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Old 07-22-2011, 11:43 AM   #1  
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Most of us don't have nor can afford to buy all of the Copic colors so choosing markers that blend well is a huge problem.

Just going by the numbers doesn't work because many times the colors completely change tones between one number and the next.

An example is I bought G05 ( emerald green) I thought G02 & G00 would be lighter emerald greens for blending . however I found that G02 & G00 are almost an aqua.
There is a huge leap from E19 to E21 and then from E21 to E23 is also huge . It is like E21 is a misplaced orphan

In other instances two color numbers next to each other are almost identical.

Maybe we need to start a gallery of Copic colored images and which markers were used. They don't need to be complete cards just the colored images.

Someone shared a picture of a Tilda colored with RV63- RV66 & blended with RV00. These colors blended perfectly and I ordered those markers.

What are your thoughts on this idea of a "Copic Image" gallery?? I would be willing to upload a few images . Would you be willing to color some images and upload them to a Copic Image gallery ?
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That is a wonderful idea! I would contribute. I usually do that on my blog...showing the colors and color combinations that work for me. Here is a link to all of my posts with that topic in case you want to take a look.

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Thanks for your suggestion. You can post the same question over in the Site Suggestion forum where the administrators will find it.
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Some stores sell pens as blending sets too so you can research them and perhaps decide on colors. Flourishes shows blending sets and I'm sure others do too.

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Oh..My..Gosh!! That is fantastic! Thanks for sharing.
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For all the colors except the E's generally you want to blend with the 10's 20's 30's etc. Also to keep the same tone in the card you would want to stick with the same 10's throughout the card.

Beate Johns has great combinations on her blog you may want to check out.
After you start mastering the color you can start blending differently
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Just Rite stamps has good sets too

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Check out all the great color combo suggestions on this blog:

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The Angel Company sells color sets too. I have a chart of their sets on my Copic FAQ page on my blog:

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Simon Says Stamp also sell Copics in blending sets.
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The problem I have with Copics sold in "Blending Sets" is many companies do not stock all of the colors so they choose their blending sets from the Copic they carry. That doesn't always mean they are the best blending choices .

If you look at 4 or 5 companies that sell blending set you will find a wide array of opinions in what they recommend.

I prefer to see an image and decide if those colors appeal to me and if I want them in my collection
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The problem I have with Copics sold in "Blending Sets" is many companies do not stock all of the colors so they choose their blending sets from the Copic they carry. That doesn't always mean they are the best blending choices .

If you look at 4 or 5 companies that sell blending set you will find a wide array of opinions in what they recommend.

I prefer to see an image and decide if those colors appeal to me and if I want them in my collection
I second what Barbara Jay is saying. Take their kits as suggestions and then look around to see if you like the way those colors blend together.

Simon Says Stamps has some good kits - Aqua, Red, and Blue but I don't think the colors they have in the Yellow Green Pink Brown and Purple are the greatest together...especially not for a newbie.

If anyone wants to see an example of how a combo looks together I would be more than happy to try it out and post for you. I have most of the colors.
There are many of them that I don't like at all and don't use at all. I would hate for someone else to waste money and be disappointed if their colors didn't blend well.
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Dang it!!! this is the chart I have used for months to fill in what I already had with sets I can use. Now I see they have more blending sets. I really do like the blending sets they have put together. Now I am going to see what I have from the new sets and fill in the others. I see a trip to my stamp store on Saturday before the prices go up. Thanks for letting me know about the new sets. I am kind of challenged on putting colors together, but I am getting better.
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I just came across this today

http://paperfections.typepad.com/fil...ite-4-2011.pdf

I am so grateful for all who share their knowledge for all of us. And I found a great copic blank chart here on the home page. In fact I recommend a good read of all she has posted.

PaperFections: Copic FAQ, Color Charts & Tutorials

With color recommendations and blending I know that I can use the same 3 markers as someone else and get different results because I am still new at this. And color is different for all of us I think---we tend to like different things a bit--so it is still trial and error for me.

