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Old 02-16-2008, 12:22 PM   #1
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i just got my first 36 copicīs and i feel like i need more ,i really should wait and practise before i jump in and buy more .9

how many copicīs do you have (if you have them )
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i have 80. i started with the 36 set of ciaos.. then i started collecting mostly ORIGINAL markers, and some sketch..
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I have 133. I bought all the Ciao colors I wanted and now have started on the colors that are only available in the Sketch style. LOVE my Copics!
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Holy cow! I only have about 25 and feel I have enough to at least create and blend some.
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I just got the 96 count set in the mail yesterday from Ellen Hutson! *happy dancing*
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oki i think i may need some more pens
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Like all of you, I started out with 12 >> 25 >> 36 >> and I don't count now. However, I have discovered through the experience that for each color... I'm sincerely needing 3 shades of that color ... lightest to darker. Therein lies one of the 'secrets' to success with Copics. So my current mission is to increase my "layers".

Alas .... No one ever promised that it would be inexpensive .... ***sigh***
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I have ZERO, haha! I like my SU! markers I'm afraid to buy even one copic because I'm the sort that wants them ALL and I'd rather spend money on stamps, lol
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Don't laugh to hard.. I've got one!!! It's like a light pink - flesh toned...they had about 20 colours at my LSS - but at 6.99 each... I thought I'd start really small I think I kinda like my gamsol and prismas- cost wise and I'd have to learn a new way to colour - plus the bucks!!!! If they weren't so expensive - yes, I would buy lots!!!!
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63 Sketch. I have a list of another 18 that I'd like to buy (who knows when that will be!).
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i bought the 98 a couple of weeks ago from e huston am very happy
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I don't have any either, but I would like to try a flesh tone one and a gray shading one. I have prismas and gamsol but I always feel like the light peach smears black when I use it (even with Pallete Noir or Stazon) and it takes me FOREVER to blend a shadow.
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I have 170 Sketch, but I've been using/collecting them since before they were discovered here.

Nancystamps - the inks you've tried do not work with the alcohol ink in the Copics. Use Brilliance or Adirondack (Pitch Black).

If you're having trouble blending or don't have enough markers to get a good blend, combine them with Prismacolors. Well, even if you do have plenty, combining them is a great look. I like to "paint" a light undercolor with my Copics, and then do shading on top with my Prismacolor pencils (see my cards here: http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=89347, and here: http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=89347 for examples).

If you want to blend well with the markers, a good rule of thumb is to buy them in sets of 3, like a previous poster said, but make sure those three are the same hue and the brightness is 2-3 numbers apart. Colors right next to each other are too close to really distinguish. To tell what hue and brightness the colors are, here is a legend of the naming convention of the colors: Example B04, Tahitian Blue. The B is the main classification letter and expresses the color family. The 0 is the Hue, the 4 is the Brightness. So a good set for blending, for example, would be B02, B04, and B06.

The main technique I use for blending is picking up color with another marker and blending it out while coloring. Just scribble a marker on an acetate sheet or something similar, then pick that color up by taking another marker and scribbling over it. Color and you will see the color you picked up going down first and then changing into the marker you are using. Here are a few of my cards where I've used that technique: http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=89347 and http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=89347
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I have 1 sketch and prolly about 15 original markers...I just pick up a few each time I visit my LSS...

Thanks for the great tips, ksaeger!
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great tips there Kristi ,thanks
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I have 170 Sketch, but I've been using/collecting them since before they were discovered here.

Nancystamps - the inks you've tried do not work with the alcohol ink in the Copics. Use Brilliance or Adirondack (Pitch Black).

If you're having trouble blending or don't have enough markers to get a good blend, combine them with Prismacolors. Well, even if you do have plenty, combining them is a great look. I like to "paint" a light undercolor with my Copics, and then do shading on top with my Prismacolor pencils (see my cards here: http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=89347, and here: http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=89347 for examples).

If you want to blend well with the markers, a good rule of thumb is to buy them in sets of 3, like a previous poster said, but make sure those three are the same hue and the brightness is 2-3 numbers apart. Colors right next to each other are too close to really distinguish. To tell what hue and brightness the colors are, here is a legend of the naming convention of the colors: Example B04, Tahitian Blue. The B is the main classification letter and expresses the color family. The 0 is the Hue, the 4 is the Brightness. So a good set for blending, for example, would be B02, B04, and B06.

The main technique I use for blending is picking up color with another marker and blending it out while coloring. Just scribble a marker on an acetate sheet or something similar, then pick that color up by taking another marker and scribbling over it. Color and you will see the color you picked up going down first and then changing into the marker you are using. Here are a few of my cards where I've used that technique: http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=89347 and http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=89347
great samples... I've used my copics and prisma pencils the same ways....

