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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Week 22: Melanie's Copic marker top color picks

Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I know I did. It was so great, that I actually forgot to do this post last night!

When I first started buying Copics, I was completely lost and had no idea out of the 350 some odd sketch markers which ones would be best to start off with. This meant that I just bought which colors I liked in sets of three. It ended up working out ok, but I can see where it could have totally gone wrong.

Today I am going to give you my top go to colors combos in every color family. You can use this as a guide when you buy your own.

Now remember to buy your Copics in sets of threes. You need a light, medium, and dark hue of every color you buy. This will help tremendously when shading and using your markers properly.

My top picks:

Blue Violets:
BV00
BV02
BV04

Violets:
V91
V95
V99

Red Violets
RV23
RV25
RV29

Reds
R24
R27
R29

Yellow Reds
YR12
YR15
YR16

Yellows
Y11
Y13
Y15

Yellow Greens
YG11
YG13
YG17

Greens
G21
G24
G28

Blue Greens
BG11
BG13
BG18

Blues
B32
B34
B37

Earth Tones
E21
E25
E27

E44
E47
E49

Cool Grays(perfect for shadowing cool shadows)
C1
C3
C5

Warm Grays(perfect for shadowing warm shadows)
W1
W3
W5

Toner Grays
T1
T3
T5

Ok, now I know there are not any pictures here. So, it is very word heavy. However, this will be easy to print off if you need to.

Hope you find this helpful when you head out to make your next Copic purchase!

Have a great holiday weekend!!


96 comments:

Nana Mouse said...

Thank you, Melanie! I haven't purchased any, yet, so your guide lines are VERY helpful!

Peggy

Sara Paschal said...

I have not taken the copic adventure yet, this is a great list for those who have.

Beth said...

Thank you..I have purchased a few but it is so overwhelming when trying to decide which ones I will need. I can't wait to get started, I see so many awesome projects with them..I hope I can do it :)

Kim. said...

Thanks for doing this Melanie, I have been deciding whether to buy more Promarkers as they run out or to replace them with Copics as it seems these are what most people use. So this will be really useful for me.
Kim xXx

KatheeVZ said...
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KatheeVZ said...

This is great! I've been seriously considering investing in some.

jan farnworth said...

thanks for the great suggestions.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Very nice list Melanie.. thank you

mahuntington said...

I printed it out and will save it for a future guide. I haven't taken the plunge yet but the projects I've seen are so beautiful that I know I'll be buying my Copics in 2010.

iluvmybugs said...

Thanks for the list Melanie...you are so right that it is confusing when you are starting out...this will help so much!!!

Terry

janine_jepsen said...

Thanks for the info, Melanie. I need to research videos on how to use these. I keep hearing of crafty people like yourself using them.
Janine

GrannyCharlotte said...

Thanks Melanie. I have bought six copic markers so far, but didn't even think to get more than one in the color palete for blending. This is a great big help. Now if I can just get the hang of using them:)

LilGreenBug said...

I've probably done it all wrong!! Will have to go check my colors now!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Hugs!

Crafty Sue said...

Melanie, Great tips! I've been so fascinated by them but didn't know enough to buy!

marmo said...

I do not have any of these yet but think I need to get some.

Jessica said...

That's the same way I started! I'm glad you had a good Christmas, we did too!

lauracharko said...

Copic Markers = on next year's christmas wish list! lol

Rose said...

Great tips,I like the color list. Great for checking off the colors I have and the colors I need to get.Thanks, very helpful in keeping me straight.
Rosebud222222222

Tammy said...

thanks Melanie, I have yet to buy copic markers but your guide may get me started.

Glenda said...

Sweet I have not purchased any Copic markers but they are on my wish list. This will help tremendously.

kim said...

Thanks for taking out the time to help when evrything is so busy. I haven't bought any of these yet because I just didn't know what went with what. This will be very helpful.

Kim

Cindy said...

Will definitely refer to this list when getting ready to purchase more Copics!

Nataliya`s crafts said...

Thanks Melanie. This is big help

Sue S. said...

Thank you so much! I love the way copics look but had no idea how to pick the right colors for shading! This will really help!

sueot33@yahoo.com

Marlene W said...

thanks for letting us know a little about the colors

LINDA said...

Thank You for your input,I have a few that i bought at Hobby Lobby
I pick them up with the coupons
Linda

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! You have lots of favs...

deelepage@hotmail.com

Luria said...

