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.
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!