I love the depth you get when combining the two.
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Thanks for the tips, Kristi! Do you use mineral spirits to blend the prismacolors on top of the copics?
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Somewhere on here I saw a tutorial for using markers and pencils. Does anyone know where it is?
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Ok, so I have none...and this is the reason...I guess it has never been explained to me what the draw is there...???? Help! Why do you love these so? What makes them different from other markers.
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I have 50 but I have only paid full price for 1. I got 17 for $28 on ebay and a friend of mine had 25 that someone had given her and she didn't want them so she gave them to me. The rest I bought with the 40% coupon at HL. They are wonderful pens that draw so smoothly, that's the draw.
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You do realize, you all are a baaaadddd influence on me, don't you? I just ordered the 36 Copic Sketch set. Geez, if my husband ever sees this month credit card bill, he going to divorce me!

I just started this addiction 3 weeks ago. Between the Copics, the ATG 714 gun (with 12 extra rolls, of course), the stamps, ink pads, paper, embellies, Cuttlebug (and dies, folders), etc. I'm probably nearing $1,000.

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Ok, so I have none...and this is the reason...I guess it has never been explained to me what the draw is there...???? Help! Why do you love these so? What makes them different from other markers.
I was wondering the same thing. I have the set of bold brights markers from SU and was thinking of getting more. Should I wait and trya few copics instead? What's the difference?
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I have 170 Sketch, but I've been using/collecting them since before they were discovered here.

Nancystamps - the inks you've tried do not work with the alcohol ink in the Copics. Use Brilliance or Adirondack (Pitch Black).

If you're having trouble blending or don't have enough markers to get a good blend, combine them with Prismacolors. Well, even if you do have plenty, combining them is a great look. I like to "paint" a light undercolor with my Copics, and then do shading on top with my Prismacolor pencils (see my cards here: http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=89347, and here: http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=89347 for examples).

If you want to blend well with the markers, a good rule of thumb is to buy them in sets of 3, like a previous poster said, but make sure those three are the same hue and the brightness is 2-3 numbers apart. Colors right next to each other are too close to really distinguish. To tell what hue and brightness the colors are, here is a legend of the naming convention of the colors: Example B04, Tahitian Blue. The B is the main classification letter and expresses the color family. The 0 is the Hue, the 4 is the Brightness. So a good set for blending, for example, would be B02, B04, and B06.

The main technique I use for blending is picking up color with another marker and blending it out while coloring. Just scribble a marker on an acetate sheet or something similar, then pick that color up by taking another marker and scribbling over it. Color and you will see the color you picked up going down first and then changing into the marker you are using. Here are a few of my cards where I've used that technique: http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=89347 and http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=89347
This is SO helpful - thanks for taking the time to explain it!
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I have 105 and counting, LOL! Oh how I adore my Copics!

I shared a couple tips on my blog yesterday, if you're interested!

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Nope! I tried using Gamsol once and just couldn't get it to work for me. I just shade away with my pencils. The trick is layering, using small circular strokes, and having a light hand to get your gradations to blend into one another and the paper. I use lots of colors layered onto one another to create depth. I also like to burnish to remove the grainy look of pencil - that is where you use pressure with a white or light colored pencil, or colorless blender pencil, to go over your pencil and give it a smooth and shiny look. You get different results using white versus the colorless blender. Also, underpainting my pencil with light colored Copics helps me achieve my gradations more easily. I've found the book "Colored Pencil Solution Book" to be a great resource (ISBN 1-58180-026-6).

To answer the poster who asked why Copics?.....
-You can layer without your paper pilling
-Markers are lifetime tools - they can be refilled and the nibs can be replaced
-Can use them on other surfaces, such as plastic, metal, fabric, etc.
-Allow you to color without having stroke marks in your image (this does still take practice and technique to master)
-Lots of colors
-Blendable
-***You cannot color on your stamps with these markers as you can with water-based ones.

I love using them because for me, I feel like I am painting with the marker - it is easy to blend and layer the colors (and I am NOT good at real painting!!). I am ADD and get bored easily, and the markers allow me to quickly complete coloring before I get bored and walk away I like using colored pencil too, but that takes much longer to achieve the look I want, so I don't use them as often.

Please don't flame me for the following opinion.... Personally, I don't know why people spend the money on these markers if they are just going to color single layers of color with them and not take advantage of the blending. It seems like a waste of money. I also don't know why people are buying the SU colors in these markers. Having just that color set really doesn't allow you to take advantage of the blending "sets" as I explained above. I don't think one should limit any coloring medium to just the SU palette - you can expand your color palette and with more colors achieve greater depth in images, and they can still be complimentary to the SU palette. Don't get me wrong - I am a SU demo and have it all, I just think colored images look better when colored in many complimentary shades and colors, rather than everything being so flat and matchy-matchy.

I was fortunate enough to learn how to use the Copics and learn colored pencil techniques from Kathy Sanders (Colorin' Kate), who really pioneered the use of these markers in stamping. She gives classes at a scrapbook store owned by the Whippersnapper stamp owners, and she creates many of the card samples for their line. Her gallery here is small, but check it out - amazing!

