If you have just a handful of Copic markers or your are looking to start a collection of Copic markers this blog post and video is for you.
About a year or so ago I shared a blog post over about my favorite Copic Marker Color Combos, that post has gotten thousands of views ever since and I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me and thank me for that information. I’ve been meaning to turn that post into a video and expand upon it to share even more useful info and I finally have.
I don’t have a lot of Copic markers and most of the markers that I have I’ve grouped into combos that work for me and help me have great coloring results every time.
I am not a certified Copic instructor, I simply enjoy using these markers to color my stamped images. I am not a pro and I still have a lot to learn. But I do have favorite color combos that work for me and I’m happy to share them with you.
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I bought my first Copic markers on Ebay a few years ago, those were used markers and there were about 50 different colors; not all colors worked well together; many I ended up not using at all and I still do not use them. Over the years I bought a few additional colors to grow my collection. I have 101 marker today. Do I feel I have enough to color? Yes, absolutely. Do I want to get more colors? Yes, absolutely, but I’m sticking to those I have for now unless I come across some fantastic color combo that I simply must have. My point is, you don’t have to have a lot of colors to do nice coloring. Just pick what works for you and get those.
How do you know if you’ll like the Copic colors before you get them?
- If a friend of yours has Copics, have a play-date. See what colors you like, write them down.
- Look for Copic Color Combos online. I love to search for those on Pinterest. You’ll be surprised – there are so many different suggestions and images to choose from. Not all of them will work for you, but at least it’s a place to start.
- You can also look for color combos on various crafting blogs and check the descriptions and supply list – I for example always try to list all of the Copic marker colors I used to color a specific image. See all blog post that feature Copic coloring HERE.
If you already have a small collection of Copics I suggest you create a color combo chart. You might already have a regular Copic marker chart or a hex chart but having a color combo chart is also helpful especially if you like to use the same colors when you color. For this you’ll need to pick a simple outline image, measure it and based on its measurements create a grid on a sheet of cardstock that you usually use to color on.
My Go To Copic Color Combos:
• Yellow: Y35-Y15-Y13-Y11| Y08-Y06-Y02-Y00
• Orange: YR07-YR04-YR17 | YR18-YR15-Y15
• Pink: RV14-RV13-RV11-RV10 | RV23-RV10-RV00 | RV09-RV14-RV13
• Red: R24-R22-R20 | R89-R39-R27-R24 | R39-R24-R05
• Violet: V17-V15-V12
• Blue Violet: BV08-BV04-BV02-BV00
• Blue: B05-B02-B00-B000 | B45-B34-B32-B21 | B29-B24-B23-B21 | B99-B34-B21
• Blue Green: BG18-BG13-BG11 | BG18-BG15-BG32
• Green: YG99-YG95-YG93 | YG67-YG63-G21 | G94-YG63-G21 | YG67-YG17-YG03 | YG13-YG01-YG00 | G99-G94-YG03
• Brown: E37-E15-E13 | E33-E31-E11-E00 | E79-E37-E33-E31
Most of my combos have 4 markers to them. I rarely use all 4, most of the time I would just use 3 and would skip either the lightest or the darker marker.
Having a chart like this on my desk is super helpful. When I go to color something I don’t have to try and remember what colors I used last time that worked and I don’t have to try and test my colors to see if they would work. I already have my chart and I can quickly see my favorite marker combinations. This of course doesn’t prevent me from trying to find new combos from time to time, but I do for the most part use my documented copic marker combos.
If you like to color on other colors of cardstock, for example some people like to color on Kraft – you can create a chart like this on kraft as the marker colors will be different compared to the colors of white paper.
I hope this blog post & video has been useful. Let me know in the comments below if you are going to create a chart like this or if you already have one and also if you have your favorite Copic marker color combos.
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