Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Cardstock Testing, and a bit about Copic


I've promised for a while that I would talk about good papers for coloring on and good inks to use, so finally here I go. Today is cardstock and tomorrow is inks. But I need your help. Let me know your favorite paper and inks to use with Copic markers. Leave a comment on today's post with either what has worked or what hasn't worked, or why you like Copics. All this feedback will help everyone before they get more frustrated. On Friday, at 11:59 (or so) I will pick a winner from the comments for our neato Blog candy. Next Monday I'll publish the favorites.

Blog Prize: A Copic Sketchbook and a cute, zippered pouch filled with an assortment of Copic markers & pens.

A little bit about Copic- Copic markers were developed about 25 years ago in Japan for fine artists, designers, and comic artists (Japanese comics are called Manga). These are professional grade markers designed to last forever (unless you run over the marker with your car). These markers have been in the U.S. for almost 10 years. When we first brought them across the ocean it was to a happy crowd of mostly teenagers who followed Japanese Manga. Slowly the fine art stores and schools figured out what the rest of the world had discovered- that Copic markers made amazing artwork. About 2 years ago the stamping/papercrafting audience found these markers and fell in love.

All that means that when I talk about things on this post I will be sharing tidbits with an appeal to lots of different end-users, from Stampers to Architects, 'cause who knows who out there in blogland is reading.


What makes a good marker paper?
Copic markers, if you haven't noticed, aren't like the cheap rainbow markers you would get as a kid (you know, 36 markers for $3, wow, what a deal!). They can make beautiful work if all the parts are working together, meaning your paper works with your ink, works with your marker. 95% of the people out there are using the markers on paper (the other ones are writing on autoparts, airbrushing teddybears, making fishing lures and crazy stuff like that), so about 95% of you are dying to know what paper is best.

Alcohol markers have a few important qualities we can't forget-
1. They bleed through almost any paper that isn't coated or is a special marker paper
2. They tend to feather easily (feathering is when you color up to a line but the ink keeps flowing beyond the line)
3. They blend better on some papers than others
4. They give better special effects on some papers than others

Papers come in many types, but for simplicity I'm going to start with cardstock, since many of you following this blog are stampers.
Qualities of good cardstock
Bright white*, smooth surface, tight paper fibers, good blendability, good special effects
*it really could be any color, but it's easiest to judge on white

I'm going to show you how I test a good matte cardstock (not glossy or coated), then I want you to go through your papers and tell us which ones work best. You may want to try this on a paper that lots of people have already recommended so you see how the marker should work. Remember to work with clean scratch paper under ANY paper type, even if it is a special marker paper- you never know what will bleed.

1. Take a pencil and draw a circle about a half-inch across - we use a pencil so we don't get hung up on ink types yet, we'll talk about those in the future.

2. With a middle/light colored marker color in the circle a little slower than usual - this allows us to clearly see the pencil line but also it saturates the color more when you go slower. Color right up to the line, not over it.

Does the ink seep past the pencil line? No- Proceed to step 3. Yes- if you think it's too much feathering you can stop and try another paper. If you are testing a paper that other people have said works great then you might be coloring too slowly. See step 3 to check.

3. Flip it over- Does the ink seem even where you colored? Yes- then you're doing an accurate job of "real life" testing. No- it may be an extra thick paperstock, or it might be that you need to try soaking the paper more to get an accurate read. Some thick cardstocks have a secret clay coating, so inks won't make it through the paper. Some clay coated papers leave a slight residue on your marker tip that isn't good, so try to avoid clay coated papers.

4. Take a second color, slightly darker than the first and layer it in Do this while the first color is still a little damp. Again, don't go over the line. Does it feather out now? Think if this is a picture that you're coloring and you're blending in a couple colors. Any feathering will be magnified. No Feathering or if you are comfortable with it go to step 5. Yes, there's a lot of feathering- you might consider a different paper.

5. Go back over the darker color a few times with the first color. How well did those colors blend into each other? You might want to try this with a few different color combos on the same paper to make sure it's not just your color choices that are messing you up. If the the second color just sits there, no matter how much you soak it and it won't blend then this isn't the best choice for blending (watercolor paper does this- it works beautifully, right up until you try to get a blend with this technique- see the example- it just won't blend).
If it seems to blend well then go to step 6.

6. Take a colorless blender to a dry, colored spot on the paper. Touch straight down, hold it for a second and repeat in a few places. Where the lighter area meets the color, is it really subtle and soft, with very little definition? This is a great paper, but you'll have a hard time getting special effects. If it gives you a clean, crisp line where the light meets dark then congratulations! Your paper passes all my rigorous standards.

Paper is also a matter of what you are comfortable with. Many good cardstocks will fail one of these areas, but if you're still happy with the results it gives you, then this is the right paper for you. My favorite, easily available cardstock is the Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. However, even this doesn't give me quite as crisp a results as I like from my Copic Sketchbook. Trouble is, the Copic Sketchbook is bound together, and it's not a vibrant a white, so it looks a little strange when turned into a card.

