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Old 09-13-2012, 06:09 AM   #37
Colleen Schaan
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Thanks Barbara! That was super sweet of you!

I'm always trying to work up new tutorials, magazine articles, publications and videos to share.

As for selling the OP on Copics... well, I have to be honest and say that we can only give you the facts and share our own experiences and then let you make your own decision.

There are a number of Alcohol Ink marker brands out there. What makes Copic special?

#1 - Quality. There it is Artist quality vs. Crafter quality. Not saying that crafting quality is bad. I guess it comes down to you get what you pay for.

#2 - Color Choice. There are over 350 color choices. (358 to be exact.) Yes, that can be overwhelming at first, but with the numbering system, it's super easy to pick colors that work well together and blend well. Copics work even if you have a limited supply as they are made to layer and blend.

#3 - Nib Options - There are 4 different barrel types and each has different nib options. The Super Brush nib is amazing! Other brands have tried to replicate it, but IMO none even come close.

#4 - Consistency - Every marker is hand tested 3 times for quality control and the ink colors are computer matched so that there is absolutely no change between lots. This is a huge plus for artists and anyone who does design work.

#5 - Education - Yes, there is a learning curve to the markers. Copic saw a need for educating the user and created the Certification program. Instructors who were specially trained by the company teach store owners, instructors, designers and other consumers how to successfully use the product.

#6 - Non-Toxic - Not all alcohol ink markers are made with the same solvents. Copic markers are non-toxic, plant based, ethanol alcohol. No strong odors and not harmful to use in enclosed areas.

Those are some of the facts...

My own personal experiences? Well, I used to color with every other medium out there... then found Copics. Didn't know a thing about them, went to a store and bought a few (one blue, one red, one green) tried them, and was frustrated! Figured it was a bad product - until I learned more about them and how to pick colors... then I fell in love. I love them so much, I made them my career! LOL

my suggestion to you? See if you can find someone in your area who teaches classes and try them out before buying... then make a decision based on what YOU are looking for in a marker.

Hope that sheds some light.

Originally Posted by Barbara Jay View Post
I also bought all of my copics from Oozak.

They all have tutorials and tips . However Colleen Schaan has a lot of FANTASTIC Copic videos

My favorite Copic sites to check are:

fresh & fun

Colleen Schaan
Distinctive Touches

Sharon Harnist

I am sure there are other sites with great designers these are just my favorites.
Colleen Schaan - Education Specialist at Imagination International Inc.,/Copic Marker
- Distinctive Touches; My Copic Books!

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