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Old 09-28-2010, 08:02 AM   #3481  
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Welcome to the local chapter of Copic Addicts! Aren't they fun?! Don't forget to checkout the U-TUBE for Copic tips on how to color. I especially appreciate Suzanne Dean's videos. Enjoy!
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You are right, coloring has never been more fun, I love my Copics too.

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New to this site, and I guess still fairly new to copics. I've been using them for about 3 months now and am completely hooked. So much so that I have over 100 colors. Most of which were bought from Oozak. What a great site with great customer service. I'm also hooked on the Magnolia stamps and love coloring in these little cuties. I've never enjoyed coloring in stamped images until I discovered copic markers. I'm definetly hooked
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Stop by and check out Marianne's blog also. She's got some awesome tutorials and loads of information on there. http://ilikemarkers.blogspot.com/

I started out the way you did with a few that have grown over time into more that 200 sketch markers. I love them and I know eventually I'll end up with all of them. It is an addiction. I love coloring with them.
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Welcome to the local chapter of Copic Addicts! Aren't they fun?! Don't forget to checkout the U-TUBE for Copic tips on how to color. I especially appreciate Suzanne Dean's videos. Enjoy!
THanks I have checked out various tutorials, including those on youtube and some others. They have been very helpful. I don't think I will ever own all the marker, but probably close to 200 by the time I am done. I have a combination of sketch and ciao, trying to save money where I can. Unfortunately being in Canada, postage can get expensive.
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New to this site, and I guess still fairly new to copics. I've been using them for about 3 months now and am completely hooked. So much so that I have over 100 colors. Most of which were bought from Oozak. What a great site with great customer service. I'm also hooked on the Magnolia stamps and love coloring in these little cuties. I've never enjoyed coloring in stamped images until I discovered copic markers. I'm definetly hooked
Me too Sheri! I never liked coloring in stamped imaged until I started with copics! Now if I could just take my airbrush compressor out of the box and use it... I would be in business!
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Me too Sheri! I never liked coloring in stamped imaged until I started with copics! Now if I could just take my airbrush compressor out of the box and use it... I would be in business!
Michelle, I think I'd be scared to try airbrushing, going to stick with what I can handle, lol.
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Hi

Can someone give me some info on Carpe Diem Store? I recently ordered some copics from them and though it's been nearly a week, I have not received a shipping notice. I did check the status on their site and up until a few minutes ago it was showing as processing. They are showing the shipping method as FEDEX, but I paid for priority mail. They do not provide a tracking number, either.

So, I guess my question is... is this their usual service?

Any help would be appreciated!
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[QUOTE=versamom;17368630]It is super SUPER easy. I highly recommend that you have the Copic Tweezers to change out the nibs...otherwise you risk damage to the new nib when putting it in. That is really the only thing you can do wrong...pushing a nib in with your fingers or other tweezers and ruin it.[QUOTE]

Versamom - Thank you for the information. You've given me the push I needed to get the nibs and tweezers ordered and get this job done! Thanks much!!
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Toy, I haven't ordered from them, because of their name. Doesn't Carpe Diem mean "let the buyer beware"? Please let us know what happens.
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Toy, I haven't ordered from them, because of their name. Doesn't Carpe Diem mean "let the buyer beware"? Please let us know what happens.
Carpe Diem means "Sieze the Day". I believe you're thinking of Caveat Emptor. I only know that because my son was a National Honors student in Latin.

I'll definitely let you all know what happens. I ended up sending them an e-mail. They have been recommended many times in these forums, so we'll see

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I have placed several orders from Carpe Diem Store over the last year and have had great service from them. I've always received email notification for the order, and shipment notification as well. There was only one time a couple Sketch markers were out of stock and they called me to ask if I wanted to substitute another color, or just skip those those two. And yes, you are right that carpe diem means "Seize the day".
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I've also ordered from them a number of times and have always had good service. Not sure what the problem is this time. Hope you hear from them soon.
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Just wanted to report that I did receive a response from my e-mail to Carpe Diem. They were super nice. It seems that any order under 18 copics goes USPS Priority. Over 18 goes FEDEX. They're not sure, but think someone just keyed it in wrong. They gave me a tracking number and my markers will be here today.

I was super impressed with the way they handled the inquiry. Their customer service is excellent. I will definitely use them again.
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Glad you got a good response from them Holly!

I am SUPER EXCITED! Just got notice that I've been accepted into the Nov. 6 Copic Certification class in San Antonio! I am jumping up and down and can't wait! I didn't think I'd make it but I did.
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Glad you got a good response from them Holly!

