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I TRIED MANY MYSELF LOL PENCILS , COLORING THEM IN ( STAMPS) BUT THESE ARE EXPENSIVE JUST THE NAME COPIC SOUNDS COSTLY.HAPPY CRAFTING

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I order the refills online.  Last time I ordered one it was on ebay.  It was $7.99.

Laurie,  you can purchase ink refills (called Various Inks) most places that sell Copic items.  I'm not sure if the big box stores sell them or not.  You can purchase them directly from Copic (visit the Copic site - there is now a store).  Refilling is easy.  Just remove the caps from both ends.  Then, just drip ink onto the chisel end until the brush tip turns shiny.  You can also do it by removing the chisel end... and placing the nose of the ink refill into the space and giving a LIGHT squeeze.  If ink starts dripping from the brush end, you overfilled.  Nothing to harm the marker, just wastes ink.  Make sure to scribble on scratch paper until it stops dripping before putting the caps on or you will end up with a mess the next time you open your marker. 

Hope that helps!

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I use Spectrum Noir Pens and bic markers. Probably not as good as Copics but I am very pleased with results. I will try to post a project with these. I cannot justify the cost of the copics.

I just started collectnig the copic markers last month and I am looking to expand my capabilities.  Has anyone tried the copic markers with the airbrush tool? 

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That had me at great coloring mediums, lol



Colleen, GKD DT said:

Well, since you posted this in the Copic Corner, most everyone here is a fan of Copics!  You probably won't get many people giving other brands. LOL

 

There are lots of great coloring mediums out there - it's just a matter of what type of look you are going for and the results you want.

 

As for the price... there are four different body styles and if cost is a concern, then check out the Ciao - they are the smaller barrel and the least expensive to purchase.  All Copic markers are refillable and the nibs are replaceable... they are non-toxic, have recycleable plastic parts, and really are a top quality art tool.  Once you start using them and refilling them... that's where the value comes in. 

 

If you really are interested in them... do some research, check out a class or two at a local store and then ask for them as gifts for birthdays, mother's day, anniversary... that sort of thing!

 

Hope that helps!

If you've got the money they are worth it, but Gina shows how the BICs work for coloring in stamps on her site.  Once you buy one you gotta buy 20 more, lol!

Hi everyone. I too am just getting into stamping and coloring. I absouletly love the look of Copics for blending skintones, especially darker skintones. I don't have the money for Copics just yet so I purchased a few Prismacolor pencils but the effect was not nearly the same without the Gamsol or mineral spirits for blending. So, as a starting point with Copics I decided to get the Copics Ciao markers in the few colors needed for darker skintones along with a Copic colorless blender. And get a set of the Bic Mark It markers for the other colors. That way, I can start learning to blend skin and hair with Copics while building a collection slowly (catching sales) if I decide to expand. There are so many beautiful stamps out there to try, I can hardly wait to get started.

Hi Patricia-

I just started this whole stamping/card making thing myself so I didn't want to spend the money it takes for Copics until I knew this is something I will stick with.  (Gina has made this hobby too much fun to put down)  So I took her advice in one of her videos and got my Bic Mark-its (on sale for $10 @ Target for a pack of 36!!!)  There are plenty of YouTube video demos of people using these markers.  The video of Gina using them is here:

http://stamptv.ning.com/video/alcohol-markers-on-a-budget-part-1

http://stamptv.ning.com/video/alcohol-markers-on-a-budget-part-2

Patricia Patterson said:

Hi everyone. I too am just getting into stamping and coloring. I absouletly love the look of Copics for blending skintones, especially darker skintones. I don't have the money for Copics just yet so I purchased a few Prismacolor pencils but the effect was not nearly the same without the Gamsol or mineral spirits for blending. So, as a starting point with Copics I decided to get the Copics Ciao markers in the few colors needed for darker skintones along with a Copic colorless blender. And get a set of the Bic Mark It markers for the other colors. That way, I can start learning to blend skin and hair with Copics while building a collection slowly (catching sales) if I decide to expand. There are so many beautiful stamps out there to try, I can hardly wait to get started.

Hi Feyren,

Thanks for the info on the Bic markers and video sites. I will check them out. To see so many experienced crafters, it's good to know that there are other newbies to stamping and coloring. I look forward to posting pixs when I actually start creating.

Thanks again for your reply.

Happy crafting,
Tricia

Patricia, we are all hoarders of crafting supplies, I just recently this year started using up those supplies, to justify buying more!  The best thing about this hobby is that you can't go wrong, there is no right or wrong way to do it, and some of the best techniques were made by mistake.  Enjoy creating, and always feel free to ask a question!  Welcome, and we were all beginners at one time, and we are always still learning.

I just saw today prismacolor markers.  Has anybody tried these? They are not cheap kinda like their colored pencils. But if you have a coupon you could get them.

Hi Krystal,  thank you for such encouraging words.  I do have to remember not to stress myself trying to make something perfect, just enjoy being creative and continue to learn.  I look at so many beautifully made cards and layouts and get a little doubtful that I will be able to create something so beautiful.  But, I'll keep in mind that it will come with practice.  Right now I'm reading blogs, watching videos, and gathering supplies; havent actually make a card yet.  Did a few cuts with my Cameo but that's about it so far.  I'm happy to have excellent teachers, great videos, and encouragement from all of you other crafters.  I will post pics when I complete something.

 

Thanks to you all.

 

Tricia

Krystal Allen said:

Patricia, we are all hoarders of crafting supplies, I just recently this year started using up those supplies, to justify buying more!  The best thing about this hobby is that you can't go wrong, there is no right or wrong way to do it, and some of the best techniques were made by mistake.  Enjoy creating, and always feel free to ask a question!  Welcome, and we were all beginners at one time, and we are always still learning.

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