Hey thanks for this I have not purchased any of the copic markewr as o yet. but I have seen an demonstration and was thinks about getting some.

riad2004@bellsouth.net

patty said...

Good idea thanks. Hope you had a wonderful X-mas.

zep4 said...

Thanks Melanie, I was wondering where to start this will be very useful !

jennydecuir said...

Haven't tried the Copics yet. Thank you for the advise.

jennydecuir@hotmail.com

dawnie mc said...

so you need all 100+ to start out? well i'll have to try a few. Thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...

What happened to the good old days when a box of 64 Crayola Crayons was all you needed? smg-gdp
smgunderscoregdpathotmaildotcom

Leslie Dick said...

I am not familiar with the copic markers, haven't even seen them yet but when i do at least now i'll know where to begin.

Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen said...

What are copics? I am such a newbie. I will just google. Thanks for introducing me to something new

flowerdisco said...

don't think I will ever be able to afford them :(

LvScrappin's Blog said...

Thanks for your help it is a little scary trying to pick

Carol said...

thanks for the copic # codes. I have 4 copics but I really would love a set of them. this was very helpful.

mgcreative said...

wow, thx for the tips :)

yvette said...

Thank you for the list! I am not sure though I can buy this in england.

Shirley said...

Yes, VERY helpful. Just looking at markers in the store is overwhelming. I don't want to make such a large investment until I'm really sure.
Thank you!!

Brens Designs said...

I have not gotten any yet; but, printed this off so that when I do, I'll know what to get. TFS

Nate's Mimi said...

Thanks for sharing that list. I will go and check mine against yours to see what to use my HL gift card on!

kkgarner said...

Thanks for the list it will definitely make things alot simpler.

Debbie said...

Thanks Melanie, This is very useful information. I can see I need to keep my wish list posted on my refrigerator all year. After all we have birthday, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, Anniversary, or maybe even Just Because Day. heehee
Debbie from The Colony

- - Sheryl - - said...

I have not splurged into the copic world. Maybe some day.

Susan De Crafter said...

I haven't gotten on the copic bandwagon yet, but if I do, I'll save your list. thanks

mary said...

I would love to own the copic markers, This will really help when I can afford them...Thanks

KimJ said...

Thanx for the tips! I do own copic markers but was searching for more info regarding the colors! Thanx for sharing!

bast830@comcast.net

Lynn B said...

Even though I have some copics this is a very helpful list. Thanks!

Lesley F said...

I have not tried copic markers yet and have been thinking about it. Your list will come in handy. Thanks

Lisa said...

Thank you so much Melanie!!! I have been thinking about how I would love to try these pens, but had no idea where to start with the colors!! It's a great list, and when the time comes for me to "dive" in to the copic color pool, I will be ready!!!

Hoping all 3 of your Cricutfabulous Chicks had an AWESOME and HAPPY Christmas!!!

Lisa Sturgill

Anonymous said...

I have been thinking about buying the copic markers, but havn't taken the plunge yet.
When I do, I will start with your list.

mekei said...

good information. thanks.

Grandma Nancy said...

Since I don't have any I'm hoping you will do a project (a video would be awesome!) and demonstrate the use of them. How are they different than other markers? Anxiously awaiting more information.

felkatz said...

cool! thanks for the tips.. i want to buy copics just didn't know what colors to get ! thanks!

ashjoy said...

I just ordered 72 copics (set D) to go with my 30 I've been picking up individually. I also just got the copic airbrush system and an aircompressor so I have an endless supply of air. Thanks for the tips.

Scrappin Staddie aka Nana said...

Well I have to admit that I have never used these markers...but I will now..Thanks for your hints!! It will be a BIG help in figuring out what to buy!! Thanks again!!

chriswooten57 said...

i have never used them. do not even know what they are other than some sort of marker, lol.

i know this will help the ones who want to buy them. i am a beginner in to many things at the moment.

glad you had a great christmas.

chriswooten57
mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com

JustJules said...

Thanks Melaine! I am very appreciative for the information.

Appletree said...

Thanks Mel for this useful information. I will use the list as a guide next time I purchase the markers.

Angie said...

I haven't had a chance to try Copic's yet but hope to soon. Thanks for your suggestions!

ScrapinFunatic said...

