Thursday, May 23, 2019

Let's Talk Copic Markers & The New collage Refill Station!



Maybe you are a seasoned illustrator or maybe you are just starting out. With 358 colors and four different body styles,trying to jump into Copic markers can be intimidating!  

Don't worry! The "collage copic club" has your back and is here to help you navigate the wonderful blended world of Copic!

A great place to start is learning a little bit about these alcohol inked non-toxic beauties!

Copic makes one of the highest quality alcohol markers in the world. Originally developed for the Japanese manga industry, Copic markers are ideal for all styles of art, design, illustration, crafts or just doodling while binge watching Game of Thrones! 

Not only that! They are durable, refillable, and have replaceable nibs! Basically, you only need to buy a Copic Marker once! That's right, just once! 

Hold on, wait a minute, Okay, We just can't wait until the end of the this blog post to tell you our exciting news! More about Copic Markers after this!

Introducing the collage Copic Refill Station!!

You can bring in ALL your Sketch or Ciao Copic Markers to our Alberta location and get them filled! That's right! for only $2.00-$3.00 you can fill your markers as if they were brand new! Have your nibs seen better days? 
Well, we can get those replaced for you!

The best part? 
You can hang around while we fill them 
or 
just leave them with us and pick them up later !

CAN'T MAKE IT TO OUR ALBERTA SHOP FOR A FILL-UP? 
THAT'S OKAY! JUST DROP OFF YOUR MARKERS AT OUR SELLWOOD OR DIVISION LOCATIONS AND WE WILL GET THEM FILLED FOR YOU AND CALL YOU WHEN YOU CAN COME YOU CAN PICK THEM BACK UP!

So, how can you tell is your Ciao or Sketch needs refilling:
  1. inconsistent coloring
  2. “dragging” of the nib while coloring; sometimes with a squeaky sound
  3. white-ish nib
Still not not sure if your Ciao or Sketch could use a drink? No problem! Just bring them into collage on Alberta and ask any of our collage rock stars for help! They will weigh your marker and let your know if it could use a top off! 

WHY DO WE LOVE COPIC?


Vibrant, Smooth Color
it applies smoothly and is easy to blend.The alcohol based ink dries acid free and does not destroy paper fibers the way water based inks do. And for an added bonus, Copic markers are free of harmful chemicals and overwhelming odors
Refillable
Once you buy a Copic marker you have a friend for life! You can continue to refill your marker and replace the nibs (marker tips) for as log as you want. Some artists have been using the same markers for almost 25 years, really!
Dependability
Get this! Copic markers will not dry if you don't use them.They have a guaranteed 3-year shelf life! It's not a Twinkie, but still pretty impressive and kind to your wallet. 
Quality Tested
Each marker goes through it's own boot camp by being hand-tested for overall quality and color consistency three times before it even starts its journey from Japan to your friendly neighborhood collage.
Super Brush Nib
In our opinion, there are very few other brush markers on the market that have the feel of a Copic. Performing with amazing results this unique, flexible with be smooooothe sailing!

What's the difference between the two most popular Copic Markers, the Ciao and the Sketch? 


The Ciao Marker comes in 180 colors and is refillable.  The  Ciao marker is shaped differently than the Sketch but the nibs are identical.  As you can see from the photo,the shape of the Ciao marker is round. They hold less ink (which really isn’t an issue since they are refillable) and they come in fewer colors. If you are starting out on a budget, Ciao’s may be a good buy for you!








Copic Sketch is the most popular among all the Copic markers. It comes in the widest range of colors, and features Medium Broad and flexible Super Brush nib combination. Ideal for illustration, craft and caricature. Also “Sketch Original (empty marker)” allows you to mix the colors or expand your collection with by using Various Ink to fill them up. 358 Colors.

The possibilities are ENDLESS when you use Copic Markers! All three of our supply stores carry Copic Markers and our Alberta shop can give those dry thirsty Sketch or Ciao markers a much needed drink for a very affordable price! 


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