Copic Markers are world-famous, high-quality markers that come in a huge range of colours with various nib options. We have just launched the Copic Sketch – in store and online. We are so excited to be the biggest stockist of Copic markers in the Western Cape! In this blog post we will be telling you more about the markers and what makes them so popular. We will be discussing the differences between the three types of markers – the Copic Classic, Copic Ciao and the Copic Sketch. We’ll also look at the super-handy Copic Ink Refills.

The Copic brand was started in the late 1980s by Japanese company Too. The markers are available in a total of 358 different colours and in various different marker designs. Arguably the best-quality markers available on the market, Copics have gained popularity over the years and are used by professional artists, architects, students, designers, illustrators – the list goes on! While the markers may seem expensive at first glance – one marker can last a lifetime. They are durable, refillable and the nibs can be replaced when worn out. The ink is alcohol-based and goes on smoothly. Although it is fast drying, the inks can be re-hydrated on the paper, making them easy to blend. Unlike water-based inks, Copic ink doesn’t damage paper fibres and dries acid-free. Special care should be taken when displaying work, however, as the inks are not lightfast and will fade in sunlight and fluorescent lighting. To combat this, works can be sealed with a UV protective sealant, framed behind UV resistant glass, or artworks can reproduced by scanning and printing the artworks using archival ink on paper.

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Copic Classic
This is the original and first range of Copic markers, featuring a chisel tip on one end and a fine point on the other. The barrel is square and the lid on each end features a coloured cap as well as the specific colour code and name for each marker, making them easy to identify. Available in 214 colours with 9 different nib options, they are the most customisable Copic. Classics hold the most ink of the three types of markers and a refill ink bottle can fill a Classic 10 times.

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Copic Ciao
Being the most affordable marker, the Ciao is a popular choice. It features a flexible brush tip and a medium chisel tip and is available in 190 different colours. It is very similar to the Copic Sketch, but holds less ink and the caps on each end don’t have the colour code and name. The barrel is round but the lids have a slight protrusion on each end to help prevent them rolling around. A refill bottle can refill a Ciao 17 times.

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Copic Sketch
The most popular of all the Copic markers, the Sketch range offers the widest colour range (358 in total) with a chisel tip and brush tip combination. The barrel is oval-shaped making it less likely to roll off your desk. The Copic Sketch holds a fair amount of ink and can be refilled 13 times with one ink refill. Like the Classic marker, the Sketch features the colour code and name on the marker for easy identification.

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Copic Refills
Refills come in every colour, so each Copic has a matching bottle of ink. This means that you can save money by buying just one marker, and refilling it over and over again. Not only is this economical but environmentally friendly too, as each marker can be refilled several times with one refill. To refill a marker, simply uncap each end while holding the marker at an angle. Carefully drip the ink onto the broad tip making sure to keep track of how full the marker is as you go. Each refill bottle contains 25 ml of ink and has an eye-dropper spout for convenience. Refill inks can also be mixed to create your very own colours – these can be added to the empty Copic markers for customised markers.

If you are wanting some advice on what colours to get when starting out, as well as tips on blending and shading, check out this video by illustrator Josiah Brooks (aka Jazza) for some great tips and tricks.

For inspiration, check out The Deckle Edge’s very own Ina Theron on Instagram: @inaarttheron or on Facebook.

 

21 comments

    • MeganReply

      Hi Rowhaan

      Thanks for your enquiry! I will send an email with details to the address you provided. If you have any questions, or if you don’t receive the email, please let us know via hello@deckleedge.co.za or by commenting here.

      Have a lovely day further.

      Warm regards
      Megan

    • MeganReply

      Hi Dominique

      Thanks for your enquiry! I have sent an email with details to the address you provided. If you have any questions, or if you don’t receive the email, please let us know via hello@deckleedge.co.za or by commenting here.

      Have a lovely day further.

      Warm regards
      Megan

      • MeganReply

        Hi Jabulani

        Apologies, but we only sell on a retail rather than a wholesale basis. Sorry that we weren’t able to assist!

        Warm regards

        Megan
        The Deckle Edge Team

    • MeganReply

      Hi Jade

      Thanks for your enquiry! I have sent an email with details to the address you provided. If you have any questions, or if you don’t receive the email, please let us know via hello@deckleedge.co.za or by commenting here.

      Have a lovely day further.

      Warm regards
      Megan

    • MeganReply

      Hi Yana

      We do sell Ciao sets – we have sets of 6 for R335.10 (there are 7 different colour combinations), a set of 12 for R667.00 and a set of 24 for R1313.30.

      If you need more info, let us know and we’d be happy to help!

      Warm regards
      Megan
      The Deckle Edge Team

    • MeganReply

      Hi Nicolene

      Thanks for your message! There isn’t a full set as such, but you are welcome to purchase the full range as individual markers. The price of a Sketch marker at present is R70.60 and you would qualify for a substantial discount if you took all 358, so the price to you would be just over R24 000.

      If you need more info, or if you’d like to us to email you a formal quote, please reply here or email us at hello@deckleedge.co.za

      Warm regards and have a lovely day

      Megan
      The Deckle Edge Team

    • MeganReply

      Hi Fikile

      Which type of Copic are you interested in – the Ciao, Classic or Sketch marker? The Ciao is R56.20, the Classic is R70.50 and the Sketch is R70.60. If you need more info, please let me know and I’d be very happy to help.

      Warm regards
      Megan
      The Deckle Edge Team

  1. ahyoungReply

    And much would it be for all of them. Are there any shops near Sandton or Fourways? Or any place near them in South Africa?

    • MeganReply

      Hi

      Thanks for your message! There isn’t a full set as such, but you are welcome to purchase the full range as individual markers. Our price for a Sketch marker at present is R70.60 and you would qualify for a discount if you took all 358, so the price to you would be just over R24 000. We don’t have branches in Johannesburg, but we do courier within South Africa.

      If you need more info, or if you’d like to us to email you a formal quote, please reply here or email us at hello@deckleedge.co.za

      Warm regards and have a lovely day
      Megan
      The Deckle Edge Team

    • AdamReply

      Hi Chris!

      I am not sure who stocks them in the Gauteng area. But we would be happy to help you with an order as we can send your goodies to you either with a courier or through a Pargo collection point. You can place an order online or via email on hello@deckleedge.co.za and we will gladly get you sorted with some Copic markers.

  2. Bella GroenewaldReply

    What cardstock 200gsm> can you recommend … the sketchpads’ paper is too thin. I am nor concerned about bleedthrough.

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