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Old 08-24-2011, 04:17 PM   #321
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Thanks for the heads-up, Kim-Marie. Here's a link to the coupons for anyone who's interested... Michael's coupons valid through Saturday, August 27, 2011
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Great thread! thanks for the sticky, cant wait to build my Copic collection!
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Has anyone had a problem getting their orders from OOzak? I placed an order on July 22 for $300 (B-day gift from my hubby and kids) so I could take advantage of the prices before they changed. It took 3 weeks and MANY phone calls to finally get my order. Eventually I was able to speak to a manager and he said that even though the items showed as 'in stock' when I placed the order on line they actually didn't order from Copic until after orders were placed with them and then had a hard time filling orders. Since they did have markers that showed 'out of stock' I felt like I had been scammed. Then I was offered a deal to order the new colors at a discount and that they would send me an email with a link, guess what? Yep, no email. I was so disappointed because I ordered in plenty of time to get them before a surgery I had scheduled and since I would be on bed rest for a few weeks I thought I would get to play, by the time they came I only had a week left at home and had to spend that time getting the kids ready for school before I went back to work.
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So many others here love that site and I had it bookmarked for future purchases, but I'm going to remove them after posting this. Poor customer service is a HUGE pet-peeve for me. Personally, I believe companies that show "in stock" when they don't have the actual merchandise are unprofessional and skittering on the edge of unethical.

I have ordered Copics from DickBlick.com and Otakufuel without any problems.

My DickBlick.com order included a couple of the new colors and the Website noted they'd not be available for a week. I thought my order would be held. Instead, DickBlick sent me my current order with a notice that I'd be getting my "backorder" colors directly from the manufacturer, which shipped them right on time. This is a good site to order large quantities. They often have good sales. Right now, it's 20% off all orders of $199 or more and free shipping with $150 order. Copic Sketch Markers - BLICK art materials

My Otakufuel order was placed just days before the Aug. 1 price increase. I was a little hesitant, because the site looks like it's put together by a bunch of animation fans, but was pleasantly surprised. My order arrived quickly and even included a little "hello kitty" candy as a thank-you. What I really like about Otakufuel is that Copics ship free as long as you order 3 or more markers. A great money saver for those of us who can only afford a few markers at a time. Copic Quick Order Forms
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I've ordered many times (way too many) from oozak and have had zero problems. I always got my order within 2 days. I would not count them out because of this one incident. I haven't even known them to show markers in stock if they weren't in stock-they seem like they have a running inventory and it automatically marks them OOS if someone buys them all.

Carpe Diem, on the other hand, has done all of the above. It almost made me wonder if the PP meant carpe diem rather than oozak.
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I've ordered from Oozak once with no problems, and from Dick Blick several times with no problems. I definitely prefer Blick whenever the have one of their good sales.

btw Gale - I want to let you know I LOVE your avatar! Me and my DH are huge fans of Firefly. Every time I see your avatar I get a huge smile.
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Has anyone had a problem getting their orders from OOzak? I placed an order on July 22 for $300 (B-day gift from my hubby and kids) so I could take advantage of the prices before they changed. It took 3 weeks and MANY phone calls to finally get my order. Eventually I was able to speak to a manager and he said that even though the items showed as 'in stock' when I placed the order on line they actually didn't order from Copic until after orders were placed with them and then had a hard time filling orders. Since they did have markers that showed 'out of stock' I felt like I had been scammed. Then I was offered a deal to order the new colors at a discount and that they would send me an email with a link, guess what? Yep, no email. I was so disappointed because I ordered in plenty of time to get them before a surgery I had scheduled and since I would be on bed rest for a few weeks I thought I would get to play, by the time they came I only had a week left at home and had to spend that time getting the kids ready for school before I went back to work.
WOW I have ordered ALL of my Copics from Oozak and NEVER had a problem and got them in 3-4 days. I have never placed an order for something that showed as in stock on the site and then it was out of stock. Rusty ships the same day for all ordered that are placed before 3:30 Eastern time.