For Fine Artists and illustrators who like to work on heavy, smooth papers you should test different Bristol papers. I tested one while preparing this post and it failed miserably. I have used some that work very well however. For Comic arts, I suggest the Manga Illustration Paper Natural White (Copic). Canson makes some nice FanBoy Comic Papers, but I find these a little soft for effects and their surface is not as smooth as I like for inking, though you can use them on a light table.

I have not personally tried all the other paperstocks out there that people recommend using with Copics, but now that you know what to look for, YOU can judge if they are good or not, or what quality in them is lacking. Then leave a comment today to get entered in the blog candy drawing on Friday. Next week I'll talk about some other paper types, I just don't want to confuse anyone by posting it here.

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Lynna said...

Love your Blog!
I use the Georgia Pacific Card Stock. Can't be the price and easy to get.

Lynna Demay

Niki Estes said...

I love my copic markers!! They are the only thing I use to color right now. I use Papertrey white cardstock and one of three inks (Momento black, Palette noir, or Brilliance Black Graphite).

Kelly B said...

Thank you a hundred times over for sharing your knowledge on your blog. It is so helpful for us Copic-newbies! I have had the best success with the Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and the Memento ink...no heat setting and no bleeding.

LeAnne said...

I am one of those poor deprived people that do NOT have any Copics! I would love to try some, but haven't wanted to spend the dough when I feel I am doing fine (so far) with my little old SU markers!! But I am sure if I won some, I would be convinced!!!
Your blog is wonderful, though, even though I don't have any. A wealth of information.
LeAnne

stampwithclara said...

Thank you so much for sharing all your expertise on this blog! I haven't tried the Copics yet but they are definitely on my wish list. I plan to pick up some of the Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock you recommended as well. I'm so loving your blog. -Clara

kristinorth said...

Hi there, I love your new blog! Copics are my new crafting obsession and I love learning how to use them! I have been using Papertrey's Stampers Select white cardstock and like the results.

mnhyrkas said...

I'm not a copic marker owner just yet, but hoping that all you others out there will be doing some experimenting for me so I can figure out which inks to get to go along with my particular paper. Thanks for the great blog posts and valuable information!

Whimsey said...

WOW; another fabulous post. Thanks for all the great tips and a chance to win!!

Shari said...

So happy you've started a blog - thank you for all the great information!!!

The cardstock I use with my Copics the most are the Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stamper's Select white cardstock from PaperTrey Ink and at the shop I teach at we use mostly smooth white cardstock from PaperCuts that works very nice.

I use mostly Ranger Adirondack Ink in Pitch Black and Espresso (great dark brown) and recently bought my first Tsukineko Momento Black ink pad to try out.

susantodd said...

currently using PaperTrey Ink paper and Brilliance ink. thanks for the blog - so very helpful!

krcrafts said...

I haven't actually used Copics yet, but I'm constantly drooling over the coloring so many talented stampers are doing with them. Thanks for starting your blog--it's so informative!

Sarah {SCS: Sairabee} said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win! What a great blog!

Holly said...

I have been having success with the Georgia Pacific white cardstock. It's smooth and the copic inks seem to blend well on it. I've used black Stazon ink which works well if I heat set it first. I've also been able to use the copic markers on images that are printed with my ink jet printer!
I'd love to win this awesome prize!

Cindy said...

Thanks for all of your tips and tricks. I don't own any copics, but hope to have some in the near future (as soon as I win these) :)
CindyLouWho2

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

Wow!! I'm so glad to have found this blog!! I've been using my Copic markers for about 6 months now but still have not quite got the hang of blending them and I NEVER use the colorless blender. It seems to just bleach out the color, for me anyway.

My fave ink is definitely Archival Brilliance Graphite Black and my fave paper is Wausau bright white.

Oh and thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful prize!

DannieGrvs said...

My favorite ink to use is Stazon ink. I don't have a favorite paper yet. I'm still learning how to blend the colors right now so I have only tried out the markers on *junk* cardstock. I haven't tried out the good stuff yet. Then again, maybe I'll have better luck with my blending if I use better paper.

SPO said...

I love your blog! It is a great tool to have. I use Papertrey white card stock. It is pretty thick. I use Adrirondack pitch black ink with my copic markers. It works great!

Simone P.

imteresa said...

Wow, I love reading all these comments to see what's working for people! My favorite ink is Brilliance Graphite Black. I just got a Memento pad, I'm not a huge fan yet, since the stamped image lines are coming out thick. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us!

Charlene Waymire said...

Marianne - thank you so much for starting to blog. I've been fairly happy with my results, but I am still a beginner and can't wait to learn how to step things up. I also can't wait for the certification class next week here in Seattle. I've used a couple of different papers, so I'll have to test out your technique to find which one works the best. But I have only used one ink - Brilliance graphite. I can't wait to test everything out now that I know what to look for.