I am SUPER EXCITED! Just got notice that I've been accepted into the Nov. 6 Copic Certification class in San Antonio! I am jumping up and down and can't wait! I didn't think I'd make it but I did.
Oh, how awesome! I have been watching for a class near me, but so far nothing. I'd love to have that certification!

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I store mine horizontally. They fit into a storage system I have that sits on my work top. The storage bins have colour coded handles so I 'filed' the Copics into those bins. When I want a marker from the red family I just pull the red handle etc.

I have read everywhere that Memento Tuxedo Black is the best ink to use when working with Copics so that's what I use.

As for cardstock, I have Neenah Classic crest Solar White, Gina K Pure Luzury - a whole lot of 75 sheets and One Sheet Wonder,......none of which I have experimented with yet because I'm still using up some blending cardstock from a supplier here in Australia who said their cardstock was the best with Copics - but it wasn't!

Unfortunately here in Oz supplies of such stuff is very limited, we don't have a Michaels or Joannes or whatever (not that I know of anyway) so every so often I have to purchase from the US which is fine I guess if you want the proper stuff!
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I love memento ink with copics, but some images need the detail you get with versafine, does versafine work with copics?
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I use Memento, Versafine, and Brilliance. They all work fine with Copics. I like Brilliance the most because it gives the sharpest image.
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Should my Copic brand multi-liners be stored horizontally or vertically? I can't find any information about them, so I'm wondering what you ladies know about it. Thanks.
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According to Marianne Walker, the US rep for Copics, it doesn't matter how you store them. Just make sure the caps are on tight.
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Are you referring to the X-Press It Blending Card? I ordered 100 sheets of the stuff, because I'd heard it was the best. I don't think it's any better than Neenah or GinaK. (Although the reds don't bleed on it like they do on Neenah.)
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According to Marianne Walker, the US rep for Copics, it doesn't matter how you store them. Just make sure the caps are on tight.
I've read that about the Copic markers, but I haven't seen anything about the multi-liner pens. Does it apply to them, too?
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No, apparently, the original nibs won't fit sketch markers. So the closest you can get is the medium round, but that is not what you wanted...
hi! i just wanted to ask this question!
i wanted to change my original copic broad tip for medium round sketch tips!
is this possible? and how?
sorry, im a newbie
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I use Memento, Versafine, and Brilliance. They all work fine with Copics. I like Brilliance the most because it gives the sharpest image.
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I store my multiliners horizontally. Just in case.
Thank you Gale! Appreciate the info.
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i wanted to change my original copic broad tip for medium round sketch tips!
is this possible? and how?
sorry, im a newbie
Not possible, Sketch nibs have a different diameter than the Copic Original, so they don't fit.
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SCRAPMART has a sale that ends Monday.... 20% off copics and free shipping...that makes them $3.90 sketch and $2.58 ciao must use code "copicsale" at checkout

They are really great, I always buy from them when I go to the scrapbook conventions.
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Okay, so I have read Michelle's blog ilikemarkers.com but I am still having trouble apply some techniques. Like the shading technique. I just can't seem to like how it turns out. Does anyone have any tips that worked for them when they first began?
Make sure you have a juicy blender pen and practice with one marker and the blender pen. the first blender pen I bought was bone dry and I didn't know if for 6 months!!!
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Just to clarify (for others who may be reading), it's Marianne Walker (not Michelle), and her blog is I Like Markers. (Splitcoast shows the URL in bold, but the point is it has to have blogspot in the URL.)

As for the shading technique, I'm a little flummoxed by Joan B's response, since every teacher and class I've attended make it a point to let us know that the Colorless Blender is really not a blender at all. It removes ink--or more precisely, it moves the ink. It's great if you've colored outside your outline. With a little skill and technique, you can use the colorless blender to "push" the ink back inside the line. It's also good for some other clever techniques (check out Marianne's blog for some ideas). I've never heard of using it to do shading, but of course, I'm no expert! I'd love to hear more about this.

Shading: Most people start with the lightest of 2 or 3 shades, coloring the entire (small) area. Then, depending where your light is coming from, you use a darker marker to make the area in shadows darker. Go over the entire area again with the lightest marker. If you're using 3 shades, now use the darkest marker to color the area in the darkest shadows. And last, go back over the entire area with the lightest shade again. Look at the back of your cardstock. If you're doing it right, there should be blotches of color bleeding through.