I had to call him once and he immediately answered the phone

I don't know what happened with your ordered but that is not the experience I have had. I won't buy my Copics from anyone else
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btw Gale - I want to let you know I LOVE your avatar! Me and my DH are huge fans of Firefly. Every time I see your avatar I get a huge smile.
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I'm also a huge fan of Oozak.com. It's a one man shop, his name is Steve. I've never had a bit of trouble. I've always gotten EXCELLENT service. This is also the first complaint I've ever seen! I recommend Oozak all of the time.
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Has anyone had a problem getting their orders from OOzak? I placed an order on July 22 for $300 (B-day gift from my hubby and kids) so I could take advantage of the prices before they changed. It took 3 weeks and MANY phone calls to finally get my order. Eventually I was able to speak to a manager and he said that even though the items showed as 'in stock' when I placed the order on line they actually didn't order from Copic until after orders were placed with them and then had a hard time filling orders. Since they did have markers that showed 'out of stock' I felt like I had been scammed. Then I was offered a deal to order the new colors at a discount and that they would send me an email with a link, guess what? Yep, no email. I was so disappointed because I ordered in plenty of time to get them before a surgery I had scheduled and since I would be on bed rest for a few weeks I thought I would get to play, by the time they came I only had a week left at home and had to spend that time getting the kids ready for school before I went back to work.
Hi everybody!

Thanks to everyone that emailed me regarding Erica's post. I really appreciate it!

I have emailed Erica regarding her post, hopefullly we can straighten this out. I await her response.

I think that Erica has confused my site (oozak.com) with another site. Many of you know that I would never handle any order that way and that my site only shows what I have in stock. I don't backorder or pre-order anything. I answer my phone (I like to chat and emails. Yes, I am a one man shop - so, if I make a mistake, I have to roll my own head

I'm not going to mention the site I think she may have actually ordered from, but a little research will tell you that she's not the only one with that experience.

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Has anyone had a problem getting their orders from OOzak?

First I owe A HUGE APOLOGY TO OOZAK this was me on no sleep after working a huge shift for with PGFD on the east coast (we have been flooding with all this rain) and combining several longer paragraphs into one shorter one on my phone and NOT rereading my work. What I should have asked was if anyone has had a problem with Carpe Diem Art Store and what experience they had with oozak since I want to try them. I in no way meant to flame a completely innocent company, especially a small business, especially since I go out of my way to try and support the 'little guy'

Again I am so SORRY OOZAK and I hope that you will let me order from you. Any negative comments directed toward me I totally deserve.

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So many others here love that site and I had it bookmarked for future purchases, but I'm going to remove them after posting this. Poor customer service is a HUGE pet-peeve for me.
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Please see my apology for being a complete schmuck and not rereading my post regarding oozak. It should have said Carpe Diem. I combined two paragraphs using my phone and didn't reread. Please give Oozak a try (as will if they will still have me). Thank you.

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Please see my apology for being a complete schmuck and not rereading my post regarding oozak. It should have said Carpe Diem. I combined two paragraphs using my phone and didn't reread. Please give Oozak a try (as will if they will still have me). Thank you.

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Of course I will still have you! Let's just hope I don't screw up

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Thanks Rusty, I have also sent you an PM and will be placing an order as soon as I can convince my husband that I should get something for HIS birthday
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I am very happy this was straightened out and it was a different company that Erica had a problem with.
I think Oozak is one of the best run companies I have ever done business with.
I am a very happy and "loyal" customer!!
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another happy customer here of Rusty and OOZAK...I have placed several orders and I am always amazed how quickly the copics show up in my mailbox.
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Another VERY happy Oozak customer here! I love my copics!
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I LOVE ordering from Oozak!!! I always have my order in hand within just a couple of days! He has absolutely excellent customer service! I've ordered several times and everytime was great!!!
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I had a feeling it was the other place. Glad that's cleared up!
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I have again bookmarked Oozak!