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited you have your own blog!! I've been reading about the Copic Markers on Cambria and Danielle's blogs--I've yet to try them, because I don't know where to get them!!! I can't wait to find out on your site all about them and get started collecting!

donatelloh said...

I've only used the Georgia Pacific cardstock. As far as ink goes, I just love Adirondak. Thank you so much for your blog. I've already learned so much. I wish I could go to Seattle or KC for certification. Any chance you might have one in Florida?

Donna in FL

Jessrose21 said...

I only use Ranger Pitch Black ink and Micron Pigma pens. I've had good luck with Georgia-Pacific cardstock from Walmart, but I've noticed that Stampin' UP's Whisper White never soaks through to the back. My blue sky I was coloring looked blotchy no matter how much I soaked it with ink in circular motions. Cryogen White card stock is also acceptable and didn't bleed out or feather.

chinamomxtwo said...

I have soem white cardstock I got form californiapapergoods.com that has worked well....but not sure what kind it is...so some of the GeorgiaPacific CS is on my shopping list. It's so disappointing when paper doesn't work well!
For ink, a pigment ink works very well.
Thanks for all your help/advise--and for the chance to win! :) Hooray!

Stefanie Staniak said...

Thank you so much for this blog and your wonderful tutorial. It has been a great help to me.
Currently I'm using the Neenah paper and I do love it. My ink of choice so far is the Acient Page. I'm really open to trying others.

Linda (LSN on SCS) said...

I am fairly new to Copics so was so thrilled to see that you have started a blog. I hope that you have a class in CO someday (if so, I am so there)!

So far, I have used Georgia Pacific white, Papertrey White, and Stampin Up Shimmery White with the small handful of markers that I have. Can't wait to learn more about which inks to choose.

Linda

MichelleO said...

I use Papertrey White cardstock and Georgia Pacific with great results, I use Brilliance Graphite Black ink for my stamping, I heat set it before I use my Copics.

Your blog is wonderful, I have learned so many things I didn't know. Thanks so much!

Wendy G. said...

I actually haven't tried copics yet...but I am looking forward to trying them soon! I just need a little more time in my days to use all my craft supplies (I have 2 little babies at home...).

Thank you for your blog - I hope to gain as much knowledge as I can so that once I do take the plunge, i'm a bit prepared!

Connie Walsh said...

This sounds great. I would like to join. Add my name to the list.

lisa lish said...

I just ordered mine, and I SO can,t wait to get my hands on them!!!

Cindee Stacey said...

So glad you started a blog!! I use Papertrey's white and Brilliance ink and that seems to work for me! I'm using my markers more and more because of your blog! THANKS SO MUCH!!

Micki said...

I think it's already been mentioned, but Georgia Pacific Bright White CS is what seems to work best for me. I've also ordered and used the Copic Marker pad but find myself using the GP.

Thanks so much for the great info..... being relative new to Copics, you have been a life (hair) saver, lol.

Micki Harper
Wathena, KS

Scrapbookmama said...

OH goodness 232 posts before mine.. WOW! see girl this blog was your calling WE NEEDED YOU!! hehehehe..It was funny when I first started using my Copics everyone thought I was nuts because I mean I was trying to make anyone who would listen get them and NOW EVERYONE understands my madness! lol... Any hoot what I have found that really works for me with my Copics is my Brillance Ink with SU Whisper White Paper.. But I have to dry my ink with my heat gun a few sec. cause if not for some reason the colors will run but if I do that I'm golden.. :)

-Ellie

Suzanne said...

Unfortunately, I don't have a recommendation but am looking forward to what others have found that works for them. I am still experimenting here in Canada as it seems our options are more limited. I do like Palette Hybrid ink but find that the ink choice varies depending on the paper. I have found that it is a true paper and ink combination that works - some inks work on some papers but not others.

Thanks for starting a blog - LOVE IT!

LaurieG said...

It is funny for me to leave a comment here. Not too long ago I was NOT a fan of Copics at all. But then with encouragement and great tutorials on the web (mostly Debbie Olson)I have come to LOVE my Copic Markers. It does take practice but the results are amazing. Thanks for doing this blog.

Laurie G in Boston

Tami McBeain said...

Love your blog and all the great tutorials! I've been using Brilliance ink, it does have to be heat set thought. But I've recently started using Memento ink and I love the results. Cardstock varies, I've found that Papertrey's Stampers Select works the best for me.

Susan said...

Your blog just plain rocks!! I'm really picking up some great info here...
I like the PTI white paper and I very very frequently just use the stuff from WalMart! But, I don't have many copics and haven't experimented much. I need more copics!!

Amber (bambi64) said...

I just found your blog. Should have known you would have one. I will be in Chicago but won't be able to attend your classes. Maybe i'll get a peak at you so I can say I "saw" you!

I don't own any copics. My husband gave me his Prismacolor markers though. But my mom does have copics and have let me use them a few times. I think I used the Georgia Pacific cardstock and Stazon ink.

I would love to win and be able to have some of my own to use. I highly doubt I will win though as I am up in the 200 comments! But a girl can dream, right?

