Saturday, January 24, 2009

This post has been a long time coming!

I've had lots of people contact me to ask about Copic markers. My husband got me a big ol' set of them for my birthday a little over a year ago and I've been totally hooked ever since.

I got an e-mail this morning from Emily asking me what specific Copics I would recommend that she buy to get started on her collection. Since I've been asked about this alot lately, I thought I would post my response here so everyone could check it out.

Pictured below are the markers that I seem to reach for most often. I tend to go towards earthy tones.

To get started on your own set, I would recommend getting the lightest and darkest of each color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, grey). These are my favorites and how I use them most:
R29 & R000 (reds) - I blend these two colors together for images with clothing.

B29 & B000 (blues) - I use these for clothing, water and skylines. I also like to outline my completed images with B000 to make them *pop* off the page a bit

Y26, Y28, E29, E37, YR24 (browns & golds) - these are my "go to" colors for fur and hair

E31 - this is my fave for skin

G07 & YG03 (greens) - I like blending these for floral greenery

Y11 (yellow) - this is a nice pale yellow that I like to use for clothing. It also blends nicely with the lighter browns

C1 & C3 - MUST HAVE colors in my humble opinion. These shades of gray make perfect shadows for your images. Creating a subtle shadow under your stamped image really helps it look grounded instead of an image "floating" on a piece of white cardstock. Make sense?
You can see an example of this technique on this card from my post this morning.

Thanks for your e-mail Emily! I hope this info helped a bit.


KellyL said...

Thanks for doing this re: copics. I am still on the fence, but if I leap over, at least I'll know what to start with. FYI, I've always admired Flair's paper - so happy to see it in your card. Thank you.

Emily said...

Thanks for all of your advice....I'm ordering some tomorrow, I'm EXCITED!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!

Heather said...

How Funny MacKenzie,

I was at Emily's house tonight with my copics teaching her how to color them and telling her what I have learned with them!!!!

You are such a good colorer (not a word LOL)

Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us newbies!!!!!


Kathy W said...

I too am on the fence, might have to wait until my birthday in Fall and tell hubby what to get.
anyplace you recommend to buy them?

Eve said...

Thanks for all the info. I have been wondering! I might have to give some of these little bad boys a try!
They are soooo spendy!
But I hear people love them.
Thanks for sharing!

Alicia said...

What do you use to airbrush with? I just bought the Copic Starting Set ABS-2, but it doesn't work quite the way I thought it would. Do you have another suggestion?

Thanks, Alicia