Earth Day, April 22, marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Over 40 years later, Earth Day has become a global event with over 200 million people in over 141 countries getting involved in the fight for a clean environment. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Did you know that Copic markers and inks are a lifetime investment? Reuse and refill them again and again, without filling landfills. Of course you did! That's why you use them!
• Back in December of 2000, I received my first Copic Markers. Just last week I was teaching a church group at my house and the attendees were using those SAME markers I got almost 14 years ago!! They were my Copic Originals (this was back before they printed barcodes on the markers). I have refilled them many times, but never had to replace the nibs. Talk about a lifetime investment!
• When I first started working for Copic, we used to offer a mail-in refilling service, so we had a bottle of ink for each marker color, and we specially marked them. Do you know that we are still using some of those same bottles of ink 12 years later?? One bottle of ink lasts for many many refills. Talk about Economical!
• On the side of each various ink bottle is the Japanese recycling symbol. This means that when we do finally use up a bottle of ink we can recycle it.
Now, I guarantee that I didn't buy Copic markers way back when because I was thinking that I could bequeath them to my grandkids in my will when I pass from this life. I just thought that they were the most awesome art product I'd ever used. That's what makes it doubly special. Not only do they help my drawings look amazing, but I never worry about having to replace them, that my investment is still paying off. Quality means you buy it once. That's better for everyone.
Since Copics have given me so much, I want to give back a bit myself. Here's a fun free digi image you can download and color. Once you've colored it, upload it to instagram, the Copic facebook page, your blog, anywhere really, and share it around! With your post, please let us know how many years you've been using the same Copic markers.
Here's my simple colored version. I used YG11, YG13, YG17 B23, B37, B41, 0, Y11, N1, N4, R43, R59 and Y15. I don't want you to color yours to look like mine...make it your own!! Add doodles, use strange colors, be creative!! Copic markers have brought me years of creative inspiration, and I want you to explore your creativity as well.
In celebration of Earth Day 2014, the Copic Education Team and Design Team has gotten together for a hop. Visit each person’s blog to learn personal tips and tricks for refilling and caring for your markers… and possibly some pretty eye candy along the way. Be sure to let them know how much you appreciate their contributions.
(please note: Typepad has had some issues, so if some of the links don't work, it is just a technical glitch, and we will try again later)