Thanks for the great idea. I don't have any yet, and had no idea where to even start.

but an FYI they do sell them at Hobby Lobby in the art section they are $6.49 you can also use your 40% off coupons.

Have a great week Melanie, thanks for sharing.

Janet Z said...

I don't have any Copics yet. I'm almost afraid to start!

dotygirl said...

Wow thanks for the hint and list on buying copic markers, I have not bought any yet I am too scared where to start but this for sure will help. Thanks so much.

SusanC said...

Thanks for the info. If I ever decide to switch to these it will come in handy.

Heidi G said...

I don't have any copics yet so this is very helpful

Susan said...

I've copied all of that down ~ I don't have any yet ~ but am tempted! Thanks for your insite.
SussnJ

Tam said...

It's nice for people to have an idea where to start. I haven't jumped into this one yet.

eiyiyi said...

Great choices, Mel! Wonderful list for those just starting out.

MrsPaperRose said...

Thanks, Melanie! This is helpful! I have looked at the overwhelming selection at my LSS and online and planned on starting with a few basic colors. I always like to see what color combos others suggest/prefer. It gives me tons of great ideas! Thanks again!!!

Ylan said...

Thanks so much for these suggestions, as the markers can add up (in price)! I would love to see some of your work using these!
Ylan

mumstheword said...

Don't have any as yet but maybe I could invest at some point in the future

MsJay said...

I dont have any of the colors yet, as I am new to cricut. Thanks for the handi tips.

scrappinpatty said...

I've never heard of these before. Do you use them to color in your stamp images???

Anonymous said...

You girls are so talented, wish I could find the tiem to do half of the cute things I see. Keep them coming, maybe I'll get around to some soon.
Thanks for the inspiration.
kraftykitty54

Karen said...

Thanks for the tip. I had a lot of copics for Christmas and picked two of each hue but will now go back and get a third of each like you suggest (I also had a Gypsy!)

Mimi said...

I've been thinking about copis for a while...just not sure where to start color wise. Thanks for listing your favorites!

Darlene-Joy said...

I guess copic markers is the way to go, I havent bought any yet but they seem to be everyones favorite.
Thanks
Darlene-Joy

Barb said...

I've never used these before but will keep this list for future reference.

debbie said...

thanks Melanie.......I always wondered where to start with the copics......you are so helpful

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. I've been taking my time getting into the markers. Your info will help tremendously!

shortscrapper
rrblackre@hotmail.com

TR said...

How VERY helpful!
Thank you!

Angie said...

Well another thing to add to my list! My Aunt has been telling me about these. It's nice having a list so I can get the ones I'll need. Thanks :D

PenLight said...

OH THANK YOU. I am just thinking about the Copics and bought the skin color set, but didn't have a clue as to what to do next. This was SO HELPFUL. Thank you!

cardchick said...

thanks for the helpful guide..its the flesh color that get me...buy in three...got it..josie-cardchick
josiej@myway.com

Anne said...

Melanie, Thank you for this list and more about copic. I honestly have not experimented with these at all. We are quite limited in the area I live in with craft supplies let alone scrapbook. But I printed this list off and the next time I go to town intend to get the copic sets you mention. Otherwise I would probably be lost.

mgcreative said...

thx for the guideline :)

Felicia said...

Thanks for the guide. Not sure I want to venture into copics yet. Need to do lots of research

Creative Bug said...

Thanks for listing the guide for all of us! Takes the brain work out of it for some of us! :)

BethAnne61 said...

I haven't purchased any of these markers yet, for two reasons, I haven't done a lot of stamping yet but am starting to do more and I am uncertain of my ability as an artist to color in the stamps and make them look good in the process. I wish there was someone close by where I live that is a Copic instructor... I checked the website and there is only 1 listed in Michigan!!!

alwayscharlie said...

I've been wanting to try these but the list of markers is a bit overwhelming. Thanks for giving me a place to start!

Bytesprite said...

I have a few of the copics, and love them all. This has been a slow growing collection for me. I do love the way they make everything look. Very realistic shading.

BearyWishes said...

Just a newbie.... Love your site.

Rebecca said...

thank you! With 300+ color choices, it's hard to know where to start!! this is PERFECT!

Jean said...

I am excited to do more with my stamps and plan to use copic markers for this. I have a few, not nearly enough!! Have my list now and will be buying more. Thanks for the list.

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