Hello, crafty friends!
I thought I'd pop on today and share some tips with you about refilling your Copic Markers. There are a few ways to do it, with pros and cons to each.
So, when do we need to refill our markers? When they are dry, obviously! :) How can you tell your marker is dry? You will notice it starting to drag across your paper, rather than gliding smoothly. The chisel end especially will color streaky. Sometimes you'll hear a squeaky sound when coloring, which is another sign that the marker is in need of refilling. Finally, if your tip starts to have a white or blotchy appearance, you most certainly need to refill the marker.
Let's chat about the Various Ink Refills.
Copic Various Ink Refills are available in all 358 colors, and are compatible with all marker styles. Empty ink bottles are available for mixing custom colors. Depending on the marker style you are using, you can refill a marker a number of times with one bottle of Various Ink Refill. Here's the breakdown:
I, personally, mostly use Copic Sketch Markers; so I would get 12 refills out of each one of my markers. That's a pretty sweet deal, eh?
For my example today, I will be refilling my G20 Copic Sketch Marker.
The first thing that you will find very helpful, regardless of how you choose to refill your markers, is to remove both caps. Next, choose your method.
The graphic below explains the Drip and Dab Method, as well as the Booster Method.
Both of the above methods work great, and give you accurate results. Now, if you're like me, and you have no patience whatsoever when you're in the middle of coloring an image, you'll like the method I use even better. ;)
Once I've removed both caps from my marker, I pull the chisel nib right out of the marker. You can do this with your fingers or, if you'd like to stay inky free, the Nib Tweezers. The tweezers prevent nib damage and keep your fingers nice and clean. I just pull my nib out with my fingers, in part because I get little to no ink on my fingers due to the marker being on the dry side, and in part because I HAVE NO PATIENCE! :) ***It is important to note that I never ever (did I say NEVER) pull on the super brush nib on the other end of the marker! That nib is much more easily damaged; so the only time I pull that one out is when I have to replace it entirely. Always, always pull out the chisel nib!
I then drip the Various ink into the cavity of the marker where the chisel nib used to be. You can hold the marker over a trash can or another surface that you don't mind getting inky. I usually just do it wherever I am; but I do have a pretty steady hand.
The standard is to add 2-3 cc's of ink to your marker when you refill it. There are markings on the body of the Various Ink Refill to show you how many cc's you are using. I don't like to do unnecessary math; so I just drip into the marker until I see the ink starting to flow into the super brush nib on the other end of the marker. This is why I always take off both caps! Now, it is very important for you to STOP refilling your marker as soon as you see that ink flowing into the opposite nib. If you continue to fill the marker, you will get a drippy nib. Have you ever had a marker drip on your project, mid-way through coloring??? So annoying, right?! Overfilling is most likely the culprit. So, be aware of what you are doing, my friends, and STOP when that super brush nib is wet again.
Once you get the hang of it, filling your markers this way is SO fast & easy. You will never bother with the slow Drip and Dab Method or that scary looking Booster again!
It's as easy as that, my friends!
Please trust me when I tell you that for the Colorless Blender you will need the 200cc bottle, not the 25cc bottle! You will use it far too often to bother with the small one!
I hope my tutorial today was helpful to you! Now I need to buy myself some more Various Ink Refills. This tutorial reminded me that I'm missing a few important ones.
Before I go, I want to make sure you are aware of the fabulous new Copic Workshops coming your way in 2017!
You do NOT want to miss out this year! For a list of upcoming dates and locations, click HERE. Hope to see you at a class near you!
Have a terrific day, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!