But I love having all these great resources out there that people have shared because it makes me more inclined to try things that I normally wouldn't. Happy coloring everyone!!
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Hi, Barbara -- I'm finding your thread a few days late, but I like your ideas.

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Maybe we need to start a gallery of Copic colored images and which markers were used. They don't need to be complete cards just the colored images.
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What are your thoughts on this idea of a "Copic Image" gallery?? I would be willing to upload a few images . Would you be willing to color some images and upload them to a Copic Image gallery ?
Lydia (Understandblue) and I discussed a similar concept earlier this year. She arranged for these types of images to be uploaded to the Templates, Cards & More Gallery. Three of my Copic coloring guides are already in that gallery, but so far those are the only ones.

Although you're calling it a "Copic Image Gallery," I think we are talking about very similar ideas. I'd love to see your examples, and I hope others will also contribute coloring guides to the Templates gallery.
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http://paperfections.typepad.com/fil...ite-4-2011.pdf

I am so grateful for all who share their knowledge for all of us. And I found a great copic blank chart here on the home page. In fact I recommend a good read of all she has posted.

PaperFections: Copic FAQ, Color Charts & Tutorials

With color recommendations and blending I know that I can use the same 3 markers as someone else and get different results because I am still new at this. And color is different for all of us I think---we tend to like different things a bit--so it is still trial and error for me.

But I love having all these great resources out there that people have shared because it makes me more inclined to try things that I normally wouldn't. Happy coloring everyone!!

This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing!
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I have the Caios instead of the Sketch markers. Its even more difficult for me to find combos because the Caios don't have all the colors.
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Barbara, keep in mind that each digit represents something different... so your idea of E19 and E21 blending is not correct. A blending group is a group that has the same letter (color family), the same first number (saturation) and 2-3 digits difference in the last number (shade) So B12/B14/B16/B18 will be a blending group while B16/B18/B21/B24 would not be a good blending group.

Does that make sense?
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Papertrey Ink also has some great suggestions for blending sets. The colors were chosen by Debbie Olsen, who is such an amazing copic colorer!

Here are the PTI blending suggestions: Papertrey Ink - Copic Sketch Marker Collection

Here is Debbie's coloring website: Sketches in Time
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The blending set link is a great help.
Being new to Copic, I used an online "hand colored" chart to get an idea of what I wanted. The lightest colors (ones I'd probably use the most) don't show well, but this chart gives a much better idea of the shades than what's on the caps or on some of the shopping pages: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Cz3R9Q0tpR...0/DSCF2585.JPG
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The blending set link is a great help.
Being new to Copic, I used an online "hand colored" chart to get an idea of what I wanted. The lightest colors (ones I'd probably use the most) don't show well, but this chart gives a much better idea of the shades than what's on the caps or on some of the shopping pages: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Cz3R9Q0tpR...0/DSCF2585.JPG
Gee this looks exactly like the Hand Colored Copic chart I bought from 7 kids.
It is even in an acetete sleeve like hers.
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REVIVING THIS THREAD because it has good info and because I still need help choosing colors.

I have B18. It is a nice true dark blue. But I'm not sure what to buy to go with it. I'm thinking of buying B12, B14 & B16 to go with it, but ... it seems like B14 & B16 are almost identical. And from what I've seen on some of the color charts, there is a big difference between B16 & B18.
Thoughts?

Also, does Copic black (like the 100 or 110) blend well with C7 and C9? Or should I just stick with C5, C7 & C9 for my blacks, such as those use in a Tuxedo or penguin?

Finally, has anyone else noticed that BG0000 and BG000 look identical to their B0000 and B000 counterparts? Was doing a bit of snowmen shading tonight and I couldn't tell the difference.
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Back to the top ...
I'm still hoping someone can answer my questions in the post immediately above.
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I don't have B18 so I can't comment on other blending colors for that

I also don't have 100 or 110. From what I have read those black colors are so dark you would lose the lines in your image . I use C7 & C9 with other
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BG0000 and BG000 are close to B0000 and B000 but B0000 is more of a powder blue .
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Barbara, you've actually been a great help!

