Friday, October 1, 2010

Copics vs Stampin' Write Markers

Last week I took a class on using Copic Markers.  I had seen some beautiful things produced by using those markers and liked the idea that the colors would blend flawlessly.  I was looking forward to learning to use them.  I was sure I'd love them and was thinking about how I'd afford this new product because they have tons of colors available for about $5 a pen.

The good news is that I didn't spend any money!  The bad news is that I really didn't like them.  I know learning to use them takes practice, but I just felt like it wasn't worth the effort.  In class we were given an item to color and were supposed to shade it with the left side being darker.  It was really difficult.  If you had 8 shades of one color that you could blend together to do the shading perhaps it would have been easier, but we had 2 plus the blender pen (which, by the way, is a MUST if you use Copics.)  I was frustrated that I'd apply the color which was really strong and then my "shading" was done by using the blender (which works more like a bleach pen) to remove color.  I worked on one little image for an hour and still didn't have it turn out as I would have liked.  I had problems with the color "floating" out of the image and then I'd have to work to push it back in.  When I added an accent color, it floated into the other color and looked horrible.  When I looked back at my work, it looked like the work of a 4 year old and I wasn't pleased.  Perhaps with more practice and the purchase of many markers I could eventually turn into an artist, but I'm not willing to invest my time or money when I have something at home that gives me the look I desire for less.  I also don't want to have to buy new ink pads for stamping my images (StazOn won't work with Copics) or different cardstock.  I came home and pulled out my Stampin' Write markers and realized that while I can't "blend" them with other colors, I can do lovely shading with either the blender pen (which really is a blender instead of a bleach pen) or with my Aquapainter.  The Stampin' Up markers only cost $3.50 and perfectly match my cardstock.  They also serve double duty because not only can I use them to color images, but I can also use them for journaling or writing sentiments inside my cards.        


  1. The coloring on your card is beautiful. Looks like you already have the right "tools" to make a beautiful card.

  2. I love the colouring you used on your card. Glad to see that Copics may not be the most useful tool. I will stick to SU markers.

  3. Good for you Vanessa! I love my SU! markers, and they're WAY cheaper. ;)

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