Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the 2014 Copic “Earth Day” Blog Hop

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.

Michele Boyer

Lori Craig

Sharon Harnist

Cindy Lawrence

Debbie Olson

Colleen Schaan

Sherrie Siemens

Copic Blog

(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)

When you’re done hopping, head on over to the Copic blog and sign up to be entered in the Earth Week Giveaway!  5 lucky winners will each receive a 3-piece Blending Trio or Color Fusion set, one Various Ink refill, and a 5x7 sketchbook.  


Sharon Harnist said...

Wow, Marianne -- that's amazing to know you have 14-year old markers still going strong! Thanks so much for the fun digi to color!

Bunny said...

I would be happy to have someone pass down their Copics to me. I love them. I just purchased additional refills this past week. It is so economical. It's hard to believe you've had your markers so long. No wonder you color so well. Love the image and your coloring.

Lori Craig said...

Super cute digi, MW! Love your post today!

Sherrie said...

Love your post Marianne....love hearing about the longevity of copics too!

Jean Bullock said...

Very cool post. Great job on the digi. It's always fascinating to see a line drawing transformed to appear to have dimension. Thanks for mentioning the typepad problem. I have been unable to leave comments on the typepad blogs and one blog couldn't even be accessed.

windycindy said...

I am so loving this Copic Marker
Earth Day Blog Hop!
What I am learning is amazing...
Your coloring is gorgeous.
Many thanks, Cindi

BettyBee said...

Such a fun blog hop ... I've learned a lot along the way. Thank you for the digi! I will be coloring it this evening :) I hope the links are fixed later, so I can leave other comments.
All the best to the entire team!

Joan V said...

Wow, I never knew Copics existed for that long. I just thought they came out in the last five years. I really think they are a great investment, too. Thanks for the digi.

Muffins and Lace said...

Love the digi. I love copics. I just purchased my first ones about 3 months ago. I don't think I have used any other medium.

Neesey said...

Great tips on copic care and I am loving this hop. I have never tried a digi image, but this will be my first. Thanks so much.

Sande said...

Fantastic tips and the digi is sweet. I haven't gotten to the point of needing to refill mine, as I'm fairly new to Copics. I am going to print out your tips and add it to my Copic book.

Thanks for all the great tips and especially the digi. I can't wait to color it.

marilynwillauer said...

WOW love your post, love Copic markers, of course I love to color, so relaxing. Your design is so cute and pretty all colored up!!!

Jan Castle said...

YUM...great coloring! I so admire what you do with your projects! TFS

Sarah said...

Hooray for Copics being the perfect grown up coloring tool!
God's blessings,
Sarah :)

Jan Castle said...

You are correct...I cannot leave a comment on Sharon Harnist, Ciondy Lawrence, Debbie Olson, Colleen S. or the Copic Blog! Will try tomorrow!

newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

This is a fun blog hop thanks for sharing a free download that we can color . I love my copic markers