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I have 2 Sketch and 23 Original, if you don't count the colorless blender. I went by the Amuse recommended colors, plus two extra flesh tones. I am very pleased with results in terms of variety of colors and blendability. I plan to buy more copics in the future, however, I will probably get additional shades to blend/complement what I already have.
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I have 144 LOL i need some more colors too..... I bought 4 36 packs of them with the different colors i love em and i was serious about more colors i wonder how many there are all together i would love to own them all
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Nope! I tried using Gamsol once and just couldn't get it to work for me. I just shade away with my pencils. The trick is layering, using small circular strokes, and having a light hand to get your gradations to blend into one another and the paper. I use lots of colors layered onto one another to create depth. I also like to burnish to remove the grainy look of pencil - that is where you use pressure with a white or light colored pencil, or colorless blender pencil, to go over your pencil and give it a smooth and shiny look. You get different results using white versus the colorless blender. Also, underpainting my pencil with light colored Copics helps me achieve my gradations more easily. I've found the book "Colored Pencil Solution Book" to be a great resource (ISBN 1-58180-026-6).

To answer the poster who asked why Copics?.....
-You can layer without your paper pilling
-Markers are lifetime tools - they can be refilled and the nibs can be replaced
-Can use them on other surfaces, such as plastic, metal, fabric, etc.
-Allow you to color without having stroke marks in your image (this does still take practice and technique to master)
-Lots of colors
-Blendable
-***You cannot color on your stamps with these markers as you can with water-based ones.

I love using them because for me, I feel like I am painting with the marker - it is easy to blend and layer the colors (and I am NOT good at real painting!!). I am ADD and get bored easily, and the markers allow me to quickly complete coloring before I get bored and walk away I like using colored pencil too, but that takes much longer to achieve the look I want, so I don't use them as often.

Please don't flame me for the following opinion.... Personally, I don't know why people spend the money on these markers if they are just going to color single layers of color with them and not take advantage of the blending. It seems like a waste of money. I also don't know why people are buying the SU colors in these markers. Having just that color set really doesn't allow you to take advantage of the blending "sets" as I explained above. I don't think one should limit any coloring medium to just the SU palette - you can expand your color palette and with more colors achieve greater depth in images, and they can still be complimentary to the SU palette. Don't get me wrong - I am a SU demo and have it all, I just think colored images look better when colored in many complimentary shades and colors, rather than everything being so flat and matchy-matchy.

I was fortunate enough to learn how to use the Copics and learn colored pencil techniques from Kathy Sanders (Colorin' Kate), who really pioneered the use of these markers in stamping. She gives classes at a scrapbook store owned by the Whippersnapper stamp owners, and she creates many of the card samples for their line. Her gallery here is small, but check it out - amazing!
thanks that helps a lot!
I think I'll stick with my water colour crayons and pensils for now. I reall like using them. I also like that I can use the stamping up markers ones to ink my stamps. It may take me a while before I get as excited about copics as others.
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I've got five... plan to invest in a shade similar to each of them for blending soon though. Starting small.
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Tamara, where did you buy yours? im near Grande Prairie but have family near lethbridge, (and i used to live in Pincher Creek) and i havent found copics in store anywheres around here.
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:25 AM   #35
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I have 2 Sketch and 23 Original, if you don't count the colorless blender. I went by the Amuse recommended colors, plus two extra flesh tones. I am very pleased with results in terms of variety of colors and blendability. I plan to buy more copics in the future, however, I will probably get additional shades to blend/complement what I already have.
where could i see these colors that amuse recomends ??
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Old 02-19-2008, 02:41 AM   #36
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Here are the Copic colors recommend on the Elzybells site from Muse:

http://elzybellsna.typepad.com/my_we...c-markers.html

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Old 02-19-2008, 04:20 AM   #37
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I have about 40 of the sketch and plan to eventually own all of them. I just started buying them about two months ago. With their steep price, I try to only buy a few at a time- and I have to have the best deal!
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Old 02-19-2008, 05:56 AM   #38
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I have 144 LOL i need some more colors too..... I bought 4 36 packs of them with the different colors i love em and i was serious about more colors i wonder how many there are all together i would love to own them all
There's 322 colors in all. Many of them are greys,(a total of 40) which you wouldn't typically need.
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Old 02-19-2008, 06:31 AM   #39
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I have about 40 Copics currently. I don't have any stores around me that carry them, so anytime I or DH are going out of town I check for stores in the area. He just left for a business trip this morning and Sunday night "reminded" me to get my list together so he could buy me more He's well trained!

I did start with some SU! colors just so I knew that they coordinated with my other supplies. As I began practicing with them and I have expanded my collection I am getting colors to blend and coordinate. The way I chose colors to put on my list for DH was by downloading a full list of the sketch colors and filling in which I had....that way I could easily see which color families I needed to fill in the gaps.
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I only have 9 so far, and I'm putting in my order for another 25 or so with the tax refund. Between the markers and the spellbinder dies I could use a second job just for them! I Love it though.
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