Some people prefer to reverse the process. Start with the darkest shade, coloring in only a very small area where the shadows will be darkest. Then the middle color, then the lightest color. I believe this is Suzanne Dean's preferred method. It doesn't work for me, though.

One more little trick about the lighting. Let's say you decide the light in your picture is coming from the upper right. Take an object--for example a marker you're not using--and lay it down on your desk pointing towards the upper right corner of your cardstock. Think of this line as a ray of light. Leave it there, and when you're trying to decide which areas are in shadow and which are bright, just imagine where this ray of light would fall.

Hope this helps,
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I probably have the least business responding to anything on this thread, because I am just trying to learn to use copics too, and the only thing I have to go by is watching videos and reading. But I have discovered some tips, that make sense to me, (not saying I can apply them, LOL) Calling it a blender is misleading, but there is an English stamper on YouTube that uses pro markers and she does show how to use that blender while coloring and her images are lovely and I looove to hear her talk :+) She is lotvcarddemos. Also I have read that when using the blender, how successful it is in moving the ink back in to place, depends on the paper. I like GP110 just fine, but it is really hard for me to move ink back into place on it, vs. a higher quality paper. Also I have found less bleeding on the higher quality paper to begin with. Blending is easier on that type of paper, as it seems the ink kind of sits on top of the paper instead of saturating through (again just my limited experience). But I also found that if I goof up, I can't go back as many times either because the ink sits on top, probably just me because I am used to the GP where ink does saturate? I also watched a video, I can't remember who did it though, that also recommended using an object and then remembering to "enter" that area light and "exit" dark. Again makes sense but I stink at doing it, LOL. For me as a complete beginner, it also seems to make a difference what colors I am putting together, so I have given up and am trying to collect the "natural blendables" and then reading the combo's other people use, because I can't seem to eyeball them and know what works. With some combos I have tried, the lighter color I have chosen has ended up moving the color like the blender does. I think one of my biggest mistakes as a beginner though is over blending. That's what I try to zero in on when watching a video, how far into the other color they are going. It's kind of confusing because I think if I understand it right, you just kinda blend at the edges where the colors meet, then the lightest color is to blend over all of it??? Haven't gotten clear on that yet, hmmm perhaps that's my problem :+) Like my Nana used to say, "I'd give my eye teeth" if I could find someone who lived close enough and would be willing to show me how to color, or what I am doing wrong. I think I would frustrate the socks off someone teaching a class of more than just me though :+) Best thing I think you can do, is just what you are doing, use this thread and the terrific folks on SCS because I haven't found anyone who acts like I'm stupid or bothering them when I ask a question. Sometimes when I see a color combo I like and the colors aren't listed, I private message and ask. Everyone is so kind, encouraging and accepting of all skill levels. I don't know if any of this saga is of any use, remember I said I know little to nothing, but can relate as a frustrated wannabe copic user.
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:53 AM   #3511  
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Yeah, I tried using the blender pen to blend when I first got them and it didn't work for me either. I remember posting here about it (maybe a year ago). And I also didn't have any luck with Suzanne Dean's method so I'm glad it wasn't just me. lol. I do find that after I do the 2nd color, when I go over it with the lightest it ends up barely having any shadow. I guess it depends on how much darker the 2nd color is.
I tried the darker to lighter on a recent card challenge. It ended up ok, but it took a lot more work. Probably because I am used to doing it lighter to darker.

For the barely having any shadow when you color - I go over mine a LOT. By that I mean, I color all one color in my lightest. Lets say G21. Then I shade with G24, the G28 then a little G29. Then I go backwards. And use the G28 to smooth out the G29, then G24 to smooth the G28. Then G21 all over the edge into the G21. So I layer all the color first, and then start smoothing back. Then when that is done, I go back and darken some areas. With this method though, G21 is not going to be the predominant shad when done. G24 will be closer to the finished shade with a little light G21 in some areas.

