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I posted something about what I bought but I think I was lost and it could be on someone else's post! Anyway I bought two sets of copics instead of buying individually which now I have heard I should have done. I bought perfect primaries which are B00S, B04S, R43S, R46S, Y13S, Y19S and secondary set which is G02, G09, V04, V09, YR61, YR68.

 

Now I have been reading and I have a bit of understanding. So I just need to buy maybe another or the next color in the sequence to have three colors for blending? Like buy B06S etc?

 

Did I make a big mistake buying them this way? I also bought from Dick Blick is that the best place to buy from?  Also do you just get to it and start playing around? I really can't afford the cost of the class plus buying them.

 

Sharon

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The best place I've found for Copic is Oozak.  They are $4.99 ea and free shipping with any order of $50.00 or more.  Here is a link to his page.  http://www.oozak.com/products.php?cat=30  I have been buying the originals because I really like the extra fine tip compared to the Sketch which is more like a paint brush end.  Don't know how long they will continue that price.  They do carry all the different Copic marker styles.

I don't think you made a big mistake. You can do pretty decent blending with two colors - you can use the lighter color several times in the same area between dark and light to get an intermediate shade. You can hold the tip of the lighter to the darker and create a middle shade (doesn't last long, of course, as the dark ink is used off the tip of the lighter marker, but it is an option).You can also slowly add another marker, (like B06 as you said) to your favorite groups.

You can find lots of instructional videos on youtube for copic markers to get pointers on how to do basic blending as well as skin, hair, clothing, etc. Also, there are several blogs with tutorials out there - Ilikemarkers.blogspot.com (from a product director for Copic) has lots of great instruction and free images to download for practice and to save for reference (hair, skin, snowmen even). I also like Color Me Copic. Though a class would be wonderful, there is a lot of great, free instruction available.

Oozak.com has good prices on Copic supplies.

Thank you ladies. I will check out the oozak for additional colors. I didn't think of the tip either. Hmmm so it will be more like a paint brush (I hope not I am not a painter). I am glad I didn't buy a full set in case I decide to switch to original for any new ones I want to buy.

 

Thanks Carol for the additional info on learning to use the copics. And for the encouragement! I really am looking forward to getting my order and trying them out.

You are welcome Sharon.  I was trying to color lips one day and try as I might I couldn't stay in the lines with my Sketch marker, switched to a different red using the original marker and while it was still a challenge I at least had a pretty lip line.  I have also found that using a much heavier paper like Gina's heavyweight card stock helps.  Have fun with your new toys!

Sharon Barnard said:

Thank you ladies. I will check out the oozak for additional colors. I didn't think of the tip either. Hmmm so it will be more like a paint brush (I hope not I am not a painter). I am glad I didn't buy a full set in case I decide to switch to original for any new ones I want to buy.

 

Thanks Carol for the additional info on learning to use the copics. And for the encouragement! I really am looking forward to getting my order and trying them out.

Hi, Sharon!

Definitely not a mistake buying these sets -- at least you have 2 values of most colors, to do a little shading! Yes, B06 would be a nice addition to your B04, to do some shading.

Yes, just "get to it" and start playing, LOL!  Basically, start coloring something with your lightest color, then add a little shading with your next darker color. Then go back with your lighter color and blend if there is a harsh line where the two colors meet. 

If you Google "Copic coloring tutorial", you'll find more free You-Tube video tutorials than you'll be able to watch in one day!

Have fun!

Sharon Harnist

Gina K & Copic Design Team Member

Thank you! I feel much better now. It doesn't sound so hard when you put it that way and I happen to be an insomniac so I will have some time to look at some videos!

 

 

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