Maybe I'll see you in Chicago. I'd like to say I'll be the one with the MFT shirt on but since there will be a few of us with those on and a few of them are in the class... ummm I'll just have to wave and say "it's me.. I posted on your blog!" lol

Jessie said...

Love your blog! I only have a few copics but I use Palette Noir Black and Stampin'Ups Whisper White which I love! Thanks for sharing all your tips!

Jeanette said...

I love your blog. I have 3 copics but a have more ordered. I bought just a few to see if I like them and boy, did I ever. I used Neenah Solar crest white with Brillance graphite black. Worked nicely. Thank you for shared your expertise with us. It is so appreciated.

Dawn Easton said...

Thanks for more fabulous tips! I'm really enjoying reading up on all your tips and hope that someday I will be able to put all of your help to good use! TFS!

Krisstee said...

I have a small collection of Copics. I have played very little with them so really have nothing really to add as to paper and ink. I have done one image with the markers that I have and I used Stazon black and it worked for me with no bleeding or feathering at all. I have other inks that I will try as well.
I luv your blog......you give us so much info. It is nice to have all this info in one spot.
Thanks ever so much!

Linda Palmer said...

I want a chance at some blog candy. I love Copics. I am trying to learn to shade. I can't wait for a tutorial. I just found this today and love it.

Sandi said...

I have heard a lot about Georgia Pacific from Walmart so that is what I have been using with the Palette black ink. I was at a stamp show this weekend and was told by someone who was demonstrating Copics to use Adirondack Pitch black. Have to give it a try. Thanks so much for the great website!!!

Cyndi said...

All I can say is, all of this information is wonderful. I don't own any copics yet and want to get some so bad but want to be truly informed before I make the investment and this information that is being shared is unbelievable!

Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge it is wonderful!

broni (waterchild12) said...

I am just so thankful that you've started this blog! Your posts are so informative and easy to follow! I am absorbing everything possible since I don't think I'll be getting to a class anytime in the near future! Thank you so much!!

broni (waterchild12) said...

Oops! I forgot to say that I am currently using Georgia Pacific paper and Palette Hybrid Noir ink with my Copics.

Cathrine StClair said...

I've had success with Wedding White and Announcement Cream from California Paper Goods

Suzanne J Dean said...

What a wonderful blog! I have been self-teaching myself over the past few months with my Copics & I'm ever so glad to have found out about your blog--so helpful! I have tried many white cardstocks & found that Paper Trey Ink's White cardstock worked best with my Ranger Adirondack inks--no bleeding or feathering. Thanks for all the great information!

Clearly Inspired said...

I love your blog so much! I have learned more, since you started your blog then I have for the year I have been blogging and researching copics. Thank you so much! Great information! Thanks for the chance to win!

sparkling stamper said...

I prefer Bazzill when I am embossing prior to coloring because the embossing powder doesn't stick, even if you don't use one of those powder pads. I only rarely color without embossing. My current papers of choice are Xerox 110lb cardstock and 67lb vellum cover, depending on which weight I need. I usually emboss using Versamark watermark, though sometimes I use Versamark Fine in black. For colors I prefer the Brilliance line of inks.

Lesa said...

Marianne, thank you so much for starting this blog. I am new to Copics and I will take all the help I can get. The main paper that i have been using is PTI Select White and I have been having great results with it. I am still trying to decide on the best ink for me. I have tried several that have been mentioned. Once again, thanks for this great blog.

Shawna said...

Oh Marianne! Thank you, thank you, thank you for starting this blog! It has become my favorite already, as I love my Copics but need to learn so much about them. Your blog is SOOOOO helpful! As for paper, all I have used at this point is white paper from WalMart and Stampin Up!'s white. By far, the Stampin Up! white is the best, but I am anxious to try the solar white to compare. Again, Thank you for your wonderful tutorials!

mumgranny said...

I'm new to Copic Markers - so much to learn.

Would love some blog candy

Tina W said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to put a blog up and giving tons of tips for using our Copics. They are so helpful. Currently, I like using Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and PTI Stamper's Select. :o)

Lastel said...

I use Georgia Pacific white and it works just great . I use Versafine Onyx Black for stamping the images . I am lovin' your new blog !

leenda said...

Neenah Classic Solar white & Brilliance Black.

Brandi said...

I love your blog - let me just say that! I am trying to decide which of the copic markers to buy... so I have no clue about the paper yet! Hopefully I will learn alot from this discussion.

Rose Ann said...

I find Neenah to be my favorite paper to use with my Copic markers.

Adirondack is my ink of choice.

Thank you for the offering!! I hope it's okay if I add this site to my blog list. Please let me know if it isn't.

Marilyn said...

As so many others I am new to copic Markers and with the blog I'm learning so much....Just today I picked up diffrent samples of paper so I can try them out. So at this point I do not know which paper and Ink I like :)
Thank You again for the Blog and your knowlege of all things Copic.
Marilyn

Kerry said...

