Copic Markers and Expensive Toys

I had to have Copic Markers after I was introduced to them a year or so ago. My friends, Jeanne  and Sherry, are very talented with Copics. I have had the opportunity to watch them both use the markers on several occasions and they both make it look so easy.  I also had an opportunity to watch Debbie Olson and Trudee Sauer demonstrate at the Copic Booth at CHA last year and it was intriguing to see how effortless they could build color and create beautiful shading. You would think with all this wonderful exposure I would have learned a few techniques to be albe to use them with comfort. NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

The Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It challenge on Thursday was to use alcohol inks in some form or fashion.  Julia also challenged us to step out of our comfort zone.  It doesn't take much for me to be way out of my comfort zone when using Copic's, and since they are the only form of alcohol inks I own I took the challenge.

I stamped and masked my little farm images from an old retired Stampin' Up! set On the Farm. They are fun images that are big enough to color easily even with the large brush tip of the Copic.  The tips of these markers are too big for my comfort level and I think that is the main reason I have trouble with them.  I love to watercolor with small brushes that allow easy build up of color. I colored the images and tried to do some shading with a couple different colors of each ink but decided to give it up and boldly colored with the red, green and blue and forgot about shading.  I created a sky around my images with two blue markers but it was such a disaster that I cut the sky away from the images and popped them up over a cute piece of Papertrey designer paper. I created the frame with Nestabilities, tied my knots and attached my funny cow for an embellishment popped up in front of the scene.

I have thought many times of selling my Copic markers but will keep them. They are paid for and I do use them to color ribbon and small images occasionally.  But….I have learned one lesson with this expensive purchase.  I will no longer buy everything that seems to hit the stamping community like a wild fire. I own Prismacolor  Pencils, SU Watercolor Crayons, Watercolor Pencils…well the list goes on and on.  When it is all said and done I keep reaching for my watercolor brush, bottle of reinker and a little water. Those are the tools that allow me to express my creative passion and that bring me pure joy.

KC On The Farm

Stamps:  On the Farm, Canvas

Paper:  Bordering Blue, Red, White, Papertrey DP

Ink:  Red

Accessories:  Grosgrain, Copic Markers, Dimensionals, Mounting Tape, Nestabilities


16 thoughts on “Copic Markers and Expensive Toys”

  1. I agree with you about buying everything we see. I to was thinking of buying copics so instead I bought Prism markers at Michaels this way I could try them and return them if I didn’t like them well guess what could not get the hang of the markers so back they went. LOL So many do such nice work with the copics they make it look easy NOT
    On to the card it came out really nice, I love that cow. I love everything you do

  2. Kittie, shamefully I, too, jumped on the copic bandwagon, only to learn that I cannot use them no matter how hard I try. I am going to a copic class in Pensacola to try and learnthe trick of using them since I own about 32 copics. I do not know the trick, but I hope I learn how to blend w/them. I have learned that you do not neeed everything that comes along…LOL! That being said, your card is awesome as usual. I could not do the challenge as I am in VA for little grand daughter’s 7th birthday celebration. TFS your wonderful creations, gf!

  3. I agree with you Kittie, that is why I won’t buy copic, I am a pencil and gamsol gal ;). I love the card any way, the cow is adorable.

  4. Woo hoo! I’m with ya Babe! I’ve tried the Copics in the past and I tried them again at CHA this week. Sherry is wonderful with them, and she’s such a sweetheart, as are all the fabulous designers you’ve named above! But, alas, the bottom line is . . . they don’t bring me the joy that watercolor does.

  5. Kittie, you did a great job, but I agree watercoloring for you is your calling. I have prismacolor markers and I love those so much that I’m not watercoloring as much as I used to. It does take an awful lot of practice to get used to the markers that’s for sure, and they’re not as forgiving as a brush.
    Need to pull that brush out again and dust it off I think before I forget how to do it.

  6. Amen Sister!I took a class on Copic’s & realized I don’t like them. I never want to limit myself & love trying new techinques.BUT for the money, I am staying with what I have for now! Thanks for confirming how I feel. I am giving you a “Fabuolus Blog Award” come by Adornmentsbylisa.blogspot to pick it up.
    just list 5 addictions you have & pass it on.

  7. very cute, I haven’t had much luck with coloring with markers either but then again I don’t seem to have much luck at coloring at all…LOL! you did a great scene here!

  8. Isn’t it funny how we each have our favorite mediums? I LOOOVE my copics and would love to add more to my collection!! Now, I don’t claim to be an expert at coloring with them, but here is one tip that I will share (uninvited): just like other color mediums in which everyone has their OWN style of using, coloring with Copics is the same. Maybe the trouble you have with them is trying to color like Jeanne, Sherry, Debbie or Trudee (not saying that they aren’t wonderfual at how they use them). I think my style of coloring is different than most with the Copics, yet I LIKE it as it is how I color with crayons, pencils, etc. Play around with them some more. Figure out how YOU color with them and I will wager that you will like them more (not necessarily LOVE them, just like them!!) hehe

  9. Your cards are always so cute and this one is as well. I love to color period. So, I too, have been tempted to try copics but the price and choosing starting colors has hindered me. After reading about your experience and that of others I will consider it carefully before I invest or at least pick a simple project and choose a few colors judiciously. As always, Kittie, you are a help to your readers. Thanks

  10. I could not agree more. I felt the pressure to try the copics. Everyone was switching and at 6.50 a marker, I thought I would try a few. I like them okay, but I have been using Tombow markers forever, and have some of my original colors that are still great, and I found some of the colors to be dull compare to the Tombow. The pastels and skin tones are nice, but for the money I will stick with what works for me. Your card turned out great even if it gave you some trouble.

  11. Oh I so agree – Pro Markers are the latest craze – Guess What? Bought some and just can’t get on with them and like you I keep reaching for my trusty watercolours – you get such a better depth of colour and finish.. A woman after my own heart!!! LOl

  12. I’ve never understood how you can have ‘creative passion’ when you’re just coloring in someone else’s pictures. Suppose I just don’t understand why rubber stamping is as popular as it is.


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