I'm happy that the company that is so well-loved around here is not the offending company. I'm totally impressed that Oozak representatives have taken the time to visit this site to address the situation. That shows me the company is indeed in touch with its customers.
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I'm happy that the company that is so well-loved around here is not the offending company. I'm totally impressed that Oozak representatives have taken the time to visit this site to address the situation. That shows me the company is indeed in touch with its customers.
The Oozak "Representative" you referred to would be Rusty the owner. He is a one man band. LOL He runs the entire business by himself and does a spectacular job I might add.
We know him for Copics, but he has distress ink pad and reinkers, Memento pads and reinker, Versafine and others inks . He has EZ-mount, stamps from several companies and a lot of other things
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I too am so glad this was cleared up...........Oozak has been wonderful to me. No one can beat Rusty for service!

Good thing I had the hubby cremated when he died...he'd be rolling in his grave if he knew how much I've bought from Oozak! Another problem sidestepped.....
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I love OOZAK!!! I have a wishlist from here to the next century. I am always totally amazed at his customer service and shipping times.

I need to place another order soon too.
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Hi all,

I'm totally new to the world of copic & have just started building my collection but I was wondering if there are any good blogs or videos for newbies? (how to use them, blending, etc)

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I would be interested to know this too. I am going to a Beginner's Copic class tomorrow night, so that should help. I have seen a book advertised for beginners, can't remember the name. ? Put out by Annies Attic or something.
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The book you are referring to is Copic Coloring Guide by Colleen Schaan & Marianne Walker....another is Shadows & Shading by Marianne Walker.....both are available from Oozak.com
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This is Marianne Walker's website: I Like Markers

Marianne is the guru...there are links down the right side of her blog for several other experts and educators in the field
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Suzanne Dean is an excellent Copic person. She has online classes and also travels around. I have taken both.
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Is anyone taking Suzanne Dean's class in Kansas city in two weeks?

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Ok call me lazy but I did a search for the Copic matches for the last two years of SU In Colors...and there are hundreds of pages...but the last few of each thread had nothing.

Help! Can someone repost if they know the matches?? Yeah...for two years!! I have neglected my stamp room and my lovely marker pile and need to fill in my Copic gaps after placing a huge order of SU stuff to try to get me up to speed on all I have been missing.

Based on prior experience, I am guessing Rusty @ Oozak will get me my order before the SU box even arrives if someone can tell me what colors to order tonight! (I did read the whole Erica thing, and as I read it, truly thought it sounded like my experiences with CD...was glad to find out we were ALL right about that!!)

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I had a virtual craft room sale over the weekend and now have a few bucks to spend on Copics. Yay! I thought I would start with a set of 12 autumn colors for making seasonal cards. I found this set and was wondering what experienced Copic gurus think about it for coloring autumn leaves, pumpkins, and such??? I would, of course, buy locally (as in USA) but thought it looked like a nice collection of autumn colors.

While those pictured are originals, I think (after much deliberation) I'll be going with the Sketch. I do have a few Sketch that I bought about four years ago: R27 (Cadmium Red), E37 (Sepia), C5 (Cool Gray No. 5), and a couple of Colorless Blenders. I used them to color one card (no shading or anything, just solid color, lol) and they've been sitting on the shelf ever since.

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First I am no expert, but until one of them answers you I have a comment and a question.
I am no fan of buying sets. I think you get colors you may not use. In that set I can't imagine when you would use black. To color black you use the dark cool grays (C's) . If you use true black you will lose the lines of your image and it will look like a silhouette .

Do you plan to color with or without shading? If you plan to start coloring without shading then you can chose a larger variety of colors than this set offers. If you plan to learn to do shading then you need 2-3 colors close to each other to do that.
Do you have some images in mind to color? What colors will you need for those images?
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I'm fairly new to Copics and have a very small collection, but here is what I learned so far--the hard way:
1) The best way to buy colors is in sets of two or, preferably, three (ie: 3 blues, 3 reds, 3 yellows, etc.)
2) In most cases, skipping one or even two numbers is okay (ie: 13, 15, 17; 22, 24, 26)
3) Buying by number works most of the time, but not always.
4) Buying according to the cap color doesn't work at all.
5) Light colors--such as those ending in 000 or 0000--are sometimes necessary to get good shading, but don't always match their colors.
6) Personally, I like the cool grays much better than the warm grays, though I suppose those who are true artists will say you need both.