At the moment, I only have Georgia Pacific 110lb so that is what I tested. The initial coating with the lighter marker did very well. No feathering detected. However, when I went back and added the slightly darker color, then I started to get some feathering. Now, it might be that I was just soaking it too much/coloring too slowly.
When I went back with the lighter color, it blended very nicely. The test with the blender pen, well that's a little more up in the air. I would say it was more soft and sublte and less defined. So on a 1 to 10 scale with 10 being perfect, I would say GP is an 7 or 8: pretty good, but not perfect.

Becky aka Arctic Stamp Queen said...

I love the PaperTrey 100 lb cardstock, it's what I reach for time and again with my copics, thanks for all the great tips, I love learning how to use my babies!!!

Lisa said...

I'm very happy with the results that I get when I use Paper Trey white cardstock. Thanks for the opportunity to win the blog candy!

Carole said...

Oh I'm so happy that you have started this blog. I have read alot about copics but this is so worthwile and informative.
I'm only just starting out with these markers so I've only tried Stampin'Up Whisper White and the Georgia Pacific cardstock that was super cheap. I'm not displeased with results but I'm sure I can do better. Next on my list to try is the Neenah paper. For ink, my preference in alot of my stamping is Brilliance Black from Teusinko and it holds up - no smearing.
Thanks so much for helping newbies like me understand these awesome markers better!
Carole

Connie M. said...

Thanks Mariane for posting such helpful information. I've only been using Copics for a couple of months and your tips are extremely helpful. So far, I've had the best results with Paper Trey Select White Stampers cardstock with Memento ink.

donna_mc00 said...

Great blog! I like Papertrey White cardstock with Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black ink.

Laurie said...

OK.........I really want to win this one..........sorry cannot input on this as I have no copics "AS OF YET". So new that I have not been able to see them in action, so cannot form an opinion as to whether they are worth the $. I wanted to go for certification but all classes are held in the States. If any of you Americans who are certified come to Toronto, ON or surrounding areas for visits, please let me know as I could find people to take a class.
thanks
Laurie
l.fowler27@sympatico.ca

michellepetcov said...

I love the Mango paper for me it works best than any other one, when I started I used regular cardstock because I didn't know what would work.
Your blog has been helping me a lot!
Thanks for taking the time to share your ideas!

Rubber Princess said...

Thanks so much for sharing all of these helpful hints. I like to use the Cryogen White and Poison Ivy papers. I love the shimmer that shines through. The Versafine Onyx Black when heat set works well for me. Thanks for the inspiration.

Rubber Princess said...

Sorry for posting twice but my first comment was labeled incorrectly as the rubber princess.

Thanks so much for sharing all of these helpful hints. I like to use the Cryogen White and Poison Ivy papers. I love the shimmer that shines through. The Versafine Onyx Black when heat set works well for me. Thanks for the inspiration.

Debbie

mumgranny said...

I am new new new to Copic Markers. Found this site yesterday - thank you so much for taking the time to teach all of us. Blog Candy to boot - I'm in marker heaven.

Martie

Sandy Knecht said...

I love your blog. I pick up something each day. I like the Curious Cryogen White Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo black ink. I especially like not having to heat set the ink. Everything blends so well.

Kristin said...

Thanks for doing this! I found your blog via Mish Mash's blog. B/C of her, I FINALLY bought some copics and now am hooked!

Tricia said...

I'm pretty new to all this, but loving all the info! I really want to try the Neenah Classic Crest - now I'm using Papertrey Ink's paper with StazOn and Palette Hybrid Ink.

Beth M said...

My preferred ink is the palette noir and I usually use georgia pacific cardstock. I purchased a pad for copics but I haven't used it yet.

Thanks for all your tips!

Sandy705 said...

This is a great blog full of helpfull information on Copics, tips, techniques and samples. I am a new user of Copics and just starting to build up my supply. I have found Curious Cryogen white to be great paper with Copics as it has a shimmer and the markers blend easily. The new Momento Tuxedo black ink is wonderful with Copics as it does not require heat setting and does not smear or bleed.

Sandy Whalen
Sandy705@wideopenwest.com

Newstampinaddict said...

My favorite ink for Copic is definitely the Adirondak inks. The only paper I've used in Georgia Pacific and SU! Whisper White. For Copics, I really prefer the Georgia Pacific paper!

SO Glad I've found your blog. I LOVE my copics and am still trying to learn everything I can do with them. One of these days I would also love to take one of your certification classes!

mamamia said...

I just bought my first Copics. This blog is going to be so very helpful. I never even considered that I may need a special cardstock I am even more floored that Staz-On is not the recommended ink. I am leaning so much. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for being generous enough to start this blog and then to offer some awesome goodies.

I only use Papetrey Ink white cardstock now and it seems to do well for me.
As for the ink, I have tried SU! basic black but that bleeds easily. I have since switched to Pallete Noir and as long as I am a little patient it does well.

Cambria Turnbow said...

