Watercolor or Copic Markers

Water Color Markers and Copic Markers used in Stamping
Water Color Markers 101, Copic Markers 101
Basics of Markers for Stamping

Water Color Markers

At my stamp classes, we only use watercolor LePlume Dual Tip, Tombows Dual Brush Pens or Marvy Brush Markers to color images as they are less expensive than Copics (more below on them) to use in class.  For the stamper, they are also more affordable — save using a discount coupon on a basic set.

To prevent ink from bleeding when using the markers use Memories, Vivid, Ancient Page or Memento inks.

Embossing an image before coloring will prevent bleeding and blurring lines.

The markers can be used on any type of paper.
If using glossy card stock, heat set dry.

To blend the colors on paper/card stock we use a Dove Blender pen.
This will eliminate the overlapping streaks you may have using these markers mentioned.

You can use a wet paint brush to blend or mottle your colors on the paper.
Or paint with them by scribbling them on a plastic surface (recycle a plastic lid or a concentrate juice lid) and then use a wet paint brush to pick up paint.  You can mix colors this way also.  If using this method, you will not get the overlap of the markers edge but a soft watercolor look.

Markers can also be colored onto stamped images and stamped.
Example — A rose can be pink and the stem can be green.
Once you stamp the first image (first generation print), “huff” onto the stamp to revive moisture and stamp again (second generation).  Your image would be lighter than the “first generation” print.  A third generation print would be even lighter.

You can also layer color on color.
For instance, the rose could have a dot of darker pink and the stem or leave could have a touch of lighter green.

You an also lightly spritz the stamp with water, then stamp, to get a artsy look.

About Copic Markers — the basics

Copic Markers are a more expensive choice.  They are an alcohol ink marker which is fast drying, double-ended, non-toxic marker that comes in many many colors. They can be bought in sets or individually making color matching quite easy.
They can be re-filled and you can make your own colors.
You can also replace a worn tip.
This all means, you don’t have to throw out a dried out marker again over time.
There is also a blender (color lifter) to help you control the color.
For the advanced user — there is also an airbrush you can use.

One gal suggested to me not to buy a set but buy individual ones instead.
Get the colors you like and a shade lighter and darker for blending.
That way, you don’t waste money on buying a set with colors you would never use — or have to buy other colors to go with the colors you most likely not use.

A selection tip for a base color of your choice is to choose three tones of a chosen base color with each number of the chosen base color being no more than four numbers apart.

A frugal minded friend of mine buys one color but colors over the color to deepen it.
So, she does not buy a lighter or darker shade, just one, and colors over the first color.  Shading looks nice in her work.

Florishes — an online store, sells markers in sets for a reasonable price.
Check out their copics products page.

Copic Markers will work well on certain types of card stock, not all card stock so you need to keep that in mind also.  Ink selection is important too and you might want to heat set the ink first.

You can use pigment inks as long as you emboss the image before using the Copics to color.

Do not use StazOn Inks with Copics!
StazOn will contaminate (bleeding ink) your Copic tips.

Suggested card stock for Copics:
GinaK’s Pure Luxury White 80lb. and 120lb. cardstocks
Classic Crest 80# Solar White, Smooth or Super Smooth by Neenah
PaperTrey Stamper’s Select white card stock
Beckett Expressions Radiance White
SU! Whisper White
C.C. Designs Copic Quality Card Stock  120lb weight
Georgia Pacific Image Plus White Cardstock.
Bristol Smooth by Strathmore 100lb
Bristol Board by Bienfang
Wassau Royal Silk
IP Accent Opaque Supper Smooth

Suggested Ink pads to prevent blur and bleeding using Copics:
Memento Tuxedo Black
Versafine Onyx Black (other Versafine pads too)
Brilliance Graphite Black (other Brilliance pads too)
Memories Dye Inks
Adirondack Inks — Pitch Black (other Adirondacks too)

Additional Tips:
Test inks and papers with the Copics. Colors may look different on other types of paper/card stock.  Experiment to find out what works for you.
Since Copics have rich color, it may bleed through paper or card stock you use, so make sure you have a protective surface underneath in case of bleeding.

Storing your markers
Copics come in a storage case.
Pencil cases work well as the pens are better stored horizontally rather than vertically.
Art Bins will also work.

Resources:

Copic Markers vs Prismacolor Pens

I Like Markers
Great article
on markers, and color choice
Copic Marker
Stamping with Copic Markers (PDF file)
Michelle’s Favorite Color Combination Chart — helpful
Tutorial Videos at YouTube

Copic Marker App — no more color chart to carry around