tools and materials

Copic markers are amazing and magical.. but one bad thing about them is that they do dry out and die rather fast compared to other color types (color pencils and watercolors last a lifetime!) and they’re quite expensive so that’s a big downside to them. BUT, a copic refill costs about as much as a full marker and can refill about 6 times or more! So it is a very good deal! (but when you think that you’re gonna need a separate refill for each color… that sounds like a lot of refills eh?)

Anyways, today I’m gonna show you how to refill copic markers. What you’re gonna need is the dead copic marker, the refill of the same shade, a cone/needle thing, and the tweezers (all are made by COPIC and sold by them)

The color I’m refilling is #100 black.

First thing you have to do is open the marker from the broad side (less likely to get damaged), get the tweezers, and pull up that broad tip. Don’t be scared! It’s all good.. it’s meant to be done this way.


This is how it will look like.

Then get the needle thing and put it in the marker (where you took out the broad tip). Don’t push the needle in too hard! Just let it rest there and pour the ink and it will flow by itself inside the marker. I’d suggest that u put in about 3 units (little lines on the refill bottle). Pouring in too much ink will cause some ink leakage from the other (bottom) side of the marker and it might cause a mess! So be careful.

When you’re done from that just pick up the broad tip and put it back in place. Let the marker rest horizontally for a bit so that the ink can flow to the broad tip side of the marker, and you’re done! The marker is now good as new 😉

One last extra step is cleaning the needle… you’re gonna need the colorless blender ink refill. Pour it in the needle while holding a tissue on the other end of it to clean up the needle from the ink and make it usable for other color refills.

thanks for reading! I hope that was useful~




1. From where do you buy COPIC markers?

I personally bought mine from several websites online 5~6 years ago and I don’t remember any… but I know they’re sold in amazon, copic official website and several others, just search and find one that ships to your country.

as for Kuwait residents, copics are sold in Arts Centre Central and this is their phone number 22409288 and their website . there’s also an instagrammer who sells them for a good deal @otaku_dream and this is his phone number 99915547 (but to be honest I didn’t buy copics from either sellers)

2. what kind of paper suits copic the best?

definitely copic bleedproof marker pad.

of course there are many others that work with copics nicely but you’re gonna have to try and test how it bleeds and blends on them. regular printing papers don’t work, and thick watercolor papers will suck all the ink and the marker will dry up and die quickly.

3. which copic markers do you like the most?

copic sketch because of the brush tip. it’s PERFECT for blending and for the skin and hair and folds and EVERYTHING.

(copic ciao also have the brush tip so it would do the same job)

4. what sets do you have? which ones do you recommend?

I have copic sketch 72 set A and B, and about 30 indiviually bought copic sketch markers.

I can’t recommend one over the other because it depends on your drawing and coloring style and your needs. I noticed that set A has more vibrant colors and B is softer.

5. how many shades do you use for the hair?

usually about 3~4

6. how do you shade/blend colors?

I’m gonna have to make seperate blog posts and videos to show that.. hopefully I’ll do that soon.

7. do we need to buy the whole collection?

of course not! you can buy individual markers depending on your drawing and characters.

8. what should I use to outline the drawing?

sadly pencils and ball point pens don’t work with copics. you’re gonna have to use waterproof inking pens (the ones by copic and yoken worked perfectly with me) but make sure you give it some time to dry completely! and make sure to test and see how it works with you before applying it on your drawing.

9. what other important items that I have to own when I use copics?

just proper papers and inking pens.. other than that it’s all just extras

10. what are the types available?

the ones I know of are copic original, sketch, ciao, and broad. my favorite is the SKETCH type.

11. what’s the proper way to layer colors?

I personally prefer light colors first and then dark.. but it’s up to you to experiment and maybe you disagree with me.

12. do you use another type of colors with them?

usually no, but I do like to use a white colored pencil to help me with highlights sometimes.

13. are they expensive?

YES! sadly. how much they cost depends on the place you want to buy them from.. the price varies a lot.

14. promarkers/prismacolor VS copics?

copics win all the way (at least for me). I prefer the brush tip and the ink of the copics.