Hi Marianne... my Copic idol. :) I use the Neenah or the Georgia Pacific, but found that the Neenah blends a bit better and works better with the blending solution. My fav ink is the Momento too... but I like the Brilliance if I have time to let it completely dry. You can never have too many ink pads ya know. :)
Thanks for the chance to win some copics!! I bow to you. :)

Anonymous said...

I am so thrilled I find your blog! I have been buying a few markers every week and haven't used them much, I'm totally intimidated. Now I have a way around that.

When I am feeling brave and I try to play with my Copics, I use PaperTrey Ink's Stamper's White Select cardstock and Briliance ink. So far I haven't had any problems.

Aviator girl said...

I haven't tried a huge variety of cardstock but my favorite so far is Papertrey stampers select white paper. I am so excited you have started a blog. It looks like I am going to gain a lot of useful information here!

Carol Sisk said...

I don't have a favorite because I do not own any markers yet. But I would love to try the Copic markers so please pick me :)

pdunbar9255 said...

I just tested out Bazill cardstock white and it PASSES with flying colors. No bleeding at all. It has an extremely smooth surface and it very white. I LOVE IT

reeree62 said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win blog candy!!!
I enjoy the tutorials, enquiring minds wanna know!LOL!

Amanda said...

I am very new to copic markers. I only have two. ;) I love them with my glossy CTMH Cardstock.

lifesabeach32940 said...

LOL ~ 285 comments?? I told you you would be THE FAVORITE blogspot in no time at all!!

I've only used Georgia Pacific Cardstock so far with my Copics. I'm only at the practice stage, but it seems to be working well.

Thank you for the GREAT TIPS!! I have learned so much just in the short time you've been here!!



Judy

Anonymous said...

Love the blog!! Thanks for explaining everything so well and showing pictures. I just discovered copics and your blog is helping me invest wisely as I go!! Sorry I can't share any input at this point!

rio_miss_pam said...

I really like the info you give on Copics. I currently do not have any but have been reading and searching info about them. As of now, I only have SU markers. I have been playing around with the Adirondack re-inkers though. Will definately keep an eye on this blog!

Kathie said...

I realy like Papertrey's white cardstock. After studying blogs, I been stamping wth Ranger Pitch Black Adirondack ink pad. I have to tell ya, I bought those darn Copic markers some time ago and I was struggling to use them properly. Your blog has given me some super insight. THANK YOU for taking the time to teach!!
Kathie in Las Vegas

snazzystamper said...

I've only had my copics for a couple days...but I haven't had any smearing with the SU! whisper white and India Ink by Stewart Superior.

Robyn said...

I haven't tried these, but have certainly been looking. Hope I win.

anni said...

Fabulous tutorials! I'm so glad you began a blog on Copic usage.. I use GP and Palette Hybrid Noir ink cuz at the moment that's all I have but am so ready to try other brands of paper and inks.. Can't wait to see what the popular choices are!

Debbie said...

I've been using Adirondack inks mostly. Brillince also works well. Depending on how I'm going to us by color design on a card will depend on the paper I use. I've found for some thing hot press water color paper works great. I've also been using Cryogen White and Poison Ivy. If I doing just a card front either Cryogen White or Poison Ivy is my paper of choice

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teresa said...

I use the Neenah classic crest solar white paper. I am loving your blog, such wonderful information! Would love to take you class when you offer it again in Eugene as I'm only 30 miles up I-5 from you.

teresa said...

Thanks for starting your blog! I'm loving the information. I use Neenah Classic Crest Solar White paper. Ellen Hutson got me started with the paper and it is so much better than the ink soaking stuff I had been using! I'd love to take your class some day. I'm just up I-5 30 miles.

Deb Neerman said...

WoWZa, thanks for another great post! I use Xerox 110# with good results and like using Adirondack or Brilliance inks.

Thanks for all the great info you're sharing with us! And thanks for the chance to win!

Char- said...

Staz-on ink and plain old GA Pacific cs.

Kim said...

My vote is for Georgia Pacific cardstock and Palette Noir Black ink. Love your blog, thank you for all the wonderful information.

Heidi said...

Marianne, I love what you are doing on your blog and all of the great information!! For card stock I use Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and Curious Iridescent Cryogen White. I love the shimmer that the Cryogen White has and you can still see it even after using the Copic markers. I use either Brilliance-Graphite Black Ink or Ranger Adirondack Ink in Pitch Black. I also do the heat setting mostly because I don't want to wait for the ink to dry, lol!
Thanks!!
Heidi Blankenship

MinnieSong said...

I just received my Copics today !! I have tried SU Whisper White and Graphite Brilliance. Not quite happy with my first attempt. Glad I have your blog to walk me through. Thank you for sharing all of your helpful insight.
Melanie

Kim G said...

I like using Paptertrey Stampers Select, GP and Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. I like Palette Noir Black and so far, so good. I have found lots of interesting tips on your blog. Thanks for all your help.

sharon said...

