August Project of the Month – Copic Markers

I’m finally getting to my August blog.  This month I have been collecting Copic Markers.  I am new to the craze which I had been stubbornly resisting for years.  I have a lovely set of Tombow markers which my husband bought me for Christmas one year.  I love them for calligraphy but I have been frustrated trying to color with them.  Primarily because I am not a watercolor fan.  I’ve decided I’m just too OCD for watercolors and I just don’t have that kind of talent.

I got turned onto Copic markers which are alcohol based.  I am just learning how to color and blend with them and I have a long way to go but I absolutely love the way they go on the paper (cardstock).

So I started by coloring a few Christmas cards, some of which I showed last month, and this one using a stamp from Penny Black.IMG_0590

Then I made a few random cards.  But I already have way more cards than I can use, so I started coloring potential card fronts which I have in a small three ring binder (from Staples).  Each sheet protector holds a piece of 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 card stock.  Each piece of card stock is potentially two card fronts 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.


Of course once I started gathering Copics I needed storage for same.  I started out with a tin, then grew to a homemade shelf within a box system and finally broke down and bought a nice shelving system from Blick (  The shelf holds 72 markers which should be more than enough.  However I am now trying to fill a second set of shelves.  No one needs this many Copic markers for random coloring, however fueled by Michael’s coupons and due to my lack of color mixing expertise the obsession was born.IMG_0657

I also put together a chart of the colors I have so that I can see the actual colors when working and also to keep track of what I have.  I downloaded the Copic app on my phone which also comes in handy for shopping.IMG_0658

See all those blank squares?  Aren’t they just desperate for more markers?