The colorless blender can be really cool to use for streaky effects with the tip to tip method. I tried that last night, and used it to pick up some E31 and streak it through the BG0000 glass, and it came out pretty cool. Haven't taken a pic yet though. Later.
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I am no expert, either! But I find I lose my shadows as well, if I use the lightest color to go over the whole thing. I try to stick to just the edges, so it's a smoother transition. Some colors definitely work better than others with this, which I think is strange and frustrating. If you look at Suzanne Dean's coloring closely, you'll see that her shadows are not always perfectly smooth--and that's okay, the picture still looks fantastic. So maybe it's not essential to get that smooth gradient from lightest to darkest. I notice she leaves a LOT of white space, also.
dlsplu, I have the same experience with different papers and color families (having to look at other people's suggestions). I prefer the GP and the way it behaves with the one exception of bleeding--but it usually only bleeds if I go over it a LOT. Reds are more likely to bleed, also, so I try to be extra careful to not overblend reds. Again, if it's not perfectly blended it still looks good!
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SCRAPMART has a sale that ends Monday.... 20% off copics and free shipping...that makes them $3.90 sketch and $2.58 ciao must use code "copicsale" at checkout

They are really great, I always buy from them when I go to the scrapbook conventions.
so they are normally less than $5 for sketch? (figuring the 20% off)...
ETA duuh, I went to the website and yes, they are only $4.87 normally--that's better than Oozak at $5.25!
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so they are normally less than $5 for sketch? (figuring the 20% off)...
ETA duuh, I went to the website and yes, they are only $4.87 normally--that's better than Oozak at $5.25!
Oozak's usual price for registered customers is $4.10 for a sketch. You need to create an account and log into their site to see their discounted price.

But yes the Scrap-mart sale price was even better at $3.90 for a sketch and free shipping no minimum order.
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Here's another "non-expert" throwing in her two cents.....
I'm currently taking Suzanne Dean's classes, and I guess why they work for me is I would outline in a darker crayon when I was a kid and shade with the lighter ones, so her method makes sense to me. The trick is not to over blend back over your darker colors with the lighter ones, because it removes or pushes it back just like the blender pen. You want to pick about three colors that work well, and just make sure your lines blend together so there's not a distinction between each one. Each color is also put on with a light touch and it makes it easier to blend.
There are some instances were I have started with the lightest color and added my darker ones for shading, and Suzanne has shown that technique as well, but doing it the other way has made it easier for me to leave that "white" space or lighter area and not get so carried away with shading everything so dark, unless I'm going for that look.
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ok since non-experts are giving their two cents I will throw mine in too! I like to work in two ways depending on my image...

1) outline the shadowed parts of my image with my darkest shade and then blend that with my medium then blend the medium with my light. (blending starting with my lightest shade usually results in a bleeding mess or an overblended one tone area which is not what I am going for as I tend to color heavy handed).

2) feather blending my colors together.... or tip to tip blending for tight spots.

When I was first starting out I was coloring large images such as Anyas...it was easy to blend light to dark but I have found with more intricate images, the less ink I use the better my end result.

I think what paper you use has a big impact on what blending method works best. Takes a lot of experimenting to find your own style!

I have also found that the way you hold your markers can make a big impact. If you hold your marker between your thumb and your forefinger very close to the tip you can color with a much lighter hand and have more control over how you lay your ink down.
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Oh one more thing...using the colorless blender as a blender...can be done. You can use your colorless blender tip to tip with another color making the other color fade to white.... this can be a valuable trick if you don't have very many colors. Marianne has a post on that here.
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Oh Michelle, you said it so much more articulately than I did.....thank you!! And, I forgot to mention the feathering technique...... Well Done!!
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I did a search but no luck.....I bought a Ciao BG01 on Sept.03. I have colored maybe 7-8 small images(like 1.5 - 2 in) and 1 larger image(4 in) that were predominately this color and my marker is already bone dry. Does this sound correct? I am new to Copics so I have no idea on how much I can color before running out of ink - but I expected more than this, even with a Ciao. I tried to ask the seller OOzak and after two emails finally got this reply- "We are not authorized to sell outside North America"...what does that have to do with my question? Anyway - can anyone help with how many smaller images I can expect to color with a Ciao?
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I did a search but no luck.....I bought a Ciao BG01 on Sept.03. I have colored maybe 7-8 small images(like 1.5 - 2 in) and 1 larger image(4 in) that were predominately this color and my marker is already bone dry. Does this sound correct? I am new to Copics so I have no idea on how much I can color before running out of ink - but I expected more than this, even with a Ciao. I tried to ask the seller OOzak and after two emails finally got this reply- "We are not authorized to sell outside North America"...what does that have to do with my question? Anyway - can anyone help with how many smaller images I can expect to color with a Ciao?
It depends on how much ink you are laying down and what type of cardstock you are using. Some cardstocks suck up a lot of ink so if you were coloring the entire expanse of cardstock and it was a very absorbant cardstock, that may be your problem. Copic wide markers and airbrushing are better if you are trying to color a large area.
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