I've learned so much from your blog. Thanks for taking the time to post. I use PaperTrey Ink's Stamper's White Select paper and Brilliance & Pallette Noir ink.

MichelleSG said...

I am using Georgia Pacific cardstock and Brilliance ink. I have PaperTrey white cardstock too but havne't gotten around to busting that package open yet. I stick with the cheaper GP because I like to stamp a bunch of images and leave them to dry so that when I fell like coloring I can just grab an image and go. The down side is that sometimes the 6 yr old gets a hold of them first. If I spent a lot on paper this would probably get me all bent out of shap and I like to share a hobby with her. Cheap cardstock that works is my happy medium. Don't worry, she knows the Copics are mommy's pens, she gets the SU set of 48 all to herself so she doesn't complain.

curtis said...

Thank you for your blog. I have been using Copic markers for a little while but your techinques and tips are helping me to expand. I like the way my projects look after using Copic markers. Thanks for a chance to win. Seattle Sue

Sabena said...

You blog is wonderful! I am new to Copics, and just trying them out. I use Palette Noir, and am using some Cardstock from Staples (their store brand) until I can get some really good paper sent way up north.

Sabena

Jaxbabie3 said...

I haven't had much experience with copics yet - only have a few...but so far I am having good luck with stazon - as long as I make sure it dries all the way - the only color that I have a problem with with this ink is one of my yellows. ButI make due for now. I have used a couple of different papers - Walmart's GP, and a couple from Wausau papers - don't really have a favorite yet! Need to play more with them so that I can justify buying a set! Thanks!

stamps&cars said...

I'm just started to learn about my Copics.......I have been using XpedX brilliant White 80lb paper and have found it to work fine....although I may change my mind after employing your tips! I used either Adirondack pads or inkjet images. Excited to see that you are in Oregon! I'm in Oregon City!!

Pam/Iris said...

I am useing Georgia Pacific White Cardstock from Wal-Mart and Ranger Distress Walnut Stain & Black Soot inks! No dry time or heat setting, I can stamp right away, YAY!!

LOVE my Copic's!!!!

Kathi said...

Thanks Marianne for all the instruction! This is my daily "copic fix". I cannt believe how much you have already taught me!!! My best luck has been with SU's Whisper White and Brilliance black. I'm anxious to see the results from everyone as to the "BEST" overall paper/ink combo, as I do suffer some casualties at times. Love your blog and can't thank you enough! Blessings...Kathi

Mimi Hornberger said...

I was using Papertrey Ink paper but have switched to Neenah. I like both. The colors do look different according to the paper. As for ink, I prefer Brilliance & Pallette Noir. TFS! XO, Mimi

Marcia L. said...

So far I have used the GP from Walmart. I was very satisfied with the saturation and ease with which the ink flowed on the paper. But after reading several reviews and comments including yours I since purchase some Neenah, and will be testing it over the week end.

Michal said...

I've just ordered my new Copics, and they are (hopefully) on their way to me as I write.
I'm so glad to have found your new blog and looking forwards to watching it grow. I'm sure I'll learn a lot from your post.
I'm about to try my regular white cardstock and see how it works. if the test fails I'll try a higher quality CS that I have (not white, though) and see how it turns out.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.
Michal

Paula said...

Your blog is a wealth of information! I have used Papertey white CS and Adirondack and Brilliance ink.

DeborahLynneS said...

I LOVE my Copic markers! I so want to sign up for a class, but am unable to do so at this time.
I use Adirondack inks, sometimes Brilliance; PaperTrey and Neenah cardstocks.
Coloring with my markers just brings back my love of coloring as a child-- they are so fun to use!
Thanks for entering blog-world-- we are so fortunate to have your tips!

Deb Saaranen

Michelle said...

I use the Gergia Pacific also the 110lb weight with the Pallate inks and haven't had much of a problem with bleeding. I LOVE my copics and am collecting them one at a time from my local store. I use a coupon on each one for 40 or 50 % off. I couldn't afford them otherwise. Thanks for the fabulous step by step on the possibilities of these AMAZING markers.

Karen said...

I prefer SU white and Papertrey Inks stampers select white. I'm still learning how to properly use my Copics. Great blog - so glad you started it!

Anonymous said...

I like Papertrey's White the best. I am so excited about learning all I can from your new blog! I love my copics and can't wait to learn how to "really" use them!

Stacy said...

I love the Neenah Solar Crest paper that you suggested - it's my fave for working with Copics.

Thanks for all the awesome info, btw. It's soooo helpful!

Randell said...

I just started using copics a week ago and LOVE them! (I already have got 2 other people hooked on them as well..)i am a watercolour artist, and I must say that I love how the markers can work like watercolour paints for me! Also i love that they are soo portable! I feel that i can get such an even finish, and I love woking with plain laser cardstock paper. When i get our scanner working I will post some of the sketches that I have done!

starqueen said...

Hi Marianne,
I'm so glad to have found your blog. I love learning how to make the best use of my tools! I have found that PaperTrey Ink's white cardstock and Ranger's Archival Inks work best for me with my Copics. I look forward to reading the results of your survey!