15. why do you love copics?

it gives a very vibrant clean finish to the drawing.. most people think it’s a print of a digital drawing. they’re also relatively easy to use.

got more questions? ask away~



the markers I love to use are the japanese COPIC markers… I just love the brush tip in SKETCH and CIAO pen types. I personally would recommend that you don’t buy copic markers until you’re already good in coloring and have a good understanding of light and shade and folds etc.. because otherwise it would be a waste of ink considering how expensive they are. so be patient and practice till you’re confident in your coloring and then move on to copics.
نوعي المفضل للألوان الشينية أو الماركرز هو الماركة اليابانية كوبيك. أحب نوع السكيتش لانه مثل فرشة الألوان المائية و سهلة جدا لدمج الألوان. انا شخصيا احس ان من الأفضل أن ما تشترون الكوبيك الا اذا كان مستواكم بالتلوين زين و فاهمين طريقة الظل والنور ..الخ لأن الكوبيك مو رخاص و اذا ما كنتوا تعرفون للتلوين راح تضيعون الحبر عالفاضي. ف تدربوا عالتلوين عدل و بعدين حولوا كوبيك.
my fav COPIC marker type is SKETCH.. this is how it looks like. it has an oval section (original is square, ciao is circle)
مثل ما قلت النوع المفضل عندي اسمه سكيتش, و شكله بيضاوي

these are the tips of the SKETCH type هذي أنواع طرف القلم (الفرشة)
brush tip.. I love it because of the way it bends it just makes blending colors so much easier! and it’s so perfect for doing the hair and skin and everything. هالجهة وايد احبها.. وايد عجيبة لدمج الألوان بالشعر والبشرة و كل شي

and the other broad tip which I rarely use.
و هذا الطرف الثاني بس ما استخدمه كلش

these are examples of some drawings I painted using copic sketch markers few years ago
هذي بعض الرسمات الي استخدمت الكوبيك لتلوينها قبل جم سنة

thanks for reading! see you next time

I’m gonna talk a bit about the watercolors I love to use. I started learning and practicing watercolors in 2006, been loving it since then!

الحين بتكلم عن أنواع الألوان المائية الي عندي. أول مرة استعملت الألوان المائية بضمير كان ب سنة 2006.. و من ذاك اليوم وأنا أحبهم.

These Daler-Rowney watercolors were my first real watercolors.. I still use them and they’re still far from running out. But there are some colors (a green and a brown) that just won’t get dilluted with water! I don’t know what’s their problem.

I got these from Dasman Complex (Kuwait)

أول ألوان مائية شريتهم اسمهم Daler-Rowneyليلحين استعملهم و أحبهم وايد و بعدهم مطولين على ما يخلصون. بس في لونين مادري ليش ما يذوبون بالماي! درجة من الأخضر و درجة من البني.. مادري شنو مشكلتهم.

شريتهم من مجمع دسمان (الكويت)

pictures of the set.. closed and open صورة الألوان

close up pics of the awesome colors صور من قريب

and close ups of the green and brown colors that won’t get dilluted الألوان الي ما يذوبون

Then I bought these cotman watercolors tubes because I was so curious about them. There isn’t much of a difference between the tubes and the regular ones in my opinion, except that since the tubes are already liquid-y, they can be used for more intense coloring faster without having to wait for the colors to get dilluted with water. When the colors dry on the palette, they turn into the exact same thing as the regular ones, just not in little square pans.

Got this set from Jareer (Kuwait)

و بعدين شريت هالألوان اسمهم Cotman من نوع العصارات الي تنضغط. كان عندي فضول عن الفرق بين النوعين بس بصراحة ما حسيت بفرق وايد كبير.. بس إن اللون تكون كثافتة أكثر لان اللون يكون ذايب و جاهز للاستعمال بسرعة بدون الحاجة الى الانتظار على ما يذوب مع الماي. من ينشف اللون على الباليت يصير بالضبط نفس الألوان المائية العادية الي شكلها مستطيل.. يعني تقدرون تحطون عليهم ماي و تردون تستعملونهم

شريتهم من مكتبة جرير (الكويت)

pictures of the set.. closed and open صورة الألوان

the watercolors on the palette. this one shows the color fresh out of the tube. الألوان على الباليت.. جذي صاير اللون أول ما يطلع من العصارة

this one shows the colors dry, and how it’s like after putting water on it to dillute it again. و جذي شكله لما ينشف.. و لما تردون تذوبونه بالماي

And then I saw this super adorable tiny set of cotman watercolors in pans. They’re just perfect! except that this set does not include a black… solution is easy: get a black watercolor tube and squeeze a bit on the other side.

Got this one from Jareer as well (Kuwait)

شفت هالألوان بجرير و ماقدرت أقاوم! نفس ماركة الألوان الي قبل  Cotmanبس النوع العادي مو العصارات… عجيبين! المشكلة الوحيدة ان مافيه أسود.. بس الحل سهل: اشتروا لون مائي أسود من العصارات و حطوه على الباليت على جنب

شريتهم من مكتبة جرير بعد (الكويت)

this is how it looks like, closed and open. هذا شكلهم

this is the black watercolor that I put on the palette side using the tube from the previous set. و هذا اللون الأسود الي حطيته على الباليت

thanks for reading! see you next time ~Diana