For the most part, I have enough different blending groups (plus a few strays) to keep me busy for awhile. I was coloring some snowmen (along with their hats, scarves and mittens) and realized that my "blacks" and "blues" were lacking in some areas and overlapping in others.

Here's my gameplan:

No 100 or 110. Instead, I'll plan on adding C05, C07 and C09 to my C00, C01, C03.

I'll also plan to get B12, B14 & B16, and will keep my fingers crossed that they will blend with B18 for a dark sapphire blue.

For now, I'll keep my BG0000 and BG000 until someone can convince me that I do or don't need them in addition to their B0000 and B000 counterparts.
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REVIVING THIS THREAD because it has good info and because I still need help choosing colors.

I have B18. It is a nice true dark blue. But I'm not sure what to buy to go with it. I'm thinking of buying B12, B14 & B16 to go with it, but ... it seems like B14 & B16 are almost identical. And from what I've seen on some of the color charts, there is a big difference between B16 & B18.
Thoughts?

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I actually have my chart with me. I do not have B18 (yet) but I do have B14 and B16 and there is a noticeable difference in them when you look at the ink side by side. I also have B12. They are very nice together. Good Luck
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Melissa, I have BG000 and B000 and can definitely see a difference. I don't have either of the lightest colors (BG0000 and B0000) yet. If I were shading snowmen, I would use the B colors instead of the BG colors because the B's are more icy looking.

And I'm with Cindy on B12, B14 and B16 - definitely a difference. And I don't have B18 - yet. If I had to choose between B14 and B16 to blend for a dark sapphire blue, I would choose B16.

The 100 and 110 are so dark, that I can't imagine at this point what I'll ever use them for. These 2 are my only regrets in my Copic purchases. And I can't tell any difference between them.
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Thanks, ladies! I've been agonizing over what colors to get. I'm only going to order 6-7 (I'm picking out my own Christmas gift), so I have to make my picks good.
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Melissa,
Yes, B14 & B16 are very similar. I would probably use B12 & B14 to go with B18. I hope that helps!

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REVIVING THIS THREAD because it has good info and because I still need help choosing colors.

I have B18. It is a nice true dark blue. But I'm not sure what to buy to go with it. I'm thinking of buying B12, B14 & B16 to go with it, but ... it seems like B14 & B16 are almost identical. And from what I've seen on some of the color charts, there is a big difference between B16 & B18.
Thoughts?

Also, does Copic black (like the 100 or 110) blend well with C7 and C9? Or should I just stick with C5, C7 & C9 for my blacks, such as those use in a Tuxedo or penguin?

Finally, has anyone else noticed that BG0000 and BG000 look identical to their B0000 and B000 counterparts? Was doing a bit of snowmen shading tonight and I couldn't tell the difference.
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When looking for blending families remember your colorless blender is your magical friend

When I was coloring the Christmas Postcard ( in my gallery) I used G28 for the pine needles. I didn't have a lighter blending color and furthermore the pine needles were too small to consider shading. I had to work very carefully to be sure I didn't go outside the lines. I colored all of the pine needles with G28 and then " lightly" went over the parts I wanted highlighted with my colorless blender. At first it doesn't appear to be lightening an area, but give it a minute or two to react to the color and it will work beautifully.
The colorless blender is like salt in cooking, just use a little and give it time to react before you add more. You can always add more if you need to.

Also you can use a light "N" maker ( 1-3) to tone down a vivid color. If you only have a vivid pink and want a dusty pink, just color with the vivid pink then go over it lightly with an "N" marker and "viola" dusty pink

I always give the Copic colors I used in entires in my gallery.
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bttas I'm a beginner with copics and need the reminder and referral
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