Joy said...

Hello Marianne I have just discoved your blog I need all the help I can get using Copics I have a couple dozen I bought here in the UK and haven't a clue about inks and paper/card so I'm going to try your test and see what works best for me - thanks a milion for this great blog and a chance to win some Copic Candy x

Kathie Hatfield said...

I heard some interesting info today. The Copics from Hobby Lobby aren't refillable. Is this true? I have been buying them one at a time due to the cost. I hope I haven't made a mistake.

marianne walker said...

All copic markers are refillable. don't let anyone fool you. You made a good choice since they will last a long time

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marikris said...

Hi, Marianne! I've been reading your blog and gained a lot of insight on working with the Colorless blender (thank you!).

With my illustration, I found that my works come out better on the Copic sketchbook paper versus the other paper I had bought, Deleter's Comic Book Kent Paper, which is a brighter, whiter and slightly thinner paper than the Copic sketchbook. It's also a lot smoother. Here's a drawing I did on the Kent paper: The Pearl Diver III, versus this one from my sketchbook: Little Sultan. I feel that the Kent paper is too bright for me (but that's completely subjective) and it doesn't seem to let me blend the Copics as well.

I've been looking for a bigger and unbound version of the Copic Sketchbook paper, but so far I've only found the COPIC High-grade Paper ~ DX Thick Non-Transparent Papers A4size from J-list.com - only, it ships from Japan, I think.

Rena said...

When I first got my Copics I started with a Strahtmore Bristol pad. I find this one is good for beginners because it isn't too expensive and the paper is very firm and there wasn't much feathering. It is a little thick, so if you look on the back sometimes it is hard to see if you are coloring evenly, but over all it is really good paper. :)

Jeanne said...

Hi Marianne, What a great idea to surprise Kris with hopefully, many Happy Birthday e-mails. What a very thoughtful friend you are! Jeanne

jonesy said...

Love your blog!
Stamping and coloring on Neenah Solar White, and lately on Prism. Using Momento and Ranger dye base inks with great success!

craftaddict said...

Hi, I found your blog via google search and am so glad I did. I am in the UK so the papers you use are different but your tutorials are wonderful. I am off to do the tests with my new Copics. Thanks for everything.
Regards

poppy_p@blueyonder.co uk

Attiq Ur Rehman said...

I am very happy to see the post on Copics. I am using Neenah Classic or PTI stampers select. Thanks for sharing this informative post. Keep up the great work.


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Alexandria said...

I am using Tuxedo Black ink by Memento but I'm still trying to figure out which paper to get as I have none yet.

Ann said...

I have just ordered my first copics after waiting a long time. Your blog is so helpful. I save a copy of it in Word for future reference.
Thanks

rubberrabbit said...

Hi Marianne! See? even your oldest posts are still current and worth studying!
I did the tests on my paper stash and found that Cougar Opaque White feathers like a maniac and dries unevenly no matter how much it is soaked (inclusions in the paper maybe that 'resist' the ink?). But a great textweight paper (which a friend Stephanie Chao who is a stamper, eraser carver, and calligrapher put me onto as superb for copperplate calligraphy as it is smooth, won't pill up easily and accepts calligraphy ink without feathering) is Kodak Presentation paper. I can get it at any office supply store and it also makes superb filler paper for handmade books.

city said...

thanks for share.

FitXmom said...

Wonderful. I am a beginner and was suggested to start "practicing" with George Pacific White Card stock. So far, I think its working well. I have to do a little more feathering because of this paper (which I was told I had to) but the end result is good. As I do my first completed colored image, I will post.

A question on this papers, do I have to ordered online only or can I get them with a local distributor/store?

Sande said...

Great post and I've read it a few times since purchasing my markers. My daugther and I love using them but have been going back and forth about paper and skin color combo's we like.

We've tried Gina K, Neenah Solar White and currently are using X-press. This paper is perfect for printing out digi's on each our printers and colors very well.

Of course, colors on the screen appear differently and we spend hours researching blogs for inspiration. It occurred to me this morning that even though you see 100 different people use the same skin combo it looks differently on blogs/images. Sometimes it looks way too dark or pale even though it's the same combo.

So then it dawned on my that it mgiht not be the combo but the actually "color" of the paper they use. All white are not the same...so this has to affect the final outcome of how the color looks. I colored the same image with the same combo on the Neenah and the X-press and they look very different.

I was wondering if you have input to this idea..does the color of the paper affect how the color combo will look. For example I used E000 and E00 on those two papers. On the Neenah the skin looks much darker. Any input is greatly appreciated.

Kaspar said...

Let me know your favorite paper and inks to use with Copic markers. Leave a comment on today's post with either what has worked or what ... ccopicmarkers.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

I just found this article (7 years later) and it still applies... I don't know if they had cardstock papers made for markers, but they do now. I haven't had a chance to try them yet, though... I know Staples & some craft stores carry it...

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