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Original Copic Markers

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Copic Marker System

We sell the original Copic Marker pens for designers (these are NOT the short lasting brush knib sketch markers).  

These pens have a traditional chisel tip for coverage as well as a precision nib to take colour to the edge of lines and colour breaks.

Favoured by design studios worldwide, the original Copic Marker is distinguishable by its rounded square colour caps. Copic markers are the highest quality marker available anywhere, they are refillable and feature replaceable nibs, you will never have to throw a marker away. 

They are low-odour, blendable, and for use on paper, leather, wood, fabric, mohair, faux fur, plastics and more...

The dye in the pens will only fade at the same rate as the fabric it is used on, so treat with the same care you would any luxury fabric or mohair fur fabric, meaning they should be kept out of harsh UV lights.

See product data for in depth info...

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What’s the difference between markers?

The basic chart below gives you a quick comparison between marker types. For more specific information you can go to the info pages for each type

 

Q: What makes Copic markers so unique?

Copic markers are the first marker created entirely with the designer in mind. The ink formula and colors haven’t changed since they were first designed over 25 years ago. They are low-odor, so they won’t overwhelm you when using them in small rooms. Body markings are embossed onto the pen so they won’t rub off. Copic markers are environmentally friendly- you never throw them away, you just keep refilling them and replacing the tips. Markers can be airbrushed with and are blendable.

Q: Why is alcohol based different than water based?

When water-based markers are layered and blended they tear up the surface of most papers. Alcohol inks do not harm the paper surface. They can be layered and blended on surfaces other than paper as well. Alcohol inks are waterproof and will not wash away.

Q: Are they acid free?

Copic markers are filled with a dye suspended in alcohol and they become acid-free as soon as the alcohol evaporates.

Q: Are the markers Environmentally friendly? Animal by-products?

Copic markers are refillable, with replaceable tips. Refill ink bottles are recyclable. Markers are actually filled with Ethanol, a form of alcohol that can be manufactured from plants. No animal products of any kind are used in either Copic markers or inking pens.

Q: What do you mean by Shelf Life?

Copic Markers and inking pens will not dry out if they are not used and the caps are securely closed. This is guaranteed for at least 3 years.

Q: Should I store my markers Horizontally or Vertically?

Copic markers will work fine when they are stored either direction.

Q: Will it hurt my markers if they get too hot or too cold?

No. If you leave them in your car during a snowstorm or in the middle of a heatwave they will not suffer. Copic markers have completely air-tight caps. They can be submerged in water or left in the sun and they will not dry out as long as the caps are sealed.

Q: Can I fly with my markers?

Yes. They should not get confiscated by security if you wish to carry them on. If you decide to draw with your markers during the flight this will adjust the air pressure inside the marker. To keep your marker from blobbing on your paper, when you land pull the caps off both ends. This equalizes the air pressure inside. If you don’t open them during the flight then they shouldn’t cause a problem.

Q: Do they fade?

The dye will only fade at the same rate as any general fabric or fabric dye, so treat with the same care you would any luxury fabric or mohair fur fabric meaning they should be kept out of harsh lights.

Copic markers are dye-based. When exposed to UV rays they will fade over time. Regular indoor lighting won’t fade them for a while, but long exposure will be harmful. Bright lights, or direct sunlight will speed up fading. Protecting you artwork with a UV coated glass or protective sheet will cut out the harmful light.

Q: What surfaces do they work on?

Alcohol inks are permanent on many surfaces – paper, leather, wood, fabrics, plastic, faux fur, and more. On glossy surfaces, such as glazed ceramic and glass the ink can be scratched off, so use a sealant to protect the surface. Make sure that the sealant does NOT contain alcohol, ethanol, or any other form of alcohol as these will ruin your coloring.

The dye will fade at about the same rate as any general fabric or fabric dye, so treat with the same care you would any luxury fabric or mohair fur fabric meaning they should be kept out of harsh lights.

Q: What other media can you use Copic markers with?

Copic markers are used most commonly with colored pencil and watercolors. We suggest doing your marker work first and adding other media after the marker is dry. If you use colored pencil, acrylics, guache, or white-out and go over it with your markers it may discolor the tip. To avoid a permanently discolored tip, immediately scribble quickly on a separate piece of paper or tissue to clean the tip. Even if your tip is discolored it will still give you a clear ink flow.

Q: Can I use Copic markers with other alcohol based markers?

Using two different marker types together will not harm the Copic markers, but you will not be able to get a smooth blend between Copic inks and other brands. Be careful not to discolor your marker tips with other marker inks.

Q: Can you cross-contaminate markers?

Copic marker inks will not ruin other Copic markers. You can color directly onto other Copic marker tips and it will not discolor or ruin your marker. This is actually a good way to produce a nice color blend.

Q: How long does the marker last?

This depends on what surface you are coloring on. Softer, more absorbent papers will suck your marker dry sooner than dense, tightly woven papers. Copic Original markers also hold more ink to begin with than Sketch or Ciao, so they will last longer before they need to be refilled. Also, the more you layer a color in one spot, the denser the color gets in that area so it won’t cover as many sheets.Copic Color System Questions

Q: What do the letters on my marker mean?

The Letters on your marker tell you what color family they belong to: [B- Blue] [BG- Blue Green] [BV- Blue Violet] [G- Green] [YG- Yellow Green] [Y- Yellow] [YR- Yellow Red] [R- Red] [RV- Red Violet] [V- Violet] [E- Earth] [C- Cool Gray] [N- Neutral Gray][T- Toner Gray] [W- Warm Gray]

Q: What do the numbers mean?

The numbers explain the qualities of light, dark, and gray colors in that marker.

If we look at any marker, the first number stands for the Saturation, or how vibrant the color is. 0′s will be very vibrant, while 9′s will be more dull or gray.

The last digit tells you how light the marker is within that saturation group.

For example, a BG01 will be light and make a nice bright highlight color. BG05 is a vibrant mid-tone, or middle color. BG09 would be a strong shadow that matches that color group. If you substitute a BG99 for your shadow, it will add a lot of gray for that color blend and may look out of place.

 

Q: How do I pick colors that will blend well with each other?

To pick colors that feel natural when blended together in one color family, choose colors that have the same letter and first number, then keep 2-3 digits between the last digit. Start with the lightest color and gradually add in your darker tones.

For blends across color families, try to choose colors that have similar numbers but different letters. It helps if these are color families near each other on a color wheel (like a B and a BG or G). It is hard to get even blends between intense colors that are opposite each other on a color wheel (like Y and RV) It is easiest to get blends across very different color families when you use pale colors.

Q: What’s the difference between 100 and 110?

The 100 is a “true”, deep blue black, the 110 is a slightly neutral gray black- it comes down to what pigments were used to make up each color. The 110 would be equivalent to a T11, if such a number existed on our color chart. The two blacks may not look different on your paper, but on some papers they do.

Q: What’s the difference between grays?

Cool Grays are bluish, or cool. Neutral Grays have no tone, warm or cool. Toner Grays are slightly warmer, or brown than neutral. Warm Grays are browner than any of the other grays.

Q: How do I get a custom colored marker?

We suggest you mix Copic Various Inks in an empty ink bottle until you get the color you need, then fill an empty marker. Carefully follow the directions for refilling

Copic is a brand of marker made in Japan by Too.