Here are some of my "sets":
Yellow: Y11, Y13, Y15 (Y15 looks almost orange compared to 11 & 13)
Green: G21, G24 (look almost alike; I bought a G0000 for a lighter shade, but it looks almost blue in comparison, so I use my YG03 instead. I feel I still need another set of greens, perhaps in the low teens or low 20s)
Yellow Green: YG0000, YG01, YG03, YG63
Red: R20, R22, R24 (also have R29, but looks a lot like R24)
Purple: V12, V15, V17
Blue-Violet: BV000, BV02, BV04
Blue-Green: BG0000, BG000, BG02, BG05 (good for water)
Blue: B41, B45 (nice denim look); B0000, B000, B2, B5 (an "OK" blue set, but seems too similar to the Blue-Green. I've not yet found my go-to "true blue" set.)
Brown:[/COLOR] E33, E35, E37, E29
Cool Gray: C00, C1, C3 (makes good shadows and sidewalks). I plan to add C5, C7 and C9 for "black" hair. Barbara Jay is right about using dark cool grays instead of black.
Warm Gray: W00, W1, W3
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:24 PM   #355
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First I am no expert, but until one of them answers you I have a comment and a question.
I am no fan of buying sets. I think you get colors you may not use. In that set I can't imagine when you would use black. To color black you use the dark cool grays (C's) . If you use true black you will lose the lines of your image and it will look like a silhouette .

Do you plan to color with or without shading? If you plan to start coloring without shading then you can chose a larger variety of colors than this set offers. If you plan to learn to do shading then you need 2-3 colors close to each other to do that.
Do you have some images in mind to color? What colors will you need for those images?
Thanks for taking the time to comment, Barbara.

I would like to color with shading. The one and only card I ever uploaded here on SCS was colored sans shading with Copics, and it looks very "flat." I really didn't have any idea what Copics were or what they were capable of at that point in time--I just wanted to color with a marker that wouldn't leave streaks. lol

A few years ago, after doing all the research on Prismas, I ended up investing in the big set; I've yet to color anything that I've been happy with. So I have now turned my attention to Copics.... Perhaps someday I'll be able to use them together.

Your point about buying in sets is a good one. My problem is that I'm just not sure which colors to get. I've spent hours and hours reading everyone's Copic blogs and still feel stupid. lol I thought that maybe buying in sets of "seasonal" shades would make color selection that much easier.

As I said, right now I'm focused on autumn. The autumn images I'd like to color include SU!'s adorable little scarecrow in Happy Fall Y'all, Fall Whimsy, Basket Full of Fun, Season of Thanks, and Lovely Leaves.
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I'm fairly new to Copics and have a very small collection, but here is what I learned so far--the hard way:
1) The best way to buy colors is in sets of two or, preferably, three (ie: 3 blues, 3 reds, 3 yellows, etc.)
2) In most cases, skipping one or even two numbers is okay (ie: 13, 15, 17; 22, 24, 26)
3) Buying by number works most of the time, but not always.
4) Buying according to the cap color doesn't work at all.
5) Light colors--such as those ending in 000 or 0000--are sometimes necessary to get good shading, but don't always match their colors.
6) Personally, I like the cool grays much better than the warm grays, though I suppose those who are true artists will say you need both.

