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Copic markers are all the rage and I know a lot of you have questions about which papers and inks to use. A lot of you have great answers too! So please, share your Q & A about papers, cardstocks and inks for Copic coloring.

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Hi, (I'm really kinda shy so can't believe I'm gonna post ....:-) ).

I'm sure if you're into Copics, you're read all the tips regarding inks & cardstock. Here's what I tend to do and actually have found other papers/cs that works for coloring with Copics. I like to 'feel' the cardstock. Here are some other great cs that I will use:
Bristol Board by Bienfang - It's a 146lb heavy weight cs that is ph neutral & acid free. Very smooth and I've used it as a cardbase. You can buy it at any art store and I tend to get the larger pads and then just cut them down to size.
Bristol Smooth by Strathmore - 100lb very smooth...... JoAnns has 6x6 pads in the 2 for $5 bins....I keep one as my doodle pad :-)

I've also found that as long as I know how the paper is going to react to the Copics, i.e. how much bleed, etc., I still use it. Tagboard for example....very sturdy but the inks will 'run' or bleed. Knowing this, I adjust how close to the outline I go. And (the kid in me, lol) I love to watch when I touch the tip of the marker to the tagboard and it magically fills in to the outline. Tagboard also gives different texture effects. I used both Prisma & Copics to see how well the markers blend and posted the results and a photo on my blog

Depending on what & how I'm going to color, is how I decide what type of cs or paper I use. To be honest, I just love to play around. Hope this helps someone. I am Copic certified but I'm by no means an expert, matter of fact, I am my own worst critic. :-)
I'll pipe in and list off the inks that I recommend to the students at my Copic classes...

my two personal favorites and most used inks:
Black Memento - great ink with quick dry time which is great for a go-to ink with Copics & Colored Pencils/OMS
Versafine Black Onyx - pigment ink that works beautifully with Copics when heat set with Clear Embossing powder

other great options:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Ranger's Adirondack Inks
Palette Inks

As for papers, we are pretty partial to GinaK's Pure Luxury White 80lb. and 120lb. cardstocks. The coating is so smooth that it really helps the inks to blend well and doesn't seem to use as much ink as when colored on other cardstocks. The added bonus of the Cardstock weight (120lb.) is that the ink doesn't soak through the back, so one layered cards are now an option with Copics.

Steer Clear of Watercolor papers because it will soak up a lot of ink and Stazon Ink because it will smear all over the place with Copics.
I am doing some tutorials on Copics on my blog, so if interested, check them out. I have heard great things about the GinaK Pure Luxury Cardstock, so I am going to have to order some and check it out!

www.todayscreations.blogspot.com

Thanks for the tips already posted!
Holly
Hi Holly,

Love your blog and great tutorials :-)..... got it bookmarked & subscribed, lol. I'm kind of on a spending restriction but like everyone else really heard great stuff about GinaK Pure Luxury CS. It's on my wishlist :-)

Holly Craft said:
I am doing some tutorials on Copics on my blog, so if interested, check them out. I have heard great things about the GinaK Pure Luxury Cardstock, so I am going to have to order some and check it out!

www.todayscreations.blogspot.com

Thanks for the tips already posted!
Holly
I totally hear you about being careful with funds. I will say though, that if you do ever get what my grandmother calls "tuckies.." (as in a few bucks to have for yourself to spend as you like) that although it is a luxurious product, is so reasonably priced and you'll truly treasure each piece.

Micki said:
Hi Holly,

Love your blog and great tutorials :-)..... got it bookmarked & subscribed, lol. I'm kind of on a spending restriction but like everyone else really heard great stuff about GinaK Pure Luxury CS. It's on my wishlist :-)

Holly Craft said:
I am doing some tutorials on Copics on my blog, so if interested, check them out. I have heard great things about the GinaK Pure Luxury Cardstock, so I am going to have to order some and check it out!

www.todayscreations.blogspot.com

Thanks for the tips already posted!
Holly
I have shared a list of SU matches to Copics on my blog and thought I'd link it here. I didn't do all the research - just compiled what I found from several different sources. Now that I've been coloring for awhile, I'll have to look through the list and see if it needs to be tweaked a little.

If you have any changes or other suggestions to my list - pipe in and share them with us!
I read somewhere that Gina's 80lb Luxury Cardstock is the best for copics because it's lighter weight and therefore, you won't "waste" as much color from your copics.
Merry,
You can use either weight and it won't use up all your ink. It has to do with the smoothness of the cardstock. Our card stock absorbs less ink at either weight. You can use our heavy weight, 120lb, to do single layer Copic cards because it won't bleed through. :)
Okay, I know the Pure Luxury is so smooth and will save ink.........I have both packages!!! LOL But I seem to get more "lines" when I use it? I've watched tutorials and even Cammie in action!! ;) But I'm still getting lines.....with the larger images mostly...........what can I do differently???
Hmm... it sounds like we need a Copic video from Gina, doesn't it?!

What do your lines look like, Lee? I find with some colors if I try to blend TOO much they will get a little blotchy and not blend together. But, that's because I've overworked the inks. I find that the reds do this the most for me. The alcohol in the ink pools on the surface and won't blend out, so it looks a little like polished stone in the overworked areas.

If you have lines like streaks of lighter and darker colors, you are probably not blending enough. Use the lightest color that you are coloring with to go over the entire area with lines until it's smooth. If it's too dark, you can always take the blender pen and take some of the color back off.

Does that help? Let us know if you are still have issues with those dreaded lines...

Lee Murphy said:
Okay, I know the Pure Luxury is so smooth and will save ink.........I have both packages!!! LOL But I seem to get more "lines" when I use it? I've watched tutorials and even Cammie in action!! ;) But I'm still getting lines.....with the larger images mostly...........what can I do differently???
Jessica that definitely gives me some more ideas to try.........yep, it's the lines like streaks that show thru.........when I get home I'll practice some more and then I can upload some pics if I'm still having trouble areas and see what you all think!!! Thanks so much for these great suggestions!!!!
Hi Micki,

Will either of the Bristol Board or Bristol Smooth cause bleeding or will it soak up the ink from the markers. I Love the idea of having a doodle pad. Which will keep me from using my nice stuff.

Thanks!
Louise

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