January 28, 2009
Copic vs. SU Markers & Watercolors
Well, a couple weeks back I finally caved and had to get some Copics for myself, so I splurged and bought 24 Copics to play with to see if I liked them and how they worked. So I started playing and quickly found out that ink and paper make a huge difference with these markers. The best ink is Brilliance Black or I've been told the Memento Black (but I don't have that). You can't use Stazon because the alcohol in the markers makes the ink bleed. You need to saturate the paper with the ink, but also be careful that the ink doesn't bleed past the lines. I had a hard time with them at the beginning, but with more practice am getting better at it. I also found you need alot of colors to do the proper kind of blending and with just 24 colors I am very limited to what I can do (the reason the water splashes don't look the best). To see the samples larger you can double click on the picture.
So my first comparison was a disaster and I through away the Copic sample it was terrible! But I've been working on them and feel like I have a little better handle on using them and wanted to do another comparison. I just got these cute new dog stamps from Sparkle n Sprinkle so I stamped 2 images on Georgia Pacific white cardstock with Brilliance Black in and colored one with the Copics and the other with Stampin' Up! markers. I did find that with the SU markers if you lay down your first color and highlight with darker color you can blend the line using the aqua painter and it blends smoothly. The paper does curl some then, but when you layer it or adhere it to the card you can't tell.
The third one I stamped on watercolor paper with Stazon and watercolored using the SU inks and aqua painter....I did use the SU markers to highlight a few spots and blended with the aqua painter.
So in the end, my humble opinion is.....the Copics are nice, but you need a lot of them and you need to invest a lot of money into them. I found I could get the same results with the supplies that I already have. So I don't think I will be purchasing any more Copics in the near future.
All in all, they all made into nice cards. I used the same background paper from a stack I bought at Michaels, and used Not Quite Navy on the left with More Mustard, Blue Bayou and So Saffron on the middle one, and Tempting Turquoise and So Saffron on the left. The hearts are the new punch from SU.