Here are some of my "sets":
Yellow: Y11, Y13, Y15 (Y15 looks almost orange compared to 11 & 13)
Green: G21, G24 (look almost alike; I bought a G0000 for a lighter shade, but it looks almost blue in comparison, so I use my YG03 instead. I feel I still need another set of greens, perhaps in the low teens or low 20s)
Yellow Green: YG0000, YG01, YG03, YG63
Red: R20, R22, R24 (also have R29, but looks a lot like R24)
Purple: V12, V15, V17
Blue-Violet: BV000, BV02, BV04
Blue-Green: BG0000, BG000, BG02, BG05 (good for water)
Blue: B41, B45 (nice denim look); B0000, B000, B2, B5 (an "OK" blue set, but seems too similar to the Blue-Green. I've not yet found my go-to "true blue" set.)
Brown:[/COLOR] E33, E35, E37, E29
Cool Gray: C00, C1, C3 (makes good shadows and sidewalks). I plan to add C5, C7 and C9 for "black" hair. Barbara Jay is right about using dark cool grays instead of black.
Warm Gray: W00, W1, W3
Thanks so much for your input, Melissa! The only thing better than learning from our own mistakes is learning from someone else's. lol I'm so glad you told me about not trying to match to cap colors because I was doing just that in looking at the fall set I linked to. It's not as easy as buying a box of Crayolas, is it? lol
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Buying Copics can be a monumental task if you allow it to be. There are over 350 colors . Don't jump in and buy every pretty color you see. They are all pretty Start small !! You can always add more. If you shop with Oozak.com you will receive your order in 3-4 days and he has the best prices and free shipping on $50. Be sure to register to get the best prices.

I think it is important to learn how the markers react by doing solid coloring first. When I started I did only solid coloring with no shading.
Jumping into shading before you know how the markers work on paper is like trying to run before you can walk.

Find an image you want to color. Research just that image in the gallery or on blogs to see what colors others used for it and only buy those colors to begin.

If you start out with too many colors that don't work together you will become discouraged. If you go at this slowly you will acquire a Copic collection of colors that you like and will work well together.
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Buying Copics can be a monumental task if you allow it to be. There are over 350 colors . Don't jump in and buy every pretty color you see. They are all pretty Start small !! You can always add more. If you shop with Oozak.com you will receive your order in 3-4 days and he has the best prices and free shipping on $50. Be sure to register to get the best prices.

I think it is important to learn how the markers react by doing solid coloring first. When I started I did only solid coloring with no shading.
Jumping into shading before you know how the markers work on paper is like trying to run before you can walk.

Find an image you want to color. Research just that image in the gallery or on blogs to see what colors others used for it and only buy those colors to begin.

If you start out with too many colors that don't work together you will become discouraged. If you go at this slowly you will acquire a Copic collection of colors that you like and will work well together.
Good Luck
Sound advice that I will certainly heed, Barbara. I sure do appreciate your taking the time to offer words of wisdom.
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Oozak is a great place to buy your markers, or any supplies, their customer service is great and shipping is fast....they are wonderful!!!

As for help with colors and blending, two blogs that really helped me when I was starting out were Marianne Walker's - ilikemarkers.blogspot.com and Suzanne Dean's - scrapbitz.blogspot.com. Both of these offer great tutorials for coloring. Suzanne's has videos on YouTube for coloring that are very helpful and her blog lists a good starting list for color groups. These may help you out....... I've ended up with all the markers, except the florescent ones and find I now have my favorite combos for sure.......

And, I do find I like using the different gray colors for the different color groups on the color wheel. The more you play, the more uses you find depending on what you are coloring. However, lookout, these little buggers are very addicting!!!

Have fun choosing your colors and have fun coloring!!!
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Oozak is a great place to buy your markers, or any supplies, their customer service is great and shipping is fast....they are wonderful!!!

As for help with colors and blending, two blogs that really helped me when I was starting out were Marianne Walker's - ilikemarkers.blogspot.com and Suzanne Dean's - scrapbitz.blogspot.com. Both of these offer great tutorials for coloring. Suzanne's has videos on YouTube for coloring that are very helpful and her blog lists a good starting list for color groups. These may help you out....... I've ended up with all the markers, except the florescent ones and find I now have my favorite combos for sure.......

And, I do find I like using the different gray colors for the different color groups on the color wheel. The more you play, the more uses you find depending on what you are coloring. However, lookout, these little buggers are very addicting!!!

Have fun choosing your colors and have fun coloring!!!
THIS is such a big decision!!! After much agonizing-(and some mistakes) I THINK I may have enough for now-They for sure are very addictive!!! The above sites are great for info-and Suzanne's color choices are spot on! You might also check Flourish and PaperTrey Ink sites-oh yes and JustRite-they all have great color combos to start your collection with-but Oozak is the best to buy from!!!Good luck!! (next will be the airbrush! love it also!)
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