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Old 12-02-2009, 06:42 AM   #1
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Default SU Markers V Copics

My mom is going to get me Markers for Christmas (she is the best: ) In your opinion should I go with copics or su markers. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:02 AM   #2
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IMHO, this is like asking someone which to you prefer apples or oranges. these are two completely different types of markers, with somewhat different uses and effects. The SU marker are water based markers and Copics are an alchol based marker. I can't adequately describe the differences between the two, but there are tons of threads here that can.

Personally, I prefer my SU markers. I have much better results and can blend them better. I have tried Copics and even took a Copic class and just can't get the ahng of them-they have a much steeper learning curve.

In either instance, you are getting a very nice gift and that is a great investment in your crafting supplies.
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One is apples and the other is oranges in comparison. Copics are alcohol based and work best with a certain ink/paper and SU markers are water based and work with I think any ink. They both give very different results when coloring. I have been using Copics for a year now and originally had CTMH markers which I think are comparable to SU markers in design and function. Correct me if I am wrong ladies. But I love my copics. They do cost quite a bit more but I love the fact that I can airbrush my brads, eyelets, acetate etc and its permanent. My advise is go to a LSS and see if they have a class you could take and try both out to see which you like best. Good luck.
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Haha, great minds and all. Posted at the same time.
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Thanks Girls! Colleen, what do you use to blend them?
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My guess is either a blending pen or a waterbrush. Thats what I used to use. HTT's.
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Thanks Girls! Colleen, what do you use to blend them?
I use the SU Blender pen or sometimes simply a lighter shade of color.
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Thanks Colleen. I guess I will have to buy more of those. Mine have all dried up from using them so much : ) Thanks again.
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One other huge benefit of the copics is that they are refillable and you can replace the tips. I love that. I also find them not hard to use. The on-line tutorials I've watched have been very helpful. I have never been able to blend or shade with my SU markers. One big plus with the SU markers is the ability to use them directly on the rubber stamp. I do use and like both, but find that I reach for Copics more often.
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I wouldn't use Copic's on stamps...but I would use SU on stamps
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Before letting your mom invest in such a large purchase, perhaps you could try 2 or 3 of each and see what works for you. If you want to color in images, Copics are the better choice (for me) especially if it is a large image. if you want to use the markers directly on a stamp, then waterbased markers are better. Just make sure that if you get Copics, you get 2 or 3 shades of the same color and a clear blender pen.

check out http://ilikemarkers.blogspot.com/ for a ton of copic info
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Before letting your mom invest in such a large purchase, perhaps you could try 2 or 3 of each and see what works for you. If you want to color in images, Copics are the better choice (for me) especially if it is a large image. if you want to use the markers directly on a stamp, then waterbased markers are better. Just make sure that if you get Copics, you get 2 or 3 shades of the same color and a clear blender pen.

check out http://ilikemarkers.blogspot.com/ for a ton of copic info
Very good advice. I love my SU markers and use them often. When the Copics craze started, I jumped in and bought about 20 markers and started playing- could get the hang of them; took classes and still didn't like them; now I'm try to sell them off on the BST boards here. I wish I had only gotten a couple/not made such an investment before I jumoed in with both feet.
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One other huge benefit of the copics is that they are refillable and you can replace the tips. I love that. I also find them not hard to use. The on-line tutorials I've watched have been very helpful. I have never been able to blend or shade with my SU markers. One big plus with the SU markers is the ability to use them directly on the rubber stamp. I do use and like both, but find that I reach for Copics more often.
I would note that while the SU markers are not se, refillable, I have "refreshed/reinked" several by adding a drop of classic ink reinkers to the brush tip. As for replacing the tips, I wish this could be done with the SU markers.
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I think I am going to go with SU Markers. I like the idea of using them on the stamps. Someday maybe I can afford to have the copics too!
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