Today was a really exciting Copic kind of day. No … I actually didn’t colour a single thing with my Copic markers, but I did start the day tuned in to a live Facebook video with Nicole from Sweet Stamp Shop. Like me, she gets a lot of queries about what colours to buy, and she has a great list on the Sweet Stamp Shop Fan Club group on Facebook in the files section (CLICK HERE). So today she was talking live and answering questions, and I was able to let her know that as an authorised Copic stockist, I could help out her Australian customers with their copic needs. Well … then it kind of got crazy, and I’ve been doing some serious math, checking my supplier for stock, and answering questions about Nicole’s Copic Top 40 list.
Nicole’s list is a nice mix of colours, mostly 3 in each shade, which is great for simple colouring, and perfect for Sweet Stamp Shop images. Not all of the markers are available in Ciao, so I’m putting together 3 awesome Top 40 packages.
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Cool Grey: C2, C4, C7
Warm Grey: W0, W2, W4
Skin Tone: E00, E11
Brown: E21, E23, E25, E27
Violet: V15, V17
Pink: RV10, RV32, RV34
Red: R20, R24, R29
Orange: YR12, YR18
Yellow: Y00, Y13, Y15, Y26
Lime Greens: YG21, YG23, YG25, YG17
Green: G03, G07, G28
Aqua: BG10, BG15, BG49
Blue: B00, B04, B16
*NOTE: Red codes are Sketch markers, Black codes are Ciao markers, relevant for the Ciao + Sketch bundle
But not everyone wants Sketch markers, and if you’re on a budget, starting with Ciao markers is definately easier on the wallet. So this afternoon I put together Dawn’s Top 40 Copic Ciao marker list. There is a double option for purples … Violet vs Blue Violet, which can be switched out for any of the sets you feel there’s already too much of (eg, greys or greens). Please note that these colours are just an indication of how the ink looks, but it may appear different on your screen, as it’s difficult to capture the exact shades.
Then there is the Skin Tone bundle including 10 Ciao markers … this is a great beginner pack that colours peachy tones, darker tones and mid tones, including a cheek colour that works for all 3 combos. It also has the beginnings of one of my favourite multi-purpose brown collections in the E30s, and a great combo for cream and pale blonde in the E50s.
CLICK HERE to buy the Australian bundle (includes shipping)
CLICK HERE to buy the USA/CANADA bundle (includes shipping)
Shipping within Australia is AU$18.85 (registered post includes tracking and insurance), and is included in bundle prices in the shop.
Shipping to the USA & Canada is AU$53.28 (includes tracking and insurance), and is included in bundle prices in the shop.
As Nicole says, and I totally agree, if you just buy a pack of 12 Copics, they kind of just sit on your shelf, and feel like a waste of money. But if you invest in a trio of colours that blend nicely, there’s a serious feeling of accomplishment when you colour up a stamped image with shadow, midtones and highlights 🙂 Do you need 40 colours, absolutely not. You can start with a smaller selection. Maybe you don’t want to colour people at all, so skip the skintones (although they do colour a fabulous shade of cream 😉 )! And do you need every single Copic marker colour? Nope … I don’t have them all, and I have more colours than I can use. I find myself reaching for my fave combos time after time after time.
The last thing I’ll talk about is ink refills. Yes .,.. I’ve got you covered there as well. Ciao markers don’t hold as much ink as a Sketch marker (hence the great price point), so your favourite Ciao marker will likely be the first one that will run out of ink. You can refill your markers over and over again, as per this nifty little graphic by Copic.
As always … if you have any questions, feel free to PM me on Facebook HERE, or email me at email@example.com any time.