit thicker (it's not really)... but yes, it does get gummier easier and will clog the marker cap making it not seal properly. Definitely keep those marker caps cleaned. Good observation.

As for B79... I do use it with my B60 group... when I layer my B60's together I get a really rich purple blue...sort of royal bluish... not gray at all... so the B79 works well for me... I also use the B79 to add cast shadows on my red objects.

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It seems the very dark ink is stickier and dries in the caps and on the rim of the marker more than the lighter ink. When there is dried ink in the caps they don't come off as easily and need to be cleaned.
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Thanks Colleen I will try my B60 group again with my B79.

I never thought about the dried ink preventing a proper seal . I am very diligent about cleaning my markers as soon as I see they need it . I keep the 91 % Isopropyl Alcohol and Q-tips with my markers

Periodically, I clean ALL of them while watching football
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I have two markers that the ink seems to have gotten thick. R29 & B26. When I lay down color it appears thick and shinny. I have use both of them a lot, but the nibs don't appear dry so I don't think they need to be refilled.

If I removed the chisel nib and dropped one drop of colorless blender in the marker barrel would that thin the ink a tad or would I make a complete mess of my marker? Would the colorless blender solution mix evenly with the ink ? I don't know the inner ink system of these markers. Is the ink reservoir an empty barrel or is there a wick in there? IF it is a wick system then my idea won't work .

Any suggestions??
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I have two markers that the ink seems to have gotten thick. R29 & B26. When I lay down color it appears thick and shinny. I have use both of them a lot, but the nibs don't appear dry so I don't think they need to be refilled.

If I removed the chisel nib and dropped one drop of colorless blender in the marker barrel would that thin the ink a tad or would I make a complete mess of my marker? Would the colorless blender solution mix evenly with the ink ? I don't know the inner ink system of these markers. Is the ink reservoir an empty barrel or is there a wick in there? IF it is a wick system then my idea won't work .

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Do the nibs appear dark and gummy? Does the chisel end still color fine?

On darker colors, if you only color with the very tip of the brush and never the sides of the brush, then the ink can clog up over time. To clean it out, carefully remove the brush nib with a pair of needlenose pliers or Copic tweezers. Put the brush nib in a few drops of rubbing alcohol or colorless blender until the nib gets much lighter. let the nib dry, then put it back in the marker. It will work fine.

To avoid this problem, color with the sides of the brush as much as you color with the tip. this keeps an even ink flow throughout the pen.
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Thank you!! Yes the chisel nib is fine and they are very dark color markers. I have been doing a lot of fine work and just using the very tip of the maker . I will do as you suggested. Perhaps if I need to do a lot of fine coloring in the future I will keep a scrap piece of paper handy and periodically stoke the side of the marker on it

I thought maybe the compression inside the barrel was off so I removed both caps and let the marker sit for a couple of minutes before I put them back on. It didn't help

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Marianne,
A while ago I bought the Copic tweezers so getting the nib out was no problem.
The part that goes into the barrel got quite light, but the brush part did not turn light. However, I could see the nib looked like to needed to be refilled so I think it worked .
Now the nib is drying. How long does it take to thoroughly dry? Will I need to refill the marker after I put the nib back in?

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After I removed the nib from the marker I soaked it in a small dish with 91% Isopropyl Alcohol . I was supposed to soak it "in a dish of the alcohol" correct? Not just drop alcohol on the nib.

I did need to refill the marker, but it works great now. It lays down the ink as it should. It is not gummy and shiny .
I have a package of spare Super Brush nibs on hand in case I ruin one.

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So glad you got your marker nibs cleaned out and working again. You did exactly like you should... and it doesn't take long for the nib to dry... you really just need the alcohol to evaporate from it.

I'm with you... LOVE this site... an amazing wealth of knowledge about every stamping/crafting topic under the sun. I've learned so much from others and I'm happy to share my own knowledge on the few subjects I'm comfortable with when I can. So thankful others feel the same way.

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After I removed the nib from the marker I soaked it in a small dish with 91% Isopropyl Alcohol . I was supposed to soak it "in a dish of the alcohol" correct? Not just drop alcohol on the nib.

I did need to refill the marker, but it works great now. It lays down the ink as it should. It is not gummy and shiny .
I have a package of spare Super Brush nibs on hand in case I ruin one.

I don't know where we would be without this site. Some one who knows what they are doing will always answer a question or solve a problem

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Can anyone tell me what a good combo would be for RV13 and for RV69?
Rosie, I use RV63 and RV66 with RV69. Here's a card in my gallery using those colors.
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Thank you for the info. Your card is beautiful!
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How should these be stored??????????????? Right now I have them in an art bin container, so they are being stored vertically. But someone said they should be stored horizontally. So????????????????????
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They can be stored any direction, up or down.
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Copics don't care how you store them. It's up to what's good for you - vertical or horizontal. They are not going to dry out.
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Cathy - you can store Copic *markers* anyway that works for you...vertical or horizontal. The only Copic product with recommended horizontal storage is the Spica Glitter pen because of the glass flakes that are suspended in the ink reservoir - you want those flakes to stay evenly distributed inside the pen.
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And it doesn't matter if you have Copic Original, Caio, or Sketch - they can all be stored either vertically or horizontally.
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I have a question for anyone who can answer this. Is it possible to overblend when you color? I colored a coneflower image on cryogen white and then colored the smaller coneflowers on GK pure lux. The card looked great. You could see the graduated colors w/o any obvious lines. But the reason I ask this is that when I look at other people's images you can clearly see the darker shades. I'm sorry I can't show a photo of the card. I'm just wondering if I'm overdoing it. I hope this doesn't come off as critical of others, that is not my intent. I'm just thinking I may not be coloring correctly!
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What can happen is that when you go over your dark shade with the lightest is you can overblend to the point of lightening up your dark shade too much. But then you can always go over your shadow areas again.

I use cryogen, too, and to get good color coverage (shadows and proper blending) I also find I need to add more layers of color to get the saturation I want. But I should also tell you that I don't particularly like GinaK paper for coloring larger areas because I find that paper (by comparison to cryogen) can't be worked as much, especially if you color with a more heavy hand (which I have). Cryogen, it seems to me, can't be overworked.
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