What makes things harder is you can’t just buy 1 marker and “try it out” because you need at least 3 shades of a color to do blending and see the full potential of Copics. Apart from this fact, there is also investment in buying Copic-friendly ink and Copic-friendly paper. Given all these reasons, I tried very hard to find some sort of nominal cost beginner’s kit for trying out Copics.
Not finding any, I built my own with help from Laura whom I met on Splitcoaststampers.
I started with selecting an image from my current stash of stamps that I would like to color. I settled on this Spring Tulips set from Taylored Expressions. since I had already colored them yellow once before, I decided to color them red this time. I found this great tutorial for coloring poppies that I felt could apply to coloring tulips as well. That gave me a list of the Copics I wanted. I bought my Copics from Laura. She very generously also sent me A2 sheets of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and a cat’s eye inkpad of Memento tuxedo black ink to complete my kit.
I can’t wait to show you all the card I made with my first set of Copics!
I did use a little bit of my Tombow markers for the water in the vase and the flower stems because I didn’t have those shades of Copics in my kit 🙂 Sometimes you just have to improvise!
Now this was ready to be put on my card! I followed this sketch from The Deconstructed Sketch to make the card.
In a nutshell, here is the kit I put together for myself with help from Laura.
- Taylored Expressions Spring Tulips set
- Copic markers R22, R24, R29, YR31, G20, G24, G28 and colorless blender
- Neenah Classic Crest Solar White #80 paper
- Memento Tuxedo Black ink for stamping the image
Here is a photo of my kit when it arrived from Laura. So professionally packed!
Just lovely! No one would ever guess it’s your first one. Looks like an old pro did the coloring.
I LOVE my Copic markers. There are so many tutorials on YouTube about colouring with them. I learnt all from there. What I did is, I bought the colours I used to have with my SU markers, at least the ones I used the most. I wouldn’t go back. I love the way the stamp looks with Copics. They are very expensive here, but I bought them on line, the difference is really big. I should suggest Oozak. That’s where lots of ladies buy from. Really good prices. I buy the CIAO, for me is the same and cheaper. Good luck!!!.
I said too much and I forgot to compliment your loverly card…Great job Chaitali!!!
Such a terrific post Chaitali, and your coloring is awesome as well. So… what’s the verdict? Do you want to switch to Copics?
Good question Carole! I guess I’m going to use Copics a lot more for sure but I don’t think I’m ready to fully give up my watercolors yet 😉
Very lovely. I really need to learn how to use them. I got about 25 of them.. I just blend as I go, but nothing like it should look like. I am thinking of getting Marianne Walker’s books.. You sure took to it great!
Wow, Chaitali! You did a beautiful job! I am so glad I could help you get started, and that you are enjoying the markers! Hope you continue to grow your collection, and can’t wait to see more!! 🙂
Seriously it does not look like it is your first time. I have been looking at them on other blogs for a long time but didn’t dare to invest on them yet. 🙂
Wow!! You did a great job!! I am trying desperately to avoid Copics! They do such amazing things, but I know you need several to really get started and they are on the pricey side! Love the idea of your beginner’s kit though…very clever! You really did a beautiful job! 🙂
I am just getting into Copics so to, so I am glad you posted some of your work. It is super hard to figure out what to buy first, but it’s nice you had some help! I have been watching lots of YouTube videos to help me learn. I look forward to seeing more of your colouring!
Woow.. you have colored the tulips like a pro 🙂 I think I got to